I have a confession to make. I don’t like writing on cookies. There. I said it. It is my least favorite part of decorating. I can do it with the use of my KopyKake but, I don’t want to drag it out every time I need a few words on a cookie. That is why I am falling in love with stencils like thie live laugh love stencil I got from Hillary over at The Cookie Countess. It makes writing a breeze.
Not only did I get the live laugh love stencil from her, I also got the really cool capricious one as well. If you are looking for an easy way to add writing and details, then stick around. This tutorial is for you.
Supplies for Live Laugh Love Cookies:
To make these cookies you first need to decide what size heart you want for the top. If you use a medium sized heart, you should only need 2 cookies for the base depending on the thickness of your cookies. If you like them thin, you may need more. If you use a large heart for the top cookies, you will need three cookies for the base so it won’t tip over.
When you take the cookies out of the oven, immediately use a cookie pop stick to make a hole in the center. Firmly press straight down in the center of the cookie and remove the stick.
Repeat this for all the base cookies and let them cool.
Once they are cool you can see where you poked the hole. Well, it is almost a hole.
Use the cookie pop stick to finish the job. Go slow and be gentle so the back of the cookie won’t break or knock off big chunks.
Repeat this for all the base cookies.
Once all your cookies have holes in them, outline around the hole and the edge of each cookie. You need to decide what color you want for the top of the base and alternate the colors.
Next, flood the cookies and let them dry overnight. I didn’t take a picture of the top cookie on a stick but, flood it also.
Thank you so much Callye and Kim for teaching us how to use magnets to hold our stencils. You girls are genius!! The white cookies are airbrushed with Tulip Red Airbrush AmeriColor and the red cookies are airbrushed with AmeriColor Warm Brown.
To stack the base cookies, add a little icing to the top of the large cookie and place the medium cookie on top. Use the cookie pop stick to line up the holes.
Repeat for the smaller cookie. Once you have all the cookies on top of each other, place the cookie pop stick in the holes while it dries.
Since there are three words on this stencil we need to cover two of the words with plastic wrap. Add the plastic wrap to the back so it doesn’t accidentally move while you pull the icing over the stencil.
Then, use a stiff spatula like this Ateco 10″ Bowl Scraper/Spatula to apply a line of icing above or below the word.
Gently pull the icing over the word with the spatula and then lift the stencil straight up off of the cookie. Don’t let the icing dry because it will not look good. Trust me!
See. I didn’t do so well on this part. Next time I will enlist a helper because I had a hard time working the camera, stencil and the spatula. That’s ok because you always need to have a “Plan B” in case something goes wrong.
“Plan B” for these was to trace over the word with a food safe marker and then pipe over it. There is more than one way to use a stencil. I will find a helper soon and show you how to stencil with icing. Until then, “Live, Laugh and Love.”