Dr. Minerva Patel a great pediatric dentist and sweetheart of a neighbor asked me to make cookies for the 9th District Dental Association to Celebrate Women In Dentistry. Her vision and theme was pink, black, white and high heel shoes of course!
Ok so maybe I didn’t think this through lol, I now needed to make 120 mini fondant high heel shoes that would go on the top of each cookie.
I purchased an adorable mini food safe mold from MoldMuse on Etsy and started my project did I mention I didn’t think this through! Making 120 shoes one at a time with a less then one inch mold was pretty insane.
Sooooooo I decided to buy a six cavity mini shoe mold from NY Cake to help make the job go quicker.
Add approximately half a teaspoon of Wilton Gum-Tex to a small two inch ball of black Satin Ice fondant. Doing this makes the Fondant pliable and also makes it hard when dried. Then press a strip of fondant firmly into the mold making sure to fill each shoe cavity.
Then gently rub off as much excess fondant as you can without pulling it out of the mold cavity.
With an Ateco palette knife trim off more of the excess fondant. Kneed back excess fondant into your ball and wrap in plastic or put in a zip lock baggie until you are ready to start your next batch of shoes!
Gently clean up any excess fondant by pushing into the mold cavity, again GENTLY pull the mold apart slightly and take out each fondant shoe. I did these in batches over a period of a week.
I then made all my cookies , below is one of the best cookie recipes I have ever made for several reasons. They are not too sweet which I like due to the fact that the royal icing used to decorate is all sugar. With this recipe I don’t ever worry about my cookies spreading during baking and also never have to refrigerate my dough before rolling my dough this is a big time saver for me.
Sugar Cookie Recipe
by Baking A Moment
- 2 sticks (1 cup) cold, unsalted butter, cubed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (optional)
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3⁄4 cup cornstarch Instructions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Cream together the cold, cubed butter, the granulated sugar, and the salt.
Add in the eggs and vanilla (or other flavorings/extracts).
Add all the flour and cornstarch, and mix on low speed, until fully incorporated and forming a ball.
Roll out to at thickness of 5/16 inch, cut into shapes.
Bake for 12 minutes (for approximately 2 1⁄2 in cookies).
Make your royal icing (recipe below), color it whatever color your heart desires. Fill Ateco disposable pastry bags with the colored royal icing and decorate your cookies. This is the fun part and truly practice makes perfect, well my cookies aren’t perfect yet but they are getting much better.
Did I mention I needed to make 120 cookies!
Recipe by SweetAmbs
Decorates about 4 dozen 3″ Cookies
- 2 pounds (about 8 cups)
- 10 tablespoons meringue powder*
- 3/4 cups water
- 1 pinch salt
Fit your stand mixer with the paddle attachment (Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer). Place powdered sugar, meringue powder and salt in mixing bowl. Mix on low speed until combined.
Add most of the water, holding back a few tablespoons, Add vanilla and mix on medium-low speed until ingredients are combined. Add more water if needed Scrape bowl. Mix for 5 minutes on medium-low speed.
Immediately cover icing in air tight container. The icing will keep for up to 10 days in the refrigerator. If you are using immediately to decorate cookies cover icing with damp towel or paper towel while decorating.
*If you cannot find meringue powder, you can substitute dried powdered egg white.
Let your cookies dry at the least overnight but 24 hours is best.
Now with a paint brush (that you use only for cake decorating) apply a small amount of Wilton piping gel to the back of each fondant shoe. Now ever so gently place the shoe on the top of each cookie. Only a very small amount of piping gel is needed, be sure to let the shoe set on the cookies before wrapping them.
P.S. With the extra dough I made high heel shoe cookies, iced them and covered them in of course SPRINKLES and edible sequins.
Phewwwwwww done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you are like me and it is now the weeeee hours of the morning go to bed.