Chalkboard cookies are so much fun! They can be cute or classy; they’re customizable for any occasion; they have “wow” factor; and the best part: they’re super easy to make!
You can go ahead and ice the cookies with black royal icing, but then you have to wait multiple hours for the cookies to completely dry before writing on them, and they have the “black mouth” problem. (Though maybe that’s great for Halloween!)
My favorite way to get the “chalkboard” on the cookies is with a paintbrush. Dip a paintbrush (that is dedicated to food only, of course) into a thinner consistency black royal icing, and paint your cookie until you have a thin coating that completely covers your cookie. I find that my cookies look best if I keep my brush strokes in one direction (with this cookie, I went horizontally). If you discover that you’ve put too much “paint” onto your cookie, just wipe off your brush with a paper towel, and remove some of the icing.
Now comes my favorite part–in a matter of minutes, your cookie will be dry enough to decorate! No waiting, yay!
If you have a very steady hand, you can paint the white onto your cookie. I mix white food coloring with white food color powder for a brighter white when I paint my chalkboard cookies. Or, you can use this fabulous food pen method by the wonderful Anita of Eat, Think, and Be Merry, which is how I did this cookie. You can decorate the chalk to be whatever you want: pictures, words, monograms, etc. If you’re going to be doing any lettering, unless you are blessed with beautiful handwriting (which I am not), I would recommend printing out (or at least writing out on paper) what you would like to paint/draw onto your cookie, so you have a guide to look at.
I actually did my “wood” border before I did my writing, but you could also do the border afterward. Since I knew I wanted to airbrush a wood-grain effect onto my cookies, I figured it would be easier to do before I had the writing on. First I iced the border in brown, then once that dried (ok, yes, there is some waiting if you do things this way 🙂 ), I covered the chalkboard with a little rectangle of paper. I probably didn’t need to, but I didn’t want to take chances. Then I held my wood grain stencil and sprayed my brown airbrush color, turning my cookie so that I sprayed horizontally along each section of the frame. (If you don’t own an airbrush, this can also be done with food coloring spray.)
And there you are! One chalkboard cookie, ready to be admired, and then eaten! 🙂