I have various people I like to give fancy cookies to on Valentine’s Day, and I have some heart shaped cookie cutters. Lately I’ve been fascinated by sugar lace, which is an edible lace embellishment for cakes and cookies made from a mixture of sugar and gums to keep it flexible. I decided to design a custom lace mold in Illustrator to fit my cookie molds.
First, here’s the cookies with lace and modeling chocolate embellishments:
I think they came out great! The mold for the lace was made by engraving one of those smooth silicone baking mats. The best way I found to make the lace was to get some of that edible inkjet printable paper, cut a piece the approximate size of the mold, get it wet until it softens to a paste, and squeegee it into the mold. Let dry then repeat. The resulting lace is quite sturdy.
The hubby is not all that keen on hearts but loves guitars, so I made a guitar shaped lace for him:
Here’s the molds:
Edit: forgot to say that if you try this, be sure to rub a thin coat of vegetable shortening into the mold before adding the sugar paste, or you’ll never get it out of there without tearing it.
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Those are too pretty to eat. Thanks for the info about your process. I had no idea there was such a thing as edible inkjet printable paper, although I guess any paper can be edible as many kindergartners have proven.
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WOWSERS! That is brilliant!
And given how unbelievably expensive those sugar lace molds are…you have just opened up one heck of a marketing segment!
So awesome and delicious! Love this idea.
this entire concept is all new to me. thanks for filling my head with more ideas.
That is deeply clever and an awesome result. kudos!
Those look just delicious - and very finely made!
Those are definitely stunning! I bet they could win local bakeoffs unless someone started using them as architectural gingerbread in gingerbread houses.
In my freading I have come across several edible rice papers but this seems heavier. I wonder if it was soaked in sugar corn starch and baking powder if each one could be different and puffed up a bit?
OK…now I want cookies!!! Beautiful!!!
Those are too pretty to eat!
I don’t see how you can get the sugar topping out without breaking it. Especially the guitar.
Those are fabulous! The sky is no longer the limit. I can only imagine all the lovely delicacies that will be forthcoming from your kitchen.
This is a completely new idea for me, I very much hope to try it. Amazing how thin those guitar lines are.
I thought of this post when I saw this on FB…
Hungarian gingerbread cookies…