I had so much fun making these cookies, I can’t even tell you! I actually had a different idea in mind for this post that backfired on me and left me standing in my kitchen with about two dozen freshly baked sugar cookies and no clue of how to decorate them. So I did some browsing online to get the ideas flowing and I saw these watercolor cookies that I thought were so cool! So I thought, I can do that. And you can too!
I think these cookies have such a wow factor and if you enjoy eating fondant these will be your favorite cookie. I made the sugar cookies using whole wheat flour because I actually ran out of AP flour and it worked out so well because the cookies kind of resemble graham crackers. Did I mention that they taste like them too! Maybe I will have to figure out how to make graham crackers sometime soon…
Bonus, they also look like sand from the side, so they go really well with the ocean theme of these cookies. My husband took these to work and he said that everyone enjoyed them which I was kind of surprised about because people usually don’t like fondant. You can of course just peel the fondant off and eat the cookie that way if fondant is not your thing.
These cookies would be great for a kid’s party because they basically act like a canvas for the kids to paint on since the fondant round is completely white. Or even a painting night with your girlfriends. I would love to go to someone’s house to sip wine and paint cookies. That sounds like so much fun! So, make these cookies and decorate them however you want and have some fun this summer! I will leave all of the recipes that I used to make the cookies below as well as instructions on how I painted them. I hope you enjoy!
To make these cookies you will need: 1X recipe Royal Icing 1X recipe Sugar Cookies using whole wheat flour, any brand Fondant, click to see the brand that I like to use! Food-safe coloring Vanilla extract Paintbrushes Round cookie cutter Luster dust
Instructions: 1) Begin by making a full batch of cookies using whole wheat flour if you are going to make a beach-themed cookie as I did. This, of course, is completely optional. 2) Make your royal icing and have all of your supplies ready to go and within reach. Spread out your cookies on a sheet tray to make the process go much smoother and line the sides of the cookie with royal icing with a thicker consistency. 3) Allow that “rim” to dry completely before thinning out the rest of the royal icing and flooding the middle of the cookie. Once all of your cookies are fully lined and flooded with royal icing, roll out your fondant and cut the fondant to the exact size of the cookie. I rolled my fondant to about a 1/4″ thickness and layer each round of fondant on top of the wet royal icing. Allow the fondant to adhere to the icing before moving onto the next step. Prep your colors at this point using a bit of food coloring and vanilla extract. I diluted my colors a lot to get the watercolor effect. 4) Once everything is ready and the cookies are fully dry start painting on your watercolor design. It is easier to do it by sections using the same color on each cookie, especially if you are going for a more uniform look. If you are just having fun or maybe doing this with friends or family feel free to let the creative juices flow and just paint however you want! I almost found this part therapeutic and very relaxing. Once all of your cookies are painted, allow them to dry before eating or boxing up!