Vintage Inspired Cookies

Today I'm going to attempt to copy the "vintage" bloggy trend that is found all over pinterest in fashion, decor and now cookies!  Yes, these were inspired by pearls, lace and embroidery that you can see if you click on this pinterest board of mine.  And in an effort of full-disclosure I edited these pictures with a photoshop action called "seventies" by pioneer woman.  It makes them look a little older.  When have I ever wanted my cookies to look old?  This is a first people!
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I knew that I had seen people make embroidered looking flowers with royal icing on cakes before.  I just didn't know what it was called or how to do it.  So, I asked the lady at my local cake and candy store and she said, "Oh, you're talking about brush embroidery and all you need is a paintbrush!"  So I picked up a paintbrush and went home to google "brush embroidery."  I found lots of beautiful inspiration and instruction.  Here are a few links to inspire you as well:  Wilton, flikr, Ali Bee's Bake ShopSweet Ambs, sugarcraft.  And you better bet that you can find this on Callye's site too!
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I armed myself with some sugar pearls, tweezers to place them and a new clean paintbrush.
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You will need to start with a cookie that has a base layer that has dried for about 24 hrs.  You also need to sit down with a brush, glass of water, paper towel and white royal icing that is about 20 seconds thick.  In my attempt to make a rose, I started with one petal at a time.  After it was piped I brushed about 2 times, rinsed in the water and dried on the paper towel.  Then I did a few more brush strokes and repeated until I had one whole petal.  Then I moved onto the next petal.  Once I made it all the way around, I let it dry as I went onto other cookies.  Then I came back and repeated the same steps in the inner petals.  Once I did the 3rd circle of petals, I put a dot of icing in the center and placed my sugar pearls on.
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If you want your flowers thicker like the one below, just use a bigger tip for your white icing.  This one was a three and the ones above were done with a #2 tip.
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I tried lots of different flower shapes, but the rose was my favorite.
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I wanted to make some lace-ish cookies so I checked out this old box of lace (what a treasure that I inherited) and saw that all lace is not created equal.  They are all so different, so you really can't go wrong.
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But I applied the brush technique to parts of my lace cookies and topped them off with some pearls too!
All of these were done without my projector.  I pretty much made them up as I went, having no plan before time.  I know it's not like me at all, but every once in a while, I live on the edge!
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This one was done with no brush technique but I'm still qualifying it as vintage.
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But I did use the brush technique to create a little vintage frame, cookie style!  You can see that I just did a scalloped border and pulled in with the brush.  Then I went over the frosting with silver luster dust.  After that, I piped a border and put the pearls on.  And in an attempt to go with the trends, I left the frame empty.  The empty frame trend is big!  Too bad I didn't make several of them and put them in a collage on my wall.  Hehe!
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I got a kick out of trying this new technique and making vintage cookies.  I used some of these ideas in a vintage style wedding recently!  We'll be sharing those wedding details soon!  But for the rest of the week, Callye and I will continue to share our pinterest inspired cookies with you!
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37 comments:

  1. Very nice cookies! I found you from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle. I just had to comment because I loved your sense of humor on the empty frame trend! As an embroiderer, I loved your take on the embroidered cookies.

    Best,

    Carrie
    www.onepinkduck.com
    www.threepinkducks.blogspot.com

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  2. No words! The colors!!! the lace! OM GOODNESS!

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  3. These are so WAY too pretty to ever eat! Gorgeous!

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  4. Just beautiful! Now that I have a handle on royal icing, I'd like to try the brush embroidery. It looks so elegant!

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  5. absolutely gorgeous! how creative! too pretty to eat!

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  6. SERIOUSLY! Those are beautiful! I love the grey with the twigs and pearls. Lovely.

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  7. I LOVE these. If I was creative enough to invent a cookie they would look like this. :)

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  8. I'd be afraid to eat these! They turned out amazingly. You are truly an artist with frosting as your medium.

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  9. Seriously Ashleigh you are amazing!! I am totally setting up cooking/crafting lessons with you next time Im in CA!

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  10. These are simply BEAUTIFUL.... Love how delicate they look!!! I have made brush embroidery flowers before on cookies inspired by Ali Bee's...they were so fun to do.....Yours are so stunning...it makes me want to do it again:) www.cookieconstruction.blogspot.com

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  11. Egad! I've never seen such gorgeous cookies. It is almost a shame to eat them. You are so creative and talented. I always enjoy the beautiful treats you create.

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  12. Wow amazing! I am jealous I want these!

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  13. These are exquisite! I'm speechless!!

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  14. Ash, You've totally outdone yourself here! Those cookies are just too beautiful to eat! Love them!

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  15. You are incredibly amazing! you know that right?:)

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  16. You've outdone yourself Ashleigh. :)

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  17. These are so beautiful!!! I just can't stand it!

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  18. How do you do it??? I know obviously because you give such explicit instructions...but how do you do it?
    They are so delicate and perfect to look at, but then to eat them!!! I'd have a serious issue with anyone wanting to eat mine, if by some miracle I'd managed to produce these :{

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  19. What the crap?! These are amazing!!! These are beautiful!

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  20. I am CRAZY about the cookie frames! Pinned! :)

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  21. These are sooo beautiful! What colors did you use for the grayish ones?? Just black and ivory?? I love the beautiful vintage color and look!!! GORGEOUS!!!

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  22. These are so delicate and beautiful! I love your detailed description of how you did them. I will have to try them out soon. Amazing work!

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  23. I had seen photos of these cookies before and am so glad to have found the source! So stunning!

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  24. Great photos and great ideas! You could even personalize them for all your friends and family. Very cute stuff!

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  25. Abolutely beautiful. They would make good wedding favours.

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  26. those are gorgeously brilliant! Just WOW

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  28. Your all cookies are awesome. I like all of these.

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  29. OMG, this all are awesome. Thanks a lot to share.
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  30. Sweet Ambs makes some of the most beautiful cookies, has for years. Some of them look like full on china/wedgewood boxes. And she has the most amazing tutorial videos. Well done.

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