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4th of July Dipped Cookies with Royal Icing Transfers

Step 1:  Start with a bowl of white royal icing. The icing should be a little thinner than your usual flooding consistency. 


Step 2:  Drizzle in your red royal icing going back and forth to create a random pattern of lines. Repeat with the blue royal icing. 

Step 3: Drag the tip of a scribe tool (or toothpick) back and forth through the icing a bit. We’re not mixing, just blending a little bit on the surface! 

Step 4: Once your icing is ready, hold a cookie gently by the sides and dip flat into the icing, making sure to make contact fully across the surface of the cookie. Lift the cookie out of the icing and allow any excess to drip back into the bowl. Flip the cookie over, and allow the icing to settle into place (feel free to give it a little shake to get things to smooth out). Use a scribe tool or toothpick to nudge icing into any empty spots and to pop any air bubbles. Repeat the process for your next cookie, and allow everything to fully dry.

Royal Icing Transfers

From here, you can quite literally put anything you want on top of the dipped cookie, or leave it as is! Here are a few examples of royal icing designs you can pipe directly on your cookies, or make them as royal icing transfers like Sarah did here. 

See what pre-made royal icing transfers we have in stock here.

Click here to read our full blog on making your own royal icing transfers.

Making It Metallic ✨

First, draw your design onto your cookie with a plain old black edible marker. (For this video Sarah colored over the entire transfer.) You want to work relatively quickly, so that the marker lines themselves are still a little bit tacky pretty consistently across the design (think: if you pressed your fingertip onto the marker lines, you would come away with transfer on your finger); if you take a little longer to sketch out your design, just do a quick re-trace of the areas you did first to reactivate the ink.


Once you have a consistent ink line across the cookie, use a fan brush to tap a little bit of emerald green luster dust across the cookie, and gently use the bristles of the fan brush to work the dust across the marker lines. Once the lines are fully covered, sweep the fan brush back and forth across the cookie to remove excess dust. Those plain black marker lines will have turned to gold (errrr...green) right before your eyes, taking your design to the next level.

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