A Happy Accidental Discovery

Date 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?

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18 Responses to “A Happy Accidental Discovery”

  1. Kathy said:

    These are so pretty. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Christine Shen - Sug said:

    Oh my gosh, Anita – these look incredible!!! I love the effect and am sure your client adored them! Will have to try this for an Oscar party!

  3. Karen Meister said:

    If you have ever been goldpanning, the surface of these cookies look like the surface af a gold nugget. Love them!

  4. Kris (SoCuteCookies) said:

    Wow~ I think you filled her request of

    "Shiny. Sparkly.Bedazzled.Glittery.Gold.Really really gold.”

    They came out great… I have those same small and large glitter trays from Stampin' Up! from when I used to do a lot of stamping and glittering cards, they

    work great for sprinkles! Merry Christmas!

  5. Ellen Clampitt said:

    Wow. They're beautiful. Very creative! Thanks for the tip about the pan, too. I'm going to Overstock.com and get me a set!

  6. Paula said:

    These are stunning! I'm loving your tiny gold plated name plates. Beautiful extra detail.

  7. andrea said:

    These are outstanding! I had to make gold medal cookies and I wish I knew about your technique. I will have to remember it for next time. These are the coolest sparkling gold stars. Love em.

  8. kaholly said:

    You are a genius, and you didn't even know it!! They came out beautiful. She will be just delighted.

  9. Nancy Paine said:


    I have also watched in horror as edible glitter flakes sunk in on a cookie! But I was not so lucky, that they were supposed to look like gold. Yours are brilliant, with the added airbrush and disco dust! You really used everything you could! Very special!

  10. anita said:

    Andrea, thanks pal! I love how my mistake has been magically transformed into my technique 🙂

  11. anita said:

    Nancy, thank you and side note, your Christmas ornament snowflakes are just beautiful!!!

  12. Kim Russo said:

    These are so nice and so gold!!

  13. Cristin (Pinkie) of said:

    I missed this post as I missed many of your posts before you had the option of email subscription. Now I know what I missed and I won't miss again! yay! Okay, so I love the idea of Newborn Diaper Yellow Gel Paste being the new name of gold Americolor. Too funny and too accurate. They need a new brown too. Once that is not so reddish, but I digress. Your gold stars are beautiful and I'm certain that your customer totally agreed that you NAILED sparkly, shiny, bedazzled, glittery gold stars! Hugs, Cristin

  14. Margaret Lux (edible said:

    I use glaze and have found that no matter how dry my glaze is, when I use the gold glitter or disco dust to highlight a wet area on my cookie, it sticks to everything, even the glaze that is set and dry.

    If the base color of the cookie is white, I'll rub some powdered sugar on the cookie before piping and then using the glitter, and that helps, but if the cookie is not white, I don't like doing that because it can leave white on the cookie.

    I've tried to brush off the extra glitter with a small paint brush, blowing on it, etc, but it still sticks everywhere on the cookie. Does this ever happen to you?

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