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how to draw on food: mod roses for Valentine’s Day

This design is so super easy. Switch up the colors for any time of year. You can use edible markers (or edible writers, food coloring pens, gourmet writers, whatever) on fondant, royal icing that has been piped, flooded, and left to dry overnight, or on marshmallows, so no need to stick with what I did here. For tips on finding food coloring pens, click HERE or HERE. I use the set of Americolor Gourmet Writers or the FooDoodler fine line set of ten.

For the marshmallows, just draw away. That’s it! Insert a lollipop stick if desired, and add a ribbon. I painted my lollipop sticks with a small paint brush and some pink and red food coloring. Find lollipop sticks at the craft store.

For the cookies, I used my chocolate cookie dough and cut out hearts, baked and let cool. Then I made my icing, tinted it white with Americolor soft gel pastes (Bright White), prepared a frosting bag with a coupler and size 4 tip, piped an outline, let it set, then flooded with the same white frosting. To flood frosting, thin the white frosting with a bit of water until the consistency of thick glue. Put it in an empty frosting bag, snip the end about 1/4 inch, then loosely pipe on the cookie. Let the frosting flood to the edges, encouraging with a toothpick as needed. Let set very well, several hours at least, overnight preferred. Then draw your design on the fully dried frosting. For tips on finding cookie cutters, frosting bags, couplers, and tips (these should be at the craft store), click HERE.

how to draw a mod rose:

1. Draw and fill a circle with a pink edible marker and let set about ten minutes.
2. Draw a spiral on top of the circle with a red edible marker (for a thin line, it helps to use the very tip of the marker).
3. Draw a line for a stem and an oval for a leaf with a green edible marker

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  1. dadá
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    They are fantastic.
    dadá flavors

  2. Lorraine
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    These look so great. Cannot wait to try them!

  3. Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy.
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    What a great Valentine's treat, I like these roses better than the real ones!

  4. Haniela
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    these are so fun!!

    Thank you for your answer about the cutters. It was really helpful.xo

  5. lilaloa
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    You painted the stick! That's awesome. I just assumed that you used some of those super-cute colored straws. But no…one more thing you do on your own. I love it!

  6. 4Ever Sweet
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    These look adorable!! However, I went to my local cake decorating shop and they didnt have edible markers. Do you know of any online sites where I can purchase them? Can you also outline shapes and images onto cookies and then pipe over it with royal icing?

  7. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Mika
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Oh, they are so cute…Nice idea to paint on marshmallows…the design is simple but really nice…thanks for sharing

  9. Chic Cookies
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Yes, you can definitely order edible markers online. sells the Americolor Gourmet Writers (do a search for that and the set will come up first, I use the set), or go the the Americolor site at and find a list of online retailers under "Links". The FooDoodler site sells the set of Fine Line FooDoodler pens ( They must be the FINE LINE from FooDoodler! Or, a site like offers both, I believe.

    As to using the markers as an outline to help you design, hmmm. I've never thought of that! I don't see why it wouldn't work, as long as you cover the outline completely with royal icing, so it's hidden. Good idea!

  10. Mandy Crandell
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I could actually do this! I need some of those edible markers and straws. :)

  11. Fanny
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    It is really simple and so beautiful.
    Thanks you

  12. SweetSugarBelle
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I was missing you, had to come visit…just in case I haven't metioned it lately, I love what you do! COOL COOL COOL!!!

  13. charlotte:
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Ahh, I love these! You could use the marshmallows as hot chocolate stirrers too!

    Blue Skies,
    Charlotte xo

  14. Haniela
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    I gave you a shout out on my FB page.
    Once again I love these :-)

  15. Manni
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    I think these look amazing. Very personalized and special to give to someone you care!!

  16. Diane {Created by Diane}
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    so cute, I doodle roses all the time when I'm talking on the phone :) yours are prettier!

  17. Rowaida
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    These are great valentine treats, love love

    Posted January 15, 2011 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    It looks like everyone is thinking about Valentine's Day. I love the flowers on the hearts. I just saw some heart marshmallows. I'm adding both to my list for my Valentine's Birthday Party. Thanks.

  19. Miranda
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Those are cute. If you like marshmallows, come check out my (actually Martha's) homemade marshmallow recipe. You'll never be the same:)

    I'm your newest follower. Come be mine, too, if you like my stuff:)

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