Watercolour Maple Cookies

Ever since getting back from the Upper Peninsula, I’ve been daydreaming about all of the beautiful autumn colours.

So, last night, my friend and I decided to recreate all of the colourful autumnal leaves to bust my post-travel blues in the best way possible – cookies! We gathered some supplies and whipped these gorgeous little things.

Maple Sugar Watercolour Cookies

They were so much fun to make!

We whipped them up without a recipe, but were really pleased to find that they turned out to be luxuriously soft and chewy while maintaining crisp edges. Even if you don’t go through the trouble of


For the cookies, you’ll need:

2 sticks of butter (1 cup)

1 large egg

1 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup of maple syrup

3 cups of flour


For the watercolour fondant, you’ll need:

16 oz white mini marshmallows

16 oz powdered sugar

vanilla extract

food colouring

small paintbrushes


First mix together the brown sugar with room temperature butter in a big bowl, and give it a good beating for a few minutes.

When it’s fluffy, add in the egg and maple syrup. Again, beat until fluffy.

Start adding the flour, half a cup at a time. Resist the temptation to add more before it’s totally mixed in, it’ll just be more work for you later!

Once the dough is mixed up, through it in the freezer to chill for a while, and preheat your oven to 325F/165C.

Roll your dough out once firm to a thickness of your liking, and cut out your shapes.

Maple Sugar Watercolour Cookies

Maple Sugar Watercolour Cookies

I picked up a set of gorgeous copper cookie cutters in the dollar section of Target. They were in dwindling supply the last time I was there, but if you run now you might be able to pick them up still! Otherwise, this Etsy shop has a lot of cute options.

Maple Sugar Watercolour Cookies

Once they’re cut out, pop them into the oven for 10-15 mins, depending on how thick you made your cookies.

Maple Sugar Watercolour Cookies

At this point, we tried making a fondant with equal parts mini marshmallows and powdered sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. It involved a lot of stirring and popping it back in the microwave, but in the end it turned out pretty good!

Maple Sugar Watercolour Cookies

Near the end, it was hard to stir, so we just rolled it out over parchment paper to finish mixing.

Once you have a nice, smooth consistency, roll out the fondant and cut it out using the same cookie cutter you used earlier. Then make a simple ‘glue’ from a bit of powdered sugar mixed with water to attach the fondant to the cookies.

Maple Sugar Watercolour Cookies

Now this is where the real fun starts. Dilute the food colouring with some water, and get painting!

We discovered all sorts of techniques we liked, my favourite being dappling different colours on and then mixing at the edges.

Watercolour Maple Cookies

My friend, who is a much more gifted artist, also experimented with some ombre and plaid.




As soon as we sat down to eat them we were already planning all of the other shapes and colours for next time. If you try these, make sure let me know – I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Watercolour Maple Cookies



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  1. 24/10/2016 / 21:01

    So so cute! I scored by finding this same cookie cutter! Target is simply the best 🙂 Love how your cookies turned out!

    • 09/03/2017 / 14:27

      What a joy to find such clear thnkniig. Thanks for posting!

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