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Tips and Tricks to Send You Ahead of the Baking Class

September 14, 2015

School is back in session! Whether you’re looking for a cute after-school treat to have on hand for the kids or a fun activity to do with them after homework, these cookies are perfect for your star students.


What you’ll need:

Baked cut-out cookies
Sanding sugar
Dried egg whites
Food coloring gel
Measuring spoons
A paintbrush only used for food
A paint palette only used for food or small bowls
Parchment paper
Cooling rack or cookie sheet



Once you have baked your cut-out cookies in whatever shape you like, here is a quick and fun technique to decorate like a pro.

In a small bowl, measure ½ teaspoon of dried egg whites and whisk together with 2 tablespoons water.

Once the dried egg whites have dissolved, pour a small amount in each of your small bowls or paint palette depending on the number of colors you will be using.

With a toothpick, dip it into the food coloring gel and tint each of the small amounts of liquids to the desired color. Here (shown in photo) I have poured four amounts and tinted them red, yellow, green and blue.

To set up your work surface, lay down a piece of parchment paper.

Hold your cookie over the parchment paper and generously paint on one of the colors over the cookie surface making. Make sure to cover the whole cookie but do not drip over the edge.

Next take the coordinating sanding sugar and shake over the freshly painted surface. Again, make sure to cover the entire cookie.

Allow cookies to dry for 5-7 minutes before gently shaking off the excess sanding sugar.

The parchment paper will help to catch the excess sanding sugar and can be used to funnel it back into the sugar container so you don’t waste any.

Put the cookie on the cooling rack or on the cookie sheet to continue to dry and repeat with your other cookies.

This is a great technique to show off school colors to take to the big game, a fun activity for a group – or just to add a little pizzazz to lunchbox treats!

Bonus tip: If you don’t have sanding sugar on hand or ran out of your favorite color, no worries, make your own!  It is easy and inexpensive!  All you need is just a few things that you already have at home.

Put ¼ cup of sugar in a press and seal sandwich bag. To that add one drop of your desired food coloring gel. Seal the plastic bag closed and work the gel into the sugar so that it is dissipated. Empty onto a cookie sheet and put in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool for 5-10 minutes then put back into the plastic bag and break up until smooth. Ta-da! Sanding sugar ready to use.644A6779_222

Simple never tasted so sweet! 

Courtney Wagner head shotCourtney is full-time Senior Account Planner at a successful marketing agency by day and baker/entrepreneur/owner of Simply Swan on evenings and weekends. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana is where she still calls home. As Courtney has always loved being creative, baking provides an outlet for creativity through edible art. In addition to baking, she is a sports fan who works off those sweets and keeps fit by walking the local trails. You can also find her at the area farmers markets and any new restaurant opening!



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