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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. Posted April 10, 2012 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    so cute! I did something similar for my son but note as nice as yours at all:( Also he got board after like 2, so I need a girl, they always love this stuff;p

  2. Nina
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    I love this! What a great idea!

  3. Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    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!

  4. meaghanmountford
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    I just remembered that I did this years ago, too! For my daughter. But without the frame… Yikes, I’m at the point of recycling, I guess!!

  5. Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I think this is an awesome idea…adding the frame is so creative. Cookie art by kids – what fun! Thanks Meaghan!

  6. Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    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!

  7. Posted April 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    That is SO awesome! What a great idea :)
    I am gonna pin it! lol


  8. Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    This is simply THE BEST gift idea ever! I am going to put this together for my munchkins! I am so excited!

  9. Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    This would have been PERFECT for the art party I held for my daughter last year. Love the idea.

  10. Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Love Love Love.

  11. Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea! I’m sure she loved them!

  12. Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    What a fabulous idea. My daughter would love this!!!

  13. Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    OH my goodness! These little canvases speak to me!

  14. Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen this done on cakes before but doing it on cookies instead makes it such a great gift idea! Especially with the frame.

  15. Linda wilson
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    These are so adorable!!!!

  16. barbara
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    The frame is what makes this cookie present so awesome!!! Definitely a keeper!

  17. Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    what a great idea!

  18. Gina
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

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

  19. Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Such an adorable idea! Love it.

  20. Posted April 11, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    I love this idea. Such a fun activity for kids.

  21. Posted April 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Super cute! I just blogged about this same idea- we decorated cookie doodled eggs for Easter! Xo

  22. Posted April 14, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been wanting to try drawing/painting on cookies for the longest time now..maybe it’s! Love this idea! :)

  23. Shira
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    This is such a great idea! Can these cookies be frozen once they are decorated?


  24. Laurie Golash
    Posted April 6, 2013 at 7:58 am | Permalink

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

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