Gold is an often requested color. But not all gold is considered “edible”. The FDA regulates ingredients for any food item that is legally sold in the United States. It is up to your cookie or cake decorator to tell you when they are using a product or ingredient that is not considered edible. Some are labeled as “For decoration purposes only.” These items are considered non-toxic, but not considered to be edible by the FDA and should in theory be removed before consuming a cookie/cake or other colored item.
I know, we are talking about a cookie – with lots of butter, sugar, and yes, food color. Not exactly health food. But let’s not make it as bad as it can be, in the name of art. I will never do this. But you will also see that my gold is not a lustrous as others. Sorry, not.