These brush embroidery cookies (usually in blue) were a special request from a customer. I fell in love with the way the colors look on this design so I had to list them in my Etsy store.
Brush embroidery with icing is a simple process. It works on royal icing as well as on rolled fondant. To start, draw the outer layer of petals in stiff royal icing with a #2 or #3 Wilton tip. Make the lines a little squiggly to give it a ruffled effect.
Immediately after drawing your petals, take a small stiff brush and dip it into a dish of water. Wipe the excess water on a paper towel. On the inner edge of your icing line, brush the icing inward. Do this all the way around until all of the petals have been brushed. Pipe the next layer of petals and make sure to slightly overlap the first layer. Do the same brushing process on this layer.
My brush embroidery cookies are based loosely on a rose so I like to make a center to finish the flower that represents the petals that haven't opened yet. I also try to stick with the 7,5,3 rose rule (7 petals on the outside, 5 on the next layer, 3...)but sometimes I end up with 6 and 4. It's OK... it's still pretty.