Have fun this Valentine’s Day by “painting” your cookies.
That’s right. Take out some brushes, grab a palette or two, pull out some small stamp while you’re at it and get painting. This has got to be one of the most fun ways to decorate cookies since sprinkles!
Gluten Free Valentine’s Day Cookies
This is what you need:
Small natural bristle brushes, the finer the tip the better
A palette for mixing your colors, a small plate will do the trick
Paste food colors
Pre-baked gluten free cookies ( homemade or store bought)
Frosting of choice
Frost your cookies and set aside to allow them to harden. You want to able to smooth out the frosting with your fingers and not get all sticky. This may take about 20 to 30 minutes, so do this first and then gather the munchkins to help. I tinted my frosting pink in the photo.
Now you’re ready to paint.
Make sure you have cleaned your brushes before you begin. Please use new brushes. Later you can label these as “for food painting only” so you don’t get them mixed up with any other brushes you may have.
Place a small amount of almond extract on the plate. Squirt ONE drop of food coloring paste into the middle of the extract. Use your brush and swirl the food color into the extract until it dissolves. You may want to do a small drawing of the design you want just to get it straight in your mind. If you mess up and don’t like what you’ve done, just scrape off the frosting and start again.
Pick up the “paint” with the tip of the brush and start painting your design. When you’re done, set it aside and allow it to dry.
If the “paint” starts to dry out add a little more almond extract and keep going.
Now, food coloring stains pretty bad, so I recommend using glass, ceramic or metal so it doesn’t stain your dishes. No plastic here. You can use paper plates since they will be thrown away.
To use stamps, make sure it’s a small one. I tried to use large designs but they didn’t work with regular butter cream frosting. You would need to use Royal Icing instead to get a very smooth and hard finish. I was just to lazy to make it that day. I will try it soon though.
Again, pick up the paint on your brush and coat the rubber part of your stamp and then gently push it onto your cookie. If the design doesn’t color completely you can fill it in with your paint brush.
The stamps make a nice impression to fill in. I used a small heart stamp to “seal” my envelope with a kiss.
You can use this idea for any holiday or birthday. Go wild and have fun. I hope to see lot’s of painted cookies soon.
I taught this technique at my last cooking class and had a young helper do this with me. Then we packaged the cookies and added ribbon for a cute gift.
So go have some fun, and get painting!