Decorated Hydrangea Cookies

I had never seen hydrangeas before moving to Virginia at age seventeen, but 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.

How to make whimsical hydrangea cookies with Wilton Color Mist spray.How to make beautiful hydrangea cookies.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:

I used the Whimsical Rose cutter from Whisked Aways Cutters for my interpretation, but if you prefer a more traditional hydrangea shape, this cutter would work well.

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.

Decorated Hydrangea Flower CookiesOnce the base is dry, place hydrangea stencil #1 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.

If you don’t have a Stencil Genie, you can also use magnets to secure the stencil as I did here, but I love how quick and easy it is to position the stencil with the Genie.

Whimsical Airbrushed Hydrangea CookiesAfter the first coat of Color Mist, reposition the stencil, making sure that mostly un-misted areas are visible through the openings.

Hydrangea Cookie StencilNext, 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.

Stenciled Hydrangea Flower CookiesAfter 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.

Stenciled Hydrangea Cookies Sweetsugarbelle.comGive the airbrushed flowers a bit of time to dry (to prevent bleeding) then move onto the next step.

Secure hydrangea stencil #2 in the Stencil Genie, and use light violet piping icing to stencil the pattern over the previous layers.

For a more in depth look at stenciling with royal icing, see this post.

Hydrangea Cookies Stenciled with Royal IcingAfter adding the royal icing layer, remove the Stencil Genie and use a cookie scraper (aka boo boo stick) to gently remove any excess icing.

Decorated Hydrangea CookiesWhen 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.

Hydrangea Flower CookiesFinish up by piping white dots in the center of several of the flowers. I dotted all of the piped and stenciled royal icing flowers, and a few of the airbrushed ones.

Decorated Hydrangea Cookies Sweetsugarbelle.com

If videos are more your thing, be sure to check out the live version of this post on my new and improved YouTube channel.

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!

Airbrushed Hydrangea Cookies for SpringWord 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.

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