juliebold Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 12:41am
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What does everyone use for cookies dummies. I need to make some display cookies and I am not sure what to use to look like real cookies.

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prterrell Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 12:48am
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I'd just cut pieces of foam board.

juliebold Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 12:52am
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never thought of that. i guess i am the dummy. what do you do to the edge?

prterrell Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 12:59am
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No you're not! I'm just brainstorming! Never actually made them, just thought it would work! Maybe you could airbrush or brush petal dusts on the sides to look cookie colored?

juliebold Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 1:03am
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I have just been banging my head to come up with something. I like the idea of airbrushing the sides. Thanks for your ideas. I wonder will royal icing stick to the foamcore. I will just have to give it a try.

bbmom Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 1:18am
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I wonder if a clay or playdough, saltdough would work?

verono Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 1:20am
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Why don't you make real cookies? Maybe you could try to put a vernish on it after they are fully dry

juliebold Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 1:21am
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I sure it would. But I don't want to spend to much time making the dummy. I am surpised you can't buy a basic square, triangle or circle styro dummies, since cookies are so popular now. Give it time.

juliebold Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 1:22am
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I'm sure it would. But I don't want to spend to much time making the dummy. I am surpised you can't buy a basic square, triangle or circle styro dummies, since cookies are so popular now. Give it time.

juliebold Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 1:24am

Sorry about the double post. My dog stepped on my laptop. He's only 5 pounds and thinks he owns the world.

janelwaters Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 1:34am

When I was in Kindergarten - (which was a REALLY long time ago) - I had a teacher make us each ornaments at Christmas and they were made from some kind of dough that you can varnish and keep forever - I guess its the same thing all that fake food is made of - I'll search and see if I can find a recipe.

janelwaters Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 1:35am

4 cups flour; 1 cup salt; 1 1/2 cup warm water.
Mix salt and flour first. Slowly add warm water. Roll dough to approx. 1/8 inch and use cookie cutters for shapes.
Bake at 325 degrees for one hour or until hard. Use paint to decorate and varnish to preserve. This recipe is great for making ornaments and things.

SWEET! I never thought about making cookie dummies - you are so smart!

juliebold Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 1:37am

I know what you mean. I think they were made of some kind of cinnimon(?) dough. They air dried hard and looked liked cookies. Does anyone know the receipe? Thank you for your help. After reading your post it was like a bright light bulb went off.

juliebold Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 1:45am

do you think that royal icing and fondant would last on the dough receipe. I guess if you seal them they would last. Thank you so much for the receipe. I can't wait to try this.

ZAKIA6 Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 1:57am

Can't you just roll out some fondant/gumpaste thick and then use a cutter to get the shapes. Just like you would reg cookie dough?

juliebold Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 2:04am

That probably the easiest thing to do and I know royal will stick to it. Thanks everyone. You have all been a big help. I like hearing all the different ideas it makes us all better.

cakelass Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 2:20am

I have made the salt dough for display and did not really find it all that successful. I think the salt made the royal on top wep. They didn't last long.
So I have some cookies on display in a shop that I have done over a year ago and put in cello bags. THey are fine and still in the shop. They do not alter at all. So I would just do normal cookies and decorate.

juliebold Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 2:35am

Cakelass, The cookies didn't get nasty looking or crumble? My husband said I should just do real cookies to. What kind of cookie dough did you use?

cakelass Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 5:37am

No, they didn't. I thought the same thing as you that they would go off etc and went and got recipes for salt dough etc.
I used and still use the same sugar dough and the cookies are fine. Of course you have to be careful with them like you would any cookie.
What I do now is as I get orders I make a few extra to keep for display.
As I said I have had some cookies on display for over a year.
The only ones that haven't lasted are the printed ones. The cookie is okay but the print has really faded.

Ursula40 Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 6:19am

Yep i have some real cookies (decorated) left over from last year, they still look perfect. they are individually wrapped and labelled for display only. And they survived in our heat and humidity no problem

kneadacookie Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 12:16pm

i use the same cookies over again for my bridal shows. they are packaged and stored in a box. they all look the same after 2 years.

juliebold Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 12:24pm

I would have never thought. Then that is what I will do. Thanks guys.

cylstrial Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 1:15pm
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Originally Posted by kneadacookie

i use the same cookies over again for my bridal shows. they are packaged and stored in a box. they all look the same after 2 years.




Wow! That's awesome!! icon_biggrin.gif

bobwonderbuns Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 1:30pm

I've used real cookies for dummies that have lasted a couple of years. When they've outlived their usefulness give them to the squirrels! icon_biggrin.gif

TracyLH Posted 3 Sep 2009 , 2:23pm

I just use real cookies. They are in induvidual bags and heat sealed so no moisture gets in. Kept out of the sun, the color holds really well. I have had some for at least a year and I know that my mother-in-law has some on a shelf even longer. Now, if I could just get her to EAT the cookies, not display them! icon_lol.gif

I would just do a real cookie for the dummy. icon_biggrin.gif

MichelleM77 Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 12:48am

I save any leftover dough and (after giving the customer a few extra) make sample cookies for any new cutters I've gotten. I also throw leftover dough in the freezer for this purpose. No one is going to eat it, so I don't mind freezing it.

bobwonderbuns Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 2:03am

If you look in my pix, the mittens cookies I made were dummies that I used for a couple of years (until the royal icing fell off one day in transit!) icon_confused.gificon_lol.gif

antonia74 Posted 7 Sep 2009 , 3:23pm
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Originally Posted by cakelass

I have some cookies on display in a shop that I have done over a year ago and put in cello bags. THey are fine and still in the shop. They do not alter at all. So I would just do normal cookies and decorate.




I agree! thumbs_up.gif I usually save an extra cookie from any new design I do, pack them in cellophane bags with ribbon just like the others and I keep them on display in my studio for years. I have some that are 7 years old!

The only thing I've noticed is that if you're not careful to store them out of direct sunlight (oops! icon_redface.gif ) any pure white icing does get splotchy after a few years, it turns ivory and a bit speckled....but other than that, the rest are totally fine.

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