If you're loving the watercolor trend that's popping up everywhere this spring, don't miss out on these gorgeous cookies from Lark & Linen! Jacquelyn transforms simple sugar cookies into works of art with fondant and a bit of food coloring!
"I originally made these watercolor cookies for Easter a few weeks back, and because I wasn’t sure how they would turn out I didn’t really have any intention on blogging about them. For all I knew it was going to be a total disaster, albeit a delicious one, and I really just wanted to attempt them for fun," says Jacquelyn. "As it turns out, although they’re time consuming, they’re actually surprisingly easy to make and REALLY fun to decorate!"
For the full post and some helpful cookie tips from Jacquelyn, check out Lark & Linen!
|Your favorite sugar cookie recipe||Square or circle cookie cutter|
|Rolling pin||White fondant (I picked mine up at Michael's)|
|White icing (store bought is fine)||Unused paint brushes|
|Clear vanilla extract (or almond extract)||Gel food coloring (I picked mine up at Michael's)|
Bake your sugar cookies according to the directions. Important note: omit the baking powder if it calls for it. Baking powder makes the cookies puff and spread, which we don't want. Let your cookies cool completely.
In the meantime, roll out your fondant until it's 1/8" thick. If you're using the same rolling pin you used to roll out the dough, clean and dry it first so that no grease or moisture is transferred to the fondant.
Using the same cookie cutter, cut out the same number of fondant shapes as you have cookies. Place them on a sheet of parchment paper and let them dry out a bit for an hour or two (or overnight if you prefer!)
Next, place a small amount of icing to the back of your fondant shape and "glue" it to the top of a cookie. Using a small square of parchment paper between your palm and the fondant, gently rub in small circles until the fondant sticks.
In the meantime, mix together your watercolor colors using a tiny bit of gel food coloring and vanilla (or almond) extract. Test out your colors on a test cookie until you achieve the shades you're after. Important note: do not use water! Water will make the cookies soggy. The alcohol in the extracts will evaporate leaving you with beautiful shades.
Decorate your cookies using the paint brushes, let dry for 30 minutes and enjoy!