Making Holiday Chalkboard sugar cookies this holiday season is much easier than you would expect!
Being the daughter of a cake decorator certainly comes with its own set of pros and cons. Since she was young, my daughter has loved to watch a cake transform from the “rough” crumb coat stage through to the finished product.
There’s always a moment where I can look over and see her nose all scrunched up while she decides whether she should say something or not about her lack of faith that it will actually evolve into the design I’ve sketched on paper. I’ll admit, I’ve had lots of “the scrunched up nose moments” too.
She also has lots of moments during the decorating stage where she wants to help. Where she asks no less than 56 times if she can help. Where I turn around to wash my hands, and I can see her creeping into my spot to start
taking over helping.
I learned early on to keep her busy while I’m decorating cakes, since I want her to learn the process, but she just can’t get her fingers in the mix when it’s a paying customer. So I would often give her a little bit of fondant when she was younger, and some cookie cutters and a rolling pin. As she got older, I would still give her some fondant, but it evolved into some food coloring and a paintbrush.
Last week, I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for some Christmas inspiration for my giant chalkboard. As I was looking at some of the designs, it hit me that I could recreate these on a cookie using the same technique I taught my daughter!
Baked Sugar Cookies
Circle cutter (use a drinking glass if you don’t have one)
Small amount of vodka or vanilla extract
Roll your black fondant out until it’s about 1/4″ thick. If it’s sticking, sprinkle a small amount of cornstarch on your cutting board and rolling pin. After it’s rolled out, use the circle cutter to cut a circle that will fit on top of your sugar cookie. I just pressed the fondant on the cookie immediately and it stuck. If yours isn’t sticking, you can put the fondant on while the cookie is warm from the oven and it will melt into the cookie enough to adhere.
Optional step: I used a separate, soft paintbrush, and brushed a small amount of cornstarch on top of the fondant. Then I brushed it off completely, so that it left behind a chalky look like that of a real chalkboard.
In a very small container, mix a tiny amount of the white food coloring with a couple drops of vodka. Stir together with your paintbrush till it’s well mixed. Brush the excess off the paintbrush, and then begin painting your designs! Let the paint dry before you stack them!
An alternate method is to use white candy melts in place of the food coloring/vodka mix.
Just break one of the candy melts in half, and use it to write on your fondant. The drawback to this, is you have to be a patient person! You’ll need to let your fondant harden after you place it on the cookie before you’re able to “write” on it otherwise the candy melt will just tear the fondant and not show up very clearly. I let my cookie sit overnight and by the next morning, it was ready for me to write on it. The “Joy” cookie is my example of one decorated with the candy melt method.
These would also look gorgeous decorated with your guests’ names and used as place cards on your holiday table! Or place them in cellophane bags and give as favors at the end of your party!
Some of my favorite memories growing up, were watching my mom in the kitchen and being able to help with the Christmas cookie baking process! Let your kids get involved and give them their own cookie canvas to paint!Linked up to: Tatertots & Jello and Pink When