Whenever I am trying to come up with cookie designs, I always find myself including chalkboard cookies. I can’t get enough of them. They look good with everything and are so easy to make.
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I’m so excited to share my chalkboard technique with you because it really is my favorite. Like I said above, I include it in so many of my designs. It’s a beautiful addition to almost everything, but it’s really not complicated. Once you give it a try, I’m certain you will fall in love with this technique too.
I have finished off my chalkboard cookies different ways, but since this cookie was finished off with a silkscreen stencil I will also go over how I use a silkscreen.
Chalkboard backgrounds can be used for any size or shape cookie you’d like. Once you know what you would like to do, go ahead and bake your cookies. If you’re in need of a recipe, here is my all-time favorite, Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies
Now, Prepare your royal icing. Here is my favorite recipe. Color it black and thin it out to a thick flood consistency. It’s ready when you have to tap and shake the bowl to smooth it. You do not want it to just smooth out on its own or it will run off the sides of the cookie. If you can’t get it to smooth at all, this technique won’t work very well. To get just the perfect amount of water into my royal icing for thinning, I use a spray bottle.
Place your icing in a piping bag. I use these tipless bags.
Here’s a video you can watch of the process before you read through the details. Enjoy!
Outline and immediately flood your cookies. Allow them to completely dry… overnight if possible.
Once your cookies are completely dry, you are ready to turn them into chalkboards. Start by mixing Everclear (or vodka, or clear vanilla) with a small amount of Americolor white gel color. It will seem separated but just keep mixing until combined. The less white coloring you add to the alcohol, the better.
Next, take a fan brush dipped in your thinned out white and paint it onto your cookie sweeping side to side. I think this gives it the look of a chalkboard that’s been erased before. If you feel like there is too much white, just dip your fan brush into straight alcohol and paint that on (still side to side) to blend it better.
The first time you do this, make sure you have some practice cookies. Once you get it, you get it! But, it may take a couple tries to perfect the ratio of white to alcohol you prefer to be painting on.
Allow your white paint to completely dry before you move on… especially if you are going to pipe or stencil over it in color.
Silk Screen Stenciling
For these cookies, I decided to use a silk screen stencil. I have a Cricut Maker and make my own stencils. I could not love it more! When the craziness of the holidays are over I will make a tutorial to show you how I make silk screen stencils.
First, you will need icing the consistency of toothpaste placed in a piping bag. You also need your stencil, something to hold it (stencil genie all the way for me!), and a scraper. I use a small piece of thick acetate (left over from stencil making) to scrape my icing and it works like a charm. I also use this silicone spatula I got at Kohl’s a while back. I found it a little too stiff to scrape down my mixing bowls BUT its stiffness is perfect when it comes to silkscreening! Just turn it to the side.
Pipe some of your icing just above the image you want to stencil.
Then, using your scraper, scrape the icing down over the image. Wipe your scraper off and go over the image again as needed. When I am doing this, I am trying to scrape off most of the icing which is pushing the icing through the screen at the same time. You don’t want a thick layer of icing.
If you pull your stencil up and there are some spots the icing didn’t go through the screen, wait for the icing on the cookie to dry, line the stencil up over it again, and go back over the spot that needs icing.
Once you have finished stenciling, just let the icing dry.
I hope you found at least one of these tutorials helpful. You’ll be a chalkboarding silk screen addict in no time… just like me!
Happy decorating! xoxo, Katie