As Seen in BRIDES October 2011 Issue: Painted Cookies and Paper Cones

Some of you may remember I contributed some wedding favor ideas to the June issue of BRIDES magazine. Well, you can spot me again in the October issue. In this blog post you’ll find the how-tos for making the painted cookies in paper cones that appear in the issue. Use any decorative paper you like, and just match the cookies to the paper. Or, instead of cookies, save some hours and use any small candies or treats.

The decorative paper shown is from Paper Source. Click HERE to go to this pattern, the Yuzen Red and White Blossoms, but you can’t help but linger on this site with all the paper choices.

how to make paper cones

you’ll need:*
cone template

decorative paper
plain letter-size paper
double-sided tape
cellophane favor bags

painted cookies

*Find decorative paper, cellophane bags and ribbon at the craft store. Choose bags roughly in the 4 by 9-inch size. Click on “cone template” above to go to the template.

step one: Print the templateon plain, letter-size paper and cut out the template.

step two: Trace the template with a pencil on the underside of decorative paper and cut out. If making multiple cones, try and trace templates as close together as possible to minimize waste.

step three: For each cone, fold at the flap. Place a piece of double-sided tape along the entire length of the flap (on the decorative side). Roll the cone and seal at the flap.

step four: Place a couple cookies in a cello bag, and fit the cello bag as far into the cone as you can. If necessary, use a small piece of double-sided tape to secure the cello bag to the cone. Fill the rest of the bag with cookies and tie closed with ribbon.

how to make painted cookies

you’ll need:*
cookie dough
frosting or icing

food coloring
1 1/2-inch circle cookie or fondant cutter
small paint brushes

*The frosting is used only to adhere the fondant to the cookie. You may use anything you like, even store-bought, or just brush the cookie with light corn syrup instead of using frosting. Find pre-made fondant in the craft store or online or make your own. Also find the cookie or fondant cutter at the craft store, probably as part of a set of circles. Paint brushes will be in the Fine Arts section of the craft store. Use a plastic egg carton, plastic plate or sheet of wax paper for the palette. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Sky Blue, Electric Pink, Red Red, Bright White and Chocolate Brown used here). For more tips on finding supplies, click HERE.

step one: Prepare your cookie dough, chill, roll out, cut out circles and bake according to the recipe. Let cool completely.

step two: Tint fondant by kneading a drop or two of food coloring into a handful of prepared fondant. Or, if you prefer, leave the fondant white. If the fondant gets sticky from overhandling, let sit uncovered at room temperature for about 15 minutes until easily pliable. Use confectioner’s sugar on your surface if needed to prevent sticking.

step three: Roll out fondant about 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out circles with the same cutter you used to cut out the cookies. Adhere the fondant circles to the cookies with a dab of frosting, icing or brushed corn syrup. Let stiffen a couple hours, uncovered at room temperature, and then paint.

step four: Paint on your cookies: Pour a few drops of food coloring on your palette. Add a drop or two of water and mix if the food coloring is thick. For pastel colors, add a drop or two of white, mixing well. Play around with more drops of color or white to achieve desired colors, always starting with one drop at a time.

Each cone holds about 8 of the cookies shown.
If your decorative paper is very thin, reinforce the cone with a second cone of plain paper.
To help seal the cone at the flap, hold the cone against the table and use a pen inside the cone to press against the flap.
Instead of cookies, use any small candies.


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  1. Trish - Sweetology101 says

    this is clever…I might steal this idea for the Mothers Day tea at church this year b/c I have to come up with some sort of "favor" for the ladies… NEAT!

  2. Jessica says

    You really should change the instruction to thin the food coloring with water to something alcohol based. Water melts fondant and I'm surprised yours didn't here. Vodka or lemon extract are pretty common and won't make the fondant turn to wet goo.

  3. the decorated cookie says

    One to two drops of water mixed with food coloring will not turn your fondant to goo, if you follow the instructions (let fondant stiffen a few hours, then mix 1 or 2 drops of water into gel paste coloring, if needed, to thin). This method is well-tested.

    Hopefully this doesn't confuse readers. Yes, water and fondant don't mix, and it's best to keep the work area dry. You use alcohol/extracts when you need a liquid, such as when mixing with gold or lusterdust powder, then painting large areas of fondant. This is not what I'm doing here! I'll not delete the comment in case anyone finds this conversation useful, and if anyone has any trouble, of course let me know! Just want to be sure readers don't confuse this method with another one. Thank you for your suggestion, but it's important to clarify this so other readers don't get confused by misinformation.

  4. Sue says

    Meaghan, These cookies are soooo pretty, and match the paper perfectly! Thanks for the tips on painting with the food coloring. I have wanted to try it for awhile now.

  5. Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet says

    So gorgeous I adore the design and the colors. Yay for the magazine exposure.

    I also mix my fondant with water and like you have not had issues with it. Actually, as I try to avoid using alcohol I sometimes mix my luster dust with water to make gold and as long as the fondant has set I have found it to be ok – that's the method I used recently for the detail on my masks. Obviously this is only small sections and would not work for a large area.

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