Transform traditional sugar cookies into tasty works of art with a personalized flair. Whether your designs are intricate, elegant or just plain cute, every bite really is worth a thousand words.

Chalk board cookies

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Things You'll Need

Step 1: Sift Dry Ingredients

Sift the flour, salt, baking soda in a bowl.

Sift dry ingredients

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Step 2: Combine Wet Ingredients

Cream room temperature butter and sugar until it is fluffy, then add egg and vanilla.

Cream wet ingredients

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Step 3: Add Dry Ingredients

Add flour mixture until well combined. Form into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for an hour until firm.

Combine with flour

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Roll out with a rolling pin. Cut out shapes with a round cookie cutter or cup.

Cut out

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Step 4: Bake

Transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper placing 1″ apart.

Transfer to a cookie sheet

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Step 5: Let Cool on a Rack

Bake for 10-13 minutes until slightly golden. Turn out onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before icing.

Turn out onto a cooling rack

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Step 1: Separate Egg White

Separate an egg. Put the white in a bowl making sure not to get any yolk in the white.

Separate the yolk out

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Step 2: Combine with Sugar

Combine the egg white with two cups powdered sugar in the stand up mixer with a paddle attachment on medium until thick yet runny like white glue.

Blend together

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Step 3: Add Food Coloring

Add black food coloring. Mix well until all the icing is uniformly black.

Add black color

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Step 4: Pipe onto Cookie

Pour icing into a piping bag with a #2 tip attachment. Pipe a circle 1/8″ from the edge of the cookie then fill in the circle with icing.

Pipe black icing onto cookie

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Step 5: Pop Air Bubbles

Pop air bubbles with a toothpick and let dry for at least 8 hours.

Poke any air bubbles

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Step 6: Paint Your Cookie

Squeeze a little white gel paste onto the parchment paper and with a fine tipped brush, paint the cookie. It is a good idea to practice on some of the cookies that didn’t turn out so well first so you can get the hang of it before painting the best ones.

Decorate cookie

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Step 7: Thin Paint with Vodka

Dip your paint brush in vodka to keep the consistency of the paint runny yet quick drying. You can also use water, but vodka dries faster, which sets your image quicker.

Use vodka or water to keep the paint at a good consistency

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Step 8: Display and Serve

Let the cookies dry for a few hours before serving. Keep for up to two weeks in an airtight container.

Cookies painted with a cat, owl and feather

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Display on a plate

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