Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How to make "flat dots" on cookies . . . Works for Me Wednesday


Ever had one of those "How did they DO that?" moments?   I sure did.  I had been decorating cookies a few years and saw some cookies in the Martha Stewart catalog (I miss that catalog).

The cookies had FLAT dots and stripes and they really boggled my mind.

Once I figured out how to make them, I, well, went kinda went dot crazy.  It is probably my favorite cookie decorating technique.  {And it's so easy!}

First....here's a little video (from last year) if you are a visual learner. :)
(More how-to cookie decorating videos like this can be seen at University of Cookie.)

Here's how to do it...
{portions of this post were originally published here in 2007...have I really been blogging that long?}
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  • Thin two (or more) colors of icing with water to approximately the same consistency, like a thick syrup. One shouldn't be noticeably thinner than the other.
  • After outlining, flood the cookie with the base color first and spread with a toothpick.
  • While the base color is still wet, add the dots using a squeeze bottle. The dots must be added to the wet icing, but do give the base color a few minutes to set. Adding the dots right way, especially dark on light, may cause some bleeding into the main icing as it dries.  I typically work 6-8 cookies at a time, adding the base color, then going back with the dots.
  • If the bleeding does happen, don't worry...it's just a cookie! Chance are, no one will notice but you. :)


One little announcement:
Kicking and screaming, Bake at 350 has entered the 21st century.  

As my friend Shelly said, "I think you are the last person alive not on facebook...you and my grandpa."  Look out grandpa, you're next. ;)

{And don't be confused...I guess there are a few "Bake at 350's" on FB...you'll see my little pink cake cookie on my page.} 


Now, go get dotty! :)

37 comments:

  1. I thought I was the only one who missed Martha's catalogue!!!

    I would be nothing without my dots.

    Love from a kindred dot-loving spirit.

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  2. Super awesome fantastic tips!!! I love when you share your expertise girl... you are the best!

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  3. Ah! Now I get it, I always wondered about how people do that. Cookie decorating is such an art, I'm in awe of what you do.

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  4. Thanks for the how-to! Those strawberries are ~adorable~. :)

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial! They rock! :-)

    I finally joined the 21st century and joined Facebook. Funny thing is, I'm hardly on it. So I guess I still have one foot stuck in the 20th century.

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  6. Tell Shelly that I am a completely normal, with-it, 38 year old woman who is not on Facebook. I think it's an awful waste of time! I'd rather be looking at beautiful cookies or finding neat sewing projects. :-)

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  8. I FINALLY attempted dots a couple of weeks ago, but they weren't quite flat. I am going to try again SOON with strawberry cookies. I even saved some strawberry baskets:) You are the reigning queen of dots, Bridget! :) Yours are always perfectly flush with the rest of the icing!

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  9. It's probably needless to say - at this point - but your "flat dot" instructions were another life changing moment for me! People are always intrigued by that technique. A crowd pleaser for sure!

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  10. thank you fot this post, very usefull

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  11. Every one of these cookies are just adorable! Thanks for sharing your dot-pertise!

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  12. Like Sue said, you are the Queen of dots..that should be your tag line..."Bridget, Queen of the Polka...dots" ;)

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  13. I originally learned to do these dots from you, and it always impresses people! :) Thanks for the tip on waiting a few minutes before adding the dots...I think I do it too quickly.

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  14. I actually tried this technique last weekend! I’ve attempted to decorate cookies 4 times and only 2 times actually worked out…lol. So, I used it on my second successful attempt. I made onesies with lavender frosting and turquoise dots. Super easy, even for this newbie.

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  15. i love how something as simple as wet on wet can be so BEAUTIFUL! And I love getting DOTTY! And I also found two new loves... love the strawberry cookies AND those Apples. first time seeing that set =)

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  16. Thanks for the info. I too miss Martha's catalog. :(

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  17. Oh I agree - you are the Flat Dot Queen! Well, that didn't come out quite right...it was meant to be a compliment! lol ♥- Katrina

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  18. sweet, wouldnt want to eat my own name kinda sugar cannabilism,lol

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  19. Wow, and you've already got almost 2000 fans! I think you waited on purpose. LOL!

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  20. Love those adorable little dots! You seriously are a cookie genius.

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  21. I'm always amazed at how consistent your polka-dots are. No one does them like you do, especially me! I always end up with one or two bigger than all the rest.

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  22. I love polka-dots! I too used to marvel at cookies with them, thinking they were almost magical! Happy Cookie-ing! =)

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  23. oh my have I pondered this very same question over and over as I pine after the cookie making of you great ladies! Thanks so much for helping a novice get better and FANCY! ~ Trish

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  24. I really appreciate the how-tos you post. Not to mention all the eye candy images that go along with them! Such a great blog. :)

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  25. I HEART dots ;) I think I would go dot crazy too :)

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  26. God love you for explaining how easy dots can be! I can't wait to try it out.

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  27. I think this is an interesting way to show your your skills to yourself as a chef and also a way to discover how creative you can be. I'm gonna try to bake cookies with extrovert designs to see what I get.

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  28. You are so creative. I don't think I could do a paint this well!

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  32. I used this technique on some Valentine's Day cookies and shared the photos on my blog www.mylittlesomethingsweet.com. Thanks so much for sharing all of your techniques--I had fun with this one! I linked back to this page in my blog

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