If you know me at all......I love to put stitching on cookies. :)
I've been doing it for 5-6 years now.
I love that folksy, hand-sewn look.
It fits in perfect with all the quilt cookies I love to make.
For Valentines Day, I had saved a photo of a "puffy" heart that had stitching around it.
It prompted me to make some layered heart cookies with 3D-looking stitches.
I fell in love with the effect.....I decided to share it here on the blog.
When layering cookies......you can use nested cutters so that shapes are exactly the same.
Or......you can add a complimentary shape on top of another.
I did both in this set of cookies.
The top cookie is thinner than the base cookie.
There's sideviews of the heart cookies HERE.
Bake the layers of cookies together.
You might need to bake them a little longer to get the middles fully done.
When decorating the full cookie, the glaze is going to "cascade" down the sides of the top cookie
onto the surrounding lower layer cookie.
Start by adding a thicker outline around the bottom cookie.....letting it dry well (30+ min).
The begin flooding the top cookie allowing the excess to flow over the sides.
Push the glaze around on the bottom layer until it reaches the sides.
Be careful not to add too much glaze to the base layer since you have overflow from above.
Allow the cookies to dry for 2-3 hours.
I found that the glaze was pretty thick on these cookies and
more time was needed to get the glaze to "crust over".
Use a cake tester to make "stitch holes" all around each cookie as shown in the photo below.
(I found a new cake tester that is a lot bigger diameter than my Pampered Chef one.
It was perfect for these cookies.)
Allow the cookies to dry overnight
(especially if you are using bleed-prone colors like red, black & white!).
Using a small tip (PME 1.5 is my favorite), add stitches in between the stitch holes.
I've tried it with both contrasting colors (here) and same colors (hearts) and like it both ways.
I couldn't be happier with how these turned out. :)