Who isn’t smitten by the wash of colors this time of year? Bring an artful approach to your next summer get together with watercolor cookies. Simple and easy for everyone, even those of us who didn’t take art class in school. Edible mini canvases would look equally at home at a picnic or a fancy summertime wedding.

watercolor cookies

You will need: cookie dough, rectangle cookie cutter, fondant, light corn syrup, food coloring, paper towels, latex gloves (recommended)

Make your favorite sugar cookie dough–check out this no spread recipe from The Decorated Cookie. Roll and cut with a rectangle cookie cutter. While baking, make marshmallow fondant. Watch The One Charming Party Show, Season 2, Episode 5 for instructions. This recipe makes a soft, easy to use fondant that actually tastes delicious.

Once cookies are cool, roll out your fondant to 1/4 inch thick, using powdered sugar to keep from sticking. Cut out rectangles using the same cutter you used for the cookies. Set aside. Pour two tablespoons of corn syrup into a small bowl. Take a cookie and lightly coat the top with corn syrup using your finger. Place a piece of fondant on top. Press down gently and set aside. Repeat with remaining cookies.

fondant cookies

watercolor cookies

fondant cookies

watercolor cookies

Tear paper towel sheets in half. Fold and wet the end (about a quarter size spot) with color choice #1. Dapple wet end on the cookie like a painting. Don’t cover the entire cookie. Use lighter and darker areas to create a watercolor effect. Use a second paper towel for another color. Dapple. Add a third color for kicks. You can be as complicated or as simple as you like. It takes about two cookies to get the technique down and decide what you like. Have fun and repeat with the rest of the cookies. You could also use a single color and just do light and dark shades. Let dry.

fondant cookies

Styling and photos by Jenny Batt

11 Comments

  1. these are just beautiful! i’d have to display them on my wall!!
    xo, shari

    shari    Thursday, July 5, 2012
  2. These would SO COOL for a tie dye party! :)

    Lisa    Thursday, July 5, 2012
  3. These are too pretty to eat! Maybe. Ok, I’m sure I’d eat all of them. Such a cool idea, Jenny!

    Lexy    Friday, July 6, 2012
  4. These are so great! WOuld make such a fun activity for a party, as well.

    brianne    Saturday, July 7, 2012
  5. They look beautiful!
    It’s a great idea to do with the kids in an Art themed party!

    MyPartyDesign    Friday, July 13, 2012
  6. these are awesome! what a fun and easy way to decorate cookies :) I’m definitely going to give these a try when i have the time :)

    Ann    Sunday, July 15, 2012
  7. Great idea!!! Looks lovely- on my “to do” list :)

    karolina    Monday, July 16, 2012
  8. I’m not really a fan of fondant but these look too amazing to not try so I might use a thin layer of marzipan instead.

    Sarah    Saturday, July 21, 2012
  9. These are just awesome! Love them!

    Sofia    Saturday, July 21, 2012
  10. This looks great! I love the colors and the originality!!!

    Jelli    Saturday, July 21, 2012
  11. These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing – cannot wait to make them for my housemate!
    Rebecca
    Heronscrafts.blogspot.com

    Rebecca    Thursday, September 20, 2012

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