This is the other half. Of course no great masterpiece is build 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 cookieing, this is one little machine you won’t
want to be without. Love those beautiful fonts? This is how to achieve them.
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 2 main forms of stenciling.
stenciling with royal icing
stencil with your airbrush system. The first kind leaves a raised print, which can be very lovely.
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!
edible cookie images—I don’t think you can get easier than
this medium. Buy the images from somewhere or if you have
your own edible image copier, simply run off the image/font through the copier and
place 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 it in, no decorator wants to be
without a set (if not 3 or 4 sets, lol).
cookie bouquet—cookie bouquets can be flower
cookies or any other shape. 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 glass 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!
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?
silk screen cookie decorating—using a silk screen when
airbrushing or stenciling makes all the difference. You don’t have to worry
about the overspray effect on your finished cookie.
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.
water color sugar cookie—ahhh, the wonderful world of water
coloring on sugar cookies! This is one process that I find very addicting.
These were my very first water color cookies. That’s right, one try and I took
right off. So will you. It's not nearly as hard a you think!
Additional cookie decorating techniques...
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Now that you have some different mediums to decorate with, it's time to see what design each kind of piping tip lays out. This gives you even more advanced practice to master being a cookie decorator.
So now that you have the cookie decorating techniques, lets learn the about the icing tips! (Page coming soon)