Spring Painted Royal Icing Cookies

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It’s no secret by now that I am in love with making sugar cookies and royal icing. I have a whole collection of tutorials and tips available in several blog posts listed below. In this post, I’ll be sharing a few tips for painting cookies.

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Learn more about making and decorating with royal icing with the blog posts below.

Shop cookie decorating supplies here.

When planning to paint cookies, I flood the cookies and let them dry at least overnight. The icing needs to be completely dry before you start painting. Cookie flooding videos are my favorite to watch, enjoy this one below.

My family loves when I bring cookies, so my mom requested pretty cookie party favors for my grandmother’s birthday party. I decided to paint them, and they turned out great. It took some experimenting to achieve the look I wanted, but I finally got the design completed. The next morning they looked even better.

Below is a recorded live video of the process. As I do with most of my DIYs, I learn as I go. Even though I have painted several royal icing cookies before, each new design is different and requires a little practice.

Quick Tips for Painting Cookies with Food Coloring

  1. Use gel food coloring and a food-safe paintbrush. 
  2. Add a tiny amount of water at a time. Most of the time, I dry my paintbrush a little bit on a paper towel before painting. If you saturate the cookie frosting with water, it will make a mess. If you accidentally add too much water, gently use a paper towel to soak up the excess so the cookie won’t get soggy. 
  3. Less water makes the colors darker. You can also add white food coloring to lighten the colors. 
  4. Allow the cookies to dry before stacking or packaging. 
  5. HAVE FUN!

Make sure you have a few extra cookies to experiment with before you get started painting. I usually have a couple I practice on before I work on the final cookies.  

I would love to see what you create! Please, tag me on social media @annakateturnerdiy to show me your creations.

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