These blue heart cookies are the result of a recent challenge I gave myself — Make three different heart cookies using just two colors of royal icing. So I sketched and pondered and came up with these three designs and I like them all but my favorite is the simplest heart that I just painted on using a brush and thinned royal icing.
In the past I've painted on cookies using food coloring but that creates a look more reminiscent of ink pens or a smooth watercolor. Using thinned royal icing adds a textural element that's more like acrylic paint and I like the look a lot. I also found that the thinned royal icing was easier than the food coloring to apply and control. I'm going to have to experiment with this some more.
In the meantime, here's how to make these Three Blue Heart Cookies:
|I added a base coat of white icing to a cookie that I imprinted with a heart cutter before baking. The icing fell into the imprint and left a nice guide for me to follow. After the base coat has dried, add a row of blue dots to the top of the heart.|
|Use a small square tip brush to swipe each dot downward and add another row of dots and repeat.|
|Keep working all the way down the heart and let the icing dry completely before serving or packaging.|
|After your white base coat has dried, pipe a heart with stiff royal icing.|
|Use the side of a square tip brush to pull the icing inward, working around the whole outline and cleaning off your brush periodically. Add another heart outline on the inside and repeat adding the brushed embroidery technique.|
|Outline and fill a heart shape in the very center. Let this dry completely.|
Royal Icing Painted Heart: