I’ve always thought that cookies decorated with royal icing were so pretty. After learning that the icing recipe only calls for 2 (TWO) ingredients, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give it a shot. However, after all was said and done the plain white icing left more to be desired. It was more of a blank canvas. I decided to try to paint the cookies- with food coloring of course! With soft, blending colors, watercolor paintings are some of my favorites. Why not try to incorporate that style on these cookies?
You will need:
- Round sugar cookies
- Egg whites (for icing)
- Powdered sugar (for icing)
- Gel food coloring (I used Americolor Soft Gel Paste Food Color)
- New watercolor paintbrushes
I got the recipe for royal icing from Martha Stewart and watched her technique for flooding the cookies. After the icing was done mixing, I made 2 separate bowls of icing- one for creating a border around the cookie (as shown below) and one bowl with a little more water added for the flooding icing. I put each kind of icing into a Ziploc bag and cut a small opening into one corner. I drew a round border with the thicker icing, let it sit for a few minutes, then flooded the cookie in the middle with the thinner icing and gently swirled the cookie to spread the icing evenly.
I let the cookies dry for 3 hours then grabbed the paintbrushes- never used with real paint of course. You definitely need to buy new paintbrushes for this activity since these cookies are meant to be eaten! I dipped my brush in water and made little puddles on a paper plate. Then I put a little bit of gel food coloring on my brush and swirled each color into a water puddle. I painted the cookies gently and sparingly because too much pressure and water would mess up the icing. I went with springy colors and different techniques for each. I love them!
Kirk and I had so much fun painting these cookies, designing each one a little differently. It would be a great activity to include the kids in. I hope these cookies bring a sense of Spring into your home like they did mine! You can also gift them to those you love!