What's the Best Type of Color to Use for Painting Cookies?

I have some issues when I use the regular inks to hand paint my cookies, they don't work well, what should I use? What should I use to lighten the dark color? It is just different than the kind of ink I use for stamping my cookies? Help me please. I am kind of new here and I don't know what to do, I ruined 4 cookies already.

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Can you give us more information to help troubleshoot? Specifically, what type of coloring are you using (i.e., brand and type - gel or liqua-gel or airbrush)? Are you using it straight-up or diluting it? When you say your colors "don't work well", what do you mean by that? What specifically is the trouble (i.e., too much color, too little color, pitting of the royal icing surface, or something else)?

Originally Posted by Wildflower:
Welcome! Your little heart cookie is so cute! We love solving mysterious cookie issues. It seems Julia is ready to jump in with both feet and do a full diagnostic, one of the reasons we adore her. It can be helpful if you post a photo of the problem as well.

Not sure I am equipped to do a full diagnostic  - just trying to understand the issue, so I can either answer or direct to another expert.

Patito posted:

I have some issues when I use the regular inks to hand paint my cookies, they don't work well, what should I use? What should I use to lighten the dark color? It is just different than the kind of ink I use for stamping my cookies? Help me please. I am kind of new here and I don't know what to do, I ruined 4 cookies already.

Hi Patito! 

I usually handpaint my cookies with powder colors (my favorite brands are: Rainbow Dust, Sugarflair and Fratello) mixed  whith some drops of vodka. They work better than paste or gel ones since they dry faster.

Anyway, when I want to lighten a dark color (powder, gel or paste) I mix it with a little amount of white powder (I always use Sugarflair Extra White

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