Hello Fellow Cookie Lovers,
I don’t use black much when making cookies because it turns your mouth black. Not a little, not a bit, but black…a lot of it! But lately I’ve wanted to try out some ideas using a “little” black with white, and black with white and some colors. I thought I’d share this process with you because it is a great cookie to make for kids and for adults.
For kids, these cookies are a great giveaway or craft project for birthday parties or even classroom fun. (Just make sure there are no school restrictions like peanut free, wheat free, etc.) Additionally, they make a fun weekend project for kids to color using edible markers – just like they would in a coloring book. And…they are good anytime of the year and are super simple to make.
For adults? Well, I’ve been seeing a ton of these “adult” coloring books. What makes them “adult” are the intricate designs intended to act as a relaxing project to get your mind off the craziness of your day. I, personally, doodle and color with icing, so this could be a new way for you to color and destress.
I’ve also had requests for these cookies for those “painting/wine nights” that seem to be popular too. You meet at someone’s home, a company comes in with canvases and paints and wine, and the night begins. Well, these cookies make a great favor to hand out at the end.
The best thing about these cookies is that you can make them and keep them on hand, and, they can be used at anytime of the year by mixing it up with your favorite seasonal cutters.
What You’ll Need
- White Outlining Consistency Icing
- White Flooding Consistency Icing
- Black Flooding Consistency Icing
- #2 Piping Tip and Piping Bag
- #0 or #1 Piping Tip and Piping Bag
- Flooding Bottle
Techniques You’ll Use
- Wet-on-Wet Design
Basically, the cookie requires only two colors; white and black. I mixed up a white “outlining” consistency icing and used a number 2 tip to outline. I also mixed a white flooding icing and a black flooding icing. The black outlining details of the cookies are going to be achieved using a wet-on-wet process.
I used the Flooding Bottle for the White Flooding Icing since this is the color I used to fill in the largest areas. The Black Flooding Icing was used in a Piping Bag with a #0 tip to get a thin line to outline the designs.
I used a bird cutter for this project and using the white outlining icing, I created three different sections. Keep in mind, you don’t have to create separate sections for flooding, you can outline the entire cookie and flood the entire cookie with white and then add the outlining details with the black. I’m using three different sections to get a bit more interest to the cookie.
After the outline has setup a bit, I then went in with a white flooding icing and filled in the first section.
While the white icing is still wet, go in with the black flooding icing in your Piping Bag and #0 (or #1) tip and using a wet-on-wet technique, outline the design you want to create – these will be your “coloring areas.” Think “stained glass” for this process and that will give you an idea of how you want to create the design.
I then moved on to the next section which is the body of the bird. Keep this in mind…when you are flooding separate areas of any cookie, you want to make sure that you let the flooded areas setup for about 15 minutes before you flood any section that is adjacent to the area you just flooded. If you don’t, the icing will simply flood together blurring the edges you meticulously outlined in the previous step, ruining your overall design. In this case, I chose to flood the body second since it was NOT adjacent to the wind I just flooded.
Again, just as you did for the wing area, go in with your black flooding icing and add a design to the body of the bird. I started by adding a wind design and then outlined the entire body, added a dot for the eye, and then added some “coloring areas” within the body and tail areas of the bird.
And lastly, after letting the first wing and the body of the bird setup (about 15 minutes), I went back in and used the same process to finish the second wing of the bird.
You then want to let the cookie dry overnight before coloring the cookie. Below are four cookies I did using this technique and I will continue on to show you what you can do with these cookies if you want to get “fancy” and take it to another level. If not, use your food gel colors and/or edible markers to color in your cookies and just have fun! Wouldn’t this make a great handout at Thanksgiving using Christmas ornament cookies? Your kids could sit down after eating their meal and start creating memories for the upcoming Christmas season. Just make sure put a hole in the cookie before baking so you can add a ribbon at the end to make it an ornament.
You’ll notice I tried to do some different designs for each of the cookies just to keep things interesting. At this point, you can simply color in the sections. If you want to take it a bit further…read on…
Taking It Up A Notch
If you’re ready to have a bit more fun with these cookies, you can see what can be achieved simply by painting in some different designs and colors. I used both Americolor and Wilton food gel colors, Wilton and FooDoodler edible markers, and, my new favorite tool, Rainbow Dust edible writing marker with a super fine point.
With a few tools, you can create the following birds…
Cookie #1 was done using only the Rainbow Dust Jet Black Edible Food Pen.
Cookie #2 was done using the Wilton and FooDoodler colored edible markers and the Rainbow Dust Edible Food Pen.
Cookies #3 and #4 were done using the Wilton and Americolor food gels and some of the details were added using the Wilton and FoodDoodler colored edible markers and the Rainbow Dust Edible Food Pen.
I hope you try it out. It’s a fun project and unlike a coloring book…you get to eat your artwork. Happy coloring!
Your fellow cookie lover,