Recipes and Cooking Painted Flowers Sugar Cookies Make your dessert a work of art when you serve up these sugar cookies. Using royal icing and a paintbrush you can craft and floral design you can dream up. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on May 8, 2019 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Prep Time: 1 hrs Bake Time: 10 mins Total Time: 1 hrs Servings: 15 Yield: 15 cookies Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 1 recipe Cut Out Sugar Cookies 1 recipe Royal Icing Purple gel or paste food coloring White and/or yellow nonpareils Royal Icing 4 cup sifted powdered sugar ½ cup water ¼ cup meringue powder 1 tablespoon vanilla Cut Out Sugar Cookies 1 cup butter, softened ½ cup sugar 1 tablespoon milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour Directions Prepare cookies as directed. Prepare Royal Icing. Divide among 3 bowls. Leave one bowl of icing plain. Tint one bowl of icing a light purple color with the food coloring. Tint remaining frosting a darker purple color with the food coloring. Place some of each color icing in a piping bag fitted with a small round tip. Pipe an outline of frosting around the edge of the cookies. Fill in (flood) the cookie with some of the same color frosting. Let dry completely. To decorate, pipe the outline of a flower shape around the edge of a cookie. Quickly take a clean, small flat paint brush and dip in water; dab on a paper towel so the paint brush is damp. Gently drag some of the icing towards the center of the flower. Repeat with a smaller flower in the center of the first flower. Attach nonpareils in the center to resemble the flower center. Repeat with remaining cookies. Let dry completely. Royal Icing Combine powdered sugar, water, meringue powder, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed 7 to 10 minutes or until very stiff. Use immediately; cover icing in bowl with damp paper towel or with plastic wrap while working to prevent drying. Makes about 3-1/2 cups. Cut Out Sugar Cookies In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beast in milk and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. If necessary, cover and chill 30 minutes or until easy to handle. Preheat oven to 350°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/4-inch thick. Use a 2 1/2- to 3-inch round cookie cutter to cut dough, rerolling scraps as necessary. Place cutouts 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake about 10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove and cool on wire racks. Change-up the color of the food coloring as desired. Start with refrigerated sugar cookie dough. Roll, cut, and bake as directed. If you don't have a small round tip, just snip a small piece from the tip of the piping bag. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 314 Calories 12g Fat 49g Carbs 2g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 15 Calories 314 % Daily Value * Total Fat 12g 15% Saturated Fat 8g 40% Cholesterol 33mg 11% Sodium 100mg 4% Total Carbohydrate 49g 18% Total Sugars 34g Protein 2g Vitamin C 0mg 0% Calcium 8mg 1% Iron 0.9mg 5% Potassium 28mg 1% Folate, total 34.8mcg Vitamin B-12 0mcg Vitamin B-6 0mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.