Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cameo Cookies

I didn't do anything for my son for Easter. It's not like I didn't know it was coming...it's just that somehow....yeah, I'm a bad person. I took the Easter Eggs filled with candy that my mother sent and hid those. Yes, my son knew exactly who had sent those eggs. And that is why he loves my mother so much right now. And why he made her the best Mother's Day gift ever. And I'm totally planning on signing my name to his gift. Man...its a good thing those two have each other. I can retain their love just by existing between them.


So...I'm a bad mother and offspring. But I make a mean bowl of cereal, and I'm not too bad at cameo cookies either. That's got to count for something, right?


Before you ask...I used a mold for these cookies. Two molds actually. I squished some cookie dough into a setting mold and then popped it out onto a cookie sheet to bake. (Can I say just one more time how much I love my chocolate cookie recipe? Seriously -- look at the details that stayed in while baking!) And then for the cameo itself I used a different mold and some white chocolate and fondant.

Seriously... easy-peasy. No talent required. Unless you wanted to hand sculpt them or something. And then, that would be insane. And hard. But it would make me feel better about the amount of time I spend on baked goods. So, you know, let me know how that goes for you.

25 comments:

Lorraine said...

I love these. Do you just melt white chocolate for the face part?

Skye said...

SO cool!

Is the fondant the white or the lavender? I have a small mold & I used fondant for the white, but did not come out as clean.

I got in on the "groupon" that you told me about .... did you get the choc cookie mold there?

These are SOOOOO cool!!!

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

Fabulous! This is such a great idea.

Susie said...

I am baking up a batch of your chocolate cookies today, can't wait to try them! The cameos are very pretty....

Kitty said...

I adore these. Absolutely charming. Will you share where you found the moulds, please? Pretty please?

Kind regards, Kitty

Glora said...

Are you sure these are COOKIES? Can I just add a pin to the back and wear one of these? You are amazing. These are beautiful! Hugs- Glora

Lora said...

Simply Gorgeous!

Nisson Family said...

SO pretty! I love the cameo cookies. I can't believe the cookies kept all of the details too. Amazing!

Pam

Lorraine said...

Thanks so much for answering all of my questions. I have one more - what kind of white chocolate do you recommend? Do you also fit the fondant into the cameo mold and then put the white chocolate cameo head on top of that onto the cookie? Just curious since I love these and will try to make them. Thanks again.

paddle attachment said...

These cookies are really something! They look just like a pin I received from my grandmother. Topped off with a funny post. Lovin' it!

Lilaloa said...

Kitty -- Click on the words "setting mold" and "different mold" to be taken to where you can purchase the exact molds I used.

Lorraine and Skye -- I melted white chocolate (Honestly, I just use cheap white chocolate chips. Nestle, I think.) and put just a little (maybe 1/2 tsp) into the mold. I used a toothpick to draw it up into the details. I put it in the freezer for a couple of minutes until it was hardened and then gently squished some colored fondant on the back to fill up the rest of the mold. The whole thing went back into the freezer until the fondant was hard and then I popped it out of the mold and used a tiny bit of melted white chocolate to adhere it to the cookie setting.

Samantha said...

These are gorgeous!!
You did such a great job!

Natalie said...

Really beautiful! Well done.x

Katie said...

Who are you? These are amazing...no surprise. I have never seen anything like those before!!

Betty @ scrambled henfruit said...

Your cameos are gorgeous! I'd never have known they were cookies- they look just like jewelry! :)These are perfect for Mother's Day.

SweetSugarBelle said...

These are SOOOOOOOOOOOO cool!!!

Kathy said...

Hi! Inspiring cookies! How can you tell that I'm marathon-reading your blog? Did you have to grease the mold before you poured the white chocolate in? Thanks! I just ordered a bunch of molds from Esty to try out your idea!!!

LilaLoa said...

