Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Stenciled Cookies and Cards

Stenciling Faith in Baking

Spring in our family brings with it a multitude of faith celebrations including Easter,  First Communions and Confirmations. Recently, I was asked to bring baked goods for a Confirmation social. The timing was perfect with the release of my latest stencil from StencilGirl Products, Faith Crosses. The stencil includes 9 cross variations sized especially for card making or cookie decorating!

3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup margarine or butter (softened)
1 cup Crisco
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 eggs
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Mix powdered sugar, margarine, Crisco, vanilla, almond extract and eggs. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheet lightly. Roll out dough approximately ¼” thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes. (Check your stencil to be sure it will fit. I used a 3” circle cutter. Remember your cookies will get a little bigger after they bake.) Place on cookie sheet. Bake 7 minutes. Cool. Makes about 8 dozen cookies.

6 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup butter, softened
3 teaspoons vanilla
5 tablespoons milk (about)
Mix powdered sugar and butter. Stir in vanilla and milk. Beat until smooth. Frost immediately.

Food Color Spray
Painters Tape
Tape off the part of the stencil you would like to apply to the cookie with painters tape to avoid overspray. Center the frosted cookie underneath the stencil. Hold food color can 6 inches away from cookie and lightly (LIGHTLY!) spray the cookie. Lift stencil to reveal the design. (The can recommends practicing on paper first. I did not do this and ruined several cookies while getting a feel for the spray can. I would also recommend wearing plastic gloves. I did not do this either. After I decorated my cookies, I was ready to audition for the Blue Man Group.)

Remember to always use separate stencils for edible food versus what you would use for painting. I have two cross stencils for this purpose. With my paint-only Faith Cross stencil, I made the assortment of cards above suitable for multiple occasions.
I hope you’ve enjoyed both baking and painting with stencils!

June Pfaff Daley is a mixed media artist who creates with everything from wood to fabric. She enjoys transforming thrift store treasures and favors whimsical motifs. June resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with three fantastic kids, one supportive husband, a darling dog and a charming cat. Visit her website: http://www.junepfaffdaley.com.


  1. Thank you for sharing! Your cookies are lovely indeed! I'm glad you shared the recipe too - I love those kind of cookies…will try!

  2. What great use of stencils - nice way to celebrate

  3. Your stencil Faith Crosses is now on my to-order list -- I totally love it! Thank you for creating this design!

  4. I love this unique use for your stencils! The cookies look great. I'm going to try to convert your recipe to gluten free since it sounds like a great sugar cookie recipe! I bet they were a big hit at the confirmation social!

    P.S. Did you get a part in the Blue Man group? LOL


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