Speckling Cookies with Luster Dust

I have two kind of ramblings…the well thought out, planned kind and the impromptu, because ya asked type.  This is the latter.

A few days ago I posted these simple autumn cookies with splashes of gold.  Because ya asked, here’s the skinny.  It’s so easy I’m almost embarrassed to tell!

I started with simple acorn cookies, outlined and filled them with ivory icing, then let them dry overnight.

The next day I mixed several shades of gold-ish colored lustre dust {I have a keeper cup I almost always work out of} with Everclear.  Who knew cookie decorating would involve heavy drinking, right?

Seriously, though, if you’re not down with the Everclear, use vodka or vanilla or lemon extract.

To create a light spattering of color, remove any excess liquid from your brush {this is REALLY important if you don’t want large splotches}

then run your fingers through the bristles to create a light speckling of color.

If you want to get really crazy, you can also try a highly technical method I like to call “slinging”.  All you eighties babies remember splatter painting right?  I may or may not have a light spattering of gold on my dining room wall.

Dip your brush and go to town.  It’s almost therapeutic!

For those of you who are wondering, you cannot do this with water.  IT WILL RUIN YOUR COOKIES!  This has to be some sort of alcohol based liquid that will will evaporate quickly.  You can also use a toothbrush if you don’t have a paintbrush lying around.

When the lustre dust is dry {it will only take a minute} add the final details.

Remember me saying this was an impromptu thing?  Since I didn’t decide what to do with the caps until it was too dark for a picture, there isn’t one.  Basically I piped a scalloped design onto the dried base and sprinkled it with brown sanding sugar.  Easy breezy!

If you’d like to try your hand at making cookies like this, here are a few posts that might help you on your way:

Need tons of lustre dust {yes you do} try Country Kitchen Sweet Art.  They have a GREAT selection!

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful days of autumn!

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    susie says:

    I sooo want to try these! Acorns are my favorite fall cookie cutter and there are millions all over the ground here. I know there is an old wives tale about my winter forecast! And Everclear???? I use vanilla vodka so if I nip it by accident it’s yummy!

  2. 22

    So PRETTY!

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    Sara says:

    Hi. Love reading your blog! I would like to see more photos of your work area. Anyone who has not just sugar, not just sanding sugar, but brown sanding sugar must have a fabulous workspace. I think you’ve shown a few photos, but please share more. Thanks!

  4. 24

    Gorgeous and I can’t wait to try this technique! Thanks for making it ok to make a mess in the kitchen ;)

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    TracyLH says:

    Callye, I completely love you for sharing this idea! I am up to my neck this week and a friend asked for fall leaves. This technique will add the perfect elegant touch that I needed *and* I will be able to do them quickly! Thank you, Callye!!!!

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    Karri says:

    Thank you so much! I used this technique on my ‘mercury glass’ cookies. It was quite a challenge, but I think I did ok. Thank you so much for ALL you do for us cookiers!!!


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