Sometimes the mere shape of a cookie cutter will make me want to go out and bake and decorate cookies… For no specific reason at all – just the adorable shapes themselves beg to be made and decorated. These baking themed cookies definitely fell into that category. I’ve been itching to make them ever since my lovely sponsor, Cheap Cookie Cutters, sent the cutters to me.
The decorating possibilities are endless. I ended up going with a kind of shabby chic theme and I’d love to see how you end up icing them if you buy the cutters. You can find them here (their search bar works well for the individual shapes) and also might want to add a few more matching cutters like this pie cookie I made.
The apron cutter could also be used for a dress or nightgown I think.
Making them was easy enough – the shapes are simple to decorate with a few key icing tips and if you’d like to go a step further with the apron patterns, you’ll need frosting sheets and an edible ink printer. (Tutorial on using frosting sheets below and more of a step by step example here). If you don’t want to invest in the printer, try your the bake shop in your local grocery store. Where I live, Sobey’s prints one sheet for $10.00.
I printed quite a few sheets as I was so enamoured by the patterns and have a lot left over for future projects, but if you only have a few cookies, you could use an online collage service like PicMonkey and put all of the patterns on one page.
It’s not something I often do, but for these cookies I found it helpful to roughly sketch some ideas out.
If you’d like to make these cookies too, here’s a little how to for you:
Decorating the Cookies
What You’ll Need:
- Sugar Cookie Recipe here or Gingerbread Recipe here.
- Royal Icing Recipe here. *White is the best colour to tint your icing. Any other colour as the base tends to cloud the image when applied to the cookie.
- Edible Frosting Sheets
- Edible Ink Printer and Food Coloring Cartridges
- Image of your choice
- Clear Corn Syrup
- Paintbrush or Foam Brush
- Piping Tip (#2)
- Piping Bag
- White Gel Colouring
If you’d like to use the edible frosting sheet prints:
- You’ll need to print the patterns onto frosting sheets using an edible ink printer. If you only have a few images to print and don’t want to invest in a printer, check your local bakery shop to see if they can print a sheet for you. Where I live, the Sobey’s grocery store prints them for $10.00 per sheet.
Ready to decorate:
Step One: Flood your cookie with tinted white royal icing and let it dry for 12-24 hours. You can find a detailed video on how to flood cookies here.
Step Two: Gently cut out wafer paper image. Apply clear corn syrup to the back of the wafer paper or onto the dried royal icing with a ‘food-only’ paintbrush or sponge brush. Apply image, gently smoothing over the surface all the way to the edges with clean, dry fingers. Have a damp & dry cloth nearby to wipe your hands as they can get sticky. In the example above, I also layered a second print on top of the first.
For the apron below, I piped a small amount of icing in the shape of the pocket, on top of the first layer, let it dry, and applied the frosting sheet “pocket”.
Using a thicker royal icing (the icing should stand straight up if you dipped a spoon into it and pulled upwards), add a little frill edge using piping tip #59s (as in the photo above), or thicker icing and PME piping tip #1 as in the rose apron below.
The roses, bows and ribbons on the cookies are embellishments found on Amazon. I got the idea of using them from this sweet cookie book, The Flour Pot Cookie Book. The ribbons are just barely iced so that they’re easy to remove. You can definitely make an edible option using fondant.
Royal Icing Tufting
To create a tufting look with royal icing, section your cookie off into a diagonal grid pattern using a ruler and a food decorator pen. Ice some of the squares, making sure none of them touch, and let that dry for a few hours. Next, ice the squares touching the points of the already filled squares. Once those have dried for a few hours, fill in the remaining gaps.
Pipe a small dot at each intersection.
A little less time consuming option would be to pipe a base of icing and then lines of royal icing in a grid pattern on top.
I freehanded mine but you could project the lines using a Kopykake projector.
I hope you have fun decorating these cookies… they were one of my favorite to decorate so far.