These pretty Valentine sugar cookies are a perfect combination of girly colors: rich rose pink and shimmery gold. These cookies were made as favors to be given out at the end of a birthday party. Each cookie was individually bagged and tagged ready to take home. Each cookie is a large 4" size and made with my favorite sugar cookie recipe and royal icing.
The pink royal icing base is made with Wilton Rose Icing Color. The gold scroll work and border is made by tinting white icing with a small amount of brown icing color. The gold shimmer is made by brushing Wilton Gold Pearl Dust over the dry cookies then combining the gold dust with a high proof alcohol or flavored extract for a gold paint that is used on the scroll work and border. The alcohol evaporates and leaves behind a beautiful shiny gold finish. Here are some photos of the process.
Scroll work and dot border are brushed with gold "paint" made from a mixture of the gold pearl dust and some lemon extract or high proof alcohol such as EverClear. The alcohol evaporates and leaves behind a beautiful shiny gold color.