How to Apply Disco Dust

Posted on December 31st, 2009 in Decorated Cookies, Tutorials

Disco Dust- Also known as shimmer dust, glitter dust or sparkle dust.  It’s brilliant, it’s pretty and it’s messy!

***Before I go on, please note that I wrote this post over 3 years ago (at this point in time), in December 2010, and that there is more information available on disco dust now. It is no longer used on food products so please make sure if you use it for decorating, that the piece you use it with is for decoration  purpose only, and not for consumption! It is labelled as non-toxic, but is not edible.***

Tutorial on Using Disco Dust for Decoration

I’ve had many questions regarding how to apply disco dust.  It’s no wonder why.  ;-)  I do use it a lot.  By no means am I an expert, but I’ll share with you how I go about putting disco dust on my cookies.  I hope you find my suggestions helpful.

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How to Apply Disco Dust on Cookies

1. Begin by cutting a small piece of parchment paper to work on.   Make a crease in it by folding the paper in half. Lay the paper flat again.

To give you an idea of the parchment size there’s a quarter in the photo, however how big you make it really just depends on the width of your cookies and your preference.

2. Put the cookie on the parchment paper and gently shake the disco dust from the container onto the desired area of the cookie.

The key is that the icing has to be wet; put the disco dust on right after you’ve piped the icing.

3. Shake off or dust off the excess disco dust when the icing has somewhat set or until it has completely dried (safer).  If you’re working in a humid environment though, gently shake them off right away.  The moisture in the air can make them stick.

Do this by gently lifting your cookie, holding it over the parchment and container, and tilt it so that the excess disco dust falls back into the container and on the paper.

4. Take a clean paintbrush only used for this purpose and dust off the excess.

I like using a flat, fairly short brush, which I have in 3 different sizes.  For small grooved areas use the smallest brush, for larger flat surfaces use the largest brush.

5. Remove the cookie and lift the edges of the paper together.

When the dust pools in the crease of the paper, pour the excess into another container.  My recycled disco dust is poured into a different marked container as it’s only used for decorative purposes.

Shaking the paper gently also helps the dust fall into the crease.

Some is lost, however, I found that it’s the best way to preserve most of the disco dust.

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That’s it!

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There is another way I’ve done it, but it’s no longer my preferred method.  I’ll share it with you anyways and you can try it if you like.

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Second Method – How to Apply Disco Dust

1. Cut out a piece of parchment paper a bit larger than the cookie (at least two inches larger all around), and then cut a hole in the center, about the size of the area you want to cover with disco dust.

2. Flood the area you want sprinkled with disco dust with royal icing.

3. Hold the parchment about 1 cm above the cookie, with the hole over the area you want to cover.  Shake the dust gently onto the icing. The parchment catches the excess.

4. Take a clean paintbrush only used for this purpose and dust off the excess.

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No matter how you do it, those little flecks of glitter can be quite messy, so expect to have them stuck all over you for a while.  ;-)
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More information on disco dust:

* For smaller areas I dip a paintbrush only used for food, into the disco dust, and then lightly onto the icing.

* My favorite color to use actually looks white.  It’s called rainbow disco dust.  It seems to blend in nicely with the icing color underneath it.

***Again, please note that I wrote this post over 3 years ago (at this point in time), in December 2010, and that there is more information available on disco dust now. It is no longer used on food products so please make sure if you use it for decorating, that the piece you use it with is for decoration  purpose only, and not for consumption! It is labelled as non-toxic, but is not edible.***

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Hope that helps!  If you have any ideas you’d like to share I’d love to hear from you below in the comment section.

xo,
Marian

p.s.  If you’d like to see how the snowman cookies were made, here’s the step by step:

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How to Make Snowman Cookies

1. Make dough.  For a sugar cookie recipe see here.
2. Make and color icing.  For a royal icing recipe see here.

3. Pipe the body of the snowman.  I used my Kopykake Projector to help me trace the image (which is from scrapbooking paper by the way).  Let that dry for minimum 5 hours.

4. Pipe details on snowman such as face and buttons.  Let dry for a few hours.  (Since they’re only small bits of icing it doesn’t take long to dry).

5. Pipe the scarf of the snowman.  Add disco dust and shake off excess when the icing below has dried.

6. Put in bag with ribbon as desired.

Finished!

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