101 Essential Cookie Decorating Resources

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Whether you’re just getting started in the world of cookie decorating or you’re an experienced sugar artist, the web is an endless source of information and inspiration. The key to finding the best resources is knowing where to look. To make this easy, I’ve compiled a list of 101 of my favorite cookie decorating resources. These links contain the kind of information that you will find yourself constantly referring back to in all  of your cookie decorating adventures.

101 Essential Cookie Decorating Resources

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Click on a link below to skip to a section in the list or simply browse down the page to see all the amazing resources that are available to help make cookie decorating simple and fun for you!

Cut-Out Cookie Recipes

Icing Recipes

How To Make Sugar Cookies

How To Make Royal Icing

Cookie Decorating Techniques

How To Make Patterns With Icing

Sprinkles & Decorations

Cookie Photography

Cookie Decorating Tips & Tricks

Common Sugar Cookie and Royal Icing Problems

Cookie Decorating Planning & Organizing

Cookie Decorating Supplies

Places To Purchase Cookie Decorating Supplies

Places To Purchase Cookie Cutters

Places To Purchase Cookie Packaging

Cut-Out Cookie Recipes

1. My Favorite Sugar Cookies by sugarkissed.net

2. The End-All for Chocolate Cookies Recipe by LilaLoa

3. Brownie Roll-Out Cookies by Smitten Kitchen

3. Carrot Cake Roll Out Cookies by The Bearfoot Baker

mint chocolate chip cookies

4. Mint Chocolate Chip Cut-Out Cookies by Flour de Lis

Icing Recipes

5. Basic Royal Icing by Antonia74 via Haniela’s

6. Royal Icing That Won’t Dry Rock Hard by sugarkissed.net

7. An Alternative to Royal Icing by i am baker (video)

8. Glaze Icing by Cookie Crazie

9. Meringue Powder Buttercream by Karen’s Cookies (video)

10. Chocolate Royal Icing by The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle

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How To Make Sugar Cookies

11. Basics of Sugar Cookies and Royal Icing by Bee In Our Bonnet

12. Rolling Out Cookie Dough by TidyMom (video)

13. Putting Shapes Together To Create Custom Shapes by Bake at 350 (video)

14. How To Make Cookie Cutter Templates by Haniela’s

How To Make Royal Icing

15. Guide to Cookie Decorating Terminology by Montreal Confections (video)

16. Four Consistencies of Royal Icing by The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle

17. Icing Color Mixing and Bag Filling by Karen’s Cookies (video)

18. How To Outline and Fill in Cookies With Royal Icing by Sweetopia (video)

icing color chart

19. Printable Color Mixing Chart by The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle

20. Skin or Flesh Tone Icing by The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle

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Cookie Decorating Techniques

