my favorite cake and candy supply shop actually offers that last one as a service. for $10, they'll take your printed sheet and photocopy it onto the edible letter-sized paper. i tried it out once a long time ago, for amber's baby shower cookies.
what's holding me back from picking up these fun cookie making toys? well...each one of those things is a minimum of $200. yikes. so i'm just debating whether or not i'd actually be able to make the purchase(s) worth it. i don't know. WWYD?
i was asked to make some cookies for a bridal shower, which is always fun. she showed me a couple of pictures for inspiration, and one of the cookies in the photos had a "quilted" design. since i hadn't had a chance to try this technique out yet, i decided to go for it.
one of my favorite cookiers offers a tutorial for quilting, but it involves the use of that kopykake i mentioned earlier. hmph. so i poked around the internet a little more until i found another one that showed me how to do it without any fancy equipment. i sat down with an edible ink marker and a ruler and got to work.
first, draw lines to create the design.
then, fill in every other diamond with frosting.
let them dry for a bit, and then continue working - going in order so that the newly filled shapes aren't touching each other. this is what will create that "quilted" looking line. this is after a couple of rounds. also, next time i'll avoid the black marker. i kept thinking the edges looked kind of grayish.
when they were all done, they looked like this:
i added some pink dots for a pop of color. cool, right? i was pretty proud of these. most other cookiers use royal icing, which has a totally different texture and offers much more precise-looking designs. but it tastes like butt and i don't love how hard it gets. personally, i think the frosting i use is key in making the cookies taste good. i don't know, i'm biased.
i got creative with my cutters again for the next set of cookies - a bouquet of flowers. this is just a floral cutter with a palm tree trunk wedged into the bottom:
this tip is usually used for grass, but i thought it might work for the stems of the flowers. because my frosting was a bit on the thin side, the lines melted together. but i think it still worked out.
next, i plopped on big dots of pink frosting. kinda looks like m&ms, huh? and you still can't really see what i'm trying to accomplish here.
but then i took some stiffer frosting and a narrow tip and drew on little swirls. then i was inspired and found a wide, narrow tip and added a ribbon onto the stems. better, right?
along with the cakes, rings and plaques, i think this made for a pretty cool bridal shower cookie presentation.