As a parent, love is a whole different beast. There is nothing like the love we have for our children. It’s beautiful and fierce. I’m a huge fan of going overboard when showing my kids just how much I love them and these Valentine Watercolor Cookies are a beautiful and sweet way to show adoration for your Valentine.
Start with your favorite sugar cookie. I used a package mix, rolled mine out and cut them into hearts for Valentine’s Day. No judgement here if you find store-bought sugar cookies. The fun part of these cookies is the pretty watercolor painted icing. I mean, just look at that gorgeous ombre design! Ok, that’s let started on how to make them.
The hardening cookie icing creates a smooth, hard base for you to watercolor on. I used to think this was a hard trick to master but after trying my had at this simple frosting, I realized how easy it is!
Hardening Cookie Icing
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon light corn starch
Mix together the 3 ingredients until smooth. I make 2 batches of this icing for my cookies. The first batch has a little bit less milk, more like the consistency of toothpaste. I use that batch to create my outline of my cookie.
For the second batch I make it just a bit more fluid, so that it “floods” the outline of the cookie and creates a nice smooth frosting. Each batch goes in a sandwich bag with the tip cut off. Once you flood the cookie, use the toothpick to pop any bubbles and help spread the icing the cover the cookie. I let mine sit for a few hours to harden before I painted them.
Now for the fun part! Let’s “watercolor” paint our cookies. Once your icing is hard, create your watercolors using food coloring and clear vanilla extract. I used both liquid and gel food coloring and both worked fine.
- Food coloring
- Clear vanilla extract
- food safe paintbrush
In a small dish or new paint palette mix together a few drops of food coloring with your clear vanilla extract. I created a variety of shades using red and pink with different ratios of vanilla extract. Then paint your cookies with a clean, new paintbrush.
Have fun playing around with different designs. I found I liked giving my cookie a wash of clear vanilla extract before adding my colors. This allowed the colors to bleed together differently. I created unique ombre designs with my cookies but you can do whatever looks pleasing to you.
Play around with different amounts of food coloring and vanilla extract to create pretty patterns. I even added some gold sprinkles to a few cookies for some texture and glam.
Let them dry and enjoy! My family loved these and we are thinking of making another batch to give away. Placed in a clear cellophane bag and tied with a pretty ribbon and these would make a nice little goodie to give to friends and family! Show a little love this Valentine’s Day!
Sidenote: These cookies are divine with a glass of our cold brew coffee!