These miniature dollhouse thumbprint cookies are easy to make and look so realistic. Using just polymer clay and Makit & Bakit crystals used for suncatcher craft projects, they can be baked up in no time.
The jam or jelly in these miniature thumbprint cookies is made using tiny plastic crystals or pellets from Makit & Bakit kits. These kits are used to make suncatchers and include packets of various colors and a metal frame. The pellets are placed into the frame and baked in the oven until they melt, creating a faux stained glass look. The kits are available at most craft stores and are usually found in the children’s section.
You can buy a kit based on the jelly colors you’d like, or use crystals you have left over from other projects.
To make the jelly drops, spread some aluminum foil on a cookie sheet and drop the crystals on top. Each individual crystal will make one jelly drop.
For the cookies you’ll need just one drop, but you can also group the crystals in clusters to make smears of jelly for other projects. The crystals don’t spread out much when baked, so if baking them in clusters make sure to place the pieces close together.
Bake the crystals at 375 degrees F (190 C) for about 10-15 minutes. Baking for 10 minutes will make smaller jelly drops, 15 minutes will make slightly larger ones. The clusters will need to bake for about 15-20 minutes.
If the crystals still look too round or the smears of jelly haven’t spread out, keep baking and check on them every 5 minutes or so.
To make the cookies, roll out some polymer clay in the color you’d like. You can use a light tan color or brown for chocolate cookies.
Cut the circle shapes with a drinking straw and give them some texture by pressing a piece of rough sandpaper against the top and sides.
I brushed on a bit of powdered brown pastels to give the edges a golden-brown color, but this step is optional.
Finally, place one of the jelly drops in the center of the cookie and press it into place.
Bake the cookies according to the directions on the package of clay. Each brand has a different temperature and baking time, but since they’re baked at a lower temperature than the plastic crystals, the jelly drops won’t melt.
When done, the cookies can be arranged on a plate in your dollhouse.
The melted clusters can be used as jelly or honey on bread. The loaf of bread can also be made from polymer clay. You can glue the jelly to the bread or leave it unattached for play.
You can store any remaining jelly drops for use in another project. The ones in the jar below were baked for only 5 minutes and have a rounder shape that’s perfect for use as colorful hard candies or bath beads.