Kathy -- I'm impressed. I probably would have gotten tired of myself after a couple of posts. :) And no...no need to grease the mold first. When the chocolate and/or fondant is hard from being in the freezer, it just pops right out!

Kathy said...

Hi! Got my molds, making these cookies now! Just wondering if you squished the cookie dough into the mold, put it into the freezer, then cut around the mold design with a knife to clean up the edges? Maybe my mold is too shallow, because I don't think I have 3/8" thickness in the mold. Thanks so much!

LilaLoa said...

Kathy -- that's pretty much exactly how I did it. The knife part wasn't necessary on all of the cookies though. I kind of rub the edges of the cookie dough in and out all the way around to soften the edges before popping it in the freezer for a couple of minutes. (I don't know if that makes any sense at all.)

I think my mold is *slightly* thinner than the cookies I usually make, but nearly the same.

I would LOVE to see the cookies you make though!!!

Kathy said...

Hi again! I gave up on my molds, and I went and ordered the exact same ones as yours, which I should have done in the first place!!! I think mine were too small. I will let you know how it goes once I get the new molds!! I wrote your name "Lilaloa" as the person who referred me to their website. If you have any additional detailed tips that you can give me regarding the process of making these beautiful cookies, I would be so appreciative!!

LilaLoa said...

Kathy -- I was just thinking that I should have done a REAL tutorial on these cookies. They are so easy and so pretty!
First -- when making the cookies with the setting mold, make sure you use a recipe that doesn't spread at all, or freeze the cookie dough after removing it from the setting mold and before baking it. That way it keeps the design. I dusted the baked cookies with silver and gold luster dust.

For the faces, I used melted white chocolate and a paintbrush/toothpick. Pour the white chocolate into the middle of the face and then draw it out into the finer details. You don't really need a lot. Just enough to cover the face (or center detail if you are using a different mold.) Put it in the freezer for just a couple of minutes. You want it to be firm, but not solid. If it's too hard it will crack when you squish the fondant behind it. Take the fondant color you like and roll it into a slightly elongated ball. Flatten it slightly so it is roughly the same size/shape of the cameo mold. Remove the mold with the chocolate from the freezer and LIGHTLY press the fondant into the back of it. Put the whole thing back in the freezer for 2-3 minutes and then gently pop it out. There will be a small amount of condensation, so just put it on a plate for 10 minutes until it is dry again. I used a small dollop of melted chocolate to "glue" the cameo to the setting.

These cookies are seriously so fun. You are going to LOVE making them!

Kathy said...

Let me first say how impressed AND appreciative I am for your IMMEDIATE responses to my silly questions. I really want to make your cameo cookies, and you make it so easy for a beginner like me to attempt at making your little pieces of perfection. You take the time to answer each and every one of your comments, all I can say is "wow" and "thank you". I ordered your plaque cutter from CopperGifts, all three of the plaque cutters, in fact! I just want to let you know how inspired I am by you and your blog. Please don't be creeped out! I am just a big admirer, as many of us on here are! By the way, I can only find regular Crisco here in HK. When I go home for the summer, I will stock up on the butter Crisco and let you know how it goes.

LilaLoa said...

THANK YOU Kathy! You are so sweet! People like YOU are the reason I share. :)

Kathy said...

Hi! I got my molds and tried these last night! My cookie frames didn't turn out as finely detailed as yours, I wonder if mine spread a bit. I added 3 1/2 cups flour to make them more sturdy. I even froze them overnight after I shaped them. After making twelve white chocolate cameos, 12 fondant shapes and 12 frame molds, I was so tired!!! Popping the chocolate in the freezer, taking them out to mold the fondant--all one by one certainly is a labour of love--unless you buy 6 cameos and 6 molds to speed up the process! This just shows me how dedicated you are to your craft. After making these cookies, I have newfound admiration for you! You have the patience of a saint and the creativity of an artist! Thanks for sharing the details of how to make these lovely cookies. I'm glad I attempted them.

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