What inspired me to make these elegant cookies? The sheets of edible ink images that arrived on my doorstep the other day. The images were scanned from 19th-century post cards, and then printed, with food-coloring, onto paper made from potato starch. Ready for a taste-test?
I purchased the printed paper from Fancy Flours, an online company that sells all kinds of cool baking paraphernalia. Check them out at www.fancyflours.com.
A brief how-to for you:
First, bake some cookies! You’ll find a printable version of my Sugar Cookie recipe at the end of this post.
Outline each cookie with stiff, uncolored royal icing. I used a #2 piping tip for the outline-job.
Wanna make royal icing the easy, no-raw-egg-whites-way? Get thee a tub of this stuff.
Next, “flood” the cookies. In other words, fill-in the outlined border with with some thinned-out royal icing.
My simple flooding technique: Put a dollop of icing in the center of a cookie, and spread it out with a small, stiff-bristled paint brush. Alternatively, you can spread the icing with the back of a spoon. Let the icing dry for several hours or overnight.
Now cut out your wafer images…
And, one wafer at a time, brush the back side with light corn syrup. Be sure to spread the syrup all the way to edge of the wafer, so that corners won’t curl up. I used a small sponge-type brush for the job.
Attach the wafer image to the cookie, and press it down with clean, dry fingers.
Then pipe a frame around each image with stiff royal icing and a #16 (or similar) star tip. My first frame looked a little wonky. But as with all things, practice makes perfect.
And that’s it! Let the frames firm up for several hours before serving the cookies. Or, just store them at room temperature (or in the fridge) covered with plastic wrap for 3-5 days. I don’t know if the finished cookies can be frozen — I haven’t tried.
Are these decorated cookies worth the effort? Yeah, baby. I delivered a few of them to Brenda Johnson just now, and she showered me with kisses.
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Need a printable recipe for Sugar Cookies that will be cut out and decorated? Here goes: