Before moving to Virginia at age seventeen, I had never seen hydrangeas. The instant I laid eyes on those beautiful, colorful blooms, I fell forever in love.
Now that I’m back home in Texas, “real” hydrangeas aren’t a possibility, but for years I have dreamed of enjoying them again. So, I made my own hydrangeas, cookie-style.
Many people believe that you need to own an airbrush system to create cookies like these, but that simply isn’t true. I was able to use Wilton Color Mist to “airbrush” cookies without the help of a machine.
To make these cookies you will need:
- Outline and flood icing in light smoky blue (mix Wilton delphinium and cornflower blue icing color)
- Wilton Color mist in violet and blue
- Stencil Genie
- Hydrangea stencils #1 and #2
- Light violet piping icing (a touch of Wilton violet icing color)
- Green 20-second icing (mix Wilton moss green and ivory)
- Royal icing hydrangea blossoms (video tutorial coming soon)
- White piping icing
To begin, outline the flower with a #2 tip. One the outline is set, fill with smoky blue icing. After flooding, wait until the cookie is completely dry. This can take anywhere from four to twenty-four hours, depending where you live.
Once the base is dry, place hydrangea stencil #2 in the Stencil Genie and give the cookie a light spray of both blue and purple Color Mist. For the best results, test the color on parchment before spraying the actual cookie and use light sweeping motions to ensure even coverage.
Next, add another layer of violet and blue Color Mist, a little darker this time. I showed photographs of each addition to illustrate how the layering of colors creates a completely unique shade. First the blue, then the purple, see? Pretty isn’t it.
After applying the second layer, remove the Stencil Genie to reveal the color below. If it isn’t perfect the first time around, do not be discouraged. Any type of airbrushing takes practice. Make a few extra cookies just in case, and remember, nature is perfectly imperfect. Uneven coverage and overspray just make this cookie more interesting.
For a more in depth look at stenciling with royal icing, see this post.
When the final layer of stenciled flowers is dry, use green 20-second icing to flood the leaf, then attach royal icing hydrangea blossoms with leftover light violet icing. Pay special attention to any bare spots or mistakes that might be visible, and use the flowers to disguise them.
In my experience, many people prefer cookies without royal icing accents, because they can be a little crunchy or hard. Ensure that the blossoms are easily removable by using only three or four flowers attached with just enough icing to secure them.
If you would rather not use royal icing flowers at all, you can definitely skip this step and still have a gorgeous cookie, but I think it adds a little something special to the final product.
I mixed my hydrangeas with whimsical leaves, and simple cookie blossoms made out of colored dough. They aren’t an exact replica of the real thing, but they make my heart just as happy. I cannot wait to make them in other colors!
Word of caution, Wilton Color Mist spray can be extremely messy. I have a blue baby to prove it. Be sure to cover all surrounding surfaces to protect them from airbrush color. Use butcher paper, old newspapers, science fair backboards, or disposable plastic tablecloths for easy clean up. You may even want to wear a mask, otherwise be prepared for a colorful surprise the next time you sneeze!
If you plan on airbrushing cookies often, I suggest investing in Wilton’s new airbrush system and colors, now available at Michaels. Be sure to use their weekly coupons for even more savings.
If you would like to see a video of the actual decorating process, leave a comment, and I will get one posted on my YouTube channel very soon.
If you like these cookies, be sure to check out the following posts:
- Brush Embroidery Hydrangea Cookies via Glorious Treats
- Molded Hydrangea Cookies via Montreal Confections (video)
- Adding Leaves to Flower Cookies
- Hydrangea Cookie Cutter via Copper Gifts
- How to Pipe Royal Icing Hydrangea Blossoms (video) -Coming Soon
- Hydrangea Cookies via The Pastry Princess
- Hydrangea Cake via I Am Baker (this is another great way to pipe hydrangea blooms but for cookies I recommend a #101 tip)