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Flamingo Decorated Cookies & An International Giveaway!

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Happy news! How Sweet is That? is sponsoring a giveaway here on Sweetopia, for two $50.00 gift certificates to her online cake, cupcake and cookie decorating store! You can win one or both gift certificates ($100.00) and you also have the chance to win this flamingo cookie cutter! Details on the giveaway are near the bottom of this post.

For the flamingo cookies here, the idea for the flamingo cookie cutter and design came from Mich Turner’s book, Party Cakes. The art teacher at my school drew a similar rendition, which I gave to Sherry of How Sweet is That, who had the shape custom made into a cookie cutter. How sweet is that?! Really. You can find the cutter here, along with a ton of other amazing cookie and cake decorating supplies.

If you’d like to make these too, I’ll share my basic cookie decorating techniques below, along with tips about each individual design such as cookie cutter sources and gel colors used.

For the new cookie decorator, my YouTube videos may be helpful to get you started.


Cut-Out Cookie Recipe and Cookie Cutter

I used sugar cookies as the base. 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 flamingo cookie cutter can be found in How Sweet is That’s store, here.

Royal Icing Recipe for Flooding / Decorating

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.

What You’ll Need for Decorating

For flooding basics, you’ll need:

* The gel colors used are; Americolor gel colors lemon yellow, soft pink mixed with a touch of super red, white and black.

Decorating Steps

This video on outlining and flooding is a good place to start if you’re new to decorating cookies with royal icing.

Step 1: Using piping tip #2 and white icing, outline the shape of the flamingo. Let the outline dry for about 5-15 minutes. Sometimes I outline and fill in immediately, however, for this cookie, I wanted a distinct looking white outline.

Step 2: Using tip #2 for the following colors, fill in the beak tip with a small amount of black first, the rest of the beak with yellow and then the main body with flamingo pink. I didn’t wait for one color to set before I flooded the next color, as I wanted them to mesh together a bit.

Step 3: Once you’ve let the pink flamingo body set for about 15 minutes, pipe the yellow base for the legs (tip #2). The yellow is intended to be a background color, so you could skip this step if you’d like to pipe the flamingo legs right onto the cookie surface.

Step 4: Let the first layer of icing dry for a few hours, or more, depending on humidity in your area. I have some posts in my tutorial section which deal with how to let icing dry, bleeding icing, humidity etc. if you need more information on that. Using piping tip #1 pipe two stick legs and an eye. Finished! Let your cookies dry and serve or package.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me a line below in the comment section or on social media. You can find me on FacebookGoogle+InstagramPinterestTwitter and YouTube.



Congrats to comment #152, Miriam Biedermann, I will contact you shortly! Thanks to everyone for entering!



I’m thrilled today to be able to host a giveaway FOR TWO $50 gift certificates from the online cake, cupcake and cookie decorating store, How Sweet is That! Each winner will also receive the flamingo cookie cutter pictured in this post!



  • This contest is International. 
  • The winner will be chosen randomly at www.random.org.
  • The contest closes at approximately 7pm EST on Sunday, September 13th, 2015. 
  • Leave all your comment entries here, not on Facebook.
  • The gift certificate will be in Canadian dollars.
  • Please read all contest entry details etc. below
  • More gobblydegook details about official giveaway rules can be found here.


Do one of these options, do two of them, three or all – whichever options you prefer! {Complete all steps to increase your odds of winning}. 


1. Just let me know in the comment section at the bottom of this post that you’d like to win.


2. Tweet this post and leave another comment here letting me know you’ve done that.


3. Share this post on Facebook and leave a separate comment here letting me know you’ve done that.


4. Pin this post, tag me in it (here I am on Pinterest), and leave another comment letting me know you’ve done that.


5. Share this post on Instagram and leave another comment letting me know you’ve done that. (Your Instagram username can not be private to use this entry because I won’t be able to see if you shared it).

6. Share this giveaway with your friends (via email, Periscope, Google+, whatever you like), letting them know to come back and mention that you shared this with them. If their comment gets picked, you will each win a $50.00 gift certificate and flamingo cookie cutter.



ONE comment will get picked for the winner, and if it’s a comment with only one person on it, that person will win both gift certificates and one flamingo cookie cutter. If the comment mentions two people, each of those people will win a $50.00 gift certificate and a flamingo cutter each. The more you share, the higher your chances are of winning!


Thanks to How Sweet is That? for sponsoring this giveaway!

Good luck!



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  1. Isabel Elias
    September 9, 2015 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    Marian, I’ve shared you post on facebook!

