In this tutorial, you will learn how to decorate a gingerbread cookie into a cute little chicken with a pretty pink hair bow by using royal icing.
Wedding Cookie Ideas
Having cookies at weddings is not a new concept but when customers get creative with the design of their cookies for their special day, well things can get interesting. We will certainly consider any requests a customer may have, then we have a ponder, go straight to Pinterest or Google and have a search to get inspired and then maybe sketch something and come up with some solutions.
Recently we had a customer asking for a cookie which resembled a Polaroid with a portrait of the happy couple in it, so we though that’s a cute idea as we’ve done a similar design with a cartoon look to it. But there was a twist, she wanted them to be Superheroes. Um okay, I mean who doesn’t want to have Superheroes. So we asked the burning question – which two Superheroes?
The answer was… Batman for the groom and Wonder Woman for the Bride, a couple of designs were mocked up and here are the results!
What type of food coloring do we use for cookie decorating?
In the video below we discuss all the different types of food color dyes that we use in our Royal Icing to decorate our gingerbread cookies with.
The type we use is normally dependent on color and consistency required for our icing.
Check out this video of us going through the different types of cookie cutters that we use to make our gingerbread cookies out of.
Diamonds are a girls’ best friend as they say, and if you were to give out diamonds to your guests as wedding favors then I’m sure you will gain a whole bunch of new best friends, but who are you?
Are you making it rain with diamonds?! I should think NOT!
But here is the next best thing.
Diamond Cookies and if you have the time soon to be bride or grooms to make them yourself for your guests then here is our tutorial to show you how.
First, find a trusty recipe to make the base of the cookie. Either source a cookie cutter in the shape of a diamond or hand cut them.
In this situation we were making about a dozen so hand cutting them is easy enough. But if you need to make over a hundred I suggest sourcing a cutter for your own sanity. However, if this is for a small batch then get yourself on Google image, type in “Diamond Silhouette” and ta-da, a breath of diamond shapes to choose from!
Print it out and take a piece of baking paper and trace over it, cut it out and you’ve got your stencil.
Now onto the fun part, the actually decorating of the cookie.
- Using a Wilton 2 nozzle and thick icing outline the diamond shaped cookie.
- Then flood the cookie , leave that cookie for a few hours to completely dry (in colder weather you might need to leave this overnight to make it dries completely).
- Next comes the detailing which might require a few practice goes if you don’t feel too confident, especially with piping straight lines. Use the thick icing again as you did for the outline and create a border of the cookie shape, then add your diamond detail.
- Leave that to dry for few hours and there you go! You are done, package them as you wish and delight your guests with this edible gift.
Full Video Tutorial
So what do two Asian girls living in Melbourne know about traditional Oktoberfest Heart Shaped Cookies called Lebkuchen?
Well honestly nothing much.
We know so little about it, that we haven’t even been to the Oktoberfest festival in Munich to see what it’s like yet (although we have been to Munich, so maybe that gives us a smidge of street credit…I hope). But as we make gingerbread biscuits and we have a heart shaped cookie cutter and we’re based in Australia we’ve gotten plenty of orders for these Lebkuchen which mean’s we’ve had to study these little beauties and try to replicate them to the best of our abilities (which is more Kawaii then German…).
These German cookies definitely require a certain unique technique to make them exactly like the Oktoberest style love hearts. However we’ve improvised and came up with our own interpretations of it and we’re going to show you how, in case you were interested on making some this October!
Firstly let’s start with the basics; make or find a heart shaped cookie. Try to find a standard cookie size of about 8.5cm across in diameter or larger, any smaller than that and it might be hard to fit any sort of decorative flair in the middle once that elaborate border has taken up most of the surface area.
Depending on the type of cookie you have made, we sometimes like to flood the whole cookie with brown thin icing. This makes the border and writing stick a bit more firmly to the cookies. We have done them without flooding the cookie too and most of the time its fine, occasionally though we found the border does break off, especially on humid days. But if you live in a dry area, not a problem and just skip this step.
Our heart here is shaped about 11cm across in diameter so we’re using a large circle piping nozzle (Wilton 5, for a standard cookie a Wilton 3 will work fine).
Starting from the middle of the heart start moving the piping bottle in an upwards and downward motion with your hands while moving your hand along the outer edges of the heart.
TIP: You don’t have to do this border in one go, you can pause, turn the cookie so your hands are not forced to be in an uncomfortable position.
You can stop right here with the border and leave it as a single layer. But in this case we wanted to add an extra colour so with a slightly thinner nozzle (Wilton 3 or Wilton 2 for a smaller heart) I go around the edge of the heart again in the same up and down motion with the hand.
Leave that to the side and let the border dry for a few hours (longer waiting time in colder weather) so when you get ready to do the middle you don’t accidently smug the border with your hands.. but we’re professionals (*cough*) and we’re going to go straight into it!
Watch the video below for the full tutorial and to see how we decorate the middle, but you can go off the path and do it anyway you like because there are no rules.
However for some ideas have a look at what we’ve created before or try to use some of these common phrases that seem to appear on these traditional biscuits.
Prost = Cheers
Ich liebe dich = I love you
Held = Hero
Mein Traumprinz – Prince Charming
Weil I Di mog = Because I like you
Ich bin Single = I am single (for all our single ladies out there, hola!)
Es ist Aus = It is over (dumped by a cookie… better than a post-it (SATC reference) right audience)
Whatever message and decorations you choose have fun with it, and if it all goes to shizz just eat it and hid the evidence.. that’s what we do.
Oktoberfest Gingerbread Cookie video tutorial
Happy decorating GC Peeps!
Janet & Michelle
The people of Melbourne LOVE coffee, so we thought it was only fitting to create a coffee cup cookie design with a slight cute twist!
Check the the quick and simple tutorial below.
It seems like everyone is obsessed with donuts these days and we are no exception!
That’s why we’ve turned the donut into a cookie, with this super quick and easy tutorial.
Although Halloween is not as big here in Australia, it doesn’t mean that we cannot celebrate with some super cute Halloween cookies!
Check out our Halloween designs for this year, and if you like them and are in Melbourne then you can come to our decorating class to learn how to create them yourselves.
For more details on our class, click here.
Check out all our Melbourne Decorating Classes here.
Here is our tutorial on decorating Elsa from everyone’s favorite Disney movie; Frozen!!
Super simple to follow and all you need to create the stencil is an Elsa image that you can google and then just cut out and trace onto either baking paper or plastic paper like what we used in the video.