Saturday, June 21, 2014

Octopus Cookies with Wafer Papers

For lovers of cephalopods, I present: Octopus Cookies! I had long wanted to make another black and white set, and my friend Marnie loves octopi, so when I ran into a 19th-century dictionary illustration of an octopus, I knew it was a match made in heaven. The illustrations are all from Victorian lithographs and engravings, including three I licensed.

As usual, I made the cookies with Sugarbelle's foolproof Sugar Cookie Recipe, flavoring the dough with raspberry extract. I used the 3" cutter from the Ateco 5-Piece Fluted Square Cookie Cutter Set. I piped the borders and flooded with white royal icing flavored with clear vanilla extract. Next day, when the icing had hardened, I covered the iced squares with clear corn syrup, waited 10 minutes for super-stickiness, and pasted on the wafer paper squares. After about an hour, I piped a border to cover the paper edges; I opted for a beaded border, using stiff black icing (colored with Super Black).

This guy was my favorite. I call him "Mad Octopus Is Mad" :D

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.


  • NREnger says:
    September 2, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Love these where did you get the wafers at?

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