December 22, 2012
A customer recently ordered gold star cookies as Christmas gifts for her gold-star employees but she didn’t want just any gold stars. She wanted them to be “shiny sparkly GOLD stars” which she continued to emphasize in email and on the phone. And I quote, “Make me stars that are . . .
Really really gold.”
But no pressure.
Not having any real direction for achieving maximum bedazzlement, I did what any baking adventurer would do and pulled out everything gold in my cookie arsenal.
As a side note I’m beginning a letter-writing campaign to get Americolor to change the name of their gold gel paste to one that more accurately describes the true color. Something along the lines of Newborn Diaper Yellow Gel Paste. Join me, won’t you? Together we can make a difference!
I started the way all decorated cookies begin and that’s by outlining and flooding. Clueless as to what to do next I decided to go with the unknown and try the edible gold glitter which looks less like glitter and more like flakes.
And as a side note yes, I love my small tidy tray with the pour spout at one end for getting the left-0ver non-pareils, sanding sugar, and other vacuum-resistant cookie candies back into their containers. If you want one (and you really should even if you don’t!) you can pay 14.00 at Overstock for a double set that includes a small and large tray OR if owning a brand name plastic pour tray is important to you, Martha Stewart Crafts Inc. offers the a single small metal high-tech version for a mere 22.00. But enough about glitter trays. Let’s talk cookie.
So recapping, I outlined, I flooded, and then being the risk taker I am I sprinkled on the gold glitter flakes.
And then, heartsick I watched helplessly as the flakes began slowly sinking down into the glaze, wrecking havoc on the smooth flooded surface.
But the longer I watched the less despairing and the more delighted I became as the icing took on the textured pattern of old crumpled paper. With the glaze still wet I airbrushed them with gold sheen and ended with a sprinkle of gold disco dust.
To finish them off I applied an outline of gold sanding sugar and added gold airbrushed fondant name tags.
How’s that for sparkly, shiny, bedazzled, glittery gold stars?