Watercolor Sugar Cookies for Your Galentines


With my perfect sugar cookie recipe, these galentine cookies will have your gal pal’s swooning.  I found these cookie cutters locally in LA at Surfas, but you can find them easily on Etsy or Amazon. Decorate with white royal icing. Give the icing a few hours to completely dry before you unleash your beastly artistic talents!!!


Calling all you Fridas out there: gather your artist prep materials. I used my favorites:

Splash a few colors onto your palette and have a blast making colored hearts for your favorite gals. 

I like to use a variety of paintbrush sizes to make delicate hearts as well as accomplishing easy scripted styles. Check out Edibleartpaint for a variety of fine line brushes.

There really is nothing that can go wrong here with painting from your heart. Grab a glass of wine, and maybe even a gal pal or two, and have fun. Or bring a batch to the next book club or Bachelor episode.

With love to my Arnold sister crew.  XO, Happy Valentine’s Day!


Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Watercolor Sugar Cookies
Watercolor Sugar Cookies

Watercolor Sugar Cookies

By TheSweetNerd  

January 10, 2020



3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

Royal Icing

2 pounds confectioners sugar

5 Tablespoons meringue powder

2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 to 3/4 cups warm water


Use edible paints

Food grade brushes



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.

Royal Icing

1Add vanilla flavoring into 1/2 cup water and set aside until step 3.

2In the mixer (paddle attachment), gently mix confectioners sugar and meringue powder on low.

3Add 1/2 cup flavored water and mix on low until it is thick and lumpy.

4Now drizzle the remaining water as needed until it becomes a thick like honey consistency.

5At this point, turn mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes or so until icing is thick and fluffy. Stop when it forms a soft peak.


1Once the cookies are cooled, use the royal icing to flood the cookie. Once that icing dries, add edible watercolor to achieve desired heart and xo combination of patterns and colors.



  • Rose Marie
    5 years ago

    Love my Galentines, my sister-friends too! These sugar cookies with edible art paint – even I could pull this off. Creative ideas here that I will be trying! Love these and love you, Sweetnerd!

  • Anna Ehrlich
    5 years ago

    Galentines Cookies! What a wonderful and beautiful cookie for any special Gal! Love the edible watercolor for cookies, will need to give this artistic hand a try at it! Thanks for sharing sis, love you sweetnerd!

  • Barbara
    5 years ago

    Blessed to have my Galentines! Sisterhood is best shared with cookies and perhaps tea or coffee, wouldn’t you agree? I love that with edible paint, you can share your love and soul with the ones you treasure most in this world! Xoxo

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