Lets be honest - not many love to pipe florals, bows and other intricate details. Shocking, right? It just so happens that you can bypass it completely with the use of fondant or chocolate accents using silicone molds - and its not nearly as hard as you would think! This post will focus on the use of fondant and show you how to add a unique touch to your cookies that will wow everyone - maybe even yourself!
Now if you've ever played with playdoh (because who hasn't!), consider yourself qualified to work with fondant at this very introductory level. Seriously, its really not as intimidating as it looks! Since I only need a little when making my accents, its easiest to use the store bought brands that you can find at places like Michael's. You can buy it in white and colour or paint yourself, or go for the pre coloured ones if they match what you are looking for. I mean, I'm all about convenience but if you really want to go all out and make your own go for it! I will say that sometimes the store bought ones can be a little hard in texture at first but this is super easy to fix, just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and it's much easier to work with. Some recommend adding tylose powder too, but I personally haven't found a need for it. As long as you give the fondant a little love by massaging and warming it up, you should be good to go!
Once ready, brush the cavity of the mold with a bit of cornstarch - this helps the fondant not to stick and release easier. Press your fondant in and remove any excess. You don't need to wait too long before popping it out - about a minute is safe and if you really want to make sure it holds its form and releases without issue, you can pop it in the freezer for a few minutes. Gently remove by bending the mold and letting it come out naturally.
Going back to the playdoh reference, that's the texture you have at first here. Handle with care and don't press too hard on it at any point. I usually let it sit for about an hour before I move on to other steps if they are needed.
Colouring, painting & dry dusting:
Now as I mentioned above, you can use the pre-coloured fondant or tint it yourself if you want a specific colour. Simply add the colour you want and work it in until you have an even tint throughout. It's best to wear gloves so you don't stain your hands.
An alternative to coloured fondant is to make your accents in white and then paint them. The same elite colours I used to tint the fondant is what I used here to paint - simply dilute the dust with a little bit of vodka and voila! The alcohol evaporates leaving no residue or aftertaste. YES, your work is still safe to consume. Add extra dimension too by just dry dusting (more below). This is really what I love about The Sugar Art elite products is that they give you such versatility. While the elites give a matte finish, the sterling pearl line works just the same but with a shimmery finish.
Dry dusting is such a simple and effective way to add dimension to your accents. It's best to use a firmer paint brush that you can get even and exact coverage with. Follow the natural lines of the design and gently work the pigment in, removing any excess.
Once complete, its time to add it to your cookie. Use a little icing to act as your glue and apply. See? I told you it wasn't hard!
Video version here!
And another because we all love a cookie video (note that I've also airbrushed with elite colour!):
Because these accents are right on top of the cookie, I like them to remain soft so they are easy to bite into. When packaging, just be sure not to stack them so they don't get pressed into. Otherwise you can store or freeze the cookie just as normal!
If you would like to make your accents in advance or just have some on hand, you can do that too. Keep them in a plastic container with a lid and layer between parchment as long as there's not too much weight on the ones underneath. As long as they are air tight, they'll remain soft for a few months no problem. Do not store in the fridge as it could form condensation and cause wilting.
Some people aren't a fan of fondant and that's fine, they can easily remove the accent from the cookie prior to eating it. Of course not before telling you how beautiful it is and how talented you are ;)
Hope this was helpful! You can find a selection of multi molds, dust colours, silicone mats, brushes and so much more in my online shop! Remember to tag me in your creations where you've used my products, I love seeing what you make!