It’s the time of year when we are invited to parties, cookie swaps and the pressure is on to bring something tasty and beautiful. If you are like me, the baking is far easier than the decorating but now I have found a solution in the form of an app, cupixel, that uses Smart Trace technology to make it easy for me to trace design on my cookies. Now painting on cookies is actually fun and I feel confident sharing my creations!
I started with some simple designs: mittens, penguin and ice skates. These designs were simple to trace and I was able to paint in different colors and sizes thanks to the guidance of an artist-led experience in the cupixel app.
There are a myriad of other designs available but I wanted a winter theme not Holiday specific so I went with these.
What you need to start:
- A batch of pre-made or home-made cookies (ideally sugar or shortbread); cookies should be about 2×2” round
- A clean and dark surface to place the cookies
- Decorating tools
- Edible grade paintbrushes and metallic paints form Wilton
- The cupixel device stand with the app downloaded
First, I selected the mitten outline from the cookie decorating experience in the app outline. Then I placed my cookie on a dark washcloth to create contrast on my kitchen island so that the app can recognize the area. Then I used the “trace” feature to project the image onto my cookie. The image was too large for my cookie so I used the “drag” feature to re-size it- again, I followed along with the artist so it was very easy for me to know what to do.
Mittens were first and I used the black metallic edible paint marker to trace the outline. I did a few cookies with this image and then continued with the skates and then the penguin and went through the same process each time.
Because of the Smart Trace and drag features, this was relatively quick.
Next up was adding color: the metallic colors really added an extra “holiday sparkle” to each design and I used all of the colors: red, green blue, gold and black. At the end I had a tray filled with cookies that were both delicious but also home-made art. For the first time, I wasn’t showing up with the same old snowman shaped cookies with frosting – I had a tray I wanted to “show off”.