I’ve been wanting to get back into cookie painting for ages, and THIS TUTORIAL for painting a wood grain by Renee of Kudos Kookies on University of Cookie gave me the appropriate push. Especially as Bridget, the University’s founder, gave us this challenge in the description:
When you see a line like that, how can one not make a little owl perched on a wood-grained tree limb? Exactly. And forgive the bum eye on this guy. I had slim pickings for white sprinkles left in my collection. So, here is your fondant owl with tree branch cookies.
to make painted cookie sticks and fondant owls you will need:*
cut out cookie dough AND royal icing
food coloring (brown and green)
1 disposable decorating bag
1 size “4” decorating tip
1 rubber band
palette (plastic plate or egg carton)
rolled white fondant
Wilton Flowerful Medley sprinkles
light corn syrup
leaf fondant cutters (1 inch and 2 inch)
*For food coloring, I use Americolor soft gel pastes (Chocolate Brown and Electric Green). I use a black Americolor Gourmet Writer for the pen. Find cutters, bags, couplers, tips, fondant and paint brushes in the craft store. The leaf fondant cutters will likely come in a set and can be found in the craft store, along with the sprinkles. Click here for tips on finding cookie decorating supplies, click here.
step one: bake your cookie sticks
Roll out chilled dough according to recipe. With a knife or a dough scraper, cut out stick shapes (mine were like “V”s, but you can just do rectangles, too). Bake and let cool.
step two: flood your cookie background
Prepare frosting. Tint some (I use about a cup, depending on how many cookies you make) light brown with the Chocolate Brown coloring. Prepare a frosting bag with a coupler and size 4 decorating tip and fill with about half of your brown frosting. Tie closed with a rubber band. Pipe an outline on the sticks and let set about 15 minutes. Thin reserved frosting with water, a few drops at a time, until the consistency of thick glue. With a squeeze bottle or small spoon, pour the thinned frosting in the center of the stick and let flood to the edges, encouraging as needed with the back of the spoon. Let set well, several hours or overnight.
step three: paint your wood grain
I won’t even attempt to give a tutorial for this or claim an iota of credit, because the original is so lovely. To see the video tutorial:
Tint some fondant green by adding a drop or two of food coloring to the fondant and kneading very well. Add more drops to achieve desired shade. If fondant gets sticky from overhandling, simply let sit at room temperature uncovered about 15 minutes until easily pliable. Roll thinly between two pieces of wax paper and cut out leaf shapes in the two different sizes. Set aside.step five:
To make the owl, you’ll need the black marker, sprinkles, a toothpick and light corn syrup, a small leaf cutter, and two shades of brown fondant (see above for how to mix color into fondant):
Using corn syrup as glue, attach leaves and owl to sticks as desired.