Decorating sugar cookies is a ton of fun when you have ample time and the right equipment. Give yourself at least 1-2 hours to decorate sugar cookies as they do require you to be patient.
Tips and Tricks for Decorating Sugar Cookies
How to outline a sugar cookie
- When you outline your sugar cookies, you should use a thick icing so the icing doesn’t fall off the side of the cookie.
- Flood the cookie with a thinner icing. Use a tiny bit of water to thin out the icing for flooding sugar cookies.
- For outlining a sugar cookie the best technique is by touching your cookie with the icing, let it flow, then lift the icing so it floats onto the cookie. This gives the cookies beautiful esthetic lines.
What tip do you use to outline cookies?
Use tip #2 to outline cookies.
Sprinkles can be added at a couple different points.
- Add sprinkles right when the cookies come out of the oven. The warmth of the cookies melt the sprinkles a little bit so they stick to the cookie. Do not press the sprinkles into the cookie, as this will put a dent in the cookie.
- Add sprinkles right after flooding your cookie. The sprinkles will adhere to the icing as it dries.
- Add sprinkles after putting your designs on the cookie. The sprinkles will adhere to the design above the flooded cookie
Do sprinkles melt in the oven
Yes. Sprinkles melt in the oven. Add your sprinkles after your sugar cookies come out of the oven so they only melt enough to adhere to the cookie.
How long should you wait before flooding cookies
- wait a minimum of 20 minutes after your cookie has come out of the oven.
- cookies need to be fully cooling before flooding, or the icing will melt and go over the sides of the sugar cookie
How long should you wait after flooding cookies to put more icing on
- wait minimum 4 hours after flooding your cookies to put more icing on.
- ideally wait overnight for your flooded cookie to dry
- Colors can bleed if you don’t wait long enough for the flooded color to dry
How much food coloring do you put in sugar cookies
Food coloring is completely dependent on your personal preference. Add 1-2 drops if you want a lighter color for your sugar cookies icing. Add more as needed, but only add 1-2 drops of food coloring at a time to adjust the coloring of the icing as needed.
Why you should use your cookie cutters upside down
Turning your cookie cutters upside down gives you a whole new perspective and now you can use it for a completely different purpose.
Turning a gingerbread man upside down will give you a shape of a reindeer
Turning a snowman upside down will give you the shape of an angel.
How to write on sugar cookies
- use piping tip #1 or #2 and use icing to write on sugar cookies
- use an edible marker to draw and write on your sugar cookies. Edible markers come in a huge variety of colors, not just black marker.
Have your sugar cookies baked, flooded, and dried before stamping your sugar cookies.
- Place a sponge or stamp pad in a small shallow bowl. If you don’t have one, just make sure to put a very small amount of dye in your bowl
- Use gel food coloring and a tiny bit of water and emulsify them together. Mix together until you get a nice consistency.
- Obtain your clean stamp and gently dip your stamp into the food coloring.
- Blog excess food coloring onto a paper towel.
- Stamp your cookie gently, so you get a nice clean stamp and will not damage your flooded icing.
- Let it dry and store in an airtight container.