Friday, July 12, 2013

Les Fleurs Animées ~ Flower Maiden Cookies

Last year, I sent my friend Anna some cookies, and she sent me the loveliest thank-you note with the Narcissus (the top right one in the first closeup). The image was from a mid-1800s French book with gorgeous chromolithographs of these flower ladies— or, as I like to think of them, "the souls of the flowers." I knew these flower fairies were BEGGING to be made into cookies, so I hunted down a copy of the book, Les fleurs animées by Grandville. I spent several months, off and on, editing and optimizing the images in Photoshop by removing foxing (those brown spots humidity has caused over the decades), creases, scratches, etc. Finally, I had my 12 favorites ready to go last month, and set to making the cookies.

Using Sugarbelle's Sugar Cookie Dough (with 1/3 cup of Hershey's cocoa to make them faux-chocolate) and the 3" square cutter from the Ateco 5-piece Square Cookie Cutter Set, I made the cookies, piped and flooded them with white, and waited (with superhuman patience) for them to dry. The borders were piped with icing I colored ivory with the tiniest dab of AmeriColor Gel Paste in Ivory, using super-stiff icing and a #16 star tip.

Needless to say, I sent the cookies to my sweet Anna, who had introduced me to these breathtaking images and inspired me to make them in the first place.

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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