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A Colorful Spin on “Black and White” Cookies

The gals of Daisy Made love Pinterest, and recently the image below caught our eye. The pattern reminded us of our favorite black and white cookies….but in bright beautiful colors! We love a DIY, but cookie decorating is not our forte- so we enlisted the help of Katie Covington of Bixby Baker to bring our vision to life!

After watching Katie decorate a handful of these beauties, we’re confident that we can all nail them (after a few test cookies)! They look beautiful with or without the daisy, and pretty much any color combo is gonna be magic!

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Follow your favorite sugar cookie recipe (Katie uses a variation of this one), roll out your dough to about 1/4” thick, and use a circle cookie cutter (or the top of a glass!) to cut them out. Bake and let cool. 
  2. Make your icing. Katie’s royal icing recipe is 4 cups of powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of meringue powder (found at any craft store), and 1/2 cup of water. Mix on high for about 3 minutes.
  3. Scoop icing into small bowls and dye it using gel food coloring. Katie’s a fan of Chefmaster gel colors, but you can also buy sets of green/yellow/blue/red from any grocery store. Formulas below.
  4. Scoop your colored icing into piping bags (you can use a sandwich size ziploc bag!) and cut off the very tip. 
  5. Outline half the cookie with icing, and then slowly fill it in. You can go back and perfect your edges with a toothpick!
  6. Choose a different color and repeat on the other half of the cookie. Repeat with the rest of your cookies, and allow the backgrounds to dry. 
  7. Use white icing to outline and fill in a daisy shape in the middle of each cookie. Finish it off with a dot of gold in the center. Allow to dry. Icing will dry hard enough to stack the cookies in about 8 hours! 

To get the colors used for these daisy cookies, add drops of Chefmaster gel food coloring in these ratios, stir, and then repeat until the color looks deep enough: 

  • white (no color needed!)
  • mustard yellow: 4 drops gold, 1 drop brown, 1 drop yellow 
  • orange: 4 drops Georgia peach, 1 drop baker’s pink, 2 drops orange 
  • purple: 2 drops violet, 1 drop gold 
  • blue: 2 drops royal blue, 2 drops teal, 2 drops yellow 
  • green: 4 drops avocado green, 2 drops yellow
  • red: 8 drops tulip red, 4 drops crimson, 2 drops gold

If you are using a set of green/yellow/blue/red, follow these ratios:

  • white (no color needed!)
  • mustard yellow: big squeeze of yellow, tiny dot of red and blue 
  • orange: big squeeze of yellow and red 
  • purple: small squeeze of red and blue, tiny dot of yellow 
  • blue: big squeeze of blue, small squeeze of yellow 
  • green: big squeeze of green and yellow
  • red: big squeeze of red, tiny dot of green

Follow along with Katie over at @bixbybaker, and see the video tutorial for these colorful cookies here!

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