Daring. Delicious. And Dripping With Love.  It’s an odd combination, I realize, but I can’t help creating a mash-up of Grandma’s Sweet Cookies with the edgy splattering and streaking of urban XO lettering and hand drawn hearts.  Please allow me my moment of creative obsession…with the combination of these simple light cookies juxtaposed with the DIY aspect of working with a real graffiti artist.  A big thanks to artists Karlos Bumps and Prime for an awesome night of summer love grafookies (graffiti + cookies).

Summer Love Grafookies

Expressing ‘love’ has endless possibilities when working with these simple blank palettes.  This sweet cookie connotes hints of cardamom and vanilla.  So heavenly! For the royal icing, I used icing techniques such as: outline, flooding, and wet on wet which can be found on my royal icing post.  Now…it’s artistic expression time!  The DIY’er (aka Sweet Nerd) in me loves layering and mixing decorating mediums like stamps and edible markers then finishing off with highlights from an airbrush.

Summer Love GrafookiesKarlos shared with me a few really cool books filled with ideas for font techniques and urban lettering. He agreed to cover the art of brushing and I managed the stamping (yep, moms do that well!).   Ok, it’s showtime!

Summer Love GrafookiesAs you can see, we used a variety of techniques. Check them out:

  1. Cookie Stamping – this is where you literally soak a food grade ink pad with Americolor dye and then ‘stamp’ the cookie with a food grade rubber stamp.
  2. Airbrush Technique – where you highlight a certain area or create an ombre-washed effect.
  3. Calligraphy Writing – write with various styled brushes allowing you to create that urban-style font.

Cookie Stamping & Airbrushing

One of my favorite techniques is stamping. Check out what I did here. I layered multiple stamps on one cookie, then added depth by airbrushing the cookie!

Also, if you opt for a more elegant look, just decorate with stand alone airbrushing – just know that this technique requires a bit of practice.  Of course, Karlos has mastered this craft and I’m always impressed by the precision he uses to form letters, strokes, and also splashing highlights on the cookies.


Using cool words such as amor or besos on each cookie creates such a unique and special look.  You can make thick lettering by applying full steady brush pressure, or learn calligraphy techniques for a more technical, defined look.

Summer Love Grafookies

Let me tell you – the night we decorated was one of those sweltering, LA summer nights.  But, it was so much fun amidst the steaming hot oven.  We melted into the moment filling it with much fun and graffiti lovin’.

Summer Love Grafookies

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Rolled Sugar Cookies

By TheSweetNerd  

August 30, 2016

  • Prep: 1 hrs 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins



3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

Optional -

Pinch of citrus zest for flavoring

1/4 teaspoon cardamom



1Dries: Whisk flour and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

2Base: In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Next, add eggs, vanilla and optional flavorings of citrus zest or spices (ie: cardamom).

3Gradually, add dries to base just until incorporated. Chill in refrigerator up to one hour. Roll on lightly floured surface. Cut shapes.

4Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.

5Note: When you cut into a shape, chill in freezer to set. Then, transfer directly to hot oven.

Tip: Once you cut your cookies into your desired shapes, wrap and place in freezer. Then, bake off the next day. Move from freezer to oven and the shapes will retain their integrity during the baking process. This is how you get those perfectly shaped cut-out cookies!


Summer Love Grafookies


1 Comment

  • Kendall Haun
    8 years ago

    I have to say that your abilities with the royal icing are mind blowing! Combined with Karlos’s airbrush techniques, you make the dynamic duo! These sugar cookies look too pretty to eat but at the same time look so soft and perfect that I can’t resist!

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