Monday, May 19, 2014

Gold Chevron Stenciled Floral Thank You Cookies...say that 3 times fast.

gold chevron stenciled floral thank you cookies ... and thoughts on overcoming "cookie decorating perfection angst" ;)
For the past few months, I've been having stencil angst.  Yes, actual angst over an actual piece of plastic for cookie decorating.  For real.

gold chevron stenciled floral thank you cookies ... and thoughts on overcoming "cookie decorating perfection angst" ;)
Maybe you feel this way, too....but sometimes I see pictures of other decorated cookies that are utter perfection and I'm paralyzed.  Cookie paralyzed.

gold chevron stenciled floral thank you cookies ... and thoughts on overcoming "cookie decorating perfection angst" ;)
For example, I love the look stencils can give cookies (you can find some really great ones here).  I ordered several and read up on the best way to use them.  Then, I gave it a try, didn't think they were "perfect" enough, and tossed them.

I stashed the stencils away, but I thought about them a LOT. 

gold chevron stenciled floral thank you cookies ... and thoughts on overcoming "cookie decorating perfection angst" ;)
Fast forward to last month...we spent a few hours at our town's art festival.  The art was beautiful, inspiring, creative...and guess what?  Not perfect.  Actually, the art that was more quirky, less perfect, more real was the art that was my favorite. 

And hello, Bridget.  These are cookies we're talking about, not the Sistine Chapel.

When I had the chance to make some thank you cookies, I busted out the stencils again.  No airbrush, no special stencil magnets, no angst. (Ok, a little angst.)

I guess what I'm trying to say here is...don't let the fear of imperfection keep you from creating.

gold chevron stenciled floral thank you cookies ... and thoughts on overcoming "cookie decorating perfection angst" ;)
In the end, I kind of love that the stenciling on the cookies is a little wonky. 

Let's make a deal.  Let's try to not be paralyzed by the fear of imperfection.  Maybe we won't strive for wonky, but let's embrace it and find the beauty in the rustic, the homemade, the flawed.

gold chevron stenciled floral thank you cookies ... and thoughts on overcoming "cookie decorating perfection angst" ;)

To make these gold chevron stenciled floral cookies ;), you'll need:



gold chevron stenciled floral thank you cookies ... and thoughts on overcoming "cookie decorating perfection angst" ;)
Use  #2 tips to outline the cookies with ivory and turquoise icing.  Reserve some of this piping consistency icing before thinning.

Thin the ivory and turquoise icings with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup.  (Reserve some of the white icing for piping details later.) 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 squeeze bottles.

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 at least one hour.

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For the "thank you" cookies: Use star tips to make rosettes with the star tips in the pink icing.  Use #3 or #4 tips to pipe the base of swirly flowers in peach icing.  Switch the tips on the pink to #1 and add a swirl on top of the peach icing.

Use a leaf tip to pipe leaves in the avocado icing.

Pipe working using a #1 or #1.5 tip.  (I used both 1 & 1.5 PME tips.)

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

gold chevron stenciled floral thank you cookies ... and thoughts on overcoming "cookie decorating perfection angst" ;)
For the chevron cookies: Let the base color dry completely before stenciling. Place the cookie on a small plate and the plate on a cookie sheet.  Rest the stencil lightly over the top of the cookie, and spray a light coating of gold spray evenly over the top.  Gently lift the stencil off of the cookie, and blot it before placing it onto another cookie.

gold chevron stenciled floral thank you cookies ... and thoughts on overcoming "cookie decorating perfection angst" ;)
Pipe on flowers and leaves as described above.

Be not afraid.  Go forth and cookie! 
gold chevron stenciled floral thank you cookies ... and thoughts on overcoming "cookie decorating perfection angst" ;)

38 comments:

  1. How pretty! They're like store-bought quality, but with homemade goodness! I can only hope to be able to make things of that quality someday. :)

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  2. What if you used gold lustre dust and clear alcohol and brushed it on like we use on fondant? Either way, I love the imperfection too! They look a bit like fabric and I think they're adorable!!

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  3. These are lovely! Thanks for the instructions

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  4. Thank you for the reminder that art doesn't need to be perfect-it just needs to be made with love. Not a day goes by that I don't struggle with that same need to make something 'perfect'.
    (psst....love color mist so much more than my airbrush!!!)

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  5. Beautiful cookies, beautiful post! =)

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  6. Now you know why I don't have stencils. I'm even too afraid to buy them!

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  7. Thank you for your words of encouragement! I needed an example of pushing forward and embracing imperfection : )

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  8. I love looking at your cookies! Perfect or not, they always inspire!

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  9. Love this Bridget, I hope people get your message, its a good one...I've been saying it for a long time..."it's only a cookie"

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  10. Bridget, I found this post in my emails this morning...sent to me by my sweet hubby!!! And you are RIGHT!! They're only cookies, they don't have to be perfect!! He's so funny, and does so much to keep me grounded...he knows I get carried away sometimes. Your posts over the years have meant alot to me, and I find your philosophy much the same as mine in a lot of ways. Happy baking to you, too!! Sharon from The Plaid Cookie Co.

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  11. OK, I think your cookies are perfect.

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  12. I had the urge to say, "preach" as I read this post! I have the perfection disease, and it's my nemesis! It can really steal the joy from something that is supposed to be fun! So many times I have found the flaws in things I make...rather than enjoying the beauty, the rustic, the homemade. You really are my hero! XO

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  13. As an artist and cookie baker, I say AMEN Beautiful cookies!

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  14. Bridget these are BEAUTIFUL!! and I can't imagine you having angst over anything to do with cookies!!

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  15. Bridget,
    Your cookies always look so wonderful. If there are any imperfections, it only gives them more character.
    Annamaria

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  16. As a newbie wanting to do all those beautiful designs I see, this was a breath of fresh cookie air!!!! I had not thought it could be done other than an air-brush, which is not in my budget. I love your blog and the way you speak cookie :)

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  17. Those cookies are looking absolutely perfect! They are a dream to receive! It's always scary to do something creative and show it to the world, but it's also fantastic. And if it doesn't work, we can always throw things away and start over right?

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  18. So amazing, love the chevron!

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  19. I love this post and these cookies are BEAUTIFUL! Sometimes when I see PERFECT cookies they almost look manufactured, so I console myself that mine look personal and homemade:) My problem lately is tiny air bubbles (all over) that I just can't seem to get rid of...major angst!

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  20. Son preciosas, delicadas, elegantes, me encantan!

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  21. Your cookies are just gorgeous and I can't believe you doubted yourself.

    Madonna
    MakeMineLemon

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  22. Long time reader here. First time commenter (I think). These cookies are simply beautiful, Bridget! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos, along with your entertaining cookie commentary.

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  23. BEAUTIFUL cookies! BEAUTIFUL post! Thank you for sharing your cookie angst with us because I don't know about everybody else, but I definitely get it. Like, every single set, get it. I worry that it isn't good enough, that I will disappoint, but I'm getting better at embracing the wonky. You are awesome!

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  25. I totally threw away the first stencil cookie I did too!! Which also happened to be chevron :)

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  26. I think they are beautiful and love them. Thank you ...

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  27. Thank you for this post.....I'm a little behind on my reading ;) This came at the best time for me. I've started loosing the love I have had for cookie decorating. Reading this made me realize the reason I started decorating in the first place........my family. They do not care about any imperfections. What I make for them is perfect in their eyes. So for me? It's back to the beginning. Back to baking and watching my family light up and be impressed!!

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  28. Thank you for the inspiration and wise words. Was just what I needed .xx

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  30. I want to make these beautiful cookies for a baby shower, but I work, I want to make them ahead of time. How long are they good? Can I put in the fridge?

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