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 of Brides. In this blog post you’ll find the how-tos for making the painted cherry blossom cookies in paper cones that appear in the issue. Instead of cherry blossoms, you can 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. Use these paper cone favors for weddings, showers, or any party.
For the decorative paper shown, click HERE to go to Paper Source for the Cherry Blossom pattern, the Yuzen Red and White Blossoms, but you can’t help but linger on this site with all the paper choices.
fondant (store-bought or homemade fondant)
1 1/2 inch circle cutter
small paint brushes
*The frosting is used 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 fondant in the craft store, or make your own. Find the circle cutter and paint brushes in the craft store. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Sky Blue, Electric Pink, Red Red, Bright White and Chocolate Brown used here). Find cookie decorating supplies 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.