Hibiscus cookies are a nice and colorful addition to all of my summer cookie trays. They would be perfect for a luau themed party or beautiful beach wedding favors! Oh, the possibilities…
While I love adding flower cookies to almost all of my trays, mixing all of those colors can sure take a lot of time. For my hibiscus cookies, I chose to use paint to get a bright colorful result without the all of the hassles.
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How To Decorate Hibiscus Cookies
Before I walk you through the process step by step, please enjoy this video of me decorating one of the cookies.
The first step in making hibiscus cookies is to make your dough, cut out and bake your cookies, and then leave them to set until the next day in a sealed container. Here is my shape holding sugar cookie recipe, and here is the hibiscus cookie cutter I used.
Once your cookies are ready, you can prepare your royal icing. Here is my recipe.
You now want to get your icing mixed to the consistencies you will be working with. The beauty is… no color mixing! (Well, except for a little bit at the end.) Yay. First, add enough water to get a nice piping consistency. It doesn’t need to be really thick, just enough to hold it’s shape. I use a spray bottle so I can easily control the amount of water I am adding. When you have it just right place some of the icing in your bowl into a piping bag fitted with a number 2 or 3 tip.
Now, with the rest of the icing in your bowl, continue adding water with your spray bottle until it is flood consistency. I don’t like my flood to be too runny so be careful here.
Decorating With Icing
It’s the fun part! Time to decorate. Outline each of your petals with your piping consistency icing and then set the cookies aside for a little bit.
Once your petal outlines have dried to the touch, you can fill in your petals with your flood icing. Use your scribe to smooth out the icing and pop air bubbles. When you have finished this step, set your cookies aside to dry completely.
After your cookies are dry, place some of your flood icing into a small bowl and grab a flat paintbrush. Paint each petal from the center out… or from the edge to center. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you’re painting the icing in the same lengthwise pattern on each petal because this is going to add texture resembling actual petals once it has dried.
Decorating With Paint
When your textured icing is completely dried you can start to paint! I took a paint palate tray and used two colors per cookie. I made a few different colored hibiscus cookies, but for this one, I used Edible Art’s pink. I used straight pink and then mixed it with some white for my second color.
On the edges, you will paint your pink.
Then you can move on to your pink mixed with white. I left about 1/3 of each petal unpainted in the center. After you add your lighter pink, you can go back over the spot where the pink and light pink meet and blend it if necessary.
Perfection is not needed here… I actually think for these, the messier the paint job, the better. 😉
Lastly, I took my brush and outline the petals. Make sure there isn’t much paint on your brush for this.
If you are nervous about painting on the cookies, just make one or two extra cookies to try it out on and you will get the hang of it in no time!
Let your cookies sit until the paint has dried.
Next up, you are going to make your pistil and stamen. I used golden yellow gel food coloring for my icing and mixed it somewhere between flood and pipe consistency. I placed it in a piping bag and used a size 2 tip for the shaft and size 1 tip for the dots.
After I piped that, I let it dry. You can call yourself finished at this point, but I love playing around with textures so I kept going. I used one of my paintbrushes dipped in the golden yellow icing. Then, I dabbed the brush all over the shaft. It’s kind of like sponge painting… but with a paint brush. Finally, let the cookie dry.
Now you have a pretty hibiscus cookie! I would love to see yours if you give this a try. Have fun and happy decorating!