How to Make Hand Painted Cookies

I’m gearing up for the holiday cookie rush and thought I would post a quick tutorial on how to make beautiful hand painted cookies. These cookies are some of my absolute favorites to make. You can get so creative with them. img_8037


Cutout cookies cooled and iced with white royal icing

Gel paste food colors (I use these from Americolor)

Vodka or other clear liquor

Paintbrushes & Palate


Bake your favorite cookies and cut them out in any shape you like. I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe in these photos with 2 different sizes of heart cookie cutters. Next, flood the cookie with white royal icing. I personally use the Wilton recipe for royal icing. They have a fantastic video on how to make the icing. It’s easy and always turns out fantastic.

Once your cookies have completely hardened, decide on the design that you will paint. If you’ve ever painted with watercolors this should be fairly simple. I use a palette and use the vodka just like I would use water when painting with watercolors. The basic idea is the alcohol will evaporate rather quickly and leave the gel color on the cookies. You will not taste the alcohol at all. It gives absolutely no taste to the cookies. My set up looks like a bit of a muddled mess because the gel colors are very dark until you mix with a little water and paint. Now, start painting your design! And remember, these are cookies! They are going to be eat! So enjoy the process. They don’t have to be perfect. img_0009 14390932_1259083850789484_9029141849868723449_n 14495434_1259083820789487_1261728959774720957_n 14440810_1259083760789493_1445199661143683259_n 14370413_1259083740789495_3359613596808785537_n   Here is a quick look at how I painted these hearts. Oh if my hands would only paint that fast! I could really get a lot of cookies done!

If you would like to see some more great hand painted cookies take a look at my Pinterest board. My cookies pale in comparison to most on this board. There are some really amazing cookie artist on pinterest.


  1. holy smokes! I’m so glad I found this post. I have been really trying to up my baking game and this is it. I finally mastered fondant cakes so beautiful cookies are next 🙂

  2. Ok, those are absolutely gorgeous and works of edible art. I’m so going to try this since I love making sugar cookies and this will be a new technique for me to try.Pinning.

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