Tutorial: Beach Cookies!

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately using different techniques to create textures and effects on my cookies. These beach cookies were no exception!
For products used in this and other tutorials, visit my recommended products page.Beach-Cookie2
Here’s my beach-y color palette. I mixed a teeny tiny drop of golden yellow into the white to get the off-white color that’s shown all the way to the left. Then there’s white, red mixed with a little touch of black, brown with a little bit of green to neutralize it*, and sky blue.
*I usually add a little green to the brown because I find that brown comes out too pink if you use it in medium or light shades.

Beach-Colors

The cookie shown here is smaller than my usual size. It’s 2-1/2 x 2-1/2″ rather than 3×3″. I used my Orange Vanilla Spice recipe, which is available in my tutorial shop along with my royal icing recipe. You’ll also find lots of useful video tutorials there including How To Make Royal Icing, Flooding With Royal Icing and Cookie Decorating Basics.
Start out by covering about 2/3 of the cookie with brown flood consistency icing and a tip 3. Leave a wavy edge for the water on the shore. Use a scribe tool to help evenly distribute the icing.

Beach1 Beach2

Immediately fill in the rest of the cookie with blue flood consistency icing and a tip 3.

Beach3 Beach4

Again, use a scribe tool to help evenly distribute the icing. This will also help to get rid of any air bubbles.

Beach5

Allow the icing to dry 8-12 hours. Then, using the same brown flood consistency icing, pipe a few lines using a tip 2.

Beach6

Then, use a short, stiff brush to dab the icing to create the sandy texture. This is the same process that I used in the teddy bear cookie tutorial.

Beach7

Just do one half at a time so that the icing doesn’t start to dry before you have a chance to dab it.

Beach8

While the icing is still wet, you can “draw” in the sand. Use the back of the brush to create a design.

Beach10

Beach11

To create the waves with the brush embroidery technique, use a tip 1 and stiff consistency royal icing to pipe a line with a zigzag motion along the edge of the blue icing. Work with small sections so that the icing doesn’t dry before you brush it.

Beach12

Use a damp square tip brush to bring the icing toward the bottom edge of the cookie. There’s a video tutorial in my shop with full instructions on brush embroidery.

Beach13

Make 2 or 3 layers of waves using this technique. You don’t have to wait for them to dry in between.

Beach14

Then, using the same stiff icing and tip 1, pipe tiny dots on the edges of the waves to create a foamy effect.

Beach15

If you’d like to add a crab, use the red icing in flood consistency and a tip 1. Pipe something that looks sort of like an apple for the body and the use scribe tool to help shape it.

Beach16 Beach17

Then add legs and claws.

Beach19 Beach18

Use the scribe tool to make the claws pointy. Then add little dots for eyes.

Beach20 Beach21

To give the water a wet look, mix a little bit of alcohol or flavored extract with some corn syrup. I use about a teaspoon of alcohol per tablespoon of corn syrup. My preferred alcohol is Bacardi 151. Use a soft round brush to apply the corn syrup to the icing.* Make sure that your brush embroidered waves are nearly dry, or else you’ll crush them with the glaze. 30 minutes of drying time before adding the glaze should be enough. Put the cookies in front of a fan just to be sure.
*A note about using corn syrup glaze: This glaze will dry to the touch after several hours, but it will always remain somewhat soft underneath the surface. I’ve tested this glaze for shipping durability and the results were mixed. On certain cookies, the cellophane bags stuck to the glaze. On the cookies with raised decorations, however, the bags were kept off of the glaze and they survived the trip just fine. So, if you are going to be shipping these cookies, make sure to add some raised decorations, such as the shell border. You can see the cookies that I tested for shipping here.

Beach22

To make a shell border, use stiff consistency icing and a star tip 16. This is where I used the off-white color icing. I left a space in between each shell so that I could add pearls in between.

Beach23

Beach24

The pearls are made with stiff consistency white icing and a tip 3. 

Beach25

Allow the icing to dry for another 4-6 hours before handling the cookies.

Beach-Cookie8

Have you decorated any beach themed cookies or cakes? What techniques did you use to make the sand and the waves? Share your creations with me on my Facebook page!

Beach-Cookie7

Click on the images below for more summer cookie tutorials!        Stars12 Grill Nautical
New tutorial coming next week! See you then!

44 thoughts on “Tutorial: Beach Cookies!

  1. I am overwhelmed with joy at finding your directions today! Thank you a thousand thank you’s! I so appreciate when someone is willing to share their knowledge and with such kindness and humility as well. Your creativity is outstanding and superb. Thank you again for your directions!

  2. I’ve noticed that edible adhesive (Dab N Hold) leaves a bit of a glaze as well. I know it’s not a good solution for a lot of cookies (expensive!), but does that dry better than corn syrup? Could that be a solution for packaging if you’re just making a few?

  3. Pingback: 5 najczęściej podrabianych wzorów ciasteczek | Polish & Cookies | Wzorki na paznokcie i kruche ciasteczka

  4. Pingback: dolcesentire | Un país en una galleta: Brasil {+Tutorial Galletas ‘Efecto Playa’ (Brush Embroidery)}

  5. Hi Amber, I had a baby girl 2 weeks ago and your beach cookies have me wanting to crack out the icing, it’s been so long since I have done any cookieing and these were just the thing to get me going! Thanks for sharing!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *