You’ve all been there, I’m sure. It’s a common foodie dilemma. You see a greeting card and think “This should be a cake!” or a piece of scrapbook paper that should clearly be the design inspiration behind a cupcake topper. More often than not, I see things and think “That should be a cookie.”
Piece of art? Clearly needs to be a cookie. Skeleton stuffed doll? COOKIE! Literally everything on Pinterest? You mean literally everything I want to cookie.
Yes, I just used cookie as a verb… That’s just the way we roll around here.
So I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I saw these gilded insect plaques from the Gathered House on Pinterest last year. Seriously guys, they even ALREADY look like cookies. HOW DO YOU PASS THAT UP? If there was anything that wasn’t a cookie but wanted to be a cookie, it would be these guys.
And they’ve got that spooky glam thing going for them, which I’m realizing my Halloween baking list is all about this year. I hope you like Halloween glam because we’re going to do us some Halloween glam something serious.
Now, I’m sure some of you are thinking “Whoa girl! It’s not even October yet!” I know. I KNOW.
- I’m going to invoke the judgement free zone. *Points to “Judgement free zone” sign that has mysteriously appeared on the wall*
- I have showed so much restraint, you don’t even know! I mean, I see an uptick in blog traffic to Halloween posts in July so by that logic I’m already 2 months behind the 8 ball.
- I’ve already changed the ringtone on my phone to “This is Halloween” so clearly any restraint I had is gone… And that was 2 weeks ago…
Also, did I mention I saw these gilded insect plaques a year ago? That’s a whole year of Halloween-related restraint! And you’re talking to a gal who keeps a 3 inch binder of Halloween ideas… just for decorations. I repeat: RESTRAINT.
But I couldn’t do it any longer. These golden little guys were just TOO spooky sweet to keep to myself any longer.
And, logistically speaking, I’m going to have to start moving on these Halloween posts if we want to get through all of them this year… So with that said…
WELCOME TO OUR FIRST HALLOWEEN POST OF THE YEAR!
- Start with 2 dozen cookies in various sizes of circles and ovals. Make sure whatever size you use will fit the finished bugs. Mix up a batch of white royal icing and ice your cookies. I like to use a 20 second icing consistency to ice my cookies. For more on icing cookies with royal icing, check out this post. Let dry overnight.
- While your cookies dry, you can make your bugs. Knead together your white fondant and a little bit of yellow food coloring until the fondant is a light, golden yellow. Knead in your tylose powder (you can skip this step if you don't have tylose powder, but it will help the fondant stiffen completely). Roll a small piece of fondant out to ¼" thick. Make sure it's a little longer and wider than the impression in your mold. Press your fondant into your mold and cut off any excess using a sharp knife coated in powder sugar (to keep the fondant from sticking). Use a variety of bug shaped molds (I bought mine from Steel Penny Cakes and Molds) to make your cookie toppers.
- Mix a small amount of powdered gold food coloring (Truly Mad Plastics' gold food coloring is my absolute favorite) with vodka. Using a food-only brush, paint your fondant insects with your gold food coloring. Allow to dry until dry to the touch (a couple of hours).
- Once the royal icing on your cookies has dried complete, use an airbrush machine with black airbrush food coloring to make your cookies completely black. Alternatively you can use black food gel coloring with a little vodka and a food-only brush to paint the cookies black. Allow to dry completely (a couple of hours).
- Melt a small handful of black candy melts and use it to "glue" your golden bugs to your cookies. Allow to harden before packaging.