Hand Painted Sugar Cookies

I made you some hand painted sugar cookie for Easter. How fun are these spring flower cookies?

Hand Painted Flower Cookies | Bakers Royale

Admittedly, its been years since I’ve picked up a paint brush, so when I decided to paint some cookies I was doubtful that they would turn out to my liking. I was expecting them to be disasters. But I’m so pleased with the results, something that doesn’t always come easily for me because I have a tendency to be hypercritical about my work. Of course, I do see some mistakes and sloppy strokes, but I’m learning to silence perfection more and more as I get older.

And luckily painting is something that I get totally lost in once I start. Now that I’ve discovered painting on royal icing, expect a few more hand painted goodies to come your way soon.

Hand Painted Flower Cookies via Bakers Royale

To keep things simple I used Callye’s sugar cookie recipe from here because it requires no chilling and her 20-second royal icing because I have no patience for mixing two types of royal icing consistencies (outlining and flooding). If you need a quick prep for how to decorate sugar cookies, check out the link here when she guest posted a few years back.

To achieve the colors you see in the picture, I mixed a combination of Americolor food gels. Below is the combination of food gels I used to achieve the color I wanted. You’ll see that white and gold is in almost each color combination. The white of course is used as a mixer and lightener, while the gold is used to desaturate for warmer undertones.

For the flowers

  • Pink: Deep pink + white + gold
  • Peach: Electic pink + red + yellow + white + gold

For the leaves

  • Light green: Electric green + white + gold
  • Dark green: Leaf green + white + gold
  • Turquioise: Turquoise + gold
  • Electric yellow: Electric yellow + white + gold
  • Brown: Brown + white
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this recipe

Hand Painted Sugar Cookies

Yield: Makes about 3 - 4 dozen 2-inch cookies


Sugar Cookies

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  •  2 teaspoon baking powder
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  •  1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  •  1 egg
  •  3 tsp vanilla extract

Royal Icing

  •  3/4 cup warm water
  •  2 -3 teaspoon oil-free extract or flavoring
  • 2 lbs. confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/3 cup meringue powder


To make sugar cookies:  In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, lightly whisk together egg and vanilla extract; set aside.

In a stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together softened butter and confectioner’s sugar. With mixer running add in egg mixture and beat to combine; then add flour mixture little by little. Beat just until dough sticks to paddle and cookie dough gives slightly when gently pressed and dough does not stick to fingers.

Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4 inch thickness. Use preferred cookie cutter and stamp out cookies; bake at 400 degrees F for 7-8 minutes.

To make royal icing:  In a small cup, whisk together water and extract; set aside. In a stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together sugar and meringue powder. With the mixer running on low, slowly add liquid mixture. Turn mixer speed to medium-high and beat until mixture is  fluffy and stiff peaks form, about 7-10 minutes. Icing is ready when mixture is stiff.

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  1. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonTori says

    These cookies are stunning Naomi! Wow, you must have incredible patience to be able to create these works of edible art. I so want to try this!

  2. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonCaroline @ Pinch Me, I'm Eating! says

    These are so beautiful! Do you paint with the straight up food color gel or do you mix the color into icing and paint with that? I’d love to see your other paintings! :-)

  3. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonPrudy says

    Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!! I love this Naomi!! Oh, I so want to try this!! <3 xoxo

  4. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I could never make cookies this pretty! I am beyond impressed, but then again, it is YOU and I would expect nothing less. Gorgeous cookies, Naomi!!

  5. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Every time I think you have made the most beautiful thing EVER, you make something even MORE beautiful. Seriously, these cookies stopped me in my scroll. These are insanely beautiful Naomi! Pinned!

  6. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonSarah @ SnixyKitchen says

    Dude – you could paint this on canvas and I’d be impressed, but now I’m extra impressed that it’s on COOKIES!

  7. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says

    Whoa! These are gorgeous Naomi! I might feel bad actually eating one, they’re so pretty!

  8. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonTanya Austin says

    I paint on cookies too! It’s almost addictive, they’re tiny little canvases just waiting to be decorated! How do you mix up your paint? I tend to keep a tiny glass of vodka to moisten the gel color and allow me to paint with it– I add more to make lighter shades and it evaporates easily to leave the cookie dry and stackable!

  9. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonTara | Deliciously Declassified says

    These are GORGEOUS cookies! And I agree with others, that they’re almost too pretty to eat.

  10. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonRosemary @anitalianinmykitchen says

    These are so beautiful, I could just sit and stare at them all day long.

  11. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLinda says

    The photographs of the cookies are beautiful but the recipe doesn’t explain how to do the hand painting card after you apply the royal icing could you please complete the recipe