Show your sweet appreciation to the bravest among us with this Thank You Vets Cookie Collection from Confection Couture.
Here's what you'll need:
- Thank You Veteran 2 Overlay Cookie Stencil
- 4" Chilton Plaque Cookie Cutter
- 3” Heart Cookie Cutter
- 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
- Super Red
- Navy Blue
- Small star-shaped cookie cutter
- White fondant
- Glad Press'n Seal
- Paper Towels
Making the Fondant Stars
To start, cut and bake your chosen number of cookies and cover with white royal icing.
Next, role out a small amount of white fondant and cut out at least 6 small stars for every three out of four cookies.
After shaking the bottle, load 5-6 drops of DecoPac super red airbrush food coloring into your AirGenie airbrush tool.
Always test out the airflow on a clean stack of paper towels prior to airbrushing each cookie. Adjust as needed using the knob located on top of the unit.
Airbrush all of the stars, taking care to also get the edges all the way around each one. Place the stars aside.
Masking the Stencils
Next take the stencil with the decorative borders and cut a piece of Glad Press'n Seal to fit. Place the plastic over the stencil and flatten to remove any bubbles or wrinkles.
Use the Gyro-Cut craft and hobby cutting tool to carefully trim around the elements that you will airbrush red. Turn the blade sideways and use it to lift a corner of each trimmed piece. Peel it away to reveal the chosen element underneath.
Repeat for all four designs.
Preparing for Airbrushing
Next, take one of the Chilton cookies and separate the two halves of the Stencil Genie. Place the bottom (thicker) portion on the table and position the stencil on top, centering the first design in the square.
Use the Quadrant Masking Tools to mask off the areas around the design in order to protect the edges of the cookie from overspray.
Place the Screen Genie over the devices and lock everything into place using the top portion of the Stencil Genie.
Now, place the assembly over the cookie. Test out the airflow before airbrushing. Apply the color in light coats using a small circular motion.
Between cookies, wipe down both the top and bottom of the Screen Genie thoroughly with a paper towel. If you don't, color will begin to form into droplets on the next cookie.
If needed, use cookie magnets to help press the stencil flat against the cookie surface.
Cleaning the Stencils and Screen Genie
To clean the stencils and Quadrant Masking Tool, simply dip them in a bowl of water for a moment or two. Every two to three cookies, you'll also want to clean the Screen Genie more thoroughly. This can be accomplished by using a chemical-free spray bottle and spraying water backwards through the screen. Dry everything thoroughly with paper towels (and a blow dryer, if necessary).
Finishing the Red Elements
Use the above techniques to airbrush the remaining red stencil elements.
Masking the Navy Blue Elements
Next, repeat the above stencil masking procedure, this time uncovering the elements that will be airbrushed navy blue.
Load the navy blue colorant and airbrush the ribbon elements.
Do the same for the remaining blue elements on the other cookies.
Cleaning the Airbrush Tool
To clean the airbrush tool between colorants, rinse out the reservoir 3-4 times with water. Next, reattach the hose and run clean water through the tool. Repeat this step, once more with water, and then a third time using an inexpensive 100-proof vodka. Continue running air through the tool for a few seconds once all the liquid is gone.
Now, load some midnight black colorant into one of the airbrush tools.
Airbrushing the Text Elements
Use the aforementioned procedures to airbrush the text elements on all four cookie designs.
Affixing the 3D Stars
Lastly, take a tiny ball of fondant and use it as an adhesive to attach each of the 3D star features to the edges of the cookies.
Your Thank You Vets cookies are now complete!
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