Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Carnation Cookies

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Why do carnations get such a bad rap?
Do we just think of them as the science experiment we did in Kindergarten with the food coloring and water?

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I'm not sure, but when I was given this carnation on Mother's Day, I was struck by how beautiful it was. Ruffled, full, dainty and study all at once...with its pink-tipped edges and spicy scent, I was left wondering why I don't fill my house with them.

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I was also left with a notion that they needed to be cookied.

how to make carnation cookies from bakeat350.blogspot.com
Let me show you how I made these. I try to keep a tub of white fondant on hand at all times...this is the one I like. You can find it on Amazon and Sur la Table.

I used this tutorial as a jumping off point. I don't have fondant tools, and wanted to try to create the look without buying more doo-dads. My doo-dad drawer is full. ;) If you want a perfect ruffled flower, be sure to check out that tutorial.

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To make carnation cookies, you'll need:

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Roll the fondant on a surface coated with cornstarch. I rolled mine to 1/8", but thinner would make a pretty and more delicate flower. Cut with the graduated circle cutters...you'll need 3 circles per flower.

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Use the side of an icing tip to press along the edges of each circle to thin the edges. 

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Next, use a toothpick to make some striations.

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Mix food coloring with vodka until thinned and a paint-like consistency. Paint the edges with the mixture. 

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Paint towards the center of the flower over the striations. I used both a fan brush and a flat brush...either will work. Stack the circles, using a bit of water in the center of each, and pressing in the center with the fat end of a chopstick. 

Use waxed paper to prop the flowers in an egg carton. Use a toothpick to nudge the ruffles where you want them. You can also touch up paint on the edges. Let the flowers set for a few hours. 

how to make carnation cookies from bakeat350.blogspot.com
how to make carnation cookies from bakeat350.blogspot.com
Use a #3 tip to adhere the flowers to the cookies.

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Use leaf tips to add leaves. Let the icing set for an hour or so before packaging. 

how to make carnation cookies from bakeat350.blogspot.com
When I head to the grocery store later today (already for the 3rd time this week...who's with me?), I'll definitely be filling my cart with carnations!

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like a perfect day! This Carnation Cookies looks delicious and yummy. Your images also looks cool and colourful it attracts me. This is perfect for our wedding anniversary. For sure my husband love this too. Can’t wait to try this delicious recipe. Just wanted to thank you for your great ideas , it helps a lot. Nice post indeed, I am impressed. Good job friend.

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  2. I LOVE carnations and these cookies too:)

    You are so talented.

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  3. I love carnations too!!! These are the cutest, Bridget!! <3

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  4. These are so pretty! The little extra effort to make each carnation certainly pays off.

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  5. Wow! They look so beautiful!!! Stunning!

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  6. These are so pretty! Very clever.

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  7. I would have a difficult time eating these cookies. It's beautiful!

    -Ajeena
    www.perfectingjoy.com

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  8. This is real masterpiece! Beautiful.

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