21. A Look at Piping by Montreal Confections (video)

22. Piping Overview and Printable Practice Sheet by Karen’s Cookies

23. Brush Embroidery Tutorial by Sweet Ambs (video)

24. How to Marble Royal Icing by Sweetopia (video)

25. Quilted Cookie Tutorial by Haniela’s

26. How To Make Lace Cookies by My Little Bakery (video)

27. How To Draw On Food With Edible Writers by The Decorated Cookie

28. Cookie Painting Technique by Arty McGoo (video)

29. Stenciling Technique Tips by Julia M. Usher

stamping cookies

30. Stamping Cookies by Sweet Hope Cookies

31. How To Transfer Designs Onto Cookies by sugarkissed.net

32. Airbrush Demonstration by Montreal Confections (video)

33. Using a Kopykake Projector by The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle

cookie press flowers

34. How To Make Cookie Press Cookies by sugarkissed.net

How To Make Patterns With Icing

35. Polka Dot Pattern Cookies by Glorious Treats

36. Plaid Pattern Cookies by The Decorated Cookie

Leopard High Heel Cookies

37. Leopard Print Pattern Cookies by sugarkissed.net

38. Tie Dye Pattern Cookies by Glorious Treats

39. Camouflage Pattern Cookies by Wonderland Cookie Company (a.k.a. Serendipitous Sweets)

40. Mini Flower Pattern Cookies by Simply Sweets by Honeybee

42. Filigree Pattern Cookies by Sweet Ambs (video)

43. Argyle Pattern Cookies by Pardon My Crumbs

44. Chevron Pattern Cookies by The Baked Equation

houndstooth cookies

45. Houndstooth Pattern Cookies by The Adventures of Sweet Sugarbelle

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Sprinkles & Decorations

46. Different Types of Cookie Accoutrements by Bake at 350

47. How to Apply Disco Dust to Wet Icing by Sweetopia

48. How To Apply Wet Luster Dust by Bake at 350 (video)

49. How To Apply Sanding Sugar to a Dry Cookie by Bake at 350 (video)

50. Make Your Own Sanding Sugar by The Adventures of Sweet Sugarbelle

How To Make Sprinkles | sugarkissed.net

51. How To Make Your Own Sprinkles by sugarkissed.net

52. Royal Icing Googly Eyes by HowDoesShe

53. Easy Swirl Roses by The Adventures of Sweet Sugarbelle

Cookie Photography

54. Cookie Photography for Dummies by The Adventures of Sweet Sugarbelle

55. Tips on Food Photography by Haniela’s

56. Food Photography Basics by The Way The Cookie Crumbles

57. Tips on Photographing Sweets by Sweetopia

58. Light Box Tutorial by The Bearfoot Baker

background boards

59. How To Make Background Boards for Your Pictures by The Bearfoot Baker

60. Background Color Makes A Difference by Cookie Crazie

Cookie Decorating Tips & Tricks

How To Make Cookie Pops

61. 4 Different Ways To Make Cookie Pops by sugarkissed.net

62. Save Hardened Royal Icing with a Plant Mister by One Tough Cookie

63. Keep Pet Hair Out of Icing by sugarkissed.net

64. Cookiers R Us forum (My personal favorite for getting questions answered!)

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Common Sugar Cookie & Royal Icing Problems

65. Sugar Cookie Troubleshooting by i am baker

66. Helping Cookies Keep Their Shape by Bake at 350

cookie decorating success

67. 10 Keys To Cookie Decorating Success by Sweetopia

68. Royal Icing Troubleshooting by Bake at 350

69. How To Prevent Your Icing From Bleeding by Sweetopia

70. Using A Heat Gun To Prevent Craters In Your Icing by Flour Box Bakery

Oil In Royal Icing

71. Keep Oil Out of Icing by sugarkissed.net

Cookie Decorating Planning & Organization

72. 6-Day Cookie Decorating Schedule by Sweetopia (printable)

73. Staying Organized While Decorating Cookies by Sweetopia

74. Baking Supplies, Storage & Organization by Love From The Oven

75. Storing Cookie Cutters by Sweet Hope Cookies

76. Cookie Cutter Organization by Annie’s Eats

77. Storage Containers for Piping Tips by The Bearfoot Baker

sprinkles rack

78. The Sprinkles Rack by Beneath the Rowan Tree

79. Cookie Cutter Maintenance by Prudent Baby

80. How to Clean Icing Tips by Bake at 350

Cookie Decorating Supplies

81. Basic Cookie Decorating Supplies and a Printable Shopping List by The Adventures of Sweet Sugarbelle

piping tip comparison

82. A Comparison of Wilton & PME Decorating Tips by Karen’s Cookies

83. Meringue Powder by Bake at 350

84. Icing Bottles by The Adventures of Sweet Sugarbelle

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Places To Purchase Cookie Decorating Supplies

bake it pretty

85. Bake It Pretty

86. Copper Gifts

87. Country Kitchen Sweetart

88. Fancy Flours

89. Global Sugar Art

90. Karen’s Cookies

91. Sweet!

92. Sugarcraft

Places To Purchase Cookie Cutters

93. Cheap Cookie Cutters

94. ecrandal

95. H.O. Foose Tinsmithing Co.

cookie cutter company

96. The Cookie Cutter Company

97. The Little Fox Factory

Places To Purchase Cookie Packaging

98.Box & Wrap

brp box shop

99. BRP Box Shop

100. Paper Mart

101. Uline

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A special thank you to all the bloggers that make this list possible by sharing their cookie decorating knowledge and kitchen adventures! If there are any resources that you love that are missing from this list, please share them in the comments section.

