How To Transfer Designs Onto Cookies (Tutorial)

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It all starts with a creative cookie idea that includes a design you just can’t draw freehand. Well, you don’t need to scrap the idea and you don’t need to run out and by a Kopykake projector! Believe it or not, you can simply trace your design and transfer it onto your cookie. Creative Cookier, meet The Royal Icing Transfer…

1. Print out the images you want to transfer in the actual size that you want them to be on your cookies.

2. Lightly grease a transparency sheet with Crisco and set the sheet on top of your printout. If you are worried about the sheet moving, you can tape it down.

3. With royal icing, trace the designs onto the greased transparency sheet. All your typical royal icing rules apply here. So, you may need to pipe a section of the image and let it dry before piping the next. Simply set the transparency sheet aside while the icing dries and then re-align it to the images when you are ready to continue piping.

How to Transfer Designs Onto Cookies

4. When you finish piping all your royal icing transfers, let them completely dry, preferably overnight.

5. Once completely dry, you can easily slide the royal icing transfers off of the transparency sheets. To apply them to your cookies, you can then either flood your cookies with icing and set the royal icing transfers on the wet icing or squirt some icing on the back of your royal icing transfer to use as glue.

Royal Icing Transfer

Important Note: Royal icing transfers break easily. Always, always, always make extras! To reduce breakage, choose designs without long thin limbs and pipe your icing in a thick layer.

How To Transfer Design Onto Cookie

What creative ways have you used to get a design onto a cookie?

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41 Responses to How To Transfer Designs Onto Cookies (Tutorial)

  1. Pamela says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this, now I know how to do this! Can you add this to my Heavenly Treats Dessert Link Party

  2. This is great! Will definitely have to try this technique out. Thank you!

  3. Kayla says:

    This is a great tip! I’m just getting into making these sorts of cookies (I’m not so good with icing) and little tricks like this make all the difference! Thank you for sharing =D I have a bachelorette party coming up, and I’m sure I’ll find a use for some naughty cookies! Hey, if you have a second I’d love for you to link up to Sweet Sharing Monday!

    • Janine says:

      I hope you give this technique a try, Kayla. It just takes your cookies to a whole new level! I made some pig cookies this way and they came out so cute! On my way to check out your link party.

  4. Wow! Love the superhero theme, so awesome!

  5. I’ve only tried royal icing transfers once and it was a disaster, but I was trying to make snowflakes and I was piping them too thin. I want to make some 4th of July cookies again. I should try it again. I’d love if you shared this over at Whatcha Whipped Up Wednesday.
    I’m pinning for future reference.

    • Janine says:

      Dawn, snowflakes do sound like a challenge! The thicker the better with royal icing transfers. They just break so darn easily. On my way to check out your link party!

  6. I love this idea so need to try it out one day

  7. What a great idea! I love this method. Totally going to use it!

  8. This is an idea that I am sure will come in handy! Thanks!

  9. Wow!!! when I do a cake I print the design and prick through onto the icing then pipe over, but have never tried this… Thank you!
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    • Janine says:

      I just recently tried the pin hole technique too, Ruth. It works well when you don’t want to do the transfers. I just find it hard to see the little holes :)

  10. Would love to follow you, do you do bloglovin’ I couldn’t find you…
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  11. Jamie says:

    I was always under the impression that royal icing and grease don’t mix and if RI gets near grease that it will seperate and turn into a giant mess. So my question is do I pipe the RI directly onto the Crisco and have you ever had any problems with this? Also, do you think a thick, smooth sheet protector would work? This way you wouldn’t have to worry about the design moving. Just a thought! Thank you so much for all your help!

  12. Ashley says:

    love these, and my dad will too! will definitely have to give them a try!!!
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  13. Bethany says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  14. I’ve done buttercream transfers before, but had no idea that you could do the same with royal icing on cookies. Very cool!
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  15. Visiting from Share the Love Sundays linky party. Love these tips.
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  16. mfashforward says:

    Would love for you to share this at my up where we pin all those who join to our party board

  17. I can’t wait to try this with the kids! Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)
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  18. janelle says:

    great idea, thanks for sharing!

  19. Wow! Those look awesome! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday.

  20. Love these! We have a thing for capes LOL! Found on Mop It Up Mondays :)

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