A couple weeks ago I prepared some “cookie canvases” for my youngest daughter’s Art Birthday (which I’ll be sharing soon!). I had an extra cookie and took the opportunity to experiment with painting (with food coloring) on cookies. I was very happy with the results (and shared an image of the cookie on Instagram)! The bit of success with the one cookie gave me the bit of confidence I needed to try a whole set.
Although I’ve seen pretty painted cookies from several cookie artists, it’s the work of Arty McGoo that has captivated me for quite some time! Only after seeing Liz (“Arty”) demonstrate painting on cookies at Cookie Con last fall did I really feel like I might be able to give it a try! Here is a link to Liz’s blog post on Cookie Con, along with a video of her painting on cookies that brought a room of 200 people to the verge of tears (in a good way).
The general design of this set of Valentine’s inspired cookies would certainly work well for other occasions as well. I would love to see a cookie like this as a name plate (and/or favor) at a tea party, and I think they would work beautifully for Mother’s Day as well.
Let’s get started!
First, you’ll need a batch of cookies (here’s my Sugar Cookie Recipe). For these cookies I used a variety of pretty plaque/frame shapes. Two of the three shapes shown are from Copper Gifts, and the largest was a custom made gift from a friend. Karen’s Cookies also sells several pretty plaque shapes.
Once your cookies are baked, prepare a batch of Royal Icing. For this set you’ll only need white icing (in a medium/flood consistency), and a gold/dark yellow color (in a thick, but not overly stiff, consistency).
Outline your cookies with the gold/dark yellow color, creating a frame as thick or thin as you like. Allow the icing to set up a bit (30 minutes or s0).
Flood the cookies with white icing, then allow the icing to dry FULLY (overnight).
Once the icing is dry, then you are ready to paint!
For the gold frame, I mixed a couple different luster dusts (as shown above- the two thin bottles are Wilton Brand, the small bottle labeled “Super Gold” is by CK Products). A note about luster dust… some are labeled as “non-toxic” but not necessarily a food product. Read the labels to chose a product you’re comfortable with. Mix the luster dust in a small bowl with a clear extract, or clear alcohol. Use a small paintbrush (new/used only with food) to paint the luster dust/extract “paint” along the frame, as desired. In the image above (on the right) you can see the difference between the area I had painted and not yet painted.
After you’ve painted the frame (and technically, you could do the frame after the other painting), you’re ready to get creative with the rest of the cookie!
Add some concentrated food coloring (paste, such as Wilton, is best) to a (new/clean) paint pallet. Set up your work area with a few small (new) paintbrushes, a paper towel (or dish cloth) moistened with water, and a small bowl of water.
Use the food coloring as you would water color, by dipping your brush in water, working it into the color of your choice, then lightly dabbing the brush on the moist paper towel before painting on the cookie. You do not want to be adding tons of liquid on top of your iced cookie, or it may deteriorate your icing. With each stroke you should be adding just the tiniest bit of color and moisture.
Again, Arty McGoo demonstrates this technique in her video’s (such as HERE and HERE), so that is place to start if you want to see it done.
Now, let’s paint on a cookie…
Painting on cookies, step by step (as pictured above)
1. Simply add some ‘C’ shapes, creating the outline of some roses.
2. Continue “doodling” simple curves, and some broken circles to fill in the roses.
3. Add a bit of a darker color, using the same “C” shape, and concentrating in the center of each flower (this will be just a few stokes per rose).
4. Begin adding leaves (very simply).
5. Fill in the leaves, as desired. I left some white space, in keeping with the shabby-chic, scribble look I was going for.
6. Add some swirly “vines”, as desired.
7. Complete the cookie with a word, or name. Allow to dry before packaging.
Again, thanks to Arty McGoo for sharing her creative talents and inspiring me to try something new!
Happy baking and happy painting!
No matter how many cute, or fancy, or delicious treats I bake… chocolate cupcakes are always on my list of favorites! Whenever my husband requests a treat to bring into his work, or for a special occasion… it’s almost always chocolate cupcakes!
And when you top a delicious chocolate cupcake with rich chocolate cream cheese frosting, you have a chocolate lovers dream!
Once you have the yummy part… adding a bit of cute never hurts! These little heart decorations are easy and fun to make!
Since I love cute and delicious treats… I thought they were the perfect thing to bring along while I visit over at My Baking Addiction today. If you don’t know Jamie of My Baking Addiction, you are missing out on a treat… in fact LOTS of beautiful treats!
Head on over to My Baking Addiction, where I’m sharing all the details on these cupcakes, and the easy heart toppers.
Here’s a fun and easy recipe you can adjust for most any holiday, and add ingredients to your tastes. This Valentine’s Snack Mix is easy to make, cute and quite delicious!
This would be perfect to bag up, add a cute tag, and have kids pass out on Valentine’s day. Or, it’s simply fun to add to lunches, or enjoy as an anytime snack!
Fill cute little treat cups (as pictured) and it makes an easy party treat. The party cups/cupcake cups pictured I found at Home Goods, similar cups available from Shop Sweet Lulu or The TomKat Studio.
