Pastel Valentines Springerle

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How do you get pastel food color gels? Did you know that there are white food color gels? When you are mixing food color into white frosting, you add small amounts for pastels and larger amounts to get more intense color. So if you want to paint cookies, to get a pastel gel paint, you mix color gels into white gel paste.

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Of course you will need some cookies to use as your canvas. The raised designs of a Springerle cookie are somewhat like a coloring book…you pick your color and start painting one of the elements.

Yes, you can use this paint on cut out sugar cookies too. You can paint names on hearts or draw shapes on a sugar cookie with these paints.

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To create the pastel colors, you will need white gel food coloring and some colored gel. I used just 4 colors: deep pink, royal blue, leaf green and lemon yellow. I used Spectrum gels from Ateco as shown above. Another brand you might look for is Americolor. Check the cake decorating department in your local Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.

Also these gel colors do not mix with water, so use triple sec to thin the gel and to clean your brushes.

You will also need some brushes dedicated to food use; artist brushes are best. (Clean with triple sec and then soap and water when you are finished painting your cookies.)

Have some paper towels or soft rags handy too. The rags will be ruined, so I cut small pieces of old white tee shirts and toss them when I am finished painting my cookies.

You will need some waterproof paper plates to use as your palette.


Don’t use a patterned or colored plate as it will be hard to see the colors you are mixing. Use a white plate!

Squeeze out a dollop of each color you have selected and some larger dollops of white. Start adding some colors with a toothpick or popsicle stick until you like the color. You can also use a palette knife if you have one. A palette knife makes it easier to mix.

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After you are happy with one color, move on to you next color. I made a pink, then a blue, then a lavender by mixing some blue and pink, and then a green. I thought the green to be a too alarmingly bright green, so added a tiny bit of the pink and a tiny bit of the yellow to dull the green. Then, I mixed some of the green and blue tints to make aqua. Later I made some pastel yellow to add to the flowers.

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If you want to keep it simple, choose just 2 or 3 colors and some cookies that are less complicated. Below, I painted just the hearts and their borders on the small rectangular cookies made with Hearts United and just the single image on the Fleur de Lis cookie. Use a Fleur de lis or a flower motif, paint it pink and yes, it is a valentine!

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This is a creative way to spend a cold February afternoon or evening. Also, the usual cold dry weather of early February is great for making Springerle (they dry beautifully) and for baking of any kind!

Happy Baking!

Tutorial and images from House on the Hill!

Tea Time Butterflies – As Seen in Tea Time Magazine

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Bake up beautiful butterfly treats fit for a fancy afternoon tea party!  Our Butterfly Wafer Paper and Butterfly Cupcake Wrappers were featured in TeaTime Magazine!

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Salted Browned Butter Frosting

Yield: 12
Ingredients:
  • –  ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • – ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • – 3 large eggs
  • – 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • – ½ teaspoon butter extract
  • – 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • – 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • – ¼ teaspoon salt
  • – ¼ cup whole milk
  • – 1 recipe Salted Browned Butter Frosting (recipe follows)
  • – Garnish: butterfly cupcake wrappers and edible wafer paper butterflies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.2.
  2. Line a 12-well muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar. Beat at high speed with a mixer until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract and butter extract, beating until incorporated.
  4. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt, whisking well. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined.
  5. Divide batter among wells of prepared pan. Tap pan on counter-top to level batter and reduce air bubbles.
  6. Bake cupcakes until a wooden pick inserted in the centers comes out clean, approximately 17 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire cooling rack.
  7. Remove cupcakes from pan and place in decorative cupcake wrappers, if desired.
  8. Place Salted Browned Butter Frosting in a piping bag fitted with large open-star tip (Wilton 1M), and pipe a decorative swirl on top of cupcakes.
  9. Garnish each cupcake with an edible wafer paper butterfly, if desired.

Salted Browned Butter Frosting

Ingredients:
  • – 1½ cups unsalted butter, softened
  • – 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • – 2 vanilla bean pods, split, scraped, and seeds reserved
  • – 1½ teaspoons fine sea salt*
  • – 2½ tablespoons whole milk
  • – 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream
Instructions:
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat until it foams. Using a rubber spatula, scrape bottom of pan to keep butter from burning so butter will brown evenly. (Lower heat, if necessary.) Let butter foam a second time. Stir, watching carefully so butter does not burn, until butter is a deep golden yellow and has a nutty aroma.
  2. Transfer browned butter to a heatproof bowl, and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until butter becomes solid but soft enough to cream in a mixer.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat chilled browned butter with a mixer at medium speed, approximately 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, beating at low speed until fluffy. Add reserved vanilla bean seeds and salt to butter mixture, beating to combine. Add milk and cream, beating at high speed until frosting is light and fluffy.
  4. Use immediately.

Photos & Recipe From TeaTime, July/August 2017

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How To Make Wafer Paper Butterflies

Learn how to make 3D Wafer Paper Butterflies for topping your cookies, cakes and cupcakes!

Materials:
Instructions:
  1. Wafer paper butterflies will work on a variety of baked goods. Wafer paper butterflies can be attached to royal icing, fondant, and buttercream surfaces.
  2. Let your icing dry completely. (When using royal icing or buttercream.)
  3. Carefully cut out wafer paper butterflies using craft scissors. Be careful, wafer paper is fragile!
  4. Spread a thin layer of edible clear writing gel or Karo Light Corn Syrup onto the printed side of the wafer paper butterfly and slightly fold in the center, so the wings are bent up. Place each butterfly in a section of the egg carton so wings will dry standing up.
  5. Add shimmer to the butterflies by dusting with a small amount of Pixie Dust using a small paintbrush. Let butterflies completely dry in egg carton.
  6. Adhere butterflies by using a dab of edible clear gel on the underside of the body of the butterfly and attaching to the cookie, cake or cupcakes. Hold in place for a minute or so, then let completely dry.

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