Thursday, December 1, 2011

'Tis the Season...

...the season to get engaged!  
You know that along with it being Christmas and all, this is also known as "engagement season."
Now, let me give you (three) guys out there reading a tip.  Engagement rings do not count as a year's worth of presents all in one little black velvet box.  I knew there would be trouble years ago when a friend of mine got engaged and her fiance, who shall remain nameless (Matt), made it clear that this ring was her birthday, Christmas and Valentine gift all rolled into one.  Don't do that.

OK...on to these ring cookies.  These were made for two of kiddo's teachers who have gotten engaged over the last year.  They are the sweetest teachers you could ask for.  You know as a mom, you pray that your kid is blessed with good teachers...teachers who *enjoy* teaching...and *enjoy* KIDS?!?  Well, we lucked out.  And I think their fiances lucked out, too.  We're so, so happy for them.

{I hope they don't mind that I broke out the vintage wedding stuff and had a little photo shoot before boxing them up!}

To make these engagement ring cookies, you'll need:

First, as soon as the cookies comes out of the oven, lightly press a small circle cutter in the center.  This will help with piping the opening of the ring.  You'll see in a second, mine still aren't perfect circles, but it helped!

With a #2 tip, outline the ring in grey icing. (We're trying for a silvery look.)

With a #2 tip, outline the diamond in white icing.  Reserve some of this icing for later.


Thin the white and grey icings with water, a bit at a time, until it is the consistency of thick syrup.  Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit several minutes.

Stir gently with a rubber spatula and transfer icings to squeeze bottles.

Fill in the rings in grey and the diamonds in white.  Use a toothpick to spread to edges and pop large air bubbles.

Wait at least 30 minutes, then use a #2 tip to add the detail on the diamond with the unthinned white icing.

Let dry overnight.

Time to add the bling.  (Do people still say "bling?"  I'm thinking, not.)

Mix some silver luster dust with a few drop of vodka.  Brush on the ring.  Add more vodka as needed to thin the luster dust as it will thicken.

Mix 1/4 tsp. meringue powder with 1/4 tsp. water.  With a small paintbrush, apply to the detail part of the diamond.  Sprinkle on the disco dust, then shake off the excess.  You may want to use a dry paintbrush to help remove the excess.  By no means (no matter how tempted) should you blow on the cookie...you will be wearing disco dust in your eyebrows for a week.
{It's hard to capture *just* how brilliant the disco dust is...this picture is the best, I think.  In real life, when the light catches it just so, it's dazzling.}

So, happy wedding, happy engagement to all of you this "engagement season."  Sending special love and best wishes to kiddo's teachers!  We couldn't be happier for you!!! ♥

50 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous! I adore them.

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  2. They are so pretty!

    I was proposed to on Christmas Eve 11 years ago! We've been married for 10 years this past August!

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  3. Those are adorable! And I love your decorations.

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  4. You are extremely talented! I am inspired by your cookies :) Happy holidays to you...
    Thanks for the great posts,
    Jodi

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  5. I have never liked the way other people decorated engagement ring cookies but your design has changed my mind. Very nicely done and so pretty!

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  6. It's true--good teachers make a WORLD of difference to a kid. :) I'm so happy that they received your appreciation, and in cookie-form no less! that's the best kind of appreciation ;)

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  7. Hahaha, Christmas, valentine and birthday gift all rolled into one? Oh no.

    These look gorgeous though. I love the luster

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  8. I am in love...with these dazzling cookies! Thanks for the how to. I'm hoping someone I know get engaged soon!

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  9. My best friend just got engaged so I'm going to have to make these for her!

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  10. Adorable! Great job as always.

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  11. Christmas and birthday all in one?! Heck no! These cookies are so cute! Love this idea!

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  12. I love these, I can never get my luster dust to look so nice. Maybe it is the brand I buy:(

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  13. Bridget you always make me laugh - and WOW do you have some awesome vintage wedding things! :) Great post, as always! :)

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  14. I love these! I've made diamond ring cookies before, but I love all the extra details you put in. The idea of making a template for your circle is great. I've also done it where I actually remove the entire middle part using a cookie cutter, but it's hard to keep them uniform. Curious about the vodka - can you taste it? Thanks for the great ideas!

