By today we are officially in creepy Edgar Allan Poe mood and getting psyched for Halloween! Are you? Just in case you aren’t, here is yet another cool DIY you can make for Halloween using stamps. I got these amazing Poe & Raven hand carved stamps from Etsy, and have found so many fun things to make with them. Who knew you could stamp onto cookies, right? Even though these stamp cookies look like real ink and paper (maybe from a creepy newspapers like during the time which Poe wrote?) they are actually all edible!
Want more Poe Party DIY's? Learn to make:
For the Cookies:
- your favorite cut-out sugar cookies and anything needed to follow that recipe
- rolling pin
- cookie cutters
- red & yellow food coloring (to make orange)
For the Royal Icing:
- 8 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 2 large egg whites (or 5 Tbl. meringue powder)
- 1 Tbl. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- ½ cup water
- plastic bag
For the Stamping:
- Edgar Allan Poe Stamps
- black food coloring
- edible frosting sheets
Start by preheating your oven according to your cookie recipe, and then make the dough for your favorite cutout sugar cookies (I just used a mix to keep things nice and simple). Then add 12 drops red and 14 drops yellow food coloring to dye the dough orange. Roll the dough out to ¼” thick onto a floured surface (I always sprinkle flour on top of the dough as well to help it not stick to the rolling pin or the cookie cutters). Cut out your desired cookie shapes and place on a greased cookie sheet. I used cookie cutters in the shape of a plaque and frame, but you could use any you want, even just ovals, circles, or rectangles.
Place in the oven and bake according to your cookie recipe. While they are baking, create the royal icing recipe by mixing together the egg whites (or meringue), vanilla, cream of tartar, and powdered sugar. Then on low, mix in the water. You want icing thick enough that when you lift the blender out, the falling icing sits on top for 5 seconds before blending into the icing pool.
Now place a little black food coloring in a small dish like a ramekin, and paint a little across the stamp. Experiment on normal paper before moving on the edible frosting paper. I found that to get the most perfect stamp, after painting it with ink I would do one stamp on normal paper to get rid of excess ink and then could get 2 good stamps on the edible frosting paper. Use a new flat-head paintbrush that has not been used with normal paint. You can also go back with a pointy paintbrush and touch up any details or fill in any black spots your stamp missed.
Next up, cut out your stamped edible frosting paper into squares, peel off the plastic backing, and paint royal icing onto the back. Then flip it back over and press onto the center of the cookie. Fill a plastic bag with remaining royal icing and trim a tiny bit of one corner off to create a piping bag. Then just outline the edges of the stamped frosting paper with one steady and slow motion.
And voila! Your Edgar Allan Poe stamp cookies are complete!
Did your guests like your stamp cookies? What are your fave Halloween cookies to serve at parties? Will these make the list?! Talk to us at firstname.lastname@example.org :)