Cookie Decorating Techniques That Make You a Professional Cookie Artist

Cookie Decorating Techniques

Cookie decorating techniques are always interesting to learn but can sometimes be frustrating without the right tutorial.

You've come a long way baby!

The first thing to remember is what Author Pepper Blair said:

Inspiring quote by author Pepper Blair" I wouldn't respect a mountain if its summit came easy or quick."

Take it slow and enjoy the journey. The second thing is icing consistency.

14+ stunning cookie decorating techniques

If you read my page, How to Make Professional Cookies, that was only half of what it takes.

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:
There's a big difference between non-airbrushing and airbrushing sugar cookies. Become a We Cookier to learn even more! https://www.wecookiers.com/
  • cookie 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.

Example of decorating technique using a PICO projector. Be a We Cookier to learn more! https://www.wecookiers.com/
  • cookie stenciling, with royal icing or airbrushing—there are three main forms of stenciling. 
  1.  cookie stenciling with royal icing 
  2.  stencil with your airbrush system. The first kind leaves a raised print, which can be very lovely.
  3. silk-screen cookie stencils
Another of many cookie decorating techniques is airbrushing with stencils. Learn other kinds of decorating at https://www.wecookiers.com/

What are they? Why do you need them? Troubleshooting and where you can purchase them for cheap!

Royal icing transfers image
  • 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!
Cookie decorating techniques: wet-on-wet is so simple.

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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!
Cookie decorating technique, edible images. Something so simple, yet can be very nice. At We Cookiers, you can know all about it. https://www.wecookiers.com/
  • 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).
Example of decorating technique using food color markers. Be a We Cookier to learn more! https://www.wecookiers.com/
  • 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 wonderful display.
Example of decorating technique: the cookie bouquet using any shape. Be a We Cookier to learn more! https://www.wecookiers.com/
  • 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!


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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!
Corgis, decorating sugar cookies. Technique of water coloring with food gel. You can be a We Cookier too! https://www.wecookiers.com/

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.

Some artists do a fantastic job with buttercream. Leah, at buttercreamparties.com, is one of those gals.

Are there any other techniques you would like to learn? Drop your suggestions in this comment box.

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What's next?

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 being a master cookie artist. 

So now that you have the cookie decorating techniques, let's learn about the icing tips with couplers (page coming soon).

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