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Valentine Hearts Print
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 07:27
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about decorating cookies. Today I am going to show you an easy and fun way to add an extra dimension and elegance to your cookies using a silicone mold.

Using these cookie cutters from The Cookie Cutter Company and a fun silicone mold, you will be able to make and decorate these adorable cookies in no time. Let's get started!

You will need the following supplies:

Making The Fondant Rose

I love silicone molds! They are available in many craft stores and give great detail for accent pieces on cookies.

NOTE: These mini roses will dry a little, but they are totally edible since they are made with fondant. It will be up to the recipient if they want to remove them or have a sugar rush and eat them!

1. Start by kneading and softening the fondant using a little bit of shortening. I used some white fondant that I already had. I mixed in a little tulip red Americolor to get the pink color you see in the picture above.

2. Make small balls of the fondant and press them into the mold filling the entire cavity.

3. Scrape off the excess fondant with a small spatula. Then press against the edges of the cavity with your fingers to make sure all the edges are clean.

4. Hold the silicone mold with both hands and press in the center to release the mini roses.

Place the mini roses on a paper towel. Mix a little gold disco dust with vodka (I used an old container I had with gold luster dust). Using a small brush, apply it to the edges of the petals. Then set them aside to dry.

Making The White Fluted Heart Cookie

Outline and flood the cookies. Then let them dry completely.

Iced cookies are the perfect canvas to create edible works of art. Unfortunately, my painting skills are not the best but, I still wanted to add a little touch of paint to my cookies before I attached the roses.

I squirted a small amount of the tulip red Americolor gel on to a small container and blended it with a dab of water. I used a medium size brush to apply a few strokes here and there on the cookie. Then I used royal icing to attach the roses to the cookies.

Making The Red Heart Cookie

To make these elegant red heart cookies, follow the same instructions as above for the white heart cookies. (NOTE: I used a small brush with gold disco dust mixed with a little vodka for the gold accents)

I think a pearl bead border adds an instant elegant feel to these cookies.

To make the bead border, use stiff consistency icing and tip #2 or a bigger tip if you want to have a bigger size of beads.

Squeeze the decorating bag as you lift your hand, raising the tip slightly so that the icing comes out.

Relax pressure as you draw the tip down and bring the bead to a point. Stop squeezing and pull away the tip.

Start the next bead a little behind the end of the previous bead to form and even chain, or you can leave some spaces in between them like I did.

Making The LOVE Cookie

This LOVE shaped cookie cutter is perfect for Valentine's Day.

I have to admit, I just love this cookie cutter!! It's so big and you have so much room to decorate it. You can even decorate it similarly to Robert Indiana's "LOVE" statue at Love Park in Philadelphia.

In this pictorial you can see that I used my trusty Kopykake to outline and flood the letters. Totally optional though.

Then I used some small cookie cutters that I had and an edible marker to trace the letters.

I then outlined and flooded each letter. After the cookies were dry, I attached the fondant roses with some royal icing.

What would be your favorite way to decorate these Heart and LOVE cookies?

Share you comments and your cookies on The Cookie Cutter Company's Facebook page; they always enjoy seeing and sharing your creativity!!

Happy Baking!
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