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!