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Painted Cookies Using Edible Metallic Paint

Use edible metallic paints for painted cookies, plus a sugar cookie recipe and a royal icing recipe. HOLIDAY COOKIES.

I love to paint, AND I love to bake…so…yesterday I baked sugar cookies and painted cookies and decorated cookies.

And it was good.

And I have SOOOO much to do…but instead…I baked cookies and painted cookies.

And it was such an excellent way to spend the day because sometimes we need to shirk all of our responsibilities and paint and decorate sugar cookies! Am I right?

With edible metallic paint at that.

Now I need the gifts to purchase themselves (but I’ll wrap them because I have my new spiffy gift wrapping cart) and the house to clean itself and the laundry to wash and fold itself…but that’s OK because I have pretty painted cookies.

Decorated Mixed Metal Sugar Cookies

I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe that I altered slightly.

And then cut them out using Ornament Shaped Cookie Cutters…because ornaments PLUS copper and silver are lovely.

Decorated Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

'Mixed Metals' Decorated Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

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A basic, but delicious and reliable sugar cookie recipe
4.78 from 9 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Cuisine American
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 64 kcal


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Sprinkles/decorations
  • Royal Icing


  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a large bowl at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add sugar and salt and beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add egg; beat until well blended, about 1 minute.
  • Reduce speed to low and beat in vanilla.
  • Add flour and beat on low speed just to blend.
  • Gather cookie dough into a ball and divide dough in half.
  • Form each half into a ball and flatten into a disk.
  • Wrap disks separately in plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 4 hours.
  • Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep Chilled.
  • Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350'F.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out the dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper to 1/8" thickness for smaller (2-inch) cookies and 1/4" thickness for larger (3- to 4-inch) cookies.
  • Using decorative cookie cutters, cut out cookies and transfer to prepared sheets, spacing 1 inch apart.
  • If cookies become too soft to transfer to cookie sheet, place in freezer on waxed paper for 5 minutes before continuing.
  • Gather scraps, roll out the dough, and cut more cookies, repeating until all dough is used.
  • If not icing cookies, decorate with sprinkles or other toppings as desired.
  • Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies are firm on top and golden around edges, about 10-12 minutes for smaller cookies and up to 14 minutes for larger cookies.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Decorate with Royal Icing, then sprinkles or other toppings as desired.
  • Let stand until icing sets.
  • Can be made 4 days ahead.


Serving: 1gCalories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 17mgSugar: 3g
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'Mixed Metals' Decorated Sugar Cookies

Royal Icing

Royal icing for decorating cookies
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Baking Recipes + Tips
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 1889 kcal


  • 2 pounds confectioner's or powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons vanilla vodka or light-colored flavoring
  • 1/3-1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons cream


  • In a small bowl, stir the flavoring and cream into half of the water.
  • Using a paddle attachment, gently mix the sugar and meringue powder.
  • With the mixer on it's lowest setting slowly add the water/flavoring mix to the dry ingredients. As the water is added, the icing will become thick and lumpy.
  • Continue to add the remaining water {this may or may not be the entire amount} until the icing reaches a thick, honey-like consistency. Turn the mixer to medium-high speed and whip 2-4 minutes until thick and fluffy. Mixing time can vary greatly so watch carefully and stop mixing when the icing is thin enough to form a soft peak.


If you need to thin icing, I've found the best technique is to use a spray bottle with water, one spray at a time. Mix it, and then spray again as necessary.


Calories: 1889kcalCarbohydrates: 453gProtein: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 145mgSugar: 444g
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 And then I found these FUN metallic luster dusts that are mixed with lemon extract. I used their copper dust and their silver dust.  If you’ve never used these lustre dusts, don’t be intimidated.  Just get some pure lemon extract (must be lemon…it has the correct percentage of alcohol) and an expensive small paintbrush, and have a go.

You can also access these products through my brand new page on Amazon. You can access it here.

  • All you do is pour a wee bit of lemon extract into a small container ( I used the cap of the lustre dusts)Use Lemon Extract with your Lustre Dust to Paint Cookies
  • Dampen your paint brush in the extract and dab it into the lustre dust.Getting Copper Lustre Dust
  • And then mix the dust into the lemon extract.  You want it to be thicker than water, but maybe not quite as thick as an acrylic paint…Mixing Lustre Dust with Lemon Extract
  • And then paint your cookie.  I used several coats…letting them dry in between. As a result of the alcohol in the extract, the paint on the painted cookie dries quite quickly.Painting Copper Lustre Dust on Sugar Cookie

TADA…painted sugar cookies. While I kept these designs pretty simple, I will experiment a little more with my paint designs next time.

Copper and Silver Mixed Metal Sugar Cookies

So, if your laundry is piling up, and you need to take pictures for your Christmas card, and you have only purchased 2 Christmas gifts. Your family is on the 5th night of eating leftovers for dinner, and your dog needs a bath…then, by all means…bake some cookies and spend the day painting and decorating them!!

Copper Cookie

It will do your soul good.

Painted Mixed Metal Sugar Cookies with non-pareils, gold glitter and sugar

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A plate of metallic painted sugar cookies.

If you are loving mixed-metals as much as I am this holiday season, I just finished up a mixed-metals table setting post for you!

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  1. Lynn these are a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy. Those shiny colors are beautiful and make you almost not want to eat them…almost! 😉

    1. Thanks Yuni! Poor Flora did indeed need a bath this past week. And the cookies are pretty tasty…don’t let all the shiny stuff distract you from the yumminess.

  2. The picture of the sweet desert looks fabulous. Is mouth watering. I was searching exotic sweet dishes and accidentally stumbled upon this. I ll definitely try this at my place. Nice blog and Nice Recipe. Just one suggestion please don;t crowd your beautiful website with so many adds…!!

    1. Hello Abhijit,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your kind comments. I would love to be able to avoid the ads, but unfortunately that’s the only way I can afford to keep this blog up and running as that ad income covers my monthly expenses. Sadly, just an unfortunate necessity.

      I do hope you enjoy those metallic cookies!

      Many hug, Lynn

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