Cookie Decorating 101: Essential Tools and Techniques for Decorating Like a Pro

Cookie decorating is a fun and therapeutic way to spend a few hours.

  • Start with a clean and smooth surface. Use a spatula or blade grater to remove any bumps or rough edges on the surface and edges of your cookie before decorating. Sometimes you may wish to turn the cookie over and ice the back.
  • Use a good quality icing. Royal icing and fondant are great options for decorating cookies. Choose one that will hold its shape and harden well.
  • Invest in the right tools. A piping bag with a variety of tips, a small offset spatula, and toothpicks are all useful tools for cookie decorating.
  • Plan your cookie design on paper before you start decorating.
  • Practice your piping technique on a piece of parchment paper before decorating your cookies. This will help you get comfortable with the piping bag and give you a chance to perfect your technique.
  • Keep your icing covered with a damp cloth or plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out while you work.
  • Use a piping bag to pipe a line of icing around the outside of the cookie and then fill in by flooding the icing evenly across the surface of the cookie. Use the toothpick to smooth out and pop any air bubbles.
  • Experiment with different colours and designs. Don’t be afraid to try something new and creative.
  • Use a steady hand and gentle pressure when piping icing onto the cookie.
  • Allow the icing to dry completely before adding any additional decorations or details.

Have fun! Cookie decorating is a creative and enjoyable activity, so don’t stress too much about making everything perfect. Just enjoy the process and have fun experimenting with different designs and techniques.

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