Classic Baptism Cookie

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Food Friends, inspiration is everywhere; even on the humble Baptism invitation.  This past week, we received both a wedding and baptism invitation; both were really simple and visually appealing. I had visions of recreating both but perfect reproductions are still in the pipeline – instead, I used the artwork on the invitations to inspire me create these hand painted cookies.

Here’s the invitation; it has a sweet band of pink accents across the top, the dress graphic and then the accent band was repeated at the bottom.  I found a stencil with the accent design and I’ve ordered it but it won’t arrive for a few weeks yet.

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I used my favourite gadget, the pico, to reproduce the outline on a cookie that had been flooded with white royal icing. I used a pink edible marker so it wouldn’t matter if it bled a little during the painting. Then I painted the dress using Americolour ‘soft pink’.  To make the gel paste food colouring, ‘painting ready’ I mixed it with Cake Decorators Alcohol which is a 98% clear alcohol with rose essence added to it. I added more alcohol to some of the pink while it was in the palette to create a lighter shade of the same colour.

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To create the highlights, I simply painted using the less diluted colour mix I had created and then went over those sections several times to build up the colour.

Once the paint was dry, which didn’t take long because the alcohol evaporates quickly, I outlined the design in a black, Rainbow Dust food marker. These markers are quite handy as they have a fine and thick tip on either end. I used the fine tip to outline the design. If you happen to make a mistake you only need dip a paper towel corner or a brush in water – make sure to remove the moisture from the tip,  and then dab gently on the line that you need to remove.

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You can see on the black outline of this cookie that I didn’t wait quite long enough for the paint to dry before going over the outline with the marker as it bled somewhat.

Once the cookie was dry, I ‘dry brushed’ candy pink petal dust around the edges to create a framed appearance.

I’ll list what you’ll need to recreate this cookie – Since this is an Australian blog some of the items I used are Australian products, but you will easily be able to replace them with something local to you.

Tools & Supplies:

SweetAmbs Spiced Cookie recipe (I reduced the sugar by 130g and added an extra tsp of cardamom)

SweetAmbs Royal Icing Recipe

Foodoodler marker – Pink

Rainbow Dusk double tipped marker – black

Cake Decorators Alcohol (from Complete Decorating Supplies)

Petal Dust – Candy Pink (Carol Ines Sugar Art Services)

Wilton round tip brush

small natural fibre basting brush (to dust off remaining petal dust from the cookie surface) – keep the brush for cookie work only

Aaxa Industries Pico pocket projector – I use mine in conjunction with an iPad but as long an you can get an appropriate adapter for your technology, you’ll be able to use it.

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