Baby shower cookies with a bath theme.
I guess you could call these baby shower, shower cookies. Ba dum dum dum. (I know, groan; sorry).
You could also call them ‘candy cookies’, because the center of each one is made of a candy coating called isomalt.
It’s a sugar substitute which can be a used to make all sorts of sweet creations such as candy ‘jewels’ (which really only look clear, not sparkly). If you’d like an easy alternative to boiling sugar or other candies for your confections, isomalt is quick and simple to use. It is also used as a sugar substitute for diabetics, and like most sugar substitues can cause flatulence etc. if consumed in large quantities. Maybe make sure your child or guest doesn’t have more than one cookie. 😉 Or you can use crushed, clear hard candies as an alternative for the center.
If you’d like to make these you’ll need:
- Sugar Cookie Dough (click here for recipe)
- Royal Icing (click here for recipe)
- Candy Thermometre
- Circle Cookie Cutters
- Food Gel Colorings
- Piping Tips ( #2)
- Piping Bags
- Parchment Paper or Transparency Sheet
- Disco Dust
How to Make Cookies with a Candy Center
Step One: Making the Cookies
Use a pin to create a little hole in case you’d like to hang the cookies. Bake.
Step 2: Making the candy isomalt center
Preparing the isomalt involves adding water and melting. See this post here on how to make it. For this batch, when the temperature reached 280 degrees Fahrenheit, I added one drop of light blue paste coloring to tint the isomalt a baby blue. You can also add any kind of flavouring you like!
One tip: Make sure you boil the isomalt to the right temperature (310 degrees Fahrenheit). It needs to be at the ‘hard crack’ stage so that it will cool and crack where you’ve made your circle impression. If you heat it to lower temperatures, when it cools, it will have different textures, depending on the specific temperature you heated it to. Here’s a pic of my candy thermometer, which lists the various stages:
Step Three: Adhering the candy center
Using royal icing, pipe icing onto the back of the cookie and gently adhere your isomalt shape.
Step Four: Let icing dry
Let dry with isomalt side down.
Step 5: Making Sweet Bubbles
To make the royal icing ‘bubbles’:
A) Using a number 2 tip, pipe royal icing dots of different sizes and colors (I did baby blue and white), onto slightly greased acetate paper. Parchment or wax paper works too.
B) Let them dry and then lightly spray with PME pearl lustre spray. It might be hard to tell in the picture, but it gives them a little bit of a shine.
Step 6: Royal Icing Transfers – Making the outlines for the designs
Pipe the outline using a #2 tip. (For more information on making royal icing designs, see this post here).
I’m not skilled at freehand drawing, so I used a Kopykake projector to help me create the shapes for the center of the cookies. The designs are copied from these stickers:
The packaging is long gone, so I can’t remember what brand they were, but I bought them at Michael’s Craft store. (If you know the company name etc., I’d love it you’d leave the info. in a comment below).
For a detailed tutorial on using the Kopykake projector, click here.
Step 7: Royal Icing Transfers – Flooding the Outline
Fill in the shape with royal icing and sprinkle disco dust on them right away.
When the icing is dry, gently shake off the excess disco dust.
As an aside, I’m I’m looking forward to sharing some info. with you on disco dust FDA approval. I love using it and am happy to finally hear concrete news from Pilar of Sunflower Sugar Art, that their disco dusts have been given FDA approval. I’ll share more information when she passes the paperwork on to me (She’s in Spain right now, lucky girl!).
Step 8: Adhering royal icing transfer to cookie
Apply a small dab of icing to the back of the royal icing decoration, and gently place it on the isomalt background.
Step 9: Add bubbles
Adhere bubbles with a tiny dab of royal icing.
And they’re done!
I do have to say that these definitely took longer than the average cookie to make. Making the isomalt centers of course added another step, and I ran into a little glitch…
Because I incorrectly assessed the size I needed for the duck cookie, I ended up having to break off a little bit of the water to make him fit:
In the end I just re-piped that corner of the outline, filled it in with icing and a few bubbles covered up some tiny cracks.
These cookies would be fun to hang in some sort of a display or prop up against something, like this little bathtub I have here, so that the light shines through the candy.
I was thinking this type of cookie would be perfect to create a fish-bowl cookie. You could make a fish bowl shape with sanding sugar ‘sand’ at the bottom, pipe starfish, seaweed and little fish on the isomalt. If you decide to make them, send me a link/photo; would love to see what you come up with!
Taste-wise, with the combination of cookie, candy and royal icing, you’ll certainly get your dose of sweetness.
You may also like to see more baby shower cookie ideas in this post here.
I hope you enjoy making these too. They are definitely a little more effort to make, but so fun to create! If you have any questions or comments, please drop me a line below and come join me on facebook here.