How to Create Realistic Moss Cookies
I'm so late to posting my Easter cookies this year, but that's okay. What I'm about to show you could work for any occasion.
When I was searching for springtime inspiration, I randomly came across a brilliant post by Andrea of It's the Life. She shows how to easily make an edible moss effect for cakes and cupcakes. It's genius really. Luckily, with a few tweaks to Andrea's method, it works for cookies, as well.
Creating Realistic Moss Cookies
As Andrea describes in her post, the secret to getting a realistic moss effect that you can eat is graham cracker crumbs. Green food coloring and the brown undertones of the crackers really give the cookies an earthy quality.
I had two types of graham cracker boxes in my pantry. Both would work perfectly fine for moss cookies. If you buy the pre-made graham cracker crumbs you can skip the crushing step I describe below.
Crush graham crackers to crumbs
Place 4 to 5 graham crackers in a Ziploc bag. Seal the bag and use a rolling pin to crush the crackers into fine crumbs. Set aside.
Thin green food coloring gel with alcohol
I had a difficult time spreading color throughout the graham cracker crumbs using Americolor food gels alone. To help incorporate the color, I thinned the food gels with a small amount of vodka. (The taste of vodka dissipates once the crumbs are dry.) I used a mixture of Electric Green, Mint Green, and Leaf Green to get the moss shade I was looking for.
Mix color in with crumbs.
Pour the color mixture in the Ziploc bag with the crumbs. Seal the bag and massage the color until the crumbs are an even color green throughout.
Here’s a drying tip!
If you find the crumbs are too soggy after adding the liquid, don't fret. Pour the bag of crumbs into an oven-safe pan. Roast them in 200 degrees for a few minutes to dry them out. Any previously wet chunks should break apart easily.
Store Crumbs in a Container
Once the color is incorporated, pour the crumbs in an open container. The crumbs should look like the picture below.
Flood top of the cookie
On any cookie shape of choice (I used a bunny silhouette), flood the top of the cookie with 20-second royal icing. I tinted the icing a mossy green to hide any empty spots after we apply the crumbs.
Once the cookie is flooded, wait 5 to 10 minutes for the icing to firm and slightly crust. This will prevent the crumbs from sinking in the icing.
Sprinkle Crumbs over the Cookie
For this next step, I like to use Sugarbelle's method of sprinkling over wax paper for easy cleanup. (Another tidy alternative method is to use a coffee filter, as demonstrated by avid sprinkle user, Michelle at Make Me Cake Me).
Sprinkle the crumbs over the entire flooded surface. Once the cookie is covered in crumbs, lift and gently shake off the excess.
Set Cookie aside to dry
Once the excess crumbs are removed, set the cookie aside to dry completely. (At least 8 hours or overnight.)
Pour Excess Crumbs back into Container
After setting aside the cookie, use the wax paper as a funnel to pour the excess crumbs back into the container. Repeat the steps 5 through 8 with the next cookie.
Here's the finished moss-covered Easter bunny. It looked to me like it was lacking a detail, so I added a simple bow tie string around its neck.
These bunny moss cookies were part of a larger Easter woodland-themed cookie set.
If you're curious about the cookie cutters I used for this batch, here's the breakdown below.
Speech bubble cutter from Karen's Cookies
Mushroom cutter from Klickatat Street's Etsy shop
Small egg cutter from Sur La Table
Larger egg cutter from this Betty Crocker set
It's strange that I don't own a full-body bunny cookie cutter. I made a template and hand-cut the bunny shape from the dough.
For more whimsy, woodland-inspired cookie designs, check out these links below:
- Woodland-Themed 3D mushroom cookie by Montreal Confections
- Woodland rose cake by Haniela's
- Grapevine wreaths by Clough'd 9 Cookies
- Rustic Easter cookies by Sweet Sugarbelle
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!