Using corn syrup to apply printed frosting sheets to cookies...

Once upon a time, there was a cookie maker who had a dedicated printer for frosting sheets with edible ink. The printer caused so many headaches that the cookie maker banished it to a land far, far away called The Dumpster. The cookie maker wised up, started purchasing printed frosting sheets from the kingdom known as Etsy, and everyone lived happily ever after.

That's how the story starts. If you want more info on having an icing printer of your own, please check out this post from years ago. If you want to save your sanity, let someone else do it for you. ;) 

How to use corn syrup to apply printed frosting sheets to cookies...
I've always applied frosting sheets using the same method: pressing the image directly onto wet royal icing. The problem with this is, the edges will curl. It was driving me a little crazy, so I decided to try applying using corn syrup. I'd heard many raves about this method from other cookie makers. 

First, apply a base layer of royal icing to your cookies and let dry completely. 

How to use corn syrup to apply printed frosting sheets to cookies...
I ordered pre-cut round images and it was so much nicer than trying to cut a perfect circle on my own. (I am scissor-challenged....my circle are always wonky and I can't cut a straight line to save my life.) 

How to use corn syrup to apply printed frosting sheets to cookies...

How to use corn syrup to apply printed frosting sheets to cookies...
Once the icing is completely dry, use a brush to apply a thin layer of light corn syrup to each cookie.

How to use corn syrup to apply printed frosting sheets to cookies...
Place the image on top, lightly smoothing all over, including the edges.

How to use corn syrup to apply printed frosting sheets to cookies...
That's it.

How to use corn syrup to apply printed frosting sheets to cookies...
I like to add a decorative border to cookies with printed images. A small star tip used with thick royal icing works like a charm. 

Pros of using corn syrup:
  • quick and easy
  • divides the work into two days
  • no curled edges
Cons of using corn syrup:
  • the tops remain somewhat sticky
  • color from the image seemed to bleed, especially when frozen
  • frosting sheet remained separate as opposed to "melting" into wet royal icing

My conclusion: I think I'd rather cover curled edges with a border than have cookies that are somewhat sticky and susceptible to bleeding. 

How to use corn syrup to apply printed frosting sheets to cookies...
Here are a couple of my favorite cookies made using frosting sheets: All Saint's Day and Uncle Mike's Birthday.

Have you tried frosting sheets on cookies? What application method do you prefer? 


5 comments

  1. May I inquire which shop you prefer? I've tried two shops so far and have discovered that the colors from their printers are terrifyingly off (or they ran out of one color ink mid print but printed the rest of my order anyway so that half my sheets were one color and half another color, sometimes even in the middle of a single image!).

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  2. Thanks for sharing! Timely for me. I had Kroger print out two images for me to put on a cake. . .never done this before. I'll have icing on hand for the edges. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I use this method all the time except I thin out the corn syrup with vodka before brushing it on. I then pipe a border and let it dry. The corn syrup dries completely and I don't get color bleed and they have frozen great!

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  4. The first time I used icing images, I applied them to cookies while the icing was wet. The images sank slightly into the middle of the icing and the edges curled up. Not good. So I put out an SOS on a cookie Facebook page I belong to and was advised to let the RI dry then use corn syrup to adhere them. I have had good results (no stickiness on top, no color bleed, smooth tops) and some not so good results. My last batch of cookies were sticky to the touch and no matter how much I smoothed out the images after applying them, I got air bubbles. After reading the above comment about thinning the corn syrup with vodka - I think straight corn syrup is too thick to use for this. Just my opinion! :)

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