How to Make Chalkboard Cookies

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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.

Sweet images
Sweet images (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Making the Cookies

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cup

Step 1: Sift Dry Ingredients

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

Mix dry ingredients
Mix dry ingredients (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 2: Combine Wet Ingredients

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

Cream butter and sugar
Cream butter and sugar (Image: Sonya Nimri)

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 mixture
Combine with flour mixture (Image: Sonya Nimri)

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.

Roll out and cut into shapes
Roll out and cut into shapes (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 4: Bake

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

Place on cookie sheet
Place on cookie sheet (Image: Sonya Nimri)

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.

Bake 10-13 minutes
Bake 10-13 minutes (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Making the Icing

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • Black food coloring
  • White gel paste food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons vodka (or water)
  • Various fine tipped brushes
  • Toothpick

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 an egg
Separate an egg (Image: Sonya Nimri)

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.

Combine in a mixer
Combine in a mixer (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 3: Add Food Coloring

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

Add color
Add color (Image: Sonya Nimri)

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 icing onto cookie
Pipe icing onto cookie (Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 5: Pop Air Bubbles

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

Pop any air bubbles
Pop any air bubbles (Image: Sonya Nimri)

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.

Paint cookie
Paint cookie (Image: Sonya Nimri)

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.

Dip brush in vodka
Dip brush in vodka (Image: Sonya Nimri)

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.

(Image: Sonya Nimri)
(Image: Sonya Nimri)
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