Taking Christmas cookies to the next level

This past weekend my daughter and I spent a wonderful evening covering cookies with white royal icing and painting up a Christmas storm using powdered food coloring mixed with vodka. The vodka is key as water will melt the icing base. It was so much fun and we can’t wait to create beautiful confections for Valentine’s and Easter. I never realized that a ginger snap, a plain sugar cookie or a shortbread treat could become such a wonderful tiny canvas.

For these I used little shortbread cookies and painted on royal icing thinned with water (not too thin though). I put them aside and allowed them to dry overnight. The next day I had perfect little cookie canvases. I sprinkled some red, green, white and brown powdered food colorings into my palette and mixed them with drops of vodka to create my cookie paint. Using small artists brushes I painted these little Santas. I like how cute he looks with his many different expressions.

FYI I bought both the royal icing and powdered food coloring from Michael’s.

 

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