Sometimes a party needs a little bit of glitz and glamor, but that doesn’t mean that you have to crazy and stress yourself out. Everyone loves macarons, so we knew they’d be a hit at the party, but we wanted to add our own touch to the cookies. We could have made them ourselves, but macarons are labor intensive, and we have a great bakery in town that specializes in all things macaron! If you’re anywhere near San Antonio, you should make a stop in at Bakery Lorraine for some of their delicious treats. We purchased some pink grapefruit and some raspberry macarons because they went perfectly with the color scheme. I also picked up a couple of boxes of the chocolate and vanilla macarons at Trader Joe’s, just so we could have some extras on hand. If you’re set on making your own macarons, you can read about some helpful hints here.
I have a box of edible gold leaf that I keep around, just in case I need to add some fancy pats to something that I’m baking (or in this case, add a personal, glittery touch to something store bought). Edible gold leaf isn’t cheap, but it’ll last you a very long time; a little bit goes a very long way. You can buy Edible Gold Leaf on Amazon.
To make the gold hearts, I used a heart paper punch to make a stencil out of card stock. I placed the card stock on top of the cookie and then I added a tiny flake of gold leaf. I used tweezers to place the gold leaf on the cookie, and then I used a clean paintbrush (the kind that comes from a children’s water color set) to brush the leaf into place. You can add more gold leaf and keep brushing it on if you want a heavier looking heart. This whole thing takes about thirty seconds, so it’s a quick project.
We made these hearts three different times, and I’ve come to the conclusion that humidity is a factor when working with gold leaf. On the two humid day we did this, the leaf went on with no problems at all. On the other day we had some problems getting the gold leaf to stick. The best solution I found for this is to dip the brush into a little bit of water so that it’s damp, and then brush the leaf.
The possibilities with this kind of project are endless. You could stencil any holiday theme, or you could do adorable gold polka dots.
*Photos by Candice Stringham. Awesome hand modeling by yours truly! (Ignore the fat thumbs!)
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