Let’s Decorate Some Sugar Cookies

My mom is planning a bridal shower for me, and I decided to help her by doing some desserts and decorations.

For desserts I will make some cupcakes, cake, cookies and maybe some cake pops. Today I want to show you a super easy cookie decorating technique called brush-embroidery that gives really beautiful results with little effort.

These cookies can be a perfect favor for a summer wedding, or in my case, for a garden-themed bridal shower.

You will need:

  • A batch of sugar cookie dough (your favorite recipe and flavor—I like this one)
  • Round cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheets
  • Royal icing—there are many recipes for making your royal icing, like this one, but, if you don’t usually decorate that many cookies, I highly recommend purchasing a bag of royal icing by CK. It works perfectly and you won’t have to worry about the recipe. By the way, the recipe that I use is the one with meringue powder, not the one with egg whites.
  • Food coloring
  • Wax paper (letter size) or you could use pastry bags and tips, but I feel like I have more control using little wax paper cones.
  • Clean brush and water

Begin by rolling your dough at your desired thickness. I prefer my cookies to be a bit chunky, so usually I roll it between 5–7 mm (about 1/4 inch, I think).

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Cut your circles and pop them in the oven until golden brown. When they are done, set them on a cooling rack.

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Now it is time to start prepping your royal icing. Follow the recipe or the directions on the bag.

You will need two different consistencies: a think one for the outline, and a runny one to fill the cookies. Add a bit of coloring at this time, until you get the desired tone.

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This is how the thick icing should look.

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And now, you can either use a pastry bag with a #2 tip, or a paper cone. Below is a quick photo guide on how to make one, and here is an actual tutorial.

 

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Fill your cone not more than 2/3, otherwise it will overflow and you will have a mess on your hands.

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Now you are ready. Start outlining your cookies.

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Wait until the outline is dry. Then, add water a little at a time until the royal icing is a bit runny.

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Start flooding your cookies.

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Let them dry completely for about five hours, or preferably overnight.

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When they are completely dry, use some royal icing with the thick texture. Draw the outline of a flower. Don’t worry, whatever flower you draw it will look great.

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Now, quickly, before it dries, use a slightly wet brush and begin “pulling” the icing down.

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Add a second layer of petals and repeat the pulling process.

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When you are done, add some random dots and admire your work.

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Aren’t they pretty? You can store them in a dry, cool place for about two weeks. These cookies would look great individually wrapped in clear bags with some ribbon and a cute tag. Perfect favor!

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I hope everyone likes them at the shower!

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Mrs. Weather Vane

Birthday:
June 27
Location:
Mexico City
Wedding Date:
March 2014

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    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:05 pm

    @Lili: Yes! The one that I linked above (where it says that you need a batch of cookie dough) is great, and your cookies will be super crispy and crunchy, perfect for decorating.

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    Lili, Guest @ 10:16 pm

    @Miss Weather Vane: awesome! I am going to try them out today!! Will give you feedback! :)

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    msfilly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 1:50 am

    You are so talented! I love the paint brush technique to make the flowers! I’m so tempted to give these a try, but I know they won’t be half as pretty as yours :)

    Your photos came out wonderfully, too. Awesome tutorial!

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 9:13 am

    Those look great. I love the easy diy instructions you gave.

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    MsGinkgo 5727 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:36 am

    Those are so amazing. I’m sure that if I tried and even if I followed your directions exactly mine would be a disaster! I am envious of your cookie decorating ability!!

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    atreyu547 3057 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:55 am

    Love them, I’m sure your guests will as well! :-)

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:02 pm

    Awesome tutorial! Can’t wait to try these out, though I doubt they’ll be as cute as yours ;)

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    mich605 16 posts, Newbee @ 1:54 pm

    SO pretty!!! They look so professional!
    Thank you for the awesome tutorial!
    I was wondering what did you use to color the icing?
    Especially the dark vibrant blue.

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    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:40 pm

    @mich605 I almost always use Chefmaster gel colors. If I remember correctly, for the blue one I used a mix between Royal Blue and Violet. Add a little a time, with a toothpick!

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