The Springerle Series: Chocolate and Fondant Cookie Toppers

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Guest Post by Fancy Flours Employee Lindsey K.

Welcome back to the third installment of our Springerle Series! This post will cover three mediums that you can use to top cookies in beautiful molded designs – modeling chocolate, fondant and marzipan. This is a super quick and easy way to take your cookies to the next level for wedding favors, birthdays, holiday gifts or just a sweet treat for a special someone.

If you missed our previous posts on how to craft with Springerle molds, see them here: Casting and Papercasting. As a quick review, Springerle cookies have been used to depict everything from biblical images to daily life since the 16th century. While the molds were originally used to make dense, cake-like cookies (see our recipe here!), they have advanced to be useful in crafting as well.

Our molds are made by House on the Hill of an heirloom quality wood and composite mix. Most of their images are casts of vintage molds and others are of their own design.

Before making our toppers for this tutorial, we pre-made cookies using our Gingerbread recipe. This recipe is fabulous for not only its taste, but for holding its shape. You could also use our No-Fail Sugar Cookie Recipe. We took note of the sizes of our molds and used cutters to make cookies just slightly larger.

We also pre-made our modeling chocolate, which is a surprisingly simple recipe from House on the Hill. You can also buy chocolate-flavored, white or colored fondant at most craft and baking stores. Or if you prefer to make your own, here’s a recipe from Allrecipes! And for you sweet almond lovers, you can simply use Marzipan from your grocery store.

I will show images using both the modeling chocolate (in brown) and fondant (in white). If you choose to use marzipan, you will follow the fondant instructions.

Ingredients/ Utensils

  • Modeling chocolate, fondant or marzipan
  • Cocoa powder (if using modeling chocolate)
  • Powdered sugar (if using fondant or marzipan)
  • Corn Syrup
  • Springerle mold
  • Cookies cut and baked in the shape of your mold
  • 2 Pastry brushes
  • Spatula
  • Small dish (for cocoa powder or powdered sugar)
  • Cooling rack (if using modeling chocolate)
  • Pastry prep mat (optional)
  • Luster or disco dust (optional)
  • Small food-safe paint brush (optional)

Directions

1. Workspace prep: On a flat surface, lay down your Pastry Prep Mat or wax paper to protect your surface and keep your area clean. Fill a small dish with your dusting powder (either cocoa or powdered sugar) and set near your pastry mat with a clean, dry pastry brush. Set your modeling chocolate, fondant or marzipan in a bowl near your space for easy access. Set out your cooling racks if using modeling chocolate.

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2. Dip your pastry brush in cocoa (for chocolate) or powdered sugar (for fondant or marzipan) and dust your Springerle mold so it has an thick, even coating throughout the design. The pastry brush is great for this as it won’t clog up the deeper areas.

3. Lay your dusted mold face up on your pastry mat. Pull a ball of your topper medium from the bowl. It will need to be enough to fill the mold and a little extra to go over the edges.

Fancy tip: Your modeling chocolate should be the consistency of Play-Doh or perhaps even a touch harder. If it seems too soft or is sticking in your mold, flatten the ball into a pancake and refrigerate for 5-10 minutes.

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4. Using your hands, press your medium into the mold. Be sure to push firmly to fill the deeper parts of the design.

5. When you feel the mold is adequately filled, flatten the back of your medium with a spatula. Press the topping to be quite thin unless you love a lot of chocolate or fondant on your cookies.🙂

Fancy tip: If your spatula is sticking to your chocolate or fondant, dust with cocoa or powdered sugar, respectively.

6. Turn your Springerle mold upside down with your medium still in it. Use gravity (and some light taps on the table) to release it. Release time may be longer for deeper molds.

7. Trim any extra with a knife or spatula and return to your bowl for re-use. You could also use a cookie cutter sized to your mold (we have many available here).

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8. For modeling chocolate only: Set your finished topper on a cooling rack to dry until firm (approximately 2 hours). You can make these ahead of time and keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

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9. Repeat steps 2-8 for as many toppers as you need. Be sure to dust the mold before every press for all options.

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10. To adhere the toppers to your cookies, brush a thin layer of corn syrup on the back of your topper and set on your cookie. Let dry for at least 10 minutes.

11. For a fancy touch, “paint” your topper with luster dust. You will not need to mix the luster dust with anything for this project. It should stick directly onto your medium. We used Super Green and Old Gold. See all our Luster and Disco Dust colors here!

