draw-your-own-design canvas cookies for a little artist

I made these cookies as part of a birthday present for my niece’s seventh birthday. Seven years goes by in a flash. She’s the oldest of my nieces, and I remember her resting on her Boppy like it was yesterday. This little girl eerily reminds me of myself as a child. Partly because she’s so kind, responsible and impressively aware of others’ feelings (did you catch that self-congratulation there?). But also because I recognize her compulsion to draw. I was exactly the same way. I doodled and drew and copied cartoons, too… I could whip up a mean Garfield. Since I sadly had to miss her art-activity-filled birthday party this year (I wanted to go just as much, if not way more, than my own daughter),  I decorated these “Make Your Own Art” canvas cookies for her. The cookies were accompanied by a set of edible markers, of course, so she can draw her own sweet art on the canvas.



To make these, I cut out rectangles from my cookie dough. Then I prepared my royal icing and tinted it white, black and gold using my trusty Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Bright White, Egg Yellow and Super Black). Then, I prepared two disposable decorating bag with couplers and tips, one with a size “3” and one with a size “4.” I filled the decorating bag with the “3” tip with black and the one with the “4” tip with the gold, and tied closed tightly with rubber bands. To decorate, I outlined the rectangle and frame with black and let set. Then I thinned the white icing a bit, filled an empty decorating bag, snipped a bit off the tip, and flooded the center with white icing. I piped to fill the frame with gold icing.  (For basic cookie decorating how-tos click HERE.) Let the cookies sit at room temperature uncovered overnight until they dry very well before packaging.  Include a set of  edible writers with the gift.




Happy birthday to my sweet and creative niece!!!



Lookie what she made!


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  1. says

    How fun! I bet she loved them! I did something similar for my son this year. Gave him a plain white fondant cake and a pack of edible markers. He and his friend had a blast decorating it!

  2. says

    What a great gift for your niece and what a sweet idea for any child who loves to create (and what child doesn’t?!) The frames are adorable and I can imagine how excited a little one would be to have their own set of edible markers to create their own little masterpieces with. I love this idea!

  3. Gina says

    I absolutely love this idea. Have to keep it in mind for my grandson when he gets older. Its really a wonderful idea.

  4. Laurie Golash says

    So cute! I just did this for Easter with my daughter. I love your picture frames … gotta try this!

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