Día De Los Muertos Cookies with Sprinkle Pop Sprinkles!

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I’m getting into the fall holiday spirit with these sugar skull cookies, complete with Sprinkle Pop’s Día De Los Muertos mix! Sign up for their mailing list to get 20% off your first order and shop their full line of fall sprinkle mixes at https://sprinklepop.shopHurry, supplies are limited!

Scroll down for the supply list and time lapse video.

Supply List:

  • Día De Los Muertos Sprinkle Mix from Sprinkle Pop (Please read this note from Sprinkle Pop’s website before placing your order: “…the sugar skull pieces make up a small percentage of the sprinkle mix. As a point of reference you may expect to see 4-6 pieces in a 4 oz bottle. A 2oz sample size bag may only have 2-3 pieces. Please select your size accordingly.”)

  • Roll-out cookie dough (use your favorite recipe or get mine in the tutorial shop)

  • Skull template (below)

  • 2-3/4″ round cookie cutter

  • Yellow edible ink marker
  • Flood consistency royal icing for flooding

  • Stiff consistency royal icing for ruffles (See my post on Royal Icing for more on icing consistencies.)
  • 12″ decorating bags
  • Couplers
  • Decorating tip 3, 2, 1, petal tip 101

  • Scribe tool

  • Food coloring: Pink, Orange, Yellow and Blue from the Wilton Color Right set

  • Round decorator brush from the Wilton 5 piece set

Right click on the template below to save it and print it out.


  • After baking and allowing the cookies to dry completely, use the template and a yellow edible ink marker to trace the eyes, nose and mouth onto the cookie.

  • Flood around those areas with white flood consistency and a decorating tip 3.

  • Use a scribe tool to evenly distribute the icing and then allow the icing to dry 6 to 12 hours, or until it is completely dry.

  • Fill in the eyes and nose with green, pink, and purple flood consistency royal icing and a decorating tip 2.

  • Use a scribe tool to evenly distribute the icing and then allow the icing to dry about 30 minutes.

  • Fill in the mouth with purple flood consistency royal icing and a decorating tip 2. Dip the wet icing into the sprinkles. Use a brush to help move the sprinkles into place.

  • Pipe details with purple medium consistency royal icing and a decorating tip 2 and dip the wet icing into the sprinkles (pipe and dip small sections at a time so that the icing doesn’t crust over before you get the sprinkles on).

  • Attach the sugar skull decorations and other sprinkles with the purple icing.

  • Pipe two layers of ruffles with stiff consistency royal icing and a petal tip 101 on the round cookies.

  • Fill the center with purple flood consistency royal icing and dip the wet icing into the sprinkles.

  • Place a sugar skull decoration in the center of the cookie.

Monarch Butterfly Cookies! {Collab with Haniela’s}

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I was inspired to make these monarch butterfly cookies when I came across Haniela’s mesmerizing monarch butterfly cake tutorial on Facebook.

I decided to pipe my monarch butterfly cookies by hand, but Hani’s use of a stencil to decorate her butterfly cake is a wonderful technique, especially if you don’t feel comfortable doing the design freehand.

Hani also created her own set of butterfly cookies using a stencil. Look how beautiful they are! I love the contrast of the chocolate cookie under the vibrant colors. You can see how she made these in her video tutorial here on YouTube.

My monarch butterfly cookies have an orange and yellow edible watercolor wash underneath the black outlines. Get the full supply list and written instructions below:

Supply list:


1) Begin by icing a butterfly cookie with white flood consistency royal icing and a decorating tip 3.

2) Use a scribe tool to evenly distribute the icing.

3) Allow the icing to dry completely (it takes about 6-12 hours for the icing to dry. I always let my cookies sit overnight to be on the safe side!).

4) Combine orange and yellow food coloring with a few drops of grain alcohol, vodka, or any flavor extract, such as vanilla, lemon, or almond.

5) Apply the color to the icing with a soft round brush.

6) Pipe the details with black medium consistency royal icing and a decorating tip 1 or 1.5

7) Use a scribe tool to help smooth the icing on the thicker areas.

8) Add white dots with white flood consistency royal icing and a decorating tip 1 or 1.5.