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Display in a cute container for decoration or wrap in a simple polypropylene bag with a ribbon to hand out to friends and family. To create the snow effect on our Pinewood Cabin cookie, I dusted it with powdered sugar instead of the cocoa.

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Molds shown in this tutorial are Tree on Table, Monogram F, Pinewood Cabin and Snowman.

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We would love to see your projects. What did you make your toppers for? Show us in the comments or send an email to info@fancyflours.com!

25 Fun Crafts with Paper Straws

Guest Post by Fancy Flours Employee Lindsey G.

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The creativity of people astounds me. How did the Wright brothers think to connect bicycles to creating an aircraft? Or how did the artist go about chiseling the Winged Victory statue? Or how did all these wonderful modern artists below create such unique items from something as simple as paper straws?

Yes, they’ve transformed these versatile little tubes into anything from cake pop sticks to light fixtures. The best part is they’ve created instructions to make it easy for you to take your straw game to the next level.

1. Cookies and Milk

Have your cookies and milk, too! Add an extra touch to this cute idea by cutting cookies in a shape to fit your theme. Then just stick the straw through! With over 900 cookie cutters on hand, Fancy Flours has something for every occasion. Our No-Fail Sugar Cookie recipe is great to use so cookies hold their shape.

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Art and photo by weddingideasmag.com

2. Cupcake Toppers

Make personalized cupcake toppers with sprinkle packs. Because who doesn’t like to decorate their own cupcakes? With our large supply of sprinkles, you can mix and match to create a special pack for each person.

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Thank you Icing Designs for this kid-friendly idea and photo.

3. Placecards

Don’t let guests loose their place by setting out these adorable placecards. Stand straws in spools as shown, bottles, votives or anything else you have around the house. Try our washi tapes for back-to-school, Paris, general decorative and Christmas themes.

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Art and photo by Helena Schaeder Söderberg of Craft and Creativity.

4. Wreaths

Make a wreath for any occasion or add a mirror and some metallic spray paint for an everyday fascinator.

4th of July wreath by Polka Dots on Parade. Blue and red straws here and here.

Halloween wreath by Tater Tots and Jello. Orange straws here.

Mirror featured on Style Me Pretty by Oak and Owl.

5. Vase Wrap

Update an old vase with a solid color or throw on a pattern for extra fun.

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Art and photo by Amy Krist.

6. Flower Wands/ Bouquets

Create a glittery flower wand for your (or your kids’) inner fairy. Or make several for a cute everlasting bouquet! Check out our light green, kelly green and dark green straws for the stems.

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Art and photo by Icing Designs Online.

7. Confetti Sticks

Make homemade confetti sticks for your guests to shower you with at your wedding or for a party favor. We love the glitter details on the ends! Try neutral colors like gray or get creepy and crawly for Halloween with spiders. Fill with unique sprinkles for extra fun!

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Art and photo by Best Friends for Frosting.

8. Rice Krispie Snacks

Quickest dessert ever! We have pre-made Rice Krispie sheets, colored chocolate melts, piping bottles, sprinkles and, of course, straws to make this your go-to dessert for every occasion.

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Art and photo by Life, Love and Sugar .

9. Cupcake Liner Flower Straw Toppers

Love flowers and baking? Then these cupcake liner flower straw toppers are just what you’re looking for! Bring something new to the table for your luau or just to brighten your summer drinks.

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Art and photo by The 36th Avenue.

10. Party Blowers

Party blowers are time tried and tested. They’ve lasted as party favors since their inception because they are just too fun! Make your own and give the gift of a laugh to your friends and family.

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Art and photo by Made to be a Momma.

11. Paper Garland

Add a colorful garland to your photo booth, party décor or just to hang around the house for some color.

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Art and photo by Tell, Love and Party.

12. Geometric Mobile

We’ve all seen the Himmeli art in stores lately. Traditionally, it’s a Finnish Christmas ornament made of straw, but it’s making its way into everyday décor. Now you can make your own for a tenth of the price! Start small with a bunting or go all out with this gorgeous mobile.

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Art and photo by Brittany Makes.

13. Easel Displays

Mini anything is adorable. Baby animals, kid’s clothing and now easels! Use them to display your special cookies or hold placecards for guests.

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Art and photo by Wants and Wishes Designs.

