I love those cookies on Pinterest, with their perfectly smooth icing, crisp lines, and almost unreal piping. They look amazing. But they’re not me. Not a bit.
Polished. Smooth. Crisp. These aren’t words usually applied to my stuff. My decorating is best described as either “Wow! That worked out!” or “Well, I tried”. No in between, my head just doesn’t work that way.
Maybe you work that way too, and we’d have that in common! And if we share that trait, then maybe we can share this recipe… that I kinda, sorta, accidentally came up with one day, while trying to make flood icing.
I called it Edible Cookie Paint, because it had the look and texture of acrylic paint, and because that was a much better name than “Oops”.
When I used mine this week, I coloured 5 bowls from an autumn pallet and kept some food colour paste nearby for adding detail. I used disposable sandwich bags with the corners clipped off, for the initial piping, and then soaked some brushes in water for the actual blending.
The brushes I use aren’t anything fancy. They’re just good quality, natural fiber brushes that have never, EVER been used for anything other than food. They’re kept in the kitchen with my other cake decorating tools and are frequently hand washed. You can however buy brushes in the cake decorating aisle of a craft store, if this is your preference. Either way, keep them tucked away so that you know they will never be used for anything other than food.
This cookie paint goes great on sugar cookies and can be used to paint on top of a fondant covered cake. It stores in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week, and your finished product should be allowed to air dry for about 24 hours before you move it.
Best of all, there are no mistakes. It’s a completely forgiving, and entirely creative way of frosting a cookie 😘
Edible Cookie Paint
Approximately 10 minutes to make.
- 4 cups Icing Sugar
- 4 tablespoons Meringue Powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup warm tap water
Add everything into the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment. Beginning on low speed, gently mix all of the ingredients together. Increase to medium speed, and then medium high speed. Cover the mixer loosely with a large kitchen towel, and set the timer for 7 minutes.
After 7 minutes, you’ll have a frosting that resembles acrylic paint, almost exact. Separate and colour, and keep covered with plastic wrap.
Have some fun with this one and post your pics on the facebook page!