Friday, May 24, 2013

Blue Japanese Traditional Pattern Cookies

Yes, I am on a blue cookie streak. One of my favorite customers, Diane, told me how much she loves all Asian-themed cookies, so when I ran across these traditional blue Japanese patterns, I knew I had to make them as wafer papers for her. These patterns have been in use for centuries in both porcelain and fabric decoration; waves, flowers, intricate squares.

I made the cookies with my favorite, Sugarbelle's Sugar Cookie Dough, and used a 1.75" square cookie cutter from the Ateco 5-Piece Fluted Square Cookie Cutter Set. If you wanted to, you could "cheat" and use these wafer papers on Lorna Doone shortbread cookies from your grocery store's cookie isle. 

After piping and flooding the cookies, I let them harden for 24 hrs, then wafer-papered them. They were such dainty cookies, I felt they required a delicate border; I piped round "pearls" in a string for a beaded border, using a #4 round tip in an icing consistency a bit thicker than regular border-piping icing, but not as stiff as if I had been making a border with a star tip. This is really more trial and error than anything else; roughly 8 second icing. I often have to remix looser, if my beads have a sharp tip that won't absorb, or thicker, if the pearls turn into shapeless blobs.

The wafer papers are available for purchase in my store.
A step-by-step how-to for decorating cookies with wafer papers can be found here.


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