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Onesie & Elephant Baby Shower Cookies {How-To}

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Hello, hello and happy Monday!

Pastel sweetness and baked with love – these baby shower cookies are super simple to decorate with a few key tips. If you’ve seen other tutorials here you’ll recognize the basics which I’ll share below, and, for all of you, new decorators or seasoned, I’m excited to share that I’ll be doing a giveaway for Peggy Porschen’s book, Cookies, in a few days. The onesie cookies here are based on Peggy’s cookies on the cover of the book. I fell in love with all her cookie designs and can’t wait to share the book with you!

Sugar Cookie Recipe

You can find the recipe for the dough here. If you’d like to try a different cookie base, other recipes can be found here. The onesie cookie cutter can be found here.

I used a fondant cutter to make the little bunnies, which I bought at How Sweet Is That and can be found here.

Royal Icing

You can find my favorite royal icing recipe here. The consistency of icing is key for easy decorating. Click here to see a YouTube video on finding the right icing thickness.

Decorating Steps

What you’ll need:

Step One: Using a #2 tip, outline the onesie shape with royal icing. For detailed decorating tips, this tutorial may be helpful for you.

Step Two: With the same icing, flood, or fill in your shape.

Step Three: Using a piping tip #1.5, pipe white lines on the wet icing base. Let the base dry for at least 6-12 hours.

Step Four: Using a piping tip #1.5, add the finishing line details to the onesie.

Step Five: Roll out your fondant to about 2mm thick, and punch out a bunny shape. Let them dry for a few hours and then adhere to cookie with small dabs of white royal icing. Add the finishing details such as eyes, noses and 3 little white dots of icing for buttons. If you’ve never rolled out fondant before, here’s a basic how-to video for you.

Let the cookies dry and you’re done! If you need a how-to on drying cookies, here’s a video for you.

This Cookie Decorating Schedule free printable may also be helpful for you if you’re new to cookie decorating. Spreading the steps out makes the decorating process easier.

Once the cookies are dry, serve as is or package them in cellophane bags. Enjoy!

Elephant Cookies

The same recipes and basic decorating steps as the onesies also apply to these elephant cookies.

You can find a similar pictorial here; Elephant Baby Shower Cookies.

The small elephant cutter is from How Sweet Is That.

A question I’m often asked is how to keep the royal icing from drying to a matte finish. I’ve discussed the issue at the bottom of this post here, and would love your input if you’ve got more ideas!

Happy decorating!



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  1. Kim P
    June 1, 2015 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! I just had a friend ask me to make shower cookies! Thanks for sharing your tips and ideas!

    • marian
      June 2, 2015 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      Perfect! These are fun and easy to make Kim P!

  2. June 2, 2015 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    Ohhh how I love these!! 🙂

    Marian, the gift God has given you amazes me everytime I see new creations from you.

    These onesies…are you kidding me?? SOOOO CUTE!
    And the fondant bunny makes it every more adorable and complete, and totally “you”, since you love bunnies so much.

    Love your work, sweetie.

    Many blessings and xoxoxo’s,

    • marian
      June 2, 2015 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      Hee hee, you noticed the bunnies. 😀 Thanks so much for your sweet comment Niner!

  3. Jeanette
    June 2, 2015 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    These are so adorable! Thank you again for sharing your talent and techniques with us!

    • marian
      June 2, 2015 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your kind comment Jeanette!

  4. Marian N
    June 2, 2015 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Oh how you make me smile. Marian

  5. Carolina Ricci
    June 2, 2015 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Tks for sharing. I admire your “steady hand”…. 🙂

  6. June 2, 2015 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Wowzas! Stunning cookies, Marian. Absolutely beautiful.

    You have serious talent girl!

  7. Marilyn
    June 2, 2015 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Marian, these cookies are so adorable! Really love them! Your work is always perfection!

  8. estella
    June 2, 2015 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    What is your prefered cookie to use?

    • marian
      June 3, 2015 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      Hi Estella,
      I like sugar cookies for soft colors like these pastel cookies, and gingerbread and chocolate sugar cookies for Christmas or stronger color palettes. All of my recipes are in the recipes section if you’d like to try them.

  9. Roshini
    June 3, 2015 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    Adorable pastel cookies. I’m sure they were a hit at the party!

  10. María
    June 3, 2015 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    They are so so cute!! I love them!!

  11. marian
    June 3, 2015 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the sweet comments everyone! xo

  12. June 4, 2015 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Marian, I am often without words when I see your creations. The detail is so lovingly attended to. Such talent!

    Which of your cookie recipes do you suggest as the one that best holds shape during baking?

    Thank you for sharing all you do. Sweetopia is such a bright spot for me. I love it all!

  13. June 20, 2015 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    This is perfect gift for my doll.I am sure she will like it.so easy to make.
    Thank you so much dear for this cute recipe.

  14. helen
    September 10, 2015 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Wow cookies are amazing do you use a kopykake to make the lines on the onesie cookie.

  15. kacie
    November 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    HOW on earth do you get your lines so straight???

    • marian
      November 29, 2015 at 6:02 am | Permalink

      Hi Kacie,
      I have a video where I show how to pipe lines if you’re interested. I keep my arm resting on the table which helps a lot.

  16. Kiran R
    June 5, 2016 at 7:56 pm | Permalink


    Love the colors! How you do achieve that green color?

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