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).


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


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.


This is how the thick icing should look.


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.



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


Now you are ready. Start outlining your cookies.



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


Start flooding your cookies.


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


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.


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


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


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



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!


I hope everyone likes them at the shower!


Mrs. Weather Vane

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  1. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 9:00 am

    Oh. my. goodness. These are ADORABLE! You have some SERIOUS skills, lady!

  2. phonebooth Member
    Mrs. Phone Booth 57 posts, Worker bee @ 9:17 am

    First of all, LOVE the cookies and technique. Second… you BLEW my mind with the paper cone. I love to decorate cookies and use the pipe and flood technique but have never heard of paper cones! It totally alleviates the need for tons of couplers and tips. Thanks, Miss Weather Vane!

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:26 am

    These are so, so cute, Miss Weather Vane! I could never pull this off – I’m so impressed. I would definitely take pictures of these as a guest before I devoured them. :)

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    jlc3 1252 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:37 am

    Wow! They look so freaking fancy! :) Good job! I am totally saving this blog post for the next time I make sugar cookies!

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    mrsrevolutionize 1441 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:46 am

    Oh my gosh, these are so beautiful! And you make it look so easy!

  6. rucksack Member
    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 9:46 am

    Those are gorgeous – and with your tutorial I think even I may be able to pull them off!

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    waltzdreams 422 posts, Helper bee @ 9:58 am

    Those are cute! I have a feeling that I wouldn’t be able to get them looking as nice and neat as you did, but they might be fun to try. Thanks for the tips and hope your shower goes well. :)

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    krissymarie2792 9 posts, Newbee @ 10:18 am

    Soooo sooo cute!!!

  9. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:24 am

    Those are so PRETTY!

  10. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:30 am

    those look amazing!

    (oh man, I have been looking *everywhere* for a good sugar cookie recipe, so excited to try this out!)

  11. wellies Member
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:08 am

    They look fantastic! Yum! :)

  12. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:59 pm

    Oh wow! You have skills, girl! I’m going to have to test out your recipe this weekend.

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    Mrs. Milk Cow 215 posts, Helper bee @ 1:12 pm

    You are so talented – those cookies are amazing! And I’m sure they’re delicious.

  14. jetsetter Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 2:05 pm

    These are GORGEOUS! Thanks for the tutorial, almost makes me think I can pull these off! 😉

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    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:14 pm

    Those are fabulous, I LOVE them, you are so talented!

  16. campfire Member
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:11 pm

    I’m so excited that you posted this! I’m helping host a baby shower and I offered to make cookie favors!

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 7:25 pm

    These are beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial.

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    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:39 pm

    @Miss Parisian: Thanks! :)
    @Miss Phone Booth: Paper cones are the best! But be warned, you must make plenty in advance, since they are not reusable.
    @Mrs. Palm Tree: @WaltzDreams: @Mrs. Jet Setter: You all can pull them of! Honestly they are easy :)

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    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:41 pm

    @Mrs. Panda: You’ll love this recipe. And the best part is you don’t have to sift the flour! I couldn’t believe it either, but the results are always flawless. And the cookies are yummy! Let me know how it goes. I also have other recipe that I love, if you want it let me know!

    @Mrs. Campfire: Great! Let me know if you have any questions!

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    Lili, Guest @ 10:02 pm

    This is amazing Ms Weather Vane! They look so beautiful and you taught me something! :) do you have a good sugar cookie recipe that comes out crispy and not soft?

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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! :)

  23. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 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 8808 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 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 3097 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:55 am

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

  27. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 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 19 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.

  29. weathervane Member
    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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