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54 Responses to 101 Essential Cookie Decorating Resources

  1. Lori Jo says:

    Wow!! Love this. Thanks for this amazing compilation of info

  2. Awesome blog post! What an amazing resource!!!! Thank you so much for including me, I feel honored!
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  3. I’ll definitely be bookmarking this for Christmas season–I always go into panic mode during the holidays because searching for tried-and-true sugar cookie recipes and royal icing tips is like searching for a needle in a haystack! Thanks, girl!!
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  4. TracyLH says:

    Thank you for doing this! What a great compilation!

    I saw that you said to include any other suggestions here in the comment box, so I have a really great one that I and a lot of other cookie decorators love and use. As this product that has really enhanced the flavor choices I can offer and has been such a hit with my cookie decorating friends as well, I would recommend the all-natural flavoring and extracts from Spices Etc. Their Clear Vanilla adds a great taste to my icing, won’t add a color tint and I love that it is all-natural, much better than the other options out there. Beyond that, they have a vast array of other great flavors, from citrus such as Lemon, Orange, Raspberry, Pomegranate, etc, to fun seasonal flavors such as Pumpkin Pie Spice, Maple, Brown Sugar, etc. and flavors in between. I sometimes do the same flavor in both the dough and icing or do one flavor in the dough and another in the icing. It is fun to come up with flavor combinations. For example, the Chocolate gives my Chocolate Cookie great depth which is then so good paired with a Raspberry icing. I get great reviews on the flavor of my cookies. I found out about them when Cook’s Illustrated named their Coconut #1. I tried it and it was fantastic and I have used many of them since. This has to be one of my favorite products out there. If you want to add it, here is a link to their all-natural flavorings/extracts: http://www.spicesetc.com/category/Natural-Flavorings Also, if you get on their e-mail list, you will get coupon codes for free shipping and other extras.

  5. Shauna says:

    This is AWESOME how you organized this.. I defiantly will be back..

  6. Hani says:

    This is awesome! Sharing on FB. Thank You.

  7. Donna Spears says:

    Oh jeez I’m drooling with this huge list!
    I love it thanks for sharing this!
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  8. What a wonderful resource! Wow, thanks so much for compiling it and for linking up!
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  9. Paula says:

    Cookiers everywhere will be indebted to you for this fantastic compilation of information. You certainly went to a lot of work to pull this all together and I know this post will be bookmarked and referred to countless of time by countless of cookie bakers and decorators. Fantastic job!
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  10. Margaret says:

    This is already a favorite! Thanks for compiling all this info!!

  11. Crystal says:

    WOW! What an awesome collection! I’d love for you to pop over and share it in Mommy Solutions!

    Crystal

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  12. tmana says:

    Followed the link here from the Wilton forums. My go-to sugar cookie and glaze recipes are from Better Homes and Gardens’ Holiday Cookies publication from 2008 (if I recall the date correctly offhand). One issue I run into is that our area is very humid, and my cookies can get very soft while I’m going through several iterations of base glaze and adding various colors of design (which the humidity can make “bleed”). Any ideas for handling this?

    • Janine says:

      I fight with the humidity too… it is off the charts here in TX during the summer! Although I don’t use glaze, sometimes there are bleeding issues with royal icing too. I would suggest making sure that the icing is thoroughly dry before adding another layer. Check out resource #69 on this post (How To Prevent Your Icing From Bleeding by Sweetopia) for more tips on how to avoid this issue.

      • tmana says:

        Oh, the icing is completely dry before adding the next layer. But subsequent humidity re-dampens the icing and dark colors bleed into the light ones. And the cookies become soft and friable.

