'Mixed Metals' Decorated Sugar Cookies

How to Make ‘Mixed Metals' Decorated Sugar Cookies with Lustre Dusts

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

And it was good.

And I have SOOOO much to do…but instead…I decorated ornament sugar cookies.Decorated Mixed Metal Sugar Cookies

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

With edible metallic paint at that.

Now I just 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 mixed metals decorated 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
5 from 1 vote

Sugar Cookies

 A basic and dependable sugar cookie recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie, cookies, decorated, decorated sugar cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Refrigerated Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 3 dozen
Calories 1590 kcal


  • 4 sticks (1 pound) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp dark rum (or vanilla)
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Beat butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add eggs, rum, nutmeg and salt and mix on medium-high until just combined

  3. With mixer on low speed, add flour in 2 batches until just combined

  4. Divide the dough into 4 discs, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours

  5. Preheat oven to 350' with racks in upper and lower thirds.

  6. Take out 1 disc from the refrigerator and roll out to a thickness of just a little more than 1/4" on a floured counter or between 2 silicon mats

  7. Cut into desired shapes and place on parchment or silicon mat lined cookie sheet, approximately 2 inches apart, setting aside scraps to re-roll once all discs have been cut out.

  8. Refrigerate the cut-out cookies on the cookie sheet for 15 minutes.

  9. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough (the dough can remain in the refrigerator for up to 1 week)

  10. Bake for 9 minutes or until firm and barely browning around the edges.

  11. Let cool and frost with Royal Icing

Nutrition Facts
Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1590 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 1210mg 50%
Potassium 263mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 359g 120%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 200g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 57.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

And then I frosted them with Royal Icing…which may or may not have dripped into Flora's hair…and then may or may not have been very difficult to clean…so she may or may not still need a full blown bath.  Just add it to my list…but at least I have pretty mixed metal decorated sugar cookies.Royal Icing in Flora's Hair


'Mixed Metals' Decorated Sugar Cookies
5 from 1 vote

Royal Icing

Royal icing for decorating cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword frosting, icing
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 1889 kcal
Author lynn


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


  1. Begin by stirring the flavoring and cream to half of the water.

  2. Using a paddle attachment, gently mix the sugar and meringue powder.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Nutrition Facts
Royal Icing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1889 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 145mg 6%
Potassium 112mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 453g 151%
Sugars 444g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 4.4%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 1.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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 And then I found these FUN metallic lustre 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 yourself some lemon extract (must be lemon…it has the right percentage of alcohol) and some little, inexpensive paintbrushes 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 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' dries quite quickly.Painting Copper Lustre Dust on Sugar Cookie

TA DA…'mixed metals' decorated sugar cookies.

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, and 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


If you need an idea for whiling away an entire day, then bookmark this page or pin it for your future reference.Looking for a way to jazz up your Christmas decorated sugar cookies? After you decorate cookies with royal icing, paint them with edible'mixed metals' for a dramatic and stunning effect. Christmas Cookies, Cookie Decoration, DIY


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  1. Michelle from Weekend Craft

    November 29, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Lynn these are gorgeous! Stunning and elevated for a party. Love that Flora was involved too.

    • lynn

      December 3, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks Michelle! Flora is involved in everything!

  2. Mary

    November 29, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    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! 😉

  3. Carolann

    November 30, 2017 at 10:27 am

    lol poor Flora. I bet she wishes the icing was closer to her mouth! Cookies look great. Looks like you had much fun making them!

  4. yuni

    November 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Haha poor Flora!! Friend, these are just too beautiful to eat! How gorgeous!

    • lynn

      December 3, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      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.

  5. Robin from Frugal Family Times

    December 1, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    What a glamorous cookie, Lynn! Gorgeous.

    • lynn

      December 3, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks Robin

  6. Sarah

    December 4, 2017 at 8:47 am

    These are beautiful, what a fun way to combine to hobbies you love.

    • lynn

      December 5, 2017 at 7:01 am

      It was a fun way to while away the day Sarah.

  7. Abhijit Biswas

    February 16, 2018 at 11:57 am

    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…!!

    • lynn

      February 21, 2018 at 10:13 am

      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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