Make the New Year sparkle with this New Year's Eve Cookie Confection Collection from Confection Couture.
Here's what you'll need:
- New Year's Eve Cookie Confection Collection
- Cookie Cutters
- 4" Circle
- 2" Circle
- 4" Alford Plaque
- 4" Prescot Plaque
- AirGenie Airbrush System
- Gyro-Cut Craft and Hobby Cutting Tool
- Cookie Magnets
- Plastic Bottle with Dropper Tip
- Quadrant Masking Tool (x2)
- Stencil Genie
- Screen Genie
- DecoPac Airbrush Food Coloring
- Midnight Black
- Silver Shimmer
- Rose Gold Shimmer
- Gold Shimmer
- Petal Pink
- Sugar Cookie ingredients
- Gold Sugar Pearls
- Pink Sugar Pearls
- Silver Sugar Pearls
- White Decorating Icing
- Culinary Tweezers
- Glad Press'n Seal
- Paper Towels
The first step, of course, is to bake your sugar cookies (recipe and ingredients not included here) - however many of each shape that you desire! After they cool, flood with royal icing and allow it to solidify.
Creating the Shaded Edges
Shake your bottle of DecoArt Rose Gold Shimmer airbrush food coloring and add four or five drops to the reservoir of your AirGenie Airbrush System tool. Always test the airflow on a stack of paper towels or sheet of white paper prior to airbrushing each cookie and each color. Adjust the spray as needed by turning the knob on top of the unit.
Angle the tool so that it's pointed at the edge of each cookie. Rotate the cookie fairly quickly and evenly as the spray comes out. This should make the color light around the edge and fade out to nothing as your eye moves closer to the center, which should still be white.
Repeat this step for all cookies.
To isolate a portion of a stencil design, such as the word "Cheers!", try Glad Press'n Seal. Cut a piece roughly the size of the stencil, lay it over top sticky side down, and flatten to remove any bubbles or wrinkles.
Next, use the Gyro-Cut craft and hobby cutting tool to trim around the desired stencil element. Peel away the trimmed plastic to uncover the word or design you want to stencil.
Preparing to Stencil
Now, take the Stencil Genie and separate the upper and lower portions. Put the thicker side down, magnets facing up, and place the stencil with the chosen design centered in the middle of the square.
Place the Screen Genie over the stencil and then add the top portion of the Stencil Genie and use it to lock everything into place.
Place the entire assembly over the cookie with the design positioned where you want it.
How to Stencil the Pink Elements
Next, add a few cookie magnets on either side of the stencil design to further help press the stencil flat against the cookie surface. This will help reduce the chances of underspray!
Spray the colorant through the stencil while keeping the airbrush tool angled as close to 90° as possible (without colorant spilling out of the reservoir).
Once finished with the "Cheers!" element, and frequently throughout this process, wipe down both sides of the Screen Genie mesh to remove built up colorant.
Repeat the above step for any chosen portions of the fireworks stencil, if using the same color.
For the "2022" stencil, simply use two quadrant masking tools to mask above and below the numbers.
For the two inch circle cookie, mask off and airbrush the small fireworks element.
Cleaning Stencils and Tools
To clean you stencils and masking tools, simply rinse them off with clean water.
Before switching to a new color, you'll need to more thoroughly clean your Screen Genie. This can be done by either rinsing it under running water, or by spraying water backwards through the screen.
Be sure to dry everything completely using paper towels before reusing them.
Cleaning the Airbrush Tool
You'll also need to clean your airbrush tool between colors. First, rinse out the reservoir 3-4 times using clean water. Then, reattach the hose, fill the reservoir with water, and then run it through on high until empty. Repeat this step, once more with water, then a third time using an inexpensive 100-proof vodka. Once all the liquid is gone, continue to run air through the tool for a couple of seconds.
Next up is Gold Shimmer. If you don't want the word "Cheers!" and the stars to overlap (airbrush colors tend to mix to form new colors, as opposed to just layering on top of one another), you can mask off just the stars where the text already is.
Lay the stars stencil over the text stencil, lining up the two where they will be on the cookie, and use the Press'n Seal to mask off just the overlapping stars. Also, because the Screen Genie tends to trap the larger particles of the shimmer colorants, you might want to forego it and just use the Stencil Genie. Having said that, do use the Screen Genie for more detailed elements such as fine text to keep those clean, crisp lines.
Repeat the above steps to airbrush any Gold fireworks elements.
To make the Silver Shimmer stand out a bit more, try adding a drop or two of Black colorant to tablespoon of silver and mixing the two in a plastic dropper bottle.
Mix well and test out the shade on a piece of white paper before airbrushing. Adjust the color ratio until you get the desired shade.
Mask off and airbrush any silver fireworks elements.
Repeat for the "to the New Year" text on the Alford cookie.
Try adding some silver highlights to the Prescot cookie using the polka dots on the "2022" stencil.
To add some three dimensional flare to your cookies, add some silver sugar pearls. Take each pearl with a pair of cooking tweezers and apply a tiny drop of icing use as an adhesive. Place wherever desired, such as the on the ends of the firework streams or on the numbers to create a marquee effect!
Your New Years Eve cookies are complete and ready to party along with your family and friends!
For more tips and ideas, visit ConfectionCoutureStencils.com today!