        • Janine says:

          Hhmmm… that’s a tough one. Do you keep the A/C running? I’ve read suggestions to put the iced cookies in the oven with just the oven light on overnight. I tried it once and actually found it a little drying but it may be perfect for your issue. I would start with that and using a dehumidifier to get some of the moisture out of the air in your decorating area.

          Have you tried working with royal icing instead of glaze? What are the icing and cookie recipes that you use?

          • tmana says:

            We don’t have A/C here except in the bedroom (our apartment is in a century-plus-old house; A/C blows the circuit. Sometimes, even the microwave blows the circuit.) The oven is the only place I can store my mixing bowls (they occupy a stove burner when I need the oven, and even then it’s often a juggling act).

            I use the Woman’s Day Holiday Cookies recipe for ‘Basic Sugar Cookie”: 1 c butter, 1/2 c granulated sugar, 1/2 c powdered sugar, 1 egg, 1 t vanilla (or other flavor extract), 1 t baking powder (I prefer to use sodium-free when I can get it), 1 t salt (omitted), 2.5 c all-purpose flour (I use whole white wheat flour). The cookie glaze is from the same magazine, it’s powdered sugar, light corn syrup (sometimes replaced with honey, agave syrup, or maple syrup), milk (usually skim milk, occasionally replaced with lemon juice or other flavored fluid), and vanilla (or other flavor extract — omitted if I’ve used other flavoring).

          • Janine says:

            Unfortunately, the A/C situation could be contributing. Things I would try (not necessarily all at once): 1) use a dehumidifier, 2) remove up to 1 tbsp of egg from the cookie recipe (maybe experiment with other recipes too), 3) set cookies on paper towels when cooling to absorb oil, 3) use a fan to help dry the icing, 4) try royal icing instead of glaze, 5) set iced cookies in oven with only the light on (if u have the space to work with)

            Hope some of these suggestions help!

  13. Angie says:

    What a great post to share at Foodie Friends Friday, and coming up on the holidays is perfect timing….Thank you for sharing this at FFF. This post looks like it was very time consuming. Thank you again! Don’t forget to come back on Sunday to vote for your three favorites. And could you possibly add our party to the link parties that you love?
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    • Janine says:

      It’s my pleasure to share all these great resources, Angie. Thanks for your sweet comments! I have Foodie Friends Party listed under “Where to Party on Fridays” on my “Link Parties That I Love” page.

  14. This is getting pinned. It is a fab round up and perfect for a newb like me. This looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.
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  15. What a great list!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch!! I hope you will link up again. The party will be live tonight. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

  16. Julie says:

    This is some great information, Janine! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays! :)
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  17. Thanks so much for joining in with this week’s Say G’day Linky Party! This looks amazing! I have just shared this post on Google+ and am pinning it as well!

    Hope to see you again this Saturday.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  18. Jenny says:

    This is such an amazing resource! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m saw it over at Sharefest and had to run over to check it out!

  19. Wendy says:

    WOW, thank you so much. What a lot of hard work. What a kind heart.

  20. Wow, what an awesome resource! Thanks so much for linking up to Show & Share Wednesday, can’t wait to see what you link up this week! :)
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  21. Libra says:

    Llevo varios meses buscando información sobre las galletas decoradas con icing sugar, hoy he conocido su página y tengo que darle mis felicitaciones por el trabajo tan completo que ha hecho, sin duda facilitará mucho el acceso a la información y la resolución de dudas. Gracias por compartirlo. Libra

  22. Samantha D says:

    WOW!!! What a great list!!! I will Pin this to use in the future for sure!
    Thanks!
    Samantha
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  23. Linda says:

    This is a great reasource. Pinned it on several boards.
    Thanks for all the work to put this together and for sharing with What’d You Do This Weekend? Hope to see you again next week.

    Linda
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  24. Wow! What an amazing resource of information.
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.
    KC
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  27. Irina says:

    Wow, thank you so much! Absolutely, totally the best selection of information.

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