Update: I have found that while this technique is “cool” the taste leaves a lot to be desired. I did a follow-up test using flavor emulsion and that helped a lot. Even so, it’s not something that I would do except for the cool effect on a cookie platter.
It seems like there are fads in the cookie making world just as in fashion. Currently, the latest rage seems to be giving your cookies a look like aged paint. If any of you are as old as I am and were deep into decoupage back in the 70’s, this may seem like Déjà vu (all over again).
The process is very simple and in a matter of minutes you can have a whole new “canvas” to decorate. The uses are only limited by your imagination.
- The first thing you will need to do is make a paste of gel food coloring and corn starch. I used white for this demonstration. The paste has to be thick enough to paint on the cookie. I put about a tablespoon of cornstarch into a bowl and then kept adding the gel color until I had what I thought would be the right consistency. I didn’t want it too thick because I was unsure what it would taste like on the cookie. I tried doing it on a frosted cookie but it didn’t work. You need the roughness of the baked cookie for the “paint” to grab while it’s doing it’s thing.
- Next you will paint a liberal coat on an unfrosted cookie. If you want large cracks you will need to apply a liberal coat of the mixture with as few brush strokes as possible. The more you brush over the mixture on the cookie, the finer the cracks become.
- Next you let your cookie dry. If you are in a hurry you can put it in front of a fan or in a warm oven. It only takes a few minutes to dry. This is what it looks like when you limit your brush strokes.That’s all there is to it. Here is a picture I took one that I did that has finer cracks. I brushed the mixture several times to get it as smooth as possible. I also piped a very fast “moss” covered bunny onto the cookie to show one way to use the cookie. If you would like to try your hand at moss, Mike at Semi Sweet Designs did a great tutorial on it. I didn’t have any graham crackers and was in a hurry so I used pre-made graham cracker crumbs. The effect isn’t nearly as cute as when you take the time to do it properly but this will give you a rough idea of what you can do. Here is a side by side comparison. I am by no means an expert but I think this can be a fun tool to add to your cookie decorating, especially because it is really easy and doesn’t require you to buy any additional supplies. You may have noticed that my cookies are made with colored dough. I will be doing a blog post on that technique in a few days. Have fun and share your creations with me on Facebook at Sugar Coated Nanagrams.
I experimented a little with the crackle on this cookie. I added a dot of ivory gel color to get a more tan look to the glaze. I also added a drop of caramel flavoring because the cookie is my new Pumpkin Spice cookie recipe and I thought it would complement the cookie.
After I put the crackle glaze on the cookie I used my scribe tool to create something that would look like boards. When it was totally dry I added “nails” with an edible marker. To make the flowers I used a fairly stiff icing for the stems. The flowers and leaves were made with icing I had on hand. It was about a 18 second consistency. I put dots on the stems and used my scribe tool to drag the icing into leaf and bud shapes. It was a very quick experiment but I like the way it turned out. Do you?