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Rainbow & Cloud Cookie (Here Comes the Sun)

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear
Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo)
Here comes the sun, (doo doo doo doo) and I say
It’s all right… -The Beatles 

Looks like blue skies with a cookie cloud rainbow- Woohoo!

Looks like blue skies with a cookie cloud rainbow- Woohoo!

Its funny the little things that can cheer you up or be a mood changer. “Here Comes the Sun” has always been one of those songs for me and this rainbow and cloud cookie is definitely the same. On a particularly stressful end of day this past summer, even though my long work day was done, I mixed up some fresh colors and decided to ice this cookie. Beth Braman of CopperGifts had posted an image of our Shell Cookie Cutter on Facebook and asked everyone to guess the shape and a ‘rainbow with cloud’ was one of the guesses (genius!)… While I was icing the rainbow I got to thinking about how happy clouds are fluffy and marshamallows are fluffy and before I knew it the cookie was done and I was pretty cheered up.

The original Rainbow Cloud cookie.. full of cheer!

The original Rainbow Cloud cookie.. full of cheer!

See the full how to ice the rainbow and marshmallow version of this cookie, watch here…

Since we have been so much fun with cookies that have been “coming to life”, I was inspired to do a googly eyed version of the rainbow cloud cookie as well…

Start with blank shell cookie...

Start with blank shell cookie…

Just like in the video, use a food doodler to draw in your cloud, then fill in the rainbow colors...

Just like in the video, use a food doodler to draw in your cloud, then fill in the rainbow colors…

Ice the cloud in white, then while the icing is still wet,  add sugar googly eyes...

Ice the cloud in white, then while the icing is still wet, add sugar googly eyes

While cloud icing is still wet, sprinkle with sanding sugar...

While cloud icing is still wet, sprinkle with sanding sugar

Let sanding sugar set for at least an hour (or more). Brush off any excess sugar then pipe on small smiley mouth

Let sanding sugar set for at least an hour (or more). Brush off any excess sugar then pipe on small smiley mouth!

Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo)
Here comes the sun, and I say it’s alright! 

I hope you love our Rainbow and Cloud cookie in both its fun and cheerful versions!  Xo Dani

 

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Question?  Drop us a comment and we’ll add your question to our blog!

What cookie recipe should I use?

Martha Stewart has a yummy sugar cookie recipe available in her COOKIE book or on her website. Look for Sweet Dani B’s “secret” sugar cookie recipe coming soon!  Sign up for our newsletter so that you can be the first to know when we announce it!

Where do you get your cookie cutters?

On February 4th we proudly announced that we are working with Coppergifts.com to create our own line of cutters.  Our first design, the Sweet Dani B Owl Cookie Cutter is already available!  They have fabulous and unique cookie cutters as well as gel colors to color your royal icing, sanding sugars, candy hearts etc…  Tell Beth I sent you!

Oh, and we are particularly proud that all of their work is done by Beth and her husband right here in the USA!

Where do you get cookie icing coloring?

You can buy gel colors to add to your royal icing locally at any baking supply store or Micheal’s Craft supply.  We love our friends at CopperGifts.com, so if you are buying online we recommend them.

Where do you get meringue powder ?

Meringue powder  can be found at any baking supply store or at Micheal’s.  Also a call out for Cake and Bake because they sell bulk jars!

I see that you use the same icing to outline and flood. Do you ever add extra detailing after the cookie dries? If so what icing type do you use?

I use royal icing for most decorating. Sometimes if I’m making a fine line- like for hair on a person cookie- I’ll mix the icing a little thicker so it doesn’t spread.  Another fun alternate are the food doodler markers which are markers with food coloring ink. Martha and I used them to write out our Valentine Cookies on the show.  I used them on this cookie to write Nomi and Dan’s names ‘graffiti style’.

Baking Tips – Food Doodler Markers

 

I used your Royal Icing recipe and bottles from your kit.  After a few passes it lumped in the tip.  Any tips??

It sounds like you still may have had some lumps in your icing from the meringue powder or the confectioner’s sugar. Be sure to sift your sugar and mix thoroughly with the hand mixer, especially after scraping down the sides.  When you get a lump caught in the tip it is good to try to open the bottle sideways with the icing still in the tip (could be messy but if you open it quick, it works). Using a toothpick you should be able to find the lump in the tip and remove it.

How long does Royal Icing Recipe typically last in the fridge?

Royal Icing typically lasts about one week when refrigerated.  It will separate, and might thin out. If so, add 1 tbsp of 10x sugar and re mix with mixer before using.