Let me share my experiences. My first idea was going to be stamp directly on the cookie, I searched the internet for the perfect recipe for this, Rycrafts Shortbread cookie recipe seemed exactly what I wanted.
So, after the first batch I just cut circles, and again back to the internet to find the perfect icing. Alton Brown's Royal icing, worked great! Since I am not a baker, I watched his Youtube on how to do this, and continued on my quest to make perfect circles of icing! OK not so perfect. It did take overnight for the icing to dry completely. I have a couple with thumbprints in them, don't know how that happened, especially since I told my son to touch them, must have been a gnome!
Next onto stamping. First wash and dry your NEW stamps thoroughly! I guess you could use ones that have ink on them, but double wash them. I bought Wiltons Edible markers and went over the entire with the marker. My first attempt I actually had the stamp but everytime I pressed the stamp onto the cookie it broke, or the imprint wasn't there all the way. I guess my icing wasn't even?
So I tried to laying the stamp on very careful and holding the cookie in such a way that my fingers were under the cookie for support, I used my thumbs very carefully and apply light pressure around the stamp, Much better!
After letting the outline of the stamp dry, I colored in my cookies. To smooth things over a little I took a paintbrush, dipped it in water, blotted the brush, and smoothed out the lines of the markers.
To finish off my edges so they wouldn't look so rough, I took of mixture of 10x sugar and water and ran a paintbrush around the edges, and coated them with sprinkles. I did the same thing to fill in some of the shapes. Here a batch of some of the finished ones.
Club Scrap Moroccan Kit (ribbon, and tag)
Club Scrap Homemade Holiday Unmounted Stamp
Club Scrap I'll be Gnome for Christmas Unmounted Stamp/Stencil
Other products, cookies!, sprinkles, Wiltons Edible Markers, Cookie cutter buttons.
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