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  15. The rings and hearts are lovely and Kiddo's teachers are going to love them. Great instructions on using the disco and luster dust.

    Your vintage wedding stuff is all so sweet but that book...what a beautiful little treasure.

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  16. Sn these rings precious and our husbands will give us cost less

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  17. So cute, a guy could propose with one of these!

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  18. just stopping by to say people at work use the word "bling" all day to reference everything sparkly!

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  19. I want to get engaged again just to get those cookies! Adorable.
    (still engaged to Mike, of course!)

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  20. So so lovely! Gorgeous. I am terrible with luster dust, but methinks I should try again. Just posted on Edible Crafts :)

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  21. Those are beautiful! I think I'd rather have those cookies than a ring!

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  22. I love them! And I'm a Christmas Eve engagement ;) Hubby and I always get out a bit of bubbly on Christmas Eve after the kids go to bed to celebrate and reflect. Not really sappy...more like a few sips here and there while trying not to argue over who has to wrap the odd-shaped present and who put the tape dispenser where.

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  23. These cookies are so cute!! I love them!! Ye I do!! :D

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  24. I love your cheater circle, lol.
    You know I still struggle with circles, there is just something about a perfect circle.
    I love little disco dust, it adds just the right amount of sparkle to these beautiful cookies.

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  25. These are adorable. I just got engaged a couple weeks ago (yay) and I ran across this idea. I may give it a practice run and see if I can make them for the engagement party! Thanks for the great idea.

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  26. i totally admire what you do w/ royal icing, even though i have failed at it many times... i read your blog just to look at the designs... :)

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  27. I love the glitter and shimmer so much! I must make something just to use some of the luster dust:) It's so thoughtful of you to honor Kiddo's teachers this way. I'm sure they'll be thrilled! The cookies are gorgeous, Bridget!

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  28. I think my engagement ring is the only present I have ever gotten from my hubs...
    OK maybe a few more goodies along the way.
    Love the rings & I love you girl!
    Awesome getting to know you this weekend :)
    Adorable Cookies!
    xxoo

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  29. So cute!! Love the glittery diamond on top!

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  30. I love your posts, Bridget! "Cheater circle"... awesome! xox

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  31. These are just amazing looking! WOW!

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  32. so cute!!! Congratulations for your marvelous work!!!!
    Kisses from Spain

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  33. Such beautiful cookies... And, I never thought to add the cheater circle. Brilliant! Because I'm pretty awful at piping circles free-hand. :)

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  34. This post is absolutely fetish-worthy and I've been inspired to include it in my Friday Food Fetish blog. If you have any objections, please let me know

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  35. These rings are sooo cute. Gotta love some Disco Dust!

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  36. Wow. O.o The cookies look so yummy! I like all of your cookie designs, but this one is my favorite! :D I should try this one of these days, just for fun. LOL. I bet visitors would love to eat sweets more if there are cookies like this on weddings.

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  37. Thank you for including the tutorial... One of my coworkers just got engaged and i'll be presenting her with a dozen of these beautiful rings...! Thanks again!

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  38. ohhhhhhhhhhh i'll surely try these rings on my upcoming anniversary...
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  39. Thank you so much for including this post!! I'm making these for my bridesmaids, however I am having difficulty with the luster and disco dust. I purchased Wilton's shimmer dust and used vodka but when I put it on the cookie, the royal icing started to flake away and left no shimmer on the cookie... It just ruined it. Am I doing something wrong?

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    1. Hey Alexandra!

      Oh no! I'm sorry you're having problems. Wilton's shimmer dust is not the same as luster or disco dust. Look for those terms exactly. Amazon is a great place to look as is Sweet Baking Supply online.

      Happy baking (and wedding)! :)

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  41. These are just too cool! Thanks for posting the tut...I've been keeping an eye out since you mentioned it the other day! I can't wait to share this with my readers (i.e. I'll be linking)! engagement ring

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  42. Is there a non-alcoholic liquid I could mix with the luster to have it still work?

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  43. How big are the cookies? I bought a cookie cutter that is about 4" tall

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