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art gallery on a stick

A little reprieve from the craziness of my book stuff. (Aaack!! Due in a matter of weeks!! Aaack again!!!) Art gallery cookie pops.

let’s tour the gallery
Vase of Flowers
That Lady With the Smile
Still Life with Fruit and Pitcher
Um, Abstract
how to make an art gallery on a stick

you will need:*

square cookie cutter (I used a 1 1/2 inch fondant cutter)
lollipop sticks
3 decorating bags
2 couplers
2 decorating tips (size “3”)
rubber bands
white and yellow food coloring
yellow sprinkles
edible writers

*Find the decorating bags, couplers, tips, sticks, cutter, and sprinkles at the craft store. I used Americolor soft gel pastes (Bright White and Egg Yellow), and the Americolor Gourmet Writers set and the FooDoodler fine-line set. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE.

step one: bake your cookies
Roll out chilled cookie dough 3/8 inch thick, cut out squares, insert sticks and bake according to the recipe.

step two: prepare your icing
Make icing and tint white and yellow (you’ll need much more white than yellow). Prepare two frosting bags with size “3” tips. Fill one with yellow and one with half of your white icing. Close bags tightly with rubber bands. Cover and reserve remaining white icing.

step three: flood the cookies
Pipe an outline on the cookies with white, and let set about 15 minutes. Thin reserved white icing by stirring in drops of water until the consistency of thick glue. Fill an empty decorating bag with the thinned icing, snip 1/4 inch from the corner, and loosely pipe to fill the cookies, using a toothpick as needed to encourage the icing. Let set overnight. Yes, let it set overnight.

step four: make art
Use the edible writers to draw your art. Don’t draw to the edges to allow for the frame.

step five: frame it
Pipe a square at the edge with yellow and immediately sprinkles with sprinkles. Turn over to remove excess sprinkles.

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  1. Lot-O-Choc
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Wow these are great, i love all the ideas you come up with!

  2. Tiffany Yang
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    wow…you truly are an artist! Love these cookies, especially the Monalia's smile!

  3. SweetSugarBelle
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Great idea! One of my fave cookies u make is the cookie thats starry night….love that you did this. Cut cute cute!

  4. fargopatt
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    i´m sorry i ´don´t leave comments more often.. but with two little kids i find it almost imposible!!!
    anyway, i stop now to tell u how much i love your work,, you have a lovely, cute and easy-simple drawn…. thank u very much fot teaching us so many nice things!!!


  5. Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy.
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Love these! Your artistic talent is just amazing! Can't wait to see your new book!

  6. nyanyels
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Wow! You're an artist. Great job. They're really cute!

  7. Chic Cookies
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    You are all too nice to me! Patt, I only have ONE little kid and I have no time, let alone TWO! So thank you for stopping by!

  8. Sue
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    You've always got something CUTE up your sleeve! I knew that was Mona Lisa as soon as your page popped up;) Good luck with the book progress!

  9. Mandy Crandell
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 1:23 am | Permalink


  10. Haniela
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    THese are so fun. love them.

  11. Rowaida
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    WOW!!! amazingly gorgeous Meaghan, a true artist xo

  12. Lora
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    What a cute, unique idea. So many possibilities…

  13. notyet100
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    luved all of thm

  14. Cheryl @ Sew Can Do
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Great idea & perfect timing since we were just learning about the Mona Lisa!

  15. Sprinzette @ Ginger and Almonds
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    I love your illustrations – truly. I am so used to commenting on photographs in blogs, that it's so refreshing to see another approach. Really enjoyed reading your post.

  16. Nicole
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    These are so adorable! Can I ask what brand of food marker you use? I use a icing recipe that's similar to yours and I find that, even after drying, the markers leave little dents in the icing. Any advice? It's not like you're busy or anything…

  17. Chic Cookies
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    You are all such amazing commenters! Always makes my day. Nicole, I used the FooDoodler Fine Line set of 10 (must be fine line!!) and the Americolor Gourmet Writers, my two favorite pens. But if you left dents in the icing, it's not the markers. The icing wasn't dry enough. Let the cookies sit overnight for at least one day, two days if they leave dents, and use let water to flood if you still have a problem. Same thing has happened to me, definitely, because I rushed the icing.

  18. J+S
    Posted March 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    ooooh, I LOVE these! And I will probably want to feature them on my blog. And I can't wait to buy your new bopk.


  19. Amy
    Posted March 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    So adorable!

  20. The Craft-Arty Kid
    Posted March 26, 2011 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    These are awesome. Love the frames!

  21. MyKidsMake
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    hahaha. fantastic. what a fun idea!

  22. john
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Very cute… but it looks more like a crappy painting on a stick, not an "art gallery"… Sorry.

  23. lynne Jordan
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    FUN!!! Absolutely adorable!Now I want a yummy sugar cookie!

  24. Chic Cookies
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks everyone! Except for the art critique. The "art gallery" was meant to be a facetious term, silly, in jest. I wasn't actually trying to create an "art gallery." These are 1 inch square cookies. With icing. And edible markers. I was going for "crappy painting on a stick."

  25. Sister Shirley
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    Oh no, it's not crappy painting on a stick! It's happiness on a stick. I love these!

  26. El Snacktator
    Posted April 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    A good friend of El's has been making painted cookie for 20-some years. You'd probably appreciate them.

  27. Robin Maria Pedrero
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 2:02 am | Permalink


  28. Cherry Runway
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    These is beyond adorable!!

  29. modern canvas
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    What a brilliant post, thanks so much for sharing this.

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