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Snowflake Cookies

Watercolor Snowflake Cookies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: watercolor cookies
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  • paintbrush
  • hexagon cookie cutter (or circle or square)


  • batch of sugar cookies
  • batch of royal icing
  • Gel food coloring Americolor, Wilton, or Hobby Lobby's store brand all work great
  • Clear alcohol I used 151 proof Everclear, you can also use clear vanilla extract, or any high proof clear alcohol.


  • Once you've baked your cookies (using my recipe and directions linked above), prepare your royal icing (recipe also linked above).  One of my favorite things about this cookie design is that you don't need to color any icing.  You just need white!
  • Prepare one bag of icing in a thick/outline consistency (about the consistency of toothpaste).  I'd suggest a #1.5PME tip for this. 
  • Thin some icing for a second bag to be your flood icing (about the consistency of shampoo, or corn syrup).  I'd suggest a #2 tip for this. 
  • Outline the hexagon shape with the thick icing, them immediately fill in/flood with the thinned icing.  Use a toothpick or scribe tool as needed to make sure the icing is nice and smooth across the cookie.  
  • Allow the cookies to fully dry.  I like to set the cookies in front of a fan (set on low) for about an hour to help speed up this process.  You can also use a dehydrator for 15 minutes or so to help get the drying process going.  Depending on the temperature and humidity of your home, the full dry time will be 6-8 hours.    
  • Once that base icing is fully dry, add your desired colors of food coloring (just the tiniest of drops) to a small bowl and thin with a few drops of clear alcohol (as listed above).  Thinning the food coloring with alcohol instead of water is essential to make sure the liquid doesn't erode the royal icing base.  The alcohol will evaporate quickly, leaving no taste or effect behind.  Use your paintbrush to mix the color and the alcohol in the bowl, then (as needed) dab the brush onto a slightly moist paper towel to remove some of the excess liquid before "painting" on the cookie.  You do not want to have the liquid pooling up on the surface of the cookie.  Use as little liquid as is necessary to achieve the look you want. Dab the color around on the cookie with a soft paintbrush, as desired.  
  • Once painted, allow the cookies to dry about an hour (preferably in front of a fan set on low).  If there seems to still be some moisture on the surface of the cookies, take a soft, dry paintbrush and brush just a bit of corn starch over the surface of the cookie to help absorb any excess moisture. 
  • Finally, pipe a snowflake design of your choice, using thick/piping consistency icing with a #1 or #1.5 sized tip. 
  • Allow the snowflake detailing to dry about 2 hours before packaging or storing the cookies.