The Partiologist: PYO Stained Glass Cross Cookie!

PYO Stained Glass Cross Cookie!

Sometimes I love when something works out and then sometimes I LOVE when something works out.  This is the time LOVE is in caps.  No special stencil needed and you could make this into any shape.  But for me, the PYO Cross Cookie is just beautiful and the perfect addition to your Easter table.
PYO Stained Glass Cross Cookie!
No bunnies, no chicks no peeps.

A cross to celebrate the true meaning of Easter.

And each guest could find a cross ready to decorate at their place setting.

But first of all, do you even know what PYO means?  (Not to be confused with PYT.)

Paint Your Own...Cookie!

Easy to do with the paint palette and brush.

Everything needed to complete their cookie art.
So let's get started.
Use your favorite Cross cookie cutter.  Cut and bake cookies.

Once they are baked, cool and flood the top with royal icing.

Set aside to dry overnight.

Next, using a stiff royal icing, pipe a border around the cookie.

Start making lines across the cookie, no certain order.

Just like a snowflake, no two are alike.

Continue until you're seeing things.  Like things that aren't there, only because your eyes will start to cross.

Seriously, just pipe lines across, back and forth, up and down until your cookie is ready to decorate.

But to decorate, you will need a paint palette.

My normal PYO (Paint Your Own) paint palette's are in four colors.

For the stained glass, I decided I wanted six colors.

I tried several ways to make the paint palette, this came out the easiest and less messy.

I used my airbrush and fondant.

Spray each piece of fondant with desired color.

If you don't have an airbrush, food color spray is also available from Wilton. (Link Below)

First roll out a long strip of white fondant, size depends on how many paint palettes you need to make.

Lay each piece of fondant on parchment paper.  With vibrant colors I sprayed each piece of fondant a different color.

Let the fondant strips dry to the touch, but NOT completely dry or the fondant will become to hard to cut.

Using a small oval cutter, I cut hundreds of ovals.

Well, maybe not hundreds, but it felt like thousands.

Next, I cut several strips of cardstock and piped six little dots of royal icing.

Placed one colored fondant oval on the royal icing, again and again until it was filled with the six colors.

To make sure I had enough color on each paint palette, I decided to try it for myself.

Dip the little brush into water and swirl on the fondant color, then paint on the cross.

Lo and behold, it worked.

And that's when I LOVED it.

On the next cookie, I tried darker colors and love the result of it too!

No matter how you paint it, you'll LOVE it!


  1. These are the most beautiful Easter cookies I have ever seen! AND I love that that they can be painted and enjoyed by everyone at my table! (From 3 to 83!) I'm buying these cookies to put at each place setting on Easter Sunday! I am so excited to have a cookies that displays the true meaning of Easter! Not that eggs and bunnies aren't adorable...they just don't mean much. Thanks so much Kim for making a cookie that will be beautiful and has meaning! Annette

    1. You're so welcome and I know everyone will love painting the cookies!

  2. These are soooo cool and such a sweet and wonderful idea. They turned out beautifully. from, twobeautifulgirls

    1. Thank you so much, I loved how they turned out as well!

  3. These truly are stunning! Love the palette idea and how smart are you with the eyeliner brushes!!! I bought some cheap paintbrushes and they were so stiff that I just donated them to Goodwill and used food markers instead. I just love how you share your brilliant ideas and give us the links too! You make it easy to love creating and I thank you!!! I'm on this for my family at Easter for sure!

    1. You are SO sweet, thank you for stopping by! I too, found some of the other brushes to be too stiff and hard to paint with. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  4. Thank you for sharing, as usual, you nailed it. I do have a question you think modeling chocolate would work instead of the fondant? Thank you and Happy Easter!

    1. Thank you! I'm not sure, but I would think it would work the same. Happy Easter to you too!

  5. I love these cookies Kim!!! The paint palette is BRILLIANT! I never in a million years would have thought to put airbrush color on fondant to use as a paint palette! Seriously smart and I know you've got plans to use this again like at Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

    I can't wait to see how you use this brilliant idea!!

    1. Aww, thank you so much! I do love that I was able to make it work and for sure will be using it in so many other ways!

  6. Brilliant! As a former caker I should have thought of this as an alternative to royal icing dots but it never dawned on me to use fondant! Do you suppose the palettes would be good indefinitely?

    1. Well, let's just say I tried several other ways and this turned out to be the most uniform. I made them a couple weeks ago and will be using the fondant on Easter to paint more crosses, so I guess I'll know more then. But as for indefinitely, I don't know. I do live in a dry climate and that may effect the outcome.

  7. This is just awesome, Kim!! You inspire me!!

  8. I'm offering these as an Easter option this year. I just love it!! I don't work with fondant, so I tried airbrushing oval shaped royal icing transfers that I made for paint palettes. But it wasn't enough color to finish the entire cookie. So then I tested painting the transfers directly with gel coloring. That did the trick with more than enough color to finish the cookie. Thanks so much for the ideas! Just beautiful for an Easter cookie!

    1. Wonderful! I'm so happy you found a way to make it work for you!


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