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Hard Candy to Add Textural Component/Scales to Your Cookies!

Updated: Aug 29, 2020

This post details how to add a textural (& yummy) component to your cookies; one example is to add scales like I for the pangolin cookies.

There are 2 posts about the pangolin cookies actually! The other post describes how to recycle a paper towel tube to create 3-D cookies. Check it out!

This is what a pangolin looks like, FYI. :)

Fun Facts about Pangolins:

"Pangolins are the only mammal to be covered in scales.To protect themselves, they curl into balls like hedgehogs.Their name comes from the Malay word ‘pengguling’ meaning ‘something that rolls up’.

Photo: https://www.spirithoods.com/7blogs/animal-everything/meet-the-pangolin


I used an easy sugar cookie and easy non-Royal Icing icing that I have made before.


To make the hard candy scales, first, I melted down some crushed Jolly Ranchers and Life Savers at 275 degrees as I learned how to do when I was trying to make a Galaxy Lollipop. Still working on that, haha! It is fun and therapeutic to crush the candy with a hammer.


I used green and purple candies -- instead of just green because it was more colorful and the purple is easier to see on the green cookie.

I sprayed the silicone mold I had with cooking spray and put little piles of the candies with different colors. It didn't matter which mold I used because I knew I was going to break the resulting hard candy to make the scales.

They are hot & liquidy when you take them out of the oven. Then they set & become hard candy again at room temp.

To attach the scales, I covered the cookies with non-Royal Icing icing.

While it was wet, I took the different pieces of green/purple hard candy and placed them on the cookies. Then, when they dried the candy scales were there! I think it's a cool effect.

Give it a try! We are good at this! :)

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