Have I told you how much I love baking?!? It really is my happy place. I dream of opening a bakery with all white marble and shiplap. Maybe one day. ❤️ Until then I’ll be content baking in the comfort of my own kitchen.
I have really wanted to try painting cookies with luster dust for awhile now, so I finally took the plunge. It was so easy! Seriously, I don’t know why I was so afraid to attempt it, but now that I have I will definitely be using luster dust on the regular.
First things first, the cookies! I used Wilton’s Sugar Cookie Recipe. I could attempt my own, but why when this recipe is perfect?! I mean why try to recreate the wheel?! If you don’t want to make the cookie dough from scratch, store bought will work just as well. I mean this post is about cookie decorating and royal icing not the cookie dough. 😂
This recipe yields 3.5 cups
Royal Icing Ingredients:
- 3 egg whites
- 4 cups of powdered sugar
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
Step 2: Slowly add the powdered sugar to the egg & vanilla extract mix.
Optional: You can use gel food coloring to color your icing. If you do use a little at a time. You can always add more, but if you add too much it is ruined.
Step 5: Put the icing you are using to outline in a squeeze bottle or you can put it in a sandwich zip lock bag and cut a small slit in the corner of the bag. You might need to add a very small amount of water if the icing is too firm. Again…a VERY SMALL AMOUNT.Step 6: Outline the cookies as desired.
Step 8: Once you have achieved a thinner consistency add the icing to a squeeze bottle or ziplock bag and fill in the cookie. Use a toothpick to even the icing out in your cookie if needed.
Now that the icing has dried it’s time for the fun part! Painting the cookies.
- Luster dust
- Paint brush
Luster dust can be found at Hobby Lobby, a baking supplies store, or Amazon. I purchased actual luster dust, which means it has a shimmer to it. You can also you food color dust. Food color dust is usually matte and doesn’t shimmer.
Step 1: Add a small amount of luster dust to a small bowl.
Step 2: Add in a few drops of vodka until you achieve the right consistency. Sorry I didn’t measure. I just added drops until it was the texture I wanted, but make sure you add the vodka to the luster dust and not the other way around.
Step 3: Using your paint brush, paint away! Make sure not to press down too hard or it could mess up the royal icing.