Cookie Rookie -- How Do I Make Decorated Sugar Cookies??!


Cooke dough and cutters

COOKIE DECORATING BASICS

Do you want to learn to make incredible (and DELICIOUS!!) decorated sugar cookies but don't know where to start? I've got you covered!! The tutorials in this section will get you started with everything you need to know about making decorated cookies!!



* How to make and bake the perfect sugar cookie
* No chill and no-spread cookie recipes (including recipes for special diets)
* How to choose the rolling pin that is right for YOU
* Mixing and prepping royal icing
* Icing recipes
* Icing consistency
* Icing colors - mixing, palettes, and color formulas
* How much icing should I make?
* Basic decorating skills
* A cookie decorating toolkit - What to buy when you are just starting out
* A decorating timeline - how soon can you start those cookies? (and a decorating checklist)
* Frequent cookie decorating abbreviations
* Troubleshoot your icing issues
* Where to buy cookie cutters, stencils, molds, and other supplies

And don't forget to check out this ADVICE FOR BEGINNING COOKIE DECORATORS from twelve expert decorators!!


Decorated sugar cookies for a birthday


INTERMEDIATE COOKIE DECORATING TIPS

If you've decorated cookies a few times (or more) and are solidly hooked...these cookie decorating tutorials will help you develop your skill and take your gorgeous sugar cookies to the next level!



* Using a dehydrator to speed set your icing, avoid craters, and get shiny icing
* How to use fondant molds and the top 10 molds every decorator should own
* How to package cookies for shipping
* Tips for better lettering
* Photography tips for cookie decorators
* How to make cookie decorating videos
* Luster dust, petal dust, pixie dust
* How to package decorated cookies
* 21 tips for cookie bouquets
* How to turn ANY set of cookies into a cookie bouquet
* How to piece together a cookie from more than one cutter...and have it stay together
* Royal icing transfers - how to make them, remove them, and use them


Fancy decorated sugar cookies with a nautical theme

FREQUENTLY ASKED COOKIE DECORATING QUESTIONS

Answers to commonly asked question from beginning to advanced cookie decorators. 


* Why do my cookies spread when I bake them? How can I stop it?
* How can I make sure that my dough is an even thickness every time? 
* What is the difference between a Pico projector and a KopyKake projector?
* What Pico should I get? How do I set it up? Why isn't it working? (and many other Pico questions)
* Can I freeze my dough/icing/cookies?
* Can I decorate cookies with butter cream?
* How can I make my icing shiny?
* How do I make Paint-Your-Own cookies?
* My circles always get wonky when I bake them. How can I bake perfect circles?
* How can I make my icing more puffy?
* How do I make my own cookie cutters?
* How do I hand cut custom cookie shapes?
* I want to make ruffles or flowers...but they need stiff royal icing. Won't that dry super hard and break someone's teeth? Is there a solution?
* Someone asked me to copy a design from another decorator. Is that okay? What's the best practice for using inspiration and crediting other decorators?
* How can I make red icing without using an entire bottle of food coloring? (And general tips on making dark icing colors.)
* How can I make black icing without using an entire bottle of food coloring?


Have a question that I haven't answered? Leave it in the comments below and I'll add it to the list!!