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We're all caught up in the romance of old-fashioned wax seals — especially when they're totally edible and used to adorn fancy cookies or cake. (Bonus points if the seals match your party invites!)

While you tackle this fun technique, we'll be over here sipping tea and penning a hand-written love letter...

What you need:

  • Candy melts
  • Disposable piping bag
  • Small glass of ice
  • Wax seal stamp
  • Parchment paper or silicone mat
  • Edible metallic paint (optional)
  • Food safe paint brush (optional)

1. Prepare your work surface

Place parchment paper or a silicone mat on a baking sheet. If you're using parchment paper, tape it down at the sides to make sure it doesn't move around while you're working. You can also use small streaks of melted candy melts to stick the sheet down.

2. Melt the candy melts

Follow the instructions on the pack, making sure to keep watch so they don’t overheat and burn. We generally set our microwave to 2 minutes and pause to lightly stir every 30 seconds, but microwaves can vary a lot.

3. Chill your stamp

Set your wax seal stamp in a glass of ice so the base gets nice and chilly. (Tip: you'll want to wipe away any moisture before you stamp.)

4. Make the seals one at a time

Transfer the melted candy melts to a disposable bag and pipe a blob onto the parchment paper or silicone mat. Now use your wax seal stamp to press the molten candy blob. Don’t press down too hard!

Hold your seal in place until the candy has set. With candy melts, this can take around 1-2 minutes. Repeat this process to make as many seals as you want.

Although it’s tempting to try to make several of these at a time, you really do have to go one-by-one to get a good impression of the seal.

6. Paint on a fancy finish

Once the seals are set, you can make them even cooler by painting on a shimmering metallic glaze.

These seals look amazing on envelope-decorated sugar cookies, or nestled among roses on a fancy cake. They even make cute candies when served all on their own as part of a dessert table!

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