Blog Easter Cookies and Edible Food Markers
When you want a fun cookie decorating project that young children can do without making a big mess, edible food markers are the way to go. Edible food markers are made by several companies—Americolor, Ateco, FoodDoodler, and Wilton—and are sold in sets of assorted colors, with fine or bold tips. They write best on smooth, non-oily surfaces, such as royal icing (fondant also works well). When planning this project, keep in mind that the icing should be completely dry before you use the markers on it. Baking and icing the cookies a day ahead of time would be ideal. (You can even bake the cookies, wrap them well, and freeze them up to a month ahead of time, but wait until they are thawed to ice them.) Use any plain cookie recipe, such as the basic sugar cookie; a recipe for royal icing is below. If you like, tint the icing, but stick to pastel colors so the colored markers will show up. Using food markers couldn't be easier—it's just the same as regular magic markers—and kids love drawing on food. When they're done, just wipe the marker tips to remove any stray crumbs, and store them in the refrigerator until the next use.
Coloring cookies with markers is a great pre-Easter activity, because the simple shape of the Easter egg cookie cutter lends itself to all kinds of creative designs. And, just like decorating real eggs, this is fun for grown-ups, not just kids. Markers make incredibly quick work of writing script and drawing intricate designs. Take a look at Ukranian pysanky eggs and you'll get tons of ideas; Pennsylvania Dutch designs and colonial American stencil designs also offer a wealth of inspiration.