December 19, 2012
Look at this beautiful 12 Days of Christmas set of wood cookie molds from House on the Hill my beloved gave me for my birthday.
There are a number of recipes that work really well with the wood molds but being a creature of habit I went with Georganne’s basic chocolate cookie recipe, and by basic I mean basically the best chocolate cookie recipe on the planet.
If you happen to notice the green and red flecks in the cookie dough, that’s because I added a bag of crushed Holiday M&M’s to the dough. Why? Just because it’s Christmas and everything tastes better with a little red and green. And some extra chocolate in a chocolate cookie never hurts either.
So, after preparing the cookies using the copper cutter made specifically for the set, I rolled out some white chocolate fondant, dusted the molds with powdered sugar, pressed and then cut out the raised designs using the copper cutter.
And in 10 minutes I ended up with some crazy gorgeous cookies. Though the detail is strong enough to leave the designs uncolored, I pulled out my airbrush and gave them a light coat of gold sheen. Using a small painbrush and the other airbrush colors in my arsenal I painted the edges with bronze and added a few other colors to the raised images. I used edible color markers on a few of them as well just to punch up the color.
The next time I experiment with a wood mold (I have a couple heart molds just waiting for Valentines!) I’m going to experiment with pressing the mold into the cookie dough and coloring with an ultra-thin coating of glaze and painted with luster dust. We shall see.