Watercolor Cookies

Let fondant be your canvas as you get creative on these colorful works of sweet, edible art.


  • For the sugar cookies:
  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • For the decoration:
  • White fondant
  • 3/4 cup vanilla buttercream
  • Gel food coloring
  • Gold luster dust
  • Clear vanilla extract


  1. Make the cookies:
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla and almond extract. Slowly mix in flour with the mixer running on low until just incorporated. Divide batter into two discs, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Roll out dough to 1/4 of an inch on a lightly floured surface and chill again until firm, about 30 minutes. Cut out cookies into desired shapes, place on prepared baking sheets and freeze until dough is very firm, about 5 minutes. Bake cookies at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes until golden.
  6. Decorate the cookies:
  7. Roll out fondant with a fondant roller and a bit of confectioner’s sugar if needed until fondant is about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of fondant to match cookies with cookie cutter.
  8. Spread a bit of vanilla buttercream on each cookie then lightly press on the fondant shape. Once all of the cookies are iced, mix your palette of colors. To do this, place one drop of your desired gel food coloring into the well of a paint palette. Add one teaspoon of clear vanilla extract and mix. Continue with other colors until all of your desired colors are mixed. Mix a bit of gold luster dust and clear vanilla extract for gold accents if desired. Keep a ramekin of clear vanilla extract nearby and use it as your “water” for watercoloring. Paint your designs and leave to dry for about 2 hours, then serve.