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Decorated Princess Cookies

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What does a decorated cookie and plants have to do with each other?

plants in garden

I’ll have to back up a bit and explain.

I am not a gardener.  I do love being outside, can appreciate the beauty of plants & flowers and will get into it once I get started… but it’s not like I love gardening and feel an urge to get out there.

Needless to say, my garden is in sore need of some tending.

(I’m too embarassed to show you the full pics).

Or at least it did.

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When my neighbour Stacey asked if I could make some princess cookies for her daughter Abby’s birthday party, I thought an ‘exchange of services’ might be a good idea.  She loves gardening, I love making cookies.

(And I have quite a lot of garden which needed some love.  Thanks Stacey!).

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These are some pics of the princess cookies I ended up making for the party.

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The recipes for the sugar cookies and royal icing are from Peggy Porschen’s Pretty Party Cakes. A ‘how to decorate cookies tutorial’ can be found here.  Some cookies I pipe freehand and for some, I need a little help.  😉  That’s where this pricey, yet invaluable KopyKake drawing projector comes in handy.  I’ll be showing you how to use it in a future tutorial.

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I really need to learn how to take pictures.  Some of these were taken with artificial lighting, and some near a window for natural light.  Those look a bit ‘colder’.

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I was inspired by stickers and this ribbon in terms of design and fun colors.

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Resisting the sparkles was futile; I did end up using disco dust again.  If you’d like to use it, sprinkle the dust on while the royal icing is wet.  Gently shake off the excess and tidy up the edges with a paintbrush when the cookies are dry.  For other examples see here and here.


Happy Birthday Princess Abby!

abby and claire2

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  1. January 17, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    <Amazing! I love them! I am a HUGE fan of frogs with crowns! YAY

  2. January 17, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    One of my readers sent me a link to this post…and I am in LOVE! Absolutely adorable! I just posted about them….

  3. January 19, 2010 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    Divino, las galletitas son un amor en todos sus diseños!

  4. January 19, 2010 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    Thanks for all the lovely comments and thanks Kim for featuring these on The TomKat Studio!

  5. February 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Permalink


  6. February 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    I love your princess cookie, it’s so cute! Can I ask where you saw the original image for this to use with your projector? Also, thanks for the compliments on my Flickr page of cookies! I just joined!

  7. February 3, 2010 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    danielle and Queen of Tarts Cakes; I used stickers as my original image for use with the projector.

    Thanks for dropping by!

  8. February 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    p.s. Those stickers were a bit small so I enlarged them on the photocopier and then copied them onto a transparency. I only copy onto a transparency if the paper (of the stickers for example), is too thick for the projector to shine through.

    Hope that helps!

  9. February 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    When you say transparency, do you mean you print it out on vellum?

  10. February 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and one other thing..your ribbons always coordinate so well! Can I ask where you buy them?

  11. February 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I get them from all over the place; Michael’s, Amazon, even Martha Stewart’s ribbon at Walmart.

  12. February 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Is the disco dust above edible-or at least edible enough to give away and be eaten?? hee hee

  13. February 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Totally!! 😀

  14. marian
    May 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    p.s. This tip for those near Toronto… Found a really cool ribbon store on Queen St. West called Mokuba. Such pretty ribbon!

  15. Heather
    May 19, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    How can I order these cookies from you? My daughter is having a Princess and the Frog themed party and these are gorgeous!

  16. marian
    May 20, 2010 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Hi Heather; I’m sorry I’m not doing orders… I just don’t have the time. I don’t mind if you show the site to another baker of your choice and they replicate them though.

  17. Leila
    December 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Okay, I don’t generally comment, but, you are amazing! Freehand or with that copycake thing, I can’t imagine how you do this! Love the sparkly glitter accents! Is that the disco dust stuff. So one question, I see all the time that you don’t take orders, does that seriously mean you just have some really lucky friends you make these fabulous cookies for? Pure Genius.

    • marian
      December 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Leila! The glitter accents are disco dust, yes.
      Yes, my friends, family, neighbours, students at school, the snowplow guy…. LOL and I do keep a few of them. I don’t know what I’ll ever do with them though. 😉

  18. jOrge
    March 11, 2011 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    …thankyou for your ideas to make feel happy my niece!!!
    are amaizings!!!

  19. Shelley
    March 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    wow- these cookies are so great!

  20. cakesandkittens
    June 21, 2012 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    Hello how did you get the royal icing such a nice colour also how did you do the shading on the princess face so nicely. You cheeks with icing☻how did u do it its amazing pls give us a tutorial on how to ice cookies with like shading nd stuff as well

  21. cakesandkittens
    June 21, 2012 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    Hey I was just wandering how did u colour the. Princesses cheeks so nice and rosey without colourin the whole area pls can you give us a cookie decorating tutorial the proper way nd teach us how to make those delicious princess cookies lol(lots of luv) cakesndkittens

  22. marian
    June 21, 2012 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Hi @ cakesandkittens: I will need to do a tutorial, yes. For now the cheeks are easily done by dusting pink luster dust on the dry royal icing, with a paintbrush. You can buy flesh colored gel coloring or I use a little bit of copper.

  23. Paula
    December 3, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Did you use a specific cutter for the princess, or make one?
    also what tip did you use for the black? it seems pretty small.
    Always an inspiration, keep up the good work !!

  24. marian
    December 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi @ Paula: I made a template and cut the dough out. I believe I used a #1 piping tip for the black. Happy decorating!

  25. rosie
    August 3, 2014 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    hi gorgeous, did u add the disco dust dried or mixed it in the icing?

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