Valentine’s Day Part 3: Sacred Hearts

These last few red and white cookie sets were all done very spontaneously.  Typically, I draw inspiration from a number of places, and do drawings, and fuss and ponder.  But I had a mountain of icing, and “needed” to try some peanut butter cookies.  So that’s why I’m coming up with these quick, one inspiration photo cookie sets.  This is me “winging it!”  For me planning the heck out of something, see just about every other set of cookies I’ve ever made.

For my last Valentine’s Day set, I’m veering into Mardi Gras territory in terms of the level of luster and sparkly edible paint!  And since tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, the timing is perfect.  My inspiration for these cookies was Mexican Folk Art – Sacred Hearts.

Mexican Folk Art: Sacred Hearts

I was just playing with the motifs and the feel. These were fun to cut out- I used a variety of cutters, and imprinted the hearts with a cutter for easy flooding later.  I’ve included a process pic here.

Sacred Hearts Process | The Cookie Architect

The pristine white piping always makes me wonder if the later painting “ruined them,” but it’s just a different vibe.

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Sacred Hearts 1 | The Cookie Architect  Sacred Hearts 2 | The Cookie Architect

 

I had one cookie at the end where I reversed the red and white.  I ended up leaving that unpainted (except for the obligatory luster dust haha!) because it just didn’t fit in the set, and looked great to me just the way it was!

Valentine's Day Heart | The Cookie Architect

To see all my Valentine’s Day Cookies, check out my cookie gallery!

Valentine’s Day Part Two: Flowers, Hearts and Cookies, Check, check and check!

Well, I know that normal people don’t blog twice in the same day, but I’ve got a backlog of cookies, and a new blog, and I meant for this to be a draft, but I haven’t figured out how NOT to publish things and just save the draft, so here is my newbie blogger second post of the day.

For this next set of Valentine’s Day cookies- it all started when my mom asked me to make cookies for her Physics class (and the teacher), and that morphed in to me experimenting with a new royal icing recipe in her class, and everyone decorating cookies. Best.day.ever. for those kids, let me tell you!  There was lots of official sounding discussion of viscosity, by which I mean consistency….  We had piping viscosity and 20 second viscosity, which I even timed with my phone so that it would seem more “sciencey.”  The upshot of this experiment is that I had a mountain of red and white icing when we were done.  And since it was just a few days before Valentine’s Day, I figured I would have to make some more cookies.

For the cookies, I tried out Sweetopia’s Peanut Butter cookie recipe, which came highly recommended, and is quite tasty.

For the inspiration, I went looking in (you guessed it) one of my secret Pinterest boards, and found a few red and white things to inspire my new cookie sets. For this particular set, I started with this picture:

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Magic Petals II By Bella

Now, I didn’t want to just copy this, but do my own cookie spin.  But I loved the looks of this style of flower and definitely wanted to do something along these lines. One thing that I did to make it my own was pair up petals in the flowers so that they were kind of funky heart shapes.  And I also paired up some of the flowers so that they were on heart shaped cookies.  When the time came, I decided to to do some flowers in the reverse color scheme.  All told, I didn’t stray too far from the original inspiration art, which I love!

When I went to cut out the shapes, it seemed like a good idea to notch between the petals, I realized later that I had just seen my good friend Dany’s Cakes do something similar on some flowers, and it must have snuck in to my brain.  This sort of thing happens all the time in creative endeavors: you see things and they crop back up in unexpected ways, or two people do the same thing at the same time, but that is a whole other blog post in the making!

I piped these the way that I did because the icing that I had made was an experimental tweak, and I wanted to see how it held up to the risk of craters.  Filling in all those petals after piping the surrounding color would have been a recipe for crater disaster if the icing wasn’t up for it, but it was great!   I also used my dehydrator, which I’ve found helps minimize craters.  I did get a few shallow dents, but I decided to think of them as texture!  So, without further ado, here are my red and white Valentine’s Day Heart Flower Cookies:

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For all of my Valentine’s Day cookies from this year- check out my cookie gallery!

Valentine’s Day Cookies Part One: You Make Me Quiver

Well, I never really got to make Christmas cookies, and that meant I had a lot of ideas and holiday cookies pent up inside apparently. Because I have made three different sets of Valentine’s Day Cookies (and counting) and it’s V-day today!

For this first set, I had some leftover icing in interesting colors from my Cookie Tile Explosion set, and I wanted to do something for Valentine’s Day.  I solicited opinions on Facebook, and Beth from Love Bug Cakes and Cookies suggested a pin that I had recently pinned to my Christmas Ideas board on Pinterest.   What a great idea!  So good that I told her SHE should do that one, because… that pin had already reminded me of this picture:

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This great art by Rex Ray had been my unused inspiration for Lilaloa’s non-traditional color challenge.  But right next to it was THIS PICTURE.

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And this particular image, also by Rex Ray, is what ended up inspiring the motifs of this set.  And because my inspiration is always a hodge podge of things that I am sifting through- I’m not a big “cutter” girl, and I didn’t have a lot of hearts to choose from, mostly I just had these two old tin hearts with arrows.  So I used those, and I pulled it all together with a cute Valentine quote that I had seen that was arrow related, “You make my heart quiver.”  And there you have it- campy, arty earthy valentines, with a cheeky message.

Campy Arrow Heart Cookies

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You can check out all of my latest Valentine’s day cookies in my gallery!