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oh so easy dragonfly toppers


Since I’m STILL in a borrowed kitchen (3 weeks has turned into 3 months. Who knew buying a house would be so hard?) I decided to experiment with super-easy-quick sweet things rather than coat our hosts’ kitchen with flour and sugar. These Springy dragonfly toppers made from Starburst candy took me no time at all. Very kid friendly, too! Use them to top cupcakes, frosted cookies, cakes, or, as I did, store-bought cookies.

to make oh so easy dragonfly toppers

you will need:
Starburst candy
wax paper
rolling pin
scissors
light corn syrup
cookies, cupcakes, cakes or whatever


step one: nuke your candy
I worked with one starburst at a time. Place in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 7 seconds. Place between two sheets of wax paper and roll out.


step two: cut your shapes
With scissors, cut four petal shapes, 2 large and 2 small. These will be your wings. Set the scraps aside. Repeat with other colors for as many dragonflies as you need.



Once you complete the wings, re-microwave the scraps (again, I worked with one set at a time because the candy dries quickly) for 6 seconds. With your thumb and forefinger, roll pieces into small balls. Don’t worry if the balls are not uniform size.


step three: assemble your dragonflies
Use balls of one color and wings of a contrasting color. Dip your finger in a bit of corn syrup and dab on the back of the candy shapes. Adhere to cookie by pressing firmly. Line up the balls first (if you have different sizes, use the bigger ones at the top and taper to the smaller). You can curve the end of the line a bit. Then, add your wings, larger on top, smaller on bottom. Let dry.

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8 Comments

  1. J+S
    Posted March 14, 2009 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Love these and the cookie cakes below, too! You are so amazing. As usualy, I’d love to post both on my blog with links back to you, of course.

  2. apparentlyjessy
    Posted March 14, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Very clever, I would’ve never thought to use starbursts in that way!

  3. Cakebrain
    Posted March 15, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Oh yah! that’s a fantastic idea! better than fondant for sure because I’m not “fond” of fondant! so cute!

  4. dessert girl
    Posted March 15, 2009 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    What a cute idea!

  5. Jennifer
    Posted March 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Okay, there is no badge with this but I officially delare you ‘MOST CREATIVE’ food blogger (and heck, my vote carries a lot of weight). haah

  6. Jerri-Lea
    Posted March 16, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Love them… I know exactly who will be getting some!

  7. kim
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    so cute! i am so going to feature your talents again on my site!

  8. Chic Cookies
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    Aww, you all are so nice. Thanks for all the links, too! Sigh. A badge, WOULD be nice Jennifer. I’d wear it all over the place.

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