14. Flameless Candles

These couldn’t be more simple for a quick and sophisticated addition to a birthday treat. This would be ideal for a 1st birthday party! Go pink, blue or neutral with yellow or green straws. Don’t forget the matching cupcake liners!

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Art and photo by Icing Designs Online.

15. Cake Topper

Top your cakes with a little banner! This is a simple design for Halloween, but get creative and write on the little triangles or change up the colors. We have almost every color of straws, twine and little sugar decorations to add some pizzazz.

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Art and photo by Cake Journal.

16. Photo Booth Props

Create some classy photo booth props using straws as sticks. Photo booths have become a big hit for weddings, with most vendors printing two of each photo. This leaves one as a favor for the guests and one to put in the guest book. Add speech bubbles and hats and you and your guests will have a wild time!

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Created by indie crafter Toffee Mag.

17. Wall Art

Make a sweet piece of art with nothing but a hot glue gun, straws and some ribbon. This artist chose a heart, but feel free to branch out! Try a star for New Year’s, an egg for Easter with our pastel collection or a wintery tree with our holiday set. Add a sweet note or saying with cardstock for a personal touch.

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Wall art found in Paper Crafter Magazine, issue 78.

18. Picture Frame

Can’t decide which picture is your favorite? Feature family and friends in a sweet homemade frame that uses a glittery clip for easy photo switching.

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Art and photo by Nicole Samuels of American Crafts.

19. Cupid’s Arrows

Play cupid (or Katniss) with these adorable paper arrows.

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Art and photo by Your Home Based Mom.

20. Color Pop

I’ve found myself putting flowers in cute old glass bottles a lot lately. There’s just something homey and comfortable about the look. This idea is a perfect way to add some extra color! Just stick the stems in the straw and you’re done.

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Art and photo by Sara Lee of Sweet Little Gals.

21. Pop Sticks

Of course, we can’t forget about using them as cake, lollipop and popsicle sticks! Paper straws make it easy to match the colors of your party or wedding!

Smoothie pops by Pop Sugar.

Marshmallow pops by Honey and Lime.

22. Mini Tiered Cake Stands

For those of you looking for something to wow, this mini tiered cake stand is certainly the way to go! Fill the “trays” with teenie tiny cookies like this artist, or use small candies for a quicker addition. Try our Fluted Round Cookie Cutter Set to make them as large or small as you like or taper with several sizes.

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Art and photo by Bakerella.

23. Pixie Sticks

Pass out homemade pixie sticks at your kid’s next party! These are handmade with real fruit and sugar. So easy!

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Art and photo by Brittany from Edible Details, featured on Amanda’s Parties to Go.

24. Wrap Bracelet

Try your hand at jewelry making with this easy shabby chic design.

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Art and photo by Mamma Miss.

25. Fondue Sticks

Throw a fondue party and include a variety of fun straw colors so guests remember which is theirs! Fold and glue a paper flag at the end with names for more personalization. This artist used bananas for their toppings, but you can go savory with cheese or sweet with angel food cake or Rice Krispies.

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Art and photo by Bakers Royale.

Bonus:

I couldn’t resist this ad from Nestea because it is just amazing! As I said at the beginning, I think people are so creative and it’s wonderful that they can come up with complex creations like this. We’d love to see what you come up with. Comment your ideas and photos below or send us an email: info@fancyflours.com.

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Photo featured on Buzzfeed.

 

10 Treat Ideas To Welcome Spring

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1. Little Blue Flower Cupcakes – These cupcakes are full of color and cheer, plus they are super easy! Just bake your favorite cupcake recipe in these Flower Foil Cupcake Liners and decorate with bright purple buttercream frosting topped with a Small Blue Royal Icing Flower!

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2. Butterfly Wafer Paper Cookies – Make these cookies with our bestselling Butterfly Wafer Paper! Get the how-to HERE!

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3. Daffodil Cupcakes – Nothing says Spring quite like a daffodil and these cupcakes! Just bake your favorite cupcake recipe in these Blue Gingham Cupcake Liners and decorate with orange buttercream frosting topped with a pretty Daffodil Icing!

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4. Garden Party Cake & Cupcakes – Decorating idea from Lucks.com. Make using our sweet Sugar Bees and Sugar Ladybugs!

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5. DIY Spring Flower Sugar Cubes – Royal Icing Flower topped sugar cubes…drop one in and watch the flower float to the top as sugar cube melts. It will brighten your morning or put a smile on your guest’s face at your next brunch. Get the tutorial HERE.

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6. Butterfly Cookies – Learn how to make and decorate butterfly cookies using the marbling and wet-on-wet icing techniques. Get the tutorial HERE.

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7. Bright Daisy Treats – An easy way to brighten up any store bought treat is to top them with our Bright Sugar Daisies! Decorating idea from Lucks.com.

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8. 3D Flower Pot Cookies – Make using our new 3D Spring Flower Pot Cookie Cutter and our No Fail Sugar Cookie Recipe so that your dough does not spread and the baked pieces will still fit together nicely.

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9. Hard Candy Lollipops With Edible Flowers – Update this old-fashioned favorite with edible flowers for a fresh spring treat. You can flavor to suit your taste , but you will need clear lollipops to showcase the flowers. Make sure you have an accurate candy thermometer for this recipe because the sugar temperature is critical! Get the tutorial HERE.

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10. Flower Basket Cupcakes – Make Spring flower basket cupcakes topped with Royal Icing Pansies and Royal Icing Narcissus.  Just bake your favorite cupcake recipe in these Blue Gingham Cupcake Liners and wrap them in our adorable Basket Cupcake Wrappers!

Decorating Techniques for your Easter Cookies

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Sponge-Painted Easter Egg Cookies

For a sweet take on speckled-eggs, use a natural sea sponge to dab royal icing (colored in springtime hues) onto white-iced cookies. The results are far too pretty to merely serve as dessert. SOURCE: MARTHA STEWART LIVING, MARCH 2016

Get the full tutorial HERE.

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Cookie Decorating With Wafer Paper

Learn how to adorn your sugar cookies with fun Easter wafer paper images. Application is simple and you don’t need to be a cookie decorating expert to get professional looking results!

Get the full tutorial HERE.

FF Supplies:

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Bunny Face Cookies

Learn how to make adorable bunny face cookies with our NEW Bunny Face Cutter. This tutorial by cookie artisan Sweet Sugarbelle is actually quite simple!

Get the full tutorial HERE.

FF Supplies:

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Rubber Stamped Cookies 

Stamping your iced cookies with food color is an easy and effective way to decorate!  No professional skills are needed!  Using rubber stamps to decorate cookies, is a great way to easily add fine detail that would normally take hours free-handed with royal icing or food-color pens.

Get the full tutorial HERE.

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Re-inventing Handkerchiefs

Floral Hankies at Fancy Flours.

Floral Hankies double as cookie wrap

Try this fun twist on packaging for cookies or cupcakes! We’ve re-purposed handkerchiefs as fabulous wrap for your baked goodies. We are so excited about the new and colorful vintage handkerchiefs that are now in stock. With four charming set of prints to choose from: Western, Vintage Floral, Little Sniffles, and Bouquet of Flowers, there is a pattern for every occasion from baby showers or weddings to a cowboy themed birthday party! These cotton hankies come in sets of 8 or 16 and measure 12″ x 12″. Perfect for lining cookies baskets (we love the look of the hankies paired with our wooden berry baskets tied with a colorful twine or ribbon), cake plates, cupcake towers or simply using as colorful napkins at a party.

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Western Themed Hankies lining a wooden berry basket

Shimmering Springerle Cookies

Our new and oh so fancy Springerle Cookie Molds are in! These molds have a beautiful way of making intricate impressions into cookie dough, fondant, marzipan, chocolate and even paper crafting projects. They also are beautiful on their own and could be hung on a tree or displayed on a plate rack as part of your baking collection.

This darling little lamb mold comes as a double – so you can make 3D lamb shapes for your Easter baskets and as table decorations. The lamb featured in the photo was made from fondant and has been painted with Super Pearl Luster Dust on the body and Black Disco Dust for the nose and legs. We like mixing our luster and disco dust with a small amount of clear vanilla or lemon extract to create a paint. Apply the “paint” with a small craft brush – it’s as simple as that!

Rabbit Couple Springerle Mold featured above with several fun shades of luster dust . 

This cupcake above features a fondant top created using the Detailed Bunny Cookie Mold and our Round Crinkle Cookie Cutter Set to create the fluted edge shape. After pressing your fondant into the mold, cut a circle with one of the crinkle cookie cutters. Then before laying the fondant on top of your cupcakes, ice a layer of frosting to ensure the fondant will stick. Use a set of pink cupcake liners to match!