Celebrate spring with hand-painted watercolor flower cookies. Herbs, fruit juice and plant dyes can all be used as food coloring.
- Cookie cutters
- Rolling pin
- Watercolor paint brushes
- Pre-made fondant or make your own
- Any kind of flat sturdy cookie. I used sugar cookies. Here's a good recipe from Alton Brown
- ½ cup store bought or homemade buttercream frosting to attach the fondant to the cookies
- food colorings see below
- Water for diluting
- Powdered sugar for rolling out fondant
- Fondant was rolled onto a smooth, flat surface dusted with confectioner's sugar, then it into circles with a cookie cutter. You can either paint the circles first or attach them to the cookies with a little buttercream and then paint them.
- Herbs, fruit juice, and natural food colorings were used whenever possible. Crushed frozen blueberries mixed with a little water made a very pretty lavender color.
- Watercolor brushes purchased from a craft store were dedicated to only food use.
- It's super easy to make the flower shapes, even if you aren't an experienced painter. The yellow and red flowers are basically just splotches made with a medium (size #8) brush with a small dot in the middle. For the lavender flowers, I made smaller splotches in groups of three with the tip of the brush, then painted on the stems with the small (size #1) brush shown in the photo above. For reference, here’s a link to a bunch of easy water color flower images that I found on Google
You don’t need to have gone to art school to explore creativity in the kitchen. In my newest Food Network article I show how easy it is to paint watercolor flowers onto cookies using natural dyesÂ and pigments as an option. Â http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2014/05/how-to-decorate-cookies-for-spring/