Cookie Art

Cookie Art

These abstract-art cookies were inspired by Jackson Pollock. My first real-life sighting of a Jackson Pollock painting was at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC two years ago. Though modern abstract-expressionism isn't my favorite type of art, it sure translates well to a cookie. I started by making white 'blank canvases' and then I let the inner-artist (and kid) in me take over. You can get as creative with colors and patterns as you want. They were fun to make and, more importantly, fun to eat! Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Basic Vanilla Cookie Dough: recipe and idea from

- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

- Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Beat butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, and beat until combined.
- Shape dough into 2 disks, and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Roll out 1 disk on a lightly floured piece of parchment to a ⅛- to ¼-inch thickness. Repeat with remaining disk. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Cut dough into large rectangles and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Preheat oven to 350˚F. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 13 - 15 minutes, or until edges of cookies are golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Vanilla Cookie Icing:

- 1 ½ cup confectioners' sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
- Assorted liquid food coloring, for decorating

- Combine ingredients and whisk to combine. Thin with more milk, as needed.
- Make a "blank canvas" of icing on each cookie, using 1 teaspoon vanilla cookie icing by swirling the icing with the back of a teaspoon. Drizzle other colors of cookie icing on top.

Cookie Art

Cookie Art


That looks like fun! Ideal activity on a rainy afternoon (which I'm sure there will be plenty in the fall season!).
Enjoy your day!
Lian said…
jammie iced cookies! ze zien er ook nog eens super retro en kunstzinnig uit!!
Gloria Baker said…
Look fun! I think my daugther would love this! gloria
Your cookies look like Fauchon éclairs (it's a compliment !)

Great idea to combine art and pastry
Shannon Riley said…
That looks so fun! They are very cute! :D
Flavia Galasso said…
Great!!! I love Pollock's works.... this is an amzing idea for funny cookies, ciao Flavia
Unknown said…
Oh, this sounds like a fun (and yummy) project!
Very cool! These look awesome and great fun too.
Thanks for sharing..
Chele said…
What a fun idea for a cookie. I wonder if they would sell for as much as Jackson Pollock? Surely worth a try ;0)
You always do the coolest things! I love to bake cookies and will try this recipe - don't think I'm as talented a painter as you are - but will give it my best.

Happy weekend,
ProjectHope7 said…
hate to seem such a novice, but are those food grade paints in a box like that??? if they are that is awesome! and can you please share where to find them?? How creative! if not, then this must be just cookie art for art sake, right? These cookies look amazing... am so glad I found your blog... so many great recipes!
Cathy B
pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com
Anonymous said…
I just made these (kind of) I used store bought sugar cookie dough but used the icing recipe. My plain white didn't come out very thick but it's okay. I think in the future I'll use place white frosting then make this icing for the colors.
I used little dixie cups for each color and used Jackson Pollock techniques for decorating. Laid out wax paper let cookies cool and went "JP" on them. It was a blast.
Paris Pastry said…
@Anonymous: Good to hear you've enjoyed yourself!! :)

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