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how to draw on food: bite-size Bastille Day cookies

I was going to draw little prisons for La Fete Nationale, but I figured the Eiffel Tower was more recognizable. You can also do this design on larger cut-outs (circles, squares, whatever).

how to make mini Eiffel Tower fireworks cookies

you will need:
white rolled fondant (store-bought or homemade)
cookie dough
rolling pin
wax paper or confectioner’s sugar

fondant cutter (I used a 1 1/2 inch square)
small paint brush
light corn syrup

blue and red sprinkles

black edible marker

*Find fondant, the cutters, paint brush and the sprinkles (I used Wilton’s sparkling sugars) in the craft store. For the pen, I recommend Americolor Gourmet Writers, or the fine tip FooDoodlers. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE.


step one: prepare your cookies
Make your desired flavor of cookies, cut out cookies with the fondant cutter, and bake according to recipe. Let cool.

step two: cut out your fondant toppers
Roll fondant between two pieces of wax paper or use confectioner’s sugar to prevent sticking. Roll to desired thickness, about 1/8 inch. Cut out shapes and set aside on wax paper to stiffen a couple hours if you have the patience (I didn’t, I decorated right away, but it would’ve been easier to wait).

step three: draw the Eiffel Tower
Use the black marker to draw the Eiffel Tower according to the instructions below.
1. draw a line with a square and two long rectangles
2. connect the square and rectangle and the two rectangles with lines
3. draw two more lines in the lower section
4. draw an “L” and a backwards “L” at the bottom
5. connect the two “L”s with an arch
6. draw “X”s

step four: make your fireworks
Pour some light corn syrup in a small bowl. Using the corn syrup as paint, use the paint brush to paint a few curved lines. Sprinkle blue sprinkles over the topper and turn over to remove excess. Repeat with red sprinkles. Let dry several hours and then carefully brush away errant sprinkles with a dry brush.
step five: assemble your cookies
Simply adhere the fondant toppers to the cookies with a thin layer of corn syrup or frosting.

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16 Comments

  1. Sue Sparks
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I love these, and all of your tutorials! Thanks also for the link to the Eiffel tower made from wafer cookies on your Edible crafts blog; I love it!

  2. Jeanette
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    So cute! Your tutorials are always excellent.

  3. Pink Martini
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    C'est magnifique! :)

  4. ALICIA
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    fantasticas galletas te felicito ยก
    I love your cookies, Madrid and I'm crazy about your page congrats

  5. apparentlyjessy
    Posted July 14, 2010 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    Gah! Pretty darn cool!

  6. mr. pineapple man
    Posted July 14, 2010 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    your work is amazing! so glad i found your blog :)

  7. Kristan
    Posted July 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    You are such an artist!! Love them, especially the fireworks!!

  8. Bird
    Posted July 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    OMG!! I LOVE these!! especially since I live in France!! :)

    I'm so sharing this on FB an dtwitter!!

    THANK YOU!!!

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    Posted July 14, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

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  10. Chic Cookies
    Posted July 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Aw, thanks all! And thanks Bird! Sigh. I wish I was in France!

  11. Jenni @ Project Cookie 365
    Posted July 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Those look awesome! I went the prison route… haha, I wish I'd gone this route instead – I especially ove the fireworks!!

  12. Kirsten
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    These are so awesome! I need to make some for my French class!

  13. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted July 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    You are SO DARN CREATIVE! Stop it…you're making the rest of us have an inferiority complex (or maybe it's just me)! ;)

  14. c rankycheryl
    Posted July 24, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    These are jaw-droppingly adorable, and your instructions are right on. I'm tucking this one away for next July!

  15. Livy
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Merveilleux!!!

    This is what we would say in French to mean that what you do is wonderful. I just discovered your blog and I am soooooo amazed. I love your tutorials, your posts and everything. Are you looking for an intern ? Lol !!!
    Hugs from Paris ! Livy.

  16. Chic Cookies
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Of course, Livy, if we can set up shop in Paris!

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