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'Mixed Metals' Decorated Sugar Cookies

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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.

Decorated Mixed Metal Sugar Cookies

And I have SOOOO much to do…but instead…I decorated ornament 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

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Yield: 40 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A basic, but delicious and reliable sugar cookie recipe


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


  1. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add sugar and salt and beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add egg; beat until well blended, about 1 minutes.
  4. Reduce speed to low and beat in vanilla.
  5. Add flour and beat on low speed just to blend.
  6. Gather dough into ball; divide in half.
  7. Form each half into ball and flatten into disk.
  8. Wrap disks separately in plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 4 hours.
  9. Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep Chilled.
  10. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350'F.
  11. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  12. Working with 1 disk at at time, roll out 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.
  13. Using decorative cookie cutters, cut out cookies and transfer to prepared sheets, spacing 1 inch apart.
  14. If cookies become too soft to transfer to baking sheets, place in freezer on waxed paper for 5 minutes before continuing.
  15. Gather scraps, roll out dough and cut more cookies, repeating until all dough is used.
  16. If not icing cookies, decorate with sprinkles or other toppings as desired.
  17. 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.
  18. Cool completely on rack.
  19. Decorate with Royal Icing, then sprinkles or other toppings as desired.
  20. Let stand until icing sets.
  21. Can be made 4 days ahead.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

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Royal Icing

Royal Icing

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Royal icing for decorating cookies


  • 2 pounds confectioner's sugar
  • 5 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons vanilla vodka or light-coloredssss 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.

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1889Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 145mgCarbohydrates: 453gSugar: 444gProtein: 8g

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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
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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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. 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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