Sunday, May 20, 2012

Medieval Manuscript Alphabet Cookies

I wanted to make a set of Medieval manuscript cookies, and the idea of a Medieval alphabet struck me as perfect. I trawled through countless manuscripts to find just the right illuminated initials, then printed them on wafer paper with edible ink. I iced small, square cookies, "glued on" the wafer papers, then piped borders and, finally, painted the edges gold. The whole process took about 5 days. I sent them to a sweet, scholarly friend of mine as a cookie surprise. Too lovely to eat!

I have posted a step-by-step "how-to" HERE.

Updated to add (5-25-12): I've gotten countless requests for these wafer papers; they are available for purchase here. Happy baking! :)

 Updated to add (5-29-12): Overwhelming response to these wafer papers—I've run out of edible ink! I'm slated to get a delivery of more ink on June 1st and, when I do, I'll activate the Etsy listing again. Thank you, everyone! :)

 Updated to add (6-1-12): Have ink & Etsy listing active again. Thanks for your patience!


  • Unknown says:
    May 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Amazing and beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration.

  • medievalpaint says:
    September 10, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Wow, what a beautifully medieval thing to do, our ancestors would have loved this.

  • Fiordelisa says:
    January 21, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Hi. I just sent you a note through Etsy about how utterly beautiful these are. Did your friend dry them to save? Did she eat just one? :-) Cookies of wisdom...they do look like they could impart wisdom just by eating them.

    When my grandmother was "gathered to her people," I was so touched to find, at the far end of her mantel, a carefully wrapped and completely dry cookie I had sent to her five to ten years earlier. It was made with a cat cookie mold from Brown Bag Cookie Art. And she used it for a decoration instead of eating it. I was surprised! But seeing these cookies of yours, I now understand.

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