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(Video) How to Decorate Cactus Cookies

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Video How to Decorate Cactus Cookies with Royal Icing

There’s something about cookie decorating that brings me satisfaction. The decorating itself crowds out all other thoughts except the task at hand (which can be a good thing sometimes!), it’s fun to see the outcome, and even more fun to give the cookies away. Have you experienced some of these things?

How to Decorate Cactus Cookies Video

If you’ve never tried cookie decorating, the experience can however, be frustrating, without the right recipes and tips, so I’m sharing, as usual, my recipes and tools and have made a video on decorating these cactuses (cacti).

Thank you to okashinoouchi.yuki on instagram, who inspired the cactus designs, and for all the tools and recipes used, please see below.

Video Tutorial – How to Decorate Cactus Cookies

Click here if you can’t see the video.

Video Tutorial Cactus Decorated Cookies

The Cookie Recipe

The base of these is cookies is lemon poppy seed cut out cookies. You can find the recipe here and my other cut out cookie recipes here.

Cactus Decorated Cookies

Royal Icing Recipe

The royal icing recipe can be found here.

Royal Icing for Cookie Decorating

Decorating Cookies

Find the cookie cutters I used here by clicking on each individual cutter below (Any links to Amazon in this post are affiliate links):

Cookie Cutters:

Video Tutorial How to Decorate Cactus Cookies Sweetopia

Decorating Items

What you’ll need:

Cookie Decorating Space

Arkon Mount Cookie Decorating Space

In case you’re interested in seeing how I set up for cookie decorating, here is the space (much neater at the beginning of the process!). I’m right handed, so my tools and icing go on the right and I usually have a cloth to the left of me to wipe the tips. In this case, I’m video taping, so have the Arkon mount and my phone just over the decorating space.

I usually use the Arkon mount to hold my Pico projector. What is a Pico projector? It’s a small, hand-held size projector that I use to project an image onto my cookie. It’s plugged into my iPad and mounted on the Arkon mount above.  The mount is called the Remarkable Creators Phone and Tablet Stand, is $139.99 and you can get it on Arkon’s site here. You can get 20% off with the coupon code sweetopia. You should know I am an affiliate of Arkon and Amazon, but only share products I use and love with you. You can see more about the projector and mount in this post here.

Cactus Cookie Tutorial Video

Royal Icing Consistency

The consistency of icing is key for easy decorating. Click here to see a YouTube video on finding the right icing thickness for basic flooding and decorating. You might want to also check out this post.

Cactus Cookie Video Tutorial

Cookie Decorating Basics

This video on outlining and flooding is a good place to start if you’re new to decorating cookies with royal icing. These cookie decorating basics YouTube videos may also be helpful to get you started.

Please feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions!



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  1. May 23, 2019 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Seriously Marian,

    the shape, colors, piping:
    I AM IN LOVE with these cookies!!!

    It is so sad I can’t have some for my home as decor 🙁
    I would frame them! haha
    I am in awe of your talent. In awe of the cuteness you create.

    Absolutely adorable, no words 🙂

    God bless you!

    • marian
      May 24, 2019 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      Aww, thank you so much Niner!! xxoo

  2. Maria
    May 23, 2019 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    good morning Marian,
    wonderful cactus cookies,love how you show in the video,how it is done…you make it look so easy! I wish my hands be so study like yours! Love the colors! The basket is amazing,just perfect….
    Well done again. Love your special talents!

    • marian
      May 24, 2019 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much for the comment, Maria, I appreciate it!! xo

  3. June 10, 2019 at 3:27 am | Permalink

    These Cactus Cookie are so adorable Marian. Being able to see your set up is very inspiring to watch how you create your magic. Milly x

    • marian
      June 10, 2019 at 8:52 am | Permalink

      Hi Milly,

      Thanks so much for your comment Milly! Speaking of magical, your site is too! How creative and pretty!

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