Looking for an easy tutorial for painted cookies? Check out these delicious plumeria painted sugar cookies!
There is nothing that reminds me more of my mom than baking cookies. We have baked cookies together since I was a toddler, barely big enough to stand on a step stool to see over the countertop. It was only fitting I whip up a batch of cookies for Mother’s Day weekend since I was missing her!
These plumeria painted sugar cookies are in honor of my mom and the painting on top is inspired by the insanely beautiful “Embers” plumeria Dane picked for me from the tree near our front door. I included them in the photo and they are so fragrant that our entire house smelled so good – cookies and sweet flowers! What is better?
Plumeria Painted Cookies
For the Sugar Cookies, you will need:
Let the cookies cool completely (around 3 hours before mixing up your icing!)
For the Royal Icing, you will need:
2 cups + 1 tsp. confectioner’s sugar
1 large egg white
1/2 tsp. water
1. Using an electric mixer (I use my hand mixer, because my stand up KitchenAid is too large for the job unless I’m making a ton of icing!), whip your egg white until slightly frothy.
2. Add in water and sugar.
3. Mix until smooth.
For painted cookies, I typically add in a little extra water (not a lot!) so it’s easier to dip my cookies into the icing for a smoother finish. When all the cookies have been dipped, let the royal icing set up for about 2 hours (possibly shorter if you live in a cooler/less humid place), making sure to place each cookie on a piece of wax or parchment paper so they don’t stick.
The wax paper is an important step, because sometimes the royal icing will drip to the other edge of the cookie, creating a bond with whatever the cookie is sitting on. If it’s a metal pan or rack, lifting the cookie off may cause the icing to crack, ruining the smooth white base. Just trust me on this one and use wax paper or parchment paper!
Next, it’s time to get painting! I did an entire post on How To Paint Sugar Cookies, so definitely check that out for some tips. For these plumeria cookies, I used pink coloring gel to do a water color-esque pink color over the white icing. Then, I took a thin paintbrush and outlined the plumeria shape.
From there, I took two tones – orange and yellow – and added in additional coloring on each flower. Let them dry completely before serving them to guests + enjoy!