I’m coming clean with you about decorating with luster dust … I’m still learning and I have made mistakes …Gasp! Luster dust adds the finishing touch and creates a shimmer to a cookie but it can be tricky to work with. Dry luster dust is applied with a small paintbrush, creates a matte finish and is easy to apply. A shiny finish is achieved by adding liquid to the luster dust to create a paint-like consistency. This method can be challenging and has a bit of a learning curve.
Brushing too much wet luster dust onto a cookie can degrade the royal icing as in this photo.
Square Shortbread Cookies
Dab the excess from the brush before application to achieve a better result as in this photo.
To conceal mistakes on a cookie as in the first photo,
turn to a cookie decorator’s friend ... sanding sugar. No sign of a mistake here!
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with Wilton Ivory
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Gold Luster Dust
Outline cookie with #2 tip in ivory icing.
Flood cookie with ivory icing. Let dry overnight.
Paint dry luster dust onto cookie.
Mix a few drops of vodka with gold luster dust to create paint consistency.
Paint gold luster dust onto cookie to create designs. Let dry 30 minutes.
(See a tutorial by Amber of Sweet Ambs on mixing luster dust).