It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time for excessive amounts of Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, and cheesy Christmas movies. Has anyone else seen “12 Dates of Christmas” on Netflix more than 3 times this year?
Nope? Just me and my sister?
Okay then, never mind, moving on….
Unlike the cheesiness of Christmas movies, these hand-painted Christmas cookies capture the magic of the holidays without going overboard with bright red and green.
These hand-painted Christmas cookies are actually inspired by these adorable holiday soap bars I found at Anthropologie. Last year I made these cookies inspired by their monogram mugs, this year it’s their soap. I guess you can find inspiration from anywhere in that store.
For these hand-painted Christmas cookies, sugar cookies iced with royal icing make the perfect canvas. I let the royal icing dry completely overnight and painted them with a clean wilton paintbrush and gel food color diluted with lemon extract. The black outlines and handwriting were easily drawn on with an edible black marker. I think the crisp black outlines and watercolor make these such a fun twist on traditional Christmas cookies.
The wreath details on the doors and the Christmas trees on the cars make them extra festive. I made royal icing transfers with my leftover icing and let them harden overnight. When I finished painting the cookies I glued them on with more icing. In hindsight, I would have dusted the trees with powdered sugar as well, but I still think they turned out pretty cute.
These hand-painted Christmas cookies pair especially well with a cute mug and a cozy fire. These cookies would also be a fun project to do with kids- Christmas Eve cookies for Santa anyone?! Coloring on cookies with edible food markers is just as fun as decorating with frosting but without all the mess and clean up. I hope these cookies give you some inspiration for your own Christmas cookie decorating!