Easy Valentine's Snack Mix
Mix and match your favorite sweet and crunchy snacks to create a delicious mix!
cereal (chex, cherrios, or your choice)
peanuts (or a nut of your choice)
M&Ms or other candies
candy melts (pink or white), or white chocolate
In a large roasting pan, or large casserole dish, mix all ingredients except the M&M's, sprinkles, and candy melts. Do not over fill your dish, you will need room to toss the ingredients together.
Melt candy melts (or white chocolate) in a microwave safe dish (at 50% power) in 30 second intervals until almost melted. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Use a spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the dish of snacks. Mix as needed to coat. It's up to you if you want the mix to be totally coated, or lightly coated (depending on the amount of melted chocolate you use). As soon as you've mix up the snack mix, but the coating is still warm and melty, add sprinkles of your choice, and M&M's to the mix. Stir to combine.
Spread the snack mixture out onto a baking sheet (or two if needed). Allow to cool, then break apart as needed, and store in an airtight bag or container.
Party mix with popcorn in it will remain fresh tasting about 2-3 days, and a bit longer without popcorn.
Recipe Source- Mixture as pictured by Glorious Treats (although I certainly didn't invent snack mix)
Notes- For the mixture pictured, I used mini pretzels, corn chex, popcorn, pink candy melts, sprinkles and M&M's
I have not listed quantities because it's really up to you how much you want to make, or what ingredients you have on hand.
Some of you may have seen this coming…
After my 3-D Pumpkin Cookies, and 3-D Christmas Drums, I was bound to have a few more cookie treasure box ideas!
I’ve been looking forward to doing a Valentine’s Day version since the original Pumpkin Surprise Cookies, and the time has finally rolled around. In some ways, I like this design the best, because you can customize the top of the box any way you want.
I chose a pretty classic design for the top, but the sky’s the limit for the colors and design! These would be extra special personalized with a name, or maybe lovers initials (J+G).
Here’s how I made them…
I started with a batch of my Chocolate Roll Out Cookies. You could certainly use a traditional Sugar Cookie Recipe, or any flavor of your choice.
Bake 3 or 4 heart cookies (of the same size) for each finished box. If you use only 3 total cookies, the space inside for a treasure will be quite small (the depth of one cookie), appropriate for small candies (such as mini M&M’s, or just a note). You can see in the finished photos, I made one box using 3 cookies, and the others using 4.
Bake full cookies (with no cut-outs). After the cookies are baked and have cooled slightly, use a small heart cutter to cut out the centers of the cookies you’ll be using between the top and bottom cookie (either one or two cookies per set, depending on what you’ve decided you want to do).
Allow the cookies to fully cool. Decorate one of the full heart cookies (for each set), which will be your top cookie. You can find some decorating inspiration in my past Valentine’s cookie posts, here, here and here.
While the top cookies are drying, assemble your cookie boxes. I used brown royal icing to hold together each layer. If you use a thin line of icing (as shown below), it probably doesn’t matter what color you use, because it wont show.
Once the decorated cookie tops are dry (after several hours or overnight) add goodies of your choice (small candies, a special note, jewelry) to the box, and set the top on.
(above) 4 cookies ready for one box (a top, a bottom, and two center cookies)
(below) Use royal icing to adhere center cookie (or cookies) to the bottom cookie.
Fill the pretty cookie boxes with goodies of your choice (small candies, a special note, or jewelry), and share with people you love.
Now that all the decorations for Christmas have been put up (well… most of them at least!), the house looks a little bare. This cute little Valentine’s garland is perfect to add a little cheer to a window, wall, or mantel.
For this craft, I enlisted the help of a talented and crafty friend, Kristine C. Kristine designed and assembled the garland pictured. The original inspiration for this garland is from Etsy shop, Funkyshique.
This cute and crafty garland is quite easy to make… in fact, make two and share one with a friend!
Let’s get started!
Burlap (less than 1/4 yard)
No-fray fabric treatment (as pictured above)
White craft paint
Sponge, or sponge brush
Red craft paint
Small paint brush
Thick twine/jute (available in craft or fabric stores, or The Tomkat Studio shop)
Hot glue gun
Valentine’s Garland Directions ~
1. Cut burlap into small rectangles (ours were 3.5″ x 5.5″). For our banner we used six rectangles. Cut as many rectangles are you’d like for banner.
2. Cut a notch (as pictured) into the rectangles, creating a flag.
3. Use the no fray fabric glue along the edges of the burlap. This step is optional, but will help the banner last more than one season. Allow glue to dry.
4. Using a small sponge, or sponge brush, paint the burlap flags white. Add as much or as little paint as you’d like, to achieve the look you want. Allow to dry.
5. When the white paint is dry, use red paint and a small paint brush to paint a heart in the center of the flag. You can freehand the heart shape (as we did), or if you’d prefer you could use a marker to trace the shape first, then fill in with the red paint.
6. While the red paint is still wet, sprinkle red glitter onto hearts. Shake off excess glitter.
7. When the paint is all dry, use hot glue to glue each flag along a piece of jute twine (leaving some excess twine on either end for easy hanging).
Hang the garland in your kitchen window, along your mantel, or anywhere in your home or office that needs a little love.