It's amazing how the human mind works, and how certain smells can immediately transport you to a time and place of your past. The scent created by lily of the valley flowers is one of those hooks for me. It used to grow in the shade below my parent's bedroom room in the house where I grew up. Whenever I smell (or even see) lily of the valley flowers, I can picture them below that window. I'm transported back in time.
These lily of the valley cookies are simple to make, and they're perfect for spring cookie collections for Easter or Mother's Day.
Here's what you'll need:
* cookie with dried icing flood base. Shape of the cookie and icing base color is up to you!
* 20-secondish green and white royal icing
* toothpick or scribe tool
1. Bake your cookie shape and flood with the icing color of your choice. Let it dry completely. Pipe the green leaves and stem for the lily of the valley. I curved my leaves and stem because I wanted to mimic the shape of the egg. But feel free to pipe the greenery how you wish!
2. After the stem is dry, pipe one white ball of icing at the end of one of the stems. You want the icing to form a smooth, ball shape. If your icing leaves a "tail" or tip when you stop and it doesn't smooth over, stop, thin your icing a little bit more, and then try again.
3. Immediately after piping the icing ball, take your scribe or toothpick and "tease" out the flared petal tips of the lily of the valley blossom. Start at the base of the icing ball, and pull the icing out. Do the remaining petal tips for the flower. Repeat for the rest of the flowers on your stem. That's it! See, I told you it was easy!
I liked pulling/teasing the icing from the base of the ball because it left the spherical shape of the icing intact, creating a ton of dimension.
Look at how puffy those blossoms are!
May you feel inspired to "cookie" something that reminds you of a happy time from your past!
My family tries to go camping in early spring, before the 'ordinary' trees, like maples and oaks, become fully leafed. There's just something about the glowing white or pink of a blossoming dogwood tree amidst the hibernating hardwood trees. Along with early daffodil flowers, dogwood blossoms are a sure sign that spring is nearly here!
This tutorial is great for those cookie people are are new to painting on cookies (or who are shy and not-so-confident like me)! It's hopefully a *hard to mess up* kind of thing!
Dogwood blossoms have four petals, and there are lots of cutters that can fit this bill. I stretched out a metal dogwood blossom cutter to make this cookie, but That's A Nice Cookie Cutter has a beautiful dogwood cutter with leaf here!
What you'll need:
* baked dogwood flower shaped cookie
* food safe marker
* white royal icing, 20-second consistency
* soft pink Amerimist airbrush color ( regular thinned Americolor gel in this color will work too!)
* green Amerimist color (or thinned Americolor gel)
* food safe paint brushes
* green icing in piping consistency
3. Flood the remaining flower petals. Allow to fully dry.
It's painting time!
I thinned the Amerimist airbrush color with a little bit of vodka before painting. Using a wide brush, add some lighter color to the petals. Use a narrow brush to add vein lines and to outline the petals. Think "watercolor-style", and *not-so-perfect* kind of brush strokes. Remember to go light on the color at first- it's a lot easier to add more color later than to remove heavy color now. Use the edges of the petals as a guide for vein lines.
Using a grass tip, add the blossom's center with green icing. If you don't have a grass tip, a round tip will do!
Just like the pink color, thin out a little bit of green airbrush color with vodka. With a paintbrush, add a little bit of green color in each of the petal notches. Outline the petals with white icing to make them pop!
Celebrate the arrival of spring with these pretty dogwood blossoms!
And mix them with some other spring/summer blossoms for a pretty floral platter!
Royal icing transfers are a great way to use up extra icing, and can be stored indefinitely for future use. I like having these mini ruffled ribbon roses on hand because they can be quickly added to a cookie, speeding up the decorating process. And they're pretty, too!
I used a PME 56R for these tiny blossoms. They can be made with a bigger tip, but keep in mind that a bigger tip makes them not only wider but taller, too.
Here's what you'll need for these pretties:
*STIFF royal icing. The icing should hold peaks without falling. When in doubt, mix in more powered sugar.
*small petal tip: PME 56R for right handed or PME 56L for lefties, Wilton 101s, Wilton 101, Wilton 102. Basically, the smallest petal tip you can get.
I LOVE my PME 56R!
*decorating bag, coupler set
*flower nail and parchment squares
It might be easier to WATCH this process before I break it down step-by-step. Take a look!
1. Attach a small square of parchment paper to your flower nail with a bit of royal icing. Start in the center, with the wider part of the tip touching the nail. To make the icing cone, spin the nail with the fingers on one hand, and apply even pressure on the decorating bag with the other hand. If you haven't made any kind of icing flower before, this whole "spin with one hand, pipe with the other" might be tricky. Think of rubbing your head and patting your belly. It's awkward at first, but practice will help!
2. Touch the wider end of the tip to the nail again. This time you'll spin the nail again and apply even pressure on the decorating bag with the other- but you'll move the bag up and down making a ruffled edge.
3. Using the same up and down motion, create a final row of ruffles.
4. Slide the parchment square off of the flower nail and set aside to dry for several hours. Once dried, store the flowers in an air-tight container until you're ready to use them.
