How to Make Lace-Trim Decorated Cookies

How to Make Lace-Trim Decorated Cookies

Want to add a fun, feminine detail onto just about any decorated cookie? How about a little lace trim made from royal icing?


This simple technique just takes a piping bag and a flat - food ONLY - paintbrush! Well, you'll also need royal icing (this is my foolproof royal icing recipe) and cut-out cookies. (I used my vanilla bean cut-out cookie recipe for these.) 


How to Make Lace-Trim Decorated Cookies

How to Make Lace-Trim Decorated Cookies


You'll need:


[NOTE: For these cookies, I'm adding the lace trim to a "naked" cookie before continuing on with the decorating. You can absolutely use this technique on a cookie that has been flooded. BE SURE the cookie is COMPLETELY DRY before adding the lace detail.]


How to Make Lace-Trim Decorated Cookies

Start by piping a series of curved lines along the edge of the cookie. Do several at a time, but not too many as piping consistency royal icing will start to dry quickly. 


Dampen a Filbert paintbrush (used only for food) in water and blot on a paper towel.


What is a Filbert paintbrush anyway?


A Filbert brush is a flat paintbrush with a soft, curved tip. It'll give that rounded look of lace more so than a flat paintbrush. I realize I've mentioned this 17 times already but have dedicated food-only brushes for cookies. I keep a stash of them in my kitchen cabinet near the sprinkles, so I never mix my brushes.


How to Make Lace-Trim Decorated Cookies

Place the paintbrush into the piped icing and pull down. Wipe the brush on a paper towel every so often, re-dampening as needed. Repeat. 


How to Make Lace-Trim Decorated Cookies

Now your lace trim is ready for any decorating your little heart desires. Here's what I did...


How to decorate lace-trim, polka-dot heart cookies


Use lace technique as above. 


How to Make Lace-Trim, Polka-Dot Heart Decorated Cookies

Use a #2 tip to pipe the outline of a heart, leaving the royal icing lace exposed.


Thin pink and white icing with water a bit at a time, stirring gently until the icing is thinned to a 3-second consistency. When a ribbon of icing is dropped back into the bowl, it will disappear in a 3-second count. If too thin, add in more sifted powdered sugar. 


Cover with a damp dishtowel and let sit for several minutes. 


Pour icing into squeeze bottles. For small dots, use a bottle like Sugarbelle's icing bottles with the removable tip and swap the tip for one with a small opening. 


How to Make Lace-Trim, Polka-Dot Heart Decorated Cookies

Working 6 cookies at a time, fill in the outline with thinned pink icing. Use a toothpick to guide to edges and pop any large air bubbles. 


How to Make Lace-Trim, Polka-Dot Heart Decorated Cookies

Starting with the first cookie filled (or flooded to use the cookie term), add dots on top of the wet pink icing with the white. 


[Optional: wait at least one hour, then add some piped flower and leaf details.]


Let the cookies dry uncovered for 6-8 hours or overnight.


How to Make Lace-Trim, Polka-Dot Heart Decorated Cookies

These cookies are part of a set that I cannot wait to show you later this week! Can you guess the theme? 

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  1. Thank you so much for the step by step tutorial for how to decorate these adorable "girly" cookies ! I see so many adaptations that can be made to the original design...

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