  2. Miriam Biedermann
    September 9, 2015 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    Oh I’d really like to win that cute giveaway – love it! 🙂

  3. Irene de Pellegrin
    September 9, 2015 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    I’d like to win 🙂 looove it

  4. September 9, 2015 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    I’d like to win 🙂

  5. Cindi
    September 9, 2015 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    This would make a sweet addition to my collection!

    • Mike
      September 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      sweet addition! 😉

  6. Marilyn
    September 9, 2015 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Marian, I shared this post on Facebook!

  7. Cindi
    September 9, 2015 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    You have been Pinned!

  8. Cindi
    September 9, 2015 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    ….and I have SHARED on FB!!! Can you tell I would love to win????

  9. Marilyn
    September 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I pinned it too!

  10. cindy huntington
    September 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm | Permalink


  11. lindsay jenkins
    September 9, 2015 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    love that cookie cutter! would love to win 😀

  12. lindsay jenkins
    September 9, 2015 at 1:16 pm | Permalink
  13. Mari J
    September 9, 2015 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win!!!

  14. Mari J
    September 9, 2015 at 2:46 pm | Permalink
  15. Mari J
    September 9, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Shared on FB

  16. Mari J
    September 9, 2015 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Pinned Giveaway

  17. Ashley Morrow
    September 9, 2015 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to win!

  18. Ashley Morrow
    September 9, 2015 at 3:07 pm | Permalink
  19. Ashley Morrow
    September 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I pinned the post.

  20. Debbie Lyons
    September 9, 2015 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win a gift card …. thank you for the opportunity!

  21. Debbie Lyons
    September 9, 2015 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Shared on Facebook! =)

  22. Mike
    September 9, 2015 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    CINDI Wants to WIN!!!

  23. Wade
    September 9, 2015 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Very thorough, thanks for the how-to!

    • Wade
      September 9, 2015 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

      Forgot to note my friend Cindi Lerner sent me!

  24. Jeri
    September 9, 2015 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    So adorable! My friend Cindi Lerner sent me =)

  25. September 9, 2015 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    These are adorable! My friend Cindi sent me this link and is the perfect person to win this, her talent will have her complimenting these flamingo cookies with a array of other themed cookies to match.

  26. Nancy
    September 9, 2015 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Would love to win!

    • Nancy
      September 9, 2015 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

      Nancy Kidder (adding my last name)

  27. Nancy
    September 9, 2015 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Pinned on Pinterest (idk how to tag you though)

  28. Nancy Kidder
    September 9, 2015 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Shared in a cake group on Facebook!

  29. Susan
    September 9, 2015 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Cindi Lerner shared the link and should win the prize because she is an awesome baker!

  30. Sonia Friscia
    September 9, 2015 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Would love to win!!

  31. Sonia Friscia
    September 9, 2015 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Nancy kidder

  32. Jennifer Roe
    September 10, 2015 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    I have pinned on Pintrest and posted on Instagram

  33. Lynda M.
    September 10, 2015 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Adorable!! I would love to win!!!

  34. Faith
    September 10, 2015 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    I would like to win!!

  35. Jennifer R.
    September 10, 2015 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Cutest flamingos ever! I would love to win!

  36. Sushma
    September 10, 2015 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Would love to win!

  37. Sushma
    September 10, 2015 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Pinned the post

  38. Melodie
    September 10, 2015 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Love these,and would love a new cookie cutter! Your blog is my go-to for ideas and tutorials when I make my cookies!!

  39. Melissa Stus
    September 10, 2015 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I would love to win this prize! I’m a huge fan and cannot wait to see more from you!

  40. Becca
    September 10, 2015 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Decorating cookies is my new obsession. I’d love to win!

  41. September 10, 2015 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Ohh flamingos are my favorite! These would be awesome!

  42. September 10, 2015 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    I tweeted also 🙂

  43. Amy
    September 10, 2015 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Everything is so cute! I’d love to win this giveaway!

  44. Vanessa
    September 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I will love to win this giveaway

  45. Vanessa
    September 10, 2015 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Shared on my facebook

  46. Vanessa
    September 10, 2015 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Shared on Pinterest

  47. Sharon M
    September 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to win, it seems weird to say that lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Liesbeth
    September 10, 2015 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Who wouldn’t love to make flamingo cookies?? I know I would love to win it!

  49. Liesbeth
    September 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Pin it to win it 😉 Pinterest – check

  50. Liesbeth
    September 10, 2015 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    From one bird to another. Twitter – check


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