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Watercolor Brush Embroidered Cookie Tutorial and Martha Bakes Sweepstakes!

This post is sponsored by Domino® Sugar.

When I think of Martha Stewart, I think of perfection, innovation, and of course, baking! Over a decade ago, I found myself flipping through the pages of Martha Stewart Handmade Cookie Decorating. I’d just graduated from culinary school and was trying to figure out my next move. I had dabbled in cake decorating using buttercream, royal icing, and chocolate, I’d made baked goods for neighbors’ parties, worked at a couple of bakeshops, but I hadn’t yet found my passion. Once I made my first batch of cookies, I was hooked (see one of the first sets of cookies inspired by Martha Stewart from way back when at the bottom of this post along with my first attempt at brush embroidery!). I’ve made thousands of cookies since then, experimenting with new techniques and perfecting old ones.

This set of Watercolor Brush Embroidered is a twist on one of the first techniques I used when I started decorating with royal icing. If you’ve been following me since the beginning, you know that my style has evolved over the years from subdued colors and antique-inspired designs to a brighter color palette and designs inspired by pop culture (rainbow leopard print anyone?). Even though my style has changed, I still take great care in decorating my cookies, just like I did when I made those first cookies inspired by Martha. While perfection is impossible, it doesn’t stop me from striving to achieve it 🙂

Speaking of Martha, I have a super exciting opportunity to share with you from Domino® Sugar! Visit www.marthabakesnyc.com to enter for a chance to win a trip to New York City and meet Martha Stewart! One lucky winner will attend a live taping of Martha Stewart’s Emmy®-nominated cooking show, Martha Bakes, plus take part in an exclusive meet-and-greet with America’s most beloved expert baker and teacher. Sweepstakes ends September 12, 2018.

Now, on to the tutorial!

I used Domino® Sugar’s Brown Sugar Cutout Cookie Recipe for this project. I prefer a soft, chewy cookie with the crunchy texture of royal icing, which is why I love this recipe. Domino® Brown Sugar holds the moisture, which helps to give the cookie a chewy texture. I made a few adjustments – I replaced the vanilla extract with vanilla bean paste, added the zest of one large orange, and cut the baking powder down to one teaspoon.

Here are the rest of the supplies you’ll need to make these Watercolor Brush Embroidered Cookies:

  • 3-1/2” Round cookie cutter

  • Flood consistency royal icingfor flooding

  • Stiff consistency royal icing (See my post on Royal Icing for more on icing consistencies)

  • 12″ Decorating Bags

  • Couplers

  • Bag ties

  • Decorating tip 3

  • Decorating tip 2

  • Scribe tool

  • Food coloring: Blue and Pink from the Wilton Color Right Set

  • Large dusting brush from the Wilton 2-piece set
  • Square tip brush from the Wilton 5-piece set

  • Paint palette

  • Grain alcohol, vodka, or extract for painting (Alcohol or flavored extracts are used for painting on royal icing because they evaporate very quickly, which means that the liquid won’t dissolve the icing as you are applying the paint. The stronger the alcohol, the better!)

Watch the video for the decorating instructions:

Head on over to www.marthabakesnyc.com to enter for a chance to win the Martha Bakes Sweepstakes! And if you have your own Martha-inspired sweets, share them on Facebook and Instagram by tagging #imsomartha and @dominosugar!

And before I forget, here are the cookies I made in 2007 along with my first attempt at brush embroidery on a doll cake 🙂 Those little “gems” on the cookies were made with melted sugar and a mold I’d made using a rhinestone. I was just out of culinary school at the time and feeling adventurous 😉

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Rainbow Brush Embroidery Cookies

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Our friends recently celebrated their baby’s 1st birthday, so I thought I’d make some cookies to celebrate 🙂

I love brush embroidery because it’s relatively simple to do, but the result is always impressive. And the colors can be customized for any occasion!

I took these to the next level by using a rainbow palette made with concentrated colors from the Wilton Color Right set. Scroll down for the tutorial and supply list!

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

Watch the video to learn how to make these rainbow brush embroidered cookies!

You can learn more about brush embroidery and other cookie decorating techniques in my online class. Register here!

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