After you master the general process of making these ruffled roses, you can experiment with the angle of the tip to the nail, which changes how tight the ruffles are to the center of the flower.
Another option is to make the flowers two-toned, by placing two colors of icing in the bag. Kinda pretty, aren't they?
Or add a little touch of extra color by brushing petal dusts at the base of the rows of petals.
I hope you'll grow to love these ruffled ribbon roses as much as I do!
I have always admired magnolia trees and the blossoms they don. The rich, glassy leaves. The ginormous white silky blossoms. It's just amazing to me how a tree can produce such LARGE, beautiful flowers! Although I haven't spent much time in the South, I can just imagine a Southern Belle sipping her mint julep beneath the shade of a magnolia tree. Sigh.
A few years back, I made a cookie magnolia and just loved it! I decided it was high time that I shared how to make it!
I used a six-sided flower cutter, like the one in the picture below. I think I purchased this concentric flower set from Walmart.
What you'll need:
* six-sided flower shapes, baked with your favorite cut out cookie recipe
* white icing 20-second consistency
* green icing- just a little bit!
* yellow nonpareils (you could use yellow sanding sugar or icing if you can't find these)
9. About 30 seconds after piping the green center, add the yellow nonpareils.
I love these blossoms because they use a widely available cutter, and they don't use an airbrush! And remember, if you can't find yellow nonpareils (or don't feel like getting a huge container of them) just use yellow icing dots!
May these magnolia blossoms bring out the southern side of y'all!
I absolutely love early spring. The little glimpses of warmer weather in early spring beg me open to the windows for a bit, throw on my flip-flops, and leave the heavier coats on their hooks by the door.
My favorite, FAVORITE part of early spring?? THE FLOWERS! Especially daffodils and forsythia. Maybe it's because they're my favorite color? Maybe it's because they are among the early spring bloomers? In any case, I love them. When I see their bright yellow buds, I know for sure that spring is coming.
This year, I've been so inspired by nature's beauty that I wanted to do some spring decorated cookies, like this pretty (and easy!) forsythia twig wreath!
What you'll need:
* your choice of cookie base. Base icing flood is optional!
* brown icing- thick!
* Decorator tips 1 or PME 1 or 1.5 - depending on how thick you want the branches
* Scribe tool or some other tool to mark dried icing
Although the twig wreaths are pretty au naturel, I wanted to add some blossoms to mine! I used thickish yellow icing with a tiny star tip to make blossoms closer to the center of the wreath. Then I switched to a small round tip to make the impression of smaller blossoms towards the twig ends. You could even add in tiny dots of green for leaves!
I think that forsythia wreaths placed on a door are the perfect way to Welcome Spring!
Click below for more spring decorating ideas!
Daffodil Royal Icing Transfers
Daffodils are my absolute favorite flower, hands down. They are commonly found in my favorite color (YELLOW!) and they are the sure sign that spring is well on its way.
What better way to celebrate these spring beauties than with icing?!
I have created a little video on how to make these pretty daffodils with royal icing. Remember that I'm not a videographer by any stretch of the imagination,
so don't laugh too hard at my film :)
But you'll get the idea on how to make these blooms to celebrate spring!
Although I mention them in the video, here's a list of materials for reference:
* Thick yellow icing in a piping bag
* Wilton petal tips 103 and 101
* flower nail
* parchment paper squares
* scribe tool or boo boo stick or toothpick
One of my favorite spring/early summer blooms are lilies.
Take a look at how I made these beautiful flowers!
These little swirly roses are a twist on Sugarbelle's Simple Swirl Rose. As I was recreating her sweet little flowers, I made a mistake. A mistake that I loved!
Sugarbelle's Simple Swirl Roses are a view of a rose from above the blossom, with the swirl centralized. I offset my swirl so that you view the rose from the side of the blossom. That sounds kinda confusing. Let me show you!
Today I had posted these blossoms on Jill FCS' wall as my contribution to her share theme of "understated artistry". She was looking for cookies where the number of colors and techniques were limited but the cookier still pulled off a beautiful cookie.
I was overwhelmed with wonderful comments and likes for these simple blossoms. Then there was talk of a tutorial within those comments. So I had to make a choice: laundry or make a video tutorial. I can hear the Cookie Widower now fussing at the offspring about turning their socks right side out. Love that man!
So here is my completely non-professional video of how to make my little blossom. Try to ignore the hum of my commercial refrigerator in the background. Boy that thing is loud!
Looking back at my purple ones, it looks like I did slightly smaller petals in between the bigger ones, since I had used a flower shaped cookie. The idea is still the same as what I had demonstrated in the video.
It was fun doing that little video! Kind of reminiscent of my old teaching days. So what do you think- would you like to see more videos?
I'm Amy. Wife, Mom, former science teacher- and now full time cookie baker on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Pull up a chair and we create! I'll bring the coffee- maybe Mike (The Cookie Widower) will make it for us.