These cute, creative cookies are the perfect thing for the budding or established artist in your life!
Preheat oven to 160°C or 140°C for a fan forced oven. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Beat butter, sugar and vanilla until combined (do not overbeat) using an electric mixer.
Sift together flours into a bowl. Add half sifted flour to butter mixture and using a spoon mix until combined. Add milk and mix and combine then add remaining flour. Use hands to mix if dough becomes difficult to mix with spoon. Mix until a soft dough that comes away from sides of bowl is achieved and isn’t too sticky. If too dry, add an extra tspn of milk.
Roll dough flat, approx. 1cm thick. Use circular shape cutter approx. 6-7cm diameter to cut circles into dough. Use a small knife to cut a notch into circle to create a kidney shaped palette. Use fingers to mould into a smoother edge if required.
Carefully cut a small hole just above the notch. Use excess dough to make paint brushes. Roll between fingers to get a long piece of dough approx. 4cm long.
Use a small knife to imprint brush bristles at one end. Place palettes and brushes onto tray. Chill in fridge for approximately 15 minutes.
Remove from fridge and bake for 4-5 minutes for brushes and approx. 10 minutes for palettes. Be careful not to overcook and burn but for darker brushes, allow to cook a little longer than 4-5 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
Prepare icing while biscuits cool. Combine icing sugar and 1 tsp water. Icing should be soft but not too runny. Separate icing into small bowls and add a few drops of colour to each bowl. Keep one bowl of white icing. Attach brush to palette with a sml amount of white icing. Use a butter knife to carefully apply to palette and brush.
Use Queen Black Food colour to brush the tip of the biscuit, then finish with small dollops of each colour icing colour to create the paint palette.