Painting on a cookie

Yankee Girl Yummies here. Some of you might have noticed this, but for those of you haven’t – I’ve recently started painting on cookies. It’s a great way to add a lot of colors to your cookies, without all the hassle of mixing and bagging a bunch of colors. I also love the way that you can create texture and depth with the stroke of a paintbrush.

But before we really get started, I need to clarify one thing. You do not need be a painter to use this technique. Haven’t picked up a paintbrush since elementary school? You’re going to be ok. Promise.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, this is what I put together for you!

Painting on Cookies, A Tutorial

We’re going to paint trees!  Happy, snow covered trees…

What you need to get started:

  • 20 second white royal icing for flooding and thicker white icing for details
  • Gel colors. I prefer airbrush colors but any will work. I used 3 shades of green and 3 shades of brown for this project.
  • Food safe paintbrush
  • Small glass of water
  • White sanding sugar

To get started, I used my Christmas tree cookie cutter. I think that any Christmas tree shape works, so use what you have.

Blank Cookie with Cutter

I started by flooding my cookie, one section at a time. It helps to give the tree some defining areas and layers.

Starting to Flood.

Continue to flood the cookie, one layer at a time. Wait a few minutes in between each layer to allow the icing to set.  Once complete, allow it to dry overnight.

Completely Flooded Cookie

Once the cookie is dry, you can begin painting! When painting, I do prefer to use airbrush colors. They are the perfect consistency right out of the bottle. If you do not have any, gel colors will work. The only difference is that you need to make sure to incorporate a little more water into your painting. You really only need a damp paint brush. Use a paper towel to remove any excess water before adding the paint to the brush. Be careful with water and your royal icing – too much water will break it down!

Start on the top and make short brush strokes, using one shade of green. Continue down the cookie, using the areas defined by the royal icing to guide your brush strokes. Once completed, repeat with your other 2 shades of green. I like to use a sheen color for the final paint choice. Adds a nice shine to the cookie. :)

Once your tree is painted in, you can paint in your trunk. I also used 3 shades of brown (bronze sheen is the 3rd  color) here but 2 colors would work nicely as well.

Let your paint dry – may take a couple of hours. If your paint is still tacky, you can very lightly dust the cookie with some confectioner sugar. Use a dry paintbrush to apply and then dust off the excess. Then you’re ready to pipe on some snow!

Piping on snow

Use royal icing with a thick consistency to pipe on some snow. Does not have to be pretty or precise – it’s snow! While it’s still wet, add some white sanding sugar. Allow to dry and then dust off excess sugar.

And that’s it! You can vary these trees to accommodate any set. Add Christmas lights, a star on top, etc…

Painting on Cookies. Final Picture.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*Any omission in information or misspellings were unintentional. :)

Kari ~ Yankee Girl Yummies

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