All-Saints Themed Cookies

The following post was submitted by Lynne from Adoro Te Catholic Home Educators. The All-Saints Themed Cookies were made for a parish bakesale to fund their home school groups March for Life bus and are simply beautiful! Thank you Lynne! 



All Saints Day should be a joyful feast in its own right, but its timing leaves much to be desired. For moms who’d like to combat the blur after a night of shepherding and last-minute costume changes, resist the urge to crunch on that rapidly-hardening candy corn and pull out a cookie sheet. The folks at Adoro Te Home Educators recently held a March for Life fundraising bake sale featuring some sweet, saint-themed cookies that are easy to recreate at home. All it takes is sugar cookie dough, a cookie cutter, pre-made fondant and a cookie mold.

All of the cookie molds were ordered online. St. Nicholas, Madonna of the Portal and St. Cecilia are springerle cookie molds purchased from House on the Hill . The St. John the Evangelist and Salve Regina springerle molds were purchased from Springerle Joy.  St. Gabriel and St. Michael are bread stamps from Prosphora Stamp Central.



*Cookie mold tip: The St. Nicholas mold can be used for several saints. Color the fondant red and the image is St. Nicholas; color the fondant green and the image is St. Patrick.

Roll out your cookie dough to a 3/8 inch thickness and cut out the shape of the mold. This can be done in a few ways: purchase the custom cookie cutter available with some molds; use the cookie mold as a template by laying it on the dough and cutting around the edge of the mold with a ravioli cutter; or find the right sized cookie cutter from Cheap Cookie Cutters.  If possible go a slight bit smaller with the cookie cutter because the dough will spread when baking. Bake the cookies, in the center rack, at a 325 degree oven for 15-20 minutes (oven times vary).



* Rolling tip: We used dostix to roll out the dough evenly. Dostix make the rolling process fast and easy. They are the best baking purchase I have ever made. 

* Baking tip: Because these cookies are rather thick they have to be baked at a low oven for a longer period of time to ensure they are cooked through.



After the cookies are baked and cooled it is time to work on the fondant tops. Using pre-made fondant, we used Wilton brand fondant and gel food coloring, knead and roll out the fondant to a ¼ inch thickness. Lightly dust your mold with powdered sugar. Press the rolled out fondant into the mold starting from the center of the mold and working your way to the edges. Be sure to press the fondant into all of the deep areas of the design, you can feel the indentations as you press down on the fondant. Starting from the edge carefully peal the fondant from the mold. Trim the edges of the design then ‘glue’ the fondant to the cookie by brushing the top of the cookie with light corn syrup.



* Fondant tip: When coloring your fondant use plastic food grade gloves.



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6 comments:

  1. Oh my, those are just beautiful!

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  2. These are absolutely beautiful. I have been thinking about doing something like this for a couple years but haven't splurged to get some of the awesome molds from House on the HIll. Thanks for the other sources of molds.

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  3. Beautiful detail-they almost look like cameos or Wedgewood!

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  4. These are AMAZING.. just wish the molds weren't so expensive!

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  5. Note in Europe there's a gingerbread cookie named after the day in the liturgical calendar at the beginning of Advent when the cooks begin baking for sales at Christmastime: Thurner Katherinchen in German (Torun the city in Poland whose Cathedral patron saint she is) http://www.visittorun.pl/237,l2.html November 25th is Catherine of Alexandria's feast, and a lot of the spices used would probably have come via merchants on the silk road out of Egypt...connect the dots with kids taste buds and they may be able to recall that she's the martyr with the wheel so beloved of Joan of Arc - http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/89.21.1 (she's depicted decapitated leftmost of the three saints in the canvas' background) decoding the Christian symbols in Springerle is an art in and of itself - and the cookies super easy and delicious to make!!

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  6. Thanks for the DoStix shout out! The cookies really do look great.

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