Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Painted Rose Cookies for Mother's Day


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strawberry layer cake with swiss meringue buttercream


Painted Rose cookies for Mother's Day... painted rose decorated cookies ... perfect for Mother's Day
Cookie inspiration really is EVERYWHERE!  Seriously, look to your right.  That thing right there?  That could be a cookie.
(I so hope you're not blog reading in the bathroom.)

Invitations are great jumping off points for cookie design ideas.  Lately, I've been enamored with Swanky Press invitations.  Our school ordered invites for our fundraiser from them (so cute!), and ever since, I keep popping over to their site for cookie ideas.

painted rose decorated cookies ... perfect for Mother's Day
I fell in love with the rose garland on this bridal shower invitation and thought it would be just perfect for Mother's Day.  {Note to my boys: Mother's Day is approaching!}

painted rose decorated cookies ... perfect for Mother's Day
Don't worry, you need ZERO artistic skill to make these.  You'll basically be painting cloud-shaped blobs on your cookies.  If I can do it, so can YOU!

 

To make painted rose cookies, you'll need:


Start by icing your cookies with a base coat of white icing.  Outline the cookies with a #2 tip.

Thin the icing 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 silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed.  Pour into a squeeze bottle. 

Fill in the outlines with the thinned icing, using a toothpick to guide to the edges and to pop large air bubbles.

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

how to paint on cookies
Once the cookies are completely dry, gather your supplies for painting: paintbrushes, palette, paper towels, food coloring, water, and food coloring pen.

I find it easier to start with the "Mom" in the center, then add the flowers.  You could use a paintbrush for this, but I think a food coloring pen is the perfect tool here.

how to paint on cookies
Next, mix food coloring with water in approximately equal amounts on your palette.  Dip the brushes into the mixture, then blot well on paper towels before painting on the cookies.

painted rose decorated cookies ... perfect for Mother's Day, inspired by @swankypress invitations
The roses really are just little cloud shapes.  With the soft pink food coloring, I filled in the shape, and then added detail with the electric pink.  For the electric pink roses, I left them with white centers.

Add the leaves and garland in green.
painted rose decorated cookies ... perfect for Mother's Day
Give the cookies about 30 minutes to dry completely. 

On a totally weird, exciting, how-did-this-happen note...this Thursday morning, I'll be drinking...no wait, I'll be cooking/baking with with Ree and Maria and these two.  YEP.

Excuse me while I pass out.  I'll be the one hiding behind Ree.
painted rose decorated cookies ... perfect for Mother's Day


27 comments:

  1. I'll be the one cheering the loudest Thursday morning!

    The cookies are beautiful. They remind me of vintage tea cups

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  2. Congrats Bridget! Also, those cookies are beautiful!

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  3. Beautiful cookies Bridget!! And I CAN'T WAIT to see you shine on my teevee!!!!!!!

    And on The Today Show no less!!! xoxoxo

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  4. Cool! Very Exciting! I will set my DVR! Yay You!

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  5. You're a tv star now! What I learned, I learned from your great book and website. Best of luck, continue to teach us!

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  6. Absolutely beautiful and I can. not. wait to see you on KLG and Hoda Thursday! You are a SUPAH-STAH!!!! Love ya!!!

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  7. They're beautiful, Bridget! Can't wait to watch you on t.v.!!! Couldn't happen to a nicer person (though we've never met, it shines through on your blog:))!

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  8. These are gorgeous! I'll have to give them a try

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  9. it just keeps getting better.

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  10. These are so beautiful! My DVR is set! :)

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  11. I can't believe that these are just cookies! They look like they're made of porcelain instead of dough and icing. Incredible!

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  12. OH MY GOSH!!! That is SOOOOO exciting!! I am going to be glued to my TV. So happy for your Bridget!!! This just totally made my day!! (and gorgeous cookies. Da.) :)

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  13. Oh!!! Good for you! You get to see Ree?! I am so excited for you! Those cookies are amazing....just wondering if I could adopt you...so you could call ME Mom? xo Diana

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  14. What the WHAT??? You dah'ling, are going to be a STAR (not that you're not already)!!! I'll be watching and squealing the entire time! Oh btw, cute, cute, cute cookies!!!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  15. How exciting!! Mz Bridget!!! come to Atlantic City after, bring Ree and Maria...I'll show ya around....lol, no seriously so excited for you, break a leg!...and ps...go to John's of Bleeker Street for the best pizza you will ever consume!

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  16. How very exciting and I just love these cookies, so fancy!

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  17. So exciting!! I will be watching for sure!!

    Adorable cookies! :)

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  18. That's so exciting!! Congratulations! These cookies are beautiful.

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  19. These are beautiful Bridget! You are so talented.

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  20. As pretty as Mom! These are just so lovely. I can imagine you enjoyed painting them.

    BTW I have a giveaway (the CUTEST lil bee salt/pepper shakers) with 2 winners at the moment in honour of Mother's Day and to help the effort to save the bees.
    Please enter on my blog, the apple-honey salad post.
    Good luck!

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  21. So dainty!
    And no I'm not blog reading in the bathroom…but that thing to my right is my bed, hehe! bed cookies…!

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  22. Bridget,
    I'm having my Mom and family over for dinner on Mother's Day.
    Congrats on the TV debut! How exciting. I was working, so I couldn't watch it while it was on. Do you have a clip I could watch? Does this mean I know a star? :-)
    Annamaria

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  23. Bridget,
    You were awesome yesterday. I love it when I see people I know on tv. Congratulations!
    Sandy
    (Bakerella's Mom)

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  24. It was SO FUN to see you on with Hoda & Kathie Lee...I just love their show. And you!! xo

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  25. hi there im b zu your cookies are exquisite, just to say the least as in wow!

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