Sugar Cookies Painted with Shimmer Dust

Sugar cookies are not only an all-occasion treat, they can be cut into any shape and decorated in hundreds, if not thousands, of ways. The vanilla almond sugar cookie recipe is well loved at my house, and I decorate cut out shapes with thinned royal icing. One thing I like about baking and decorating sugar cookies is that I can personalize them in any way I choose. A tray of cookies is good for most any occasion. Whether it's a birthday or graduation party, a bridal or baby shower, or another celebration, don't forget the sugar cookies.

These cookies were baked for an anniversary party. They were first outlined and filled in with royal icing, then painted with gold shimmer dust. To use shimmer dust for painting, pour a small amount into a bowl, then add a few drops of lemon extract or vodka to make a paintable consistency.

Shimmer dust is available in various colors and can be used by brushing on dry to add a sparkle to the icing or by painting wet to add color or design, as I did for these cookies.



  1. I haven’t tried the shimmer dust yet, but I have used the cookie and icing recipes. They are taste wonderful. Mine didn’t look as pretty as yours did. I think I need more practice with the icing. Thanks for sharing!