Monday, January 25, 2016

Crackle Effect on Cookies

I have spent half the day explaining this crackle technique to the cookie community I thought why not just write down once and for all. Let me say that I am following the instructions of  Con Azure y Algodon  who posted a blog, in Spanish on the technique.

I prepared my sugar cookie dough as usual and chilled the dough. I chose my heart cutters and cut  out the cookies and placed them on my baking sheet. I then took about a tsp. of Rainbow dust Snow Drift White and mixed it with a few drops of vodka ( I have some vanilla beans thrown in it).

(On close inspection the Rainbow dust is E-171 Titanium dioxide. Although its safety is questionable it is used in many candies,cheeses ,toothpaste and powdered sugars.) So those of you not able to find the Rainbow dust look for Titanium dioxide. (It is in Sugarflair Super White and Americolor Bright white, too)

I then used a fan paint brush and coated ,as evenly as possible, a layer of the paint mixture I had just made. Not thick, not clumpy or pasty- a smooth layer.
I then placed the cookies back into the refrigerator for about a half an hour before baking at a low temperature. I baked at 140 C in my convection oven, about 280 F, for 14 minutes. The crackle began in the oven but improved a bit with cooling.
I think the effect is gorgeous and can be used in endless ways. I chose to embellish the cookies with fondant flowers dusted with color, pearls and  a few RI stems piped in and painted.

I wanted to add additional cookies created using the Crackle effect. It seems that each time they are a bit different. However different it does give a stunning effect with little effort. 


  1. Thank you for translating this into English for us. ♡

    1. Cat, it's not a translation of Con Azure's blog. It is how I did it using her blog as a guide. But she was the only one that really shared the how to and I have been asking for this technique for months now every time I saw it used. So bravo to her!

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  4. Thank You for trying this technique and letting us know what you did and that it worked for you. They look beautiful.

  5. They are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  6. I am so glad if it was helpful!

  7. The Titanium dioxide you mentioned is the pigment used to make products like paint or cookie coloring white.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing! xo