Monday, December 16, 2013

Gold-Adorned Christmas Wreath Cookies: Color Challenge

Hey guys!  Remember the first color challenge...the color was bright pink?  Well, this time, the color is GOLD!!!
gold-adorned christmas wreath cookies
Gold screams "fancy;" it does (!), but I wanted to incorporate gold into cookies in a super simple way.  I know I say this all the time, but I love a simple cookie.  It leaves more time for eating.

These gold-adorned wreath cookies incorporate gold in two ways: 1. edible gold star glitter (!!!), and 2. a gold luster dust bow.
gold-adorned christmas wreath cookies
To make them, you'll need:

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With a #2 tip, outline the wreath bow in gold icing.

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With another #2 tip, outline the wreath in green icing.

Thin the green & gold icings (reserve a bit of gold for later) with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup.  You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin.  Count of 2-3 is good.  Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a rubber spatula to pop any large air bubbles that have formed. Transfer to squeeze bottles.

Fill in the wreath with the thinned green icing.  Use a toothpick to guide into corners and pop large air bubbles.
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Add the star sprinkles.

Fill in the bow with the thinned gold icing.  Let dry at least one hour.

Let dry at least one hour.

With a #2 tip add a center to the bows.

Let the cookies dry uncovered 6-8 hours or overnight.

Get out your luster dust supplies:  Luster dust, small ramekin, small paintbrush and vodka (a good excuse to always have vodka in the house).
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Mix up your luster dust with a few drops of the vodka and brush it on. (The alcohol will evaporate, leaving just the gold sheen.)  Add a few drops of vodka to the ramekin as you're working if it starts to get clumpy on you.  A little goes a long way, so don't worry about using all of the container in one shot.

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You can see here the difference between the plain iced bow (right) and the luster dust bow (left).

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I hope you'll add some gold to your holiday cookies this year!

Now, go check out the other GOLD color challenge blogs.  These ladies are SO talented!!!  
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15 comments:

  1. There is no way I could decorate these as pretty as you. I would most likely get frustrated and just end up drinking the vodka. However, these are SO pretty and fancy pants looking. Love them!

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  2. I LOVE this!! You are just brilliant with how you incorporate beauty into all you do!

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  3. Gorgeous!! You make it look so easy.

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  4. So pretty! I LOVE these!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  5. These are SO pretty, so simple yet so detailed. Beautiful.

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  6. Gotta love Christmas cookies with some bling!

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  7. Those cookies are exquisite Bridgey!! Those bows!!! They just make me smile! :)

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  8. I just picked up some of these star sprinkles last week! But believe me, nothing out of my kitchen will look as exquisite as these gorgeous cookies!

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  9. These cookies are so elegant, I am a gold kind of girl!!

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  10. OK, I had no idea there was such a thing as editable gold star sprinkles. You just rocked my world. I think I need a permanent jar of those babies on my desk.

    xo!

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  11. I love the gold! So festive and edible gold sprinkles is so cool! I have to buy some!

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  12. Everything is better with a little touch of gold! You gave these the midas touch! Merry Christmas Bridget!!

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  13. Though you didn't show a picture of the cutter, it is a cute one and one that I don't have. Love your gold star speckled wreath and the bow is gorgeous. Great contribution to this challenge Bridget.

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  14. You did an amazing job on these The wreaths look so elegant and perfect. The gold really does add a very special touch :)

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