Paint palette sugar cookies are the perfect canvas for your little artist to create their masterpiece on. This rolled sugar cookie is made with butter, sweet vanilla bean paste and fresh lemon zest.
One of my favorite live shows at Disneyland is Mickey and The Magical Map, which showcases Mickey Mouse in his iconic role of the Sorcerer's Apprentice from Fantasia. It also features some of Disney's favorite characters.
The show is full of vibrant colors, incredible music and memorable songs from many of Disney's most beloved films. No matter how many times you've seen it or what age you are, it's a must each time you visit Disneyland.
This show, along with Disney's Ink & Paint collection inspired me to bring the magic into some super delicious sugar cookies. These paint palette sugar cookies may look challenging to make, but once you dye all of your icings, it really is smooth sailing afterwards.
Painting can be messy and beautiful at the same time. So feel free to color outside the lines and let your imagination take you to wherever it leads.
Below you will find my go to sugar cookie recipe, which never fails me. It has a nice balance of sweetness and warm notes of vanilla.
The small amount of lemon zest cuts through the sweetness and really rounds everything out nicely. I use this sugar cookie for all kinds of occasions throughout the year, especially during Christmastime.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
- For the icing, I use Wilton's Royal Icing recipe.
- To create the bristles of the paint brush, I tinted the icing with Americolor's Ivory food gel. I used Wilton's #3 fine round tip. Simply outline the cookie and fill in with lines of icing. Try to follow the direction of the brush so that the bristle's look natural and flowy. It does not have to be perfect.
- For the colors, I used Americolor food coloring gel. A little goes a long way, which I love about Americolor food gels. The worst thing is tasting the actual food coloring inside your icing. For these cookies, I used Americolor lemon yellow, dusty rose, turquoise, super red and leafy green. Feel free to use whatever colors you desire. For the base of the paintbrush and palette, I used Americolor brown.
- For the "metal" portion of the paintbrush, I use edible gold dust, mixed with a small amount of Everclear. You can use plain white icing when decorating this portion since it will be painted over with the gold dust. Simply use a fine tip paintbrush to fill in the gold metal portion of the brush once the icing has dried.
- Once the royal icing has hardened, I used brown food coloring and a paintbrush to create the grain on the handles. All of these added elements really make these paint brushes look realistic.
These bright and colorful paint palette sugar cookies are perfect for the artist in your life. Flavored with vanilla and fresh lemon zest, these cookies will become a favorite in your home.
- 225 grams Unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup Granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp Vanilla bean paste
- 2 ½ cups All purpose flour
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Fresh lemon zest
- In an electric stand mixer, place butter, sugar, vanilla bean paste and lemon zest inside.
- Cream for 2-3 minutes on medium speed.
- Add flour and salt. Mix just until combined.
- Scrape dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap; pat down flat, wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight.
- Remove dough and let rest at room temperature for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until dough becomes pliable.
- Dust surface with flour and roll dough to approximately ¼" thick.
- Dip cookie cutter into flour and begin to punch out cookies. Place onto a parchment lined sheet pan. Space cookies 1-2" apart.
- At this point, I like to stick the unbaked cookies into the freezer. This allows the cookies to keep their shape while they are baking. Freeze for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown.
- Let cool at room temperature before decorating.
- Cookies will stay fresh for 5-7 days in a covered airtight container.
- To make icing, follow instructions from Wilton's Royal Icing.
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