This is the other half. Of course, no great masterpiece is built on anything less than a perfect foundation. Make sure to have the right recipe here on the Best Sugar Cookies page.
Here are some cookie decorating techniques Click on the links below for a detailed page on each.
airbrushing cookies—airbrushing gives such depth to
cookies. It immediately takes them from basic to pro status! As you can see, there's a huge difference between basic and airbrushed decorated sugar cookies:
projector—as you develop in cookie-ing, this is one little machine you won’t
want to be without. Love those beautiful fonts? This is how to achieve them.
Which one is best? To see the one I use and am happy with, just click on the cookie projector link right above.
I’ve been a calligrapher for 36 years but still love my Pico projector. Trace
pictures too! This is a link to the cookie projector I purchased three years ago. It has
served me well. I would be lost without it.
cookie stenciling, with royal icing or airbrushing—there are three main forms of stenciling.
What are they? Why do you need them? Troubleshooting and where you can purchase them for cheap!
cross-stitch cookies—out of all the cookie decorating techniques, this one is probably the most tedium. You first need some flexible edible fabric that you place in a grid mat then cut that to size and place on the cookie.
Next, you count the little squares and place dots in the respective squares to form your cross-stitch pattern. Though this takes time, it is well worth the effort!
wet-on-wet technique--one of the easiest cookie decorating forms. You just need to make sure both/all colors you use are the same consistency!
Make sure you use the Superior Royal Icing recipe. It's a free download presently! If you need to use glaze, here is that free recipe.
edible cookie images—I don’t think you can get easier than
this medium. Buy the images from somewhere or if you have
your edible image copier, simply run off the image/font through the copier and
place it on the cookie. It adheres with corn syrup. Ta-dah! That
simple. Simple or not though, it can make for some astounding-looking cookies!
food color markers—these go without saying. Whether using
them for fonts or drawing pictures and coloring them in, no decorator wants to be
without a set (if not seven sets, lol).
cookies on a stick—cookies on a stick can be flower
cookies or any other theme. Make your cookies thick enough and push a cake pop
or sucker stick in them before baking (or after baking and ‘glue’ the stick on
the back with royal icing). Arrange them in a pot or vase and you have a
paint your own cookie—so many cookie decorating techniques!
This one proves to be easy too. Kids and adults love them. They take just an
outline of one color. Make your own paint palette and you have a winner!
Here's a link to a 10-method comparison for PYO Cookie Palettes. There's a video that shows them step-by-step and side-by-side!
Have any techniques you have done that you are especially proud of? Share your photo/s in this comment box. We would love to see them! (Please do NOT post any copyrighted or trademarked items, i.e. Disney, NFL, etc. Thanks!).
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pressure piping—this technique involves harder and lighter
pressure usage of stiff royal icing to form a picture on the cookie.
tattoo transfer method--did you know you can make a transfer from acetate using an edible copier? No, not using icing sheets, using the acetate from the icing sheets. Nifty, huh?
stamping cookies—stamping on cookies is relatively easy
too. You just have to make sure you have a stamp you can see through to make
sure the stamped image lines up on the cookie.
watercolor sugar cookie—ah, the wonderful world of water
coloring on sugar cookies! This is one process that I find very addicting.
These were my very first watercolor cookies. That’s right, one try and I took
right off. So will you. It's not nearly as hard as you think!
Additional cookie decorating techniques...
Would you like to know more about decorating sugar cookies with buttercream?
I teach almost solely on royal icing. Although I cover other mediums it is not discussed in great detail here.