Valentine’s Day is getting closer; let’s say that I’m not very fond of this saint. I believe more in St. Patrick. So now you know, do not buy me chocolates or write me cute lines on a card, buy me a beer instead. And having said this, let’s go with the cookies. As I have repeatedly said in all our social networks, hopefully not till boredom, they are inspired by a song whose first lyrics are:
“Es el día de la cita te he traído margaritas, del jardín de mi casero: ¡Te quiero!”
En mi garganta – EL incendio, 2009 – Sidonie.
First step is to bake them, and this is not unimportant, take a good look at the daisies, they are cookies too, badly painted on purpose so you could notice it. So we can’t start with the royal icing transfers, or what could be worse, fondant flowers, because these cookies don’t have any of those things.
We have our crunchy cookies freshly baked, what do we do now? Wait until they cool down. I know, it’s not very exciting, but the next step is: to paint directly on the cookies!
What do we need?
- Gin, vodka or any other transparent liquor, and do not tell me you don’t have any, because I saw you having gintonics on Instagram.
- White powdered food coloring, I used Sugarflair.
- Gel or paste coloring, I used Deep Pink from Americolor.
We mix reasonable amounts of the three ingredients, starting with the white powder, and adding more if we need a lighter shade, we stir them until there are no lumps at all, then take a safe food brush, and start painting.
This ‘paint’ dries very fast, an hour in my case: no heating (as you know, that invention has not reached Málaga yet) and with a lot of relative humidity.
The paint for the daisies consists only in gin and white powdered food coloring. If you need a less rustic finish, something more plasticky, you just have to substitute gin for the PME clear spray, which tastes a little worse. This technique has three big advantages: it is very fast, very easy but most of all, it doesn’t add any flavor to the cookies: the ones you see in the pictures have the delicious taste of the generous amount of vanilla bourbon that I used. I never measure vanilla anymore; I am a lavish girl, just flip the jar and let it run.
Go for these! And please feel free to use our Facebook wall to show us the cookies you decorate using this technique.