Cookie Tutorial – How to Make a Simple Royal Icing Gold Chain

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In this cookie tutorial, I’ll show you how simple it is to make a pretty gold chain using royal icing and pearl dust.
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Here’s the color palette I used. This pink color can be achieved with Wilton rose (not rose petal pink – that’s different). For the brown, I used a mixture of Wilton brown and a little bit of green to neutralize it.

This cookie measures 3″ in diameter and was made using my Orange Vanilla Spice cookie recipe, which is available in my tutorial shop.
Once your cookies are baked and cooled, ice them in pink flood consistency royal icing and a tip 3. There’s a video in my shop with full instructions on flooding with royal icing. Allow the icing to dry 8-12 hours. I usually let mine dry overnight.
Use a scribe tool to draw lines where the chains will be. Curve the lines so that the chains look like they’re draped on the cookie.

Then, using brown stiff consistency royal icing and a tip 2, pipe a series of ovals over the lines. Make sure that there are no spaces between the ovals.

You don’t need to let the icing dry before you move on to the next step. Pipe lines connecting the ovals with the same stiff brown icing. Starting inside an oval, touch your tip to the surface of the cookie and begin to squeeze. As you squeeze, bring the tip up and over into the next oval. Repeat this until you’ve connected all of the ovals.There should be a teeny tiny bit of separation between the end of each line.

You can add charms to the chain by piping a little jump ring.

Add a heart by piping two teardrop shapes with the stiff icing.

Use a brush to help shape and smooth the heart.

Allow the icing to dry for about an hour, then paint the chains with a mixture of gold pearl dust and alcohol with a tiny brush. I use Bacardi 151 for this method, but you can also use a flavored extract. Read this post for more information on painting with pearl dust.

Let the paint dry for another 20-30 minutes before handling the cookie.

Click on the images below for more cookie decorating projects:   leopard print  Zebra-cookies Sunset2

25 thoughts on “Cookie Tutorial – How to Make a Simple Royal Icing Gold Chain

  1. Soy tu fan #1, tu trabajo es increíble, maravilloso, tu tecnica es perfecta!! Me encantan todos tus tutoriales… Gracias por compartirlos

    • Thank you, Keren! I do leave the cookies uncovered overnight. They won’t go stale that quickly, but the icing also helps to seal in some of the moisture.

  2. I’m wondering if you strain your icing so it is able to pipe thru a small tube with no clogs. If you do strain, do you use a nylon or something else? How thick can you make your icing before it doesn’t come out of a small tip easily?

    Also do you use pme1 or pme1.5 tips? Or something else?

    • Hi Susan! I don’t strain my icing, but you can use a nylon stocking if your tip is clogging. The smallest tip I use is a Wilton 1, which is not all that tiny compared to some of the PME tips. My “stiff” icing is about the consistency of toothpaste or Spackle and it comes out of the Wilton tip 1 with no problems. :)

  3. I’m wondering if you strain your icing so it is able to pipe thru a small tube with no clogs. If you strain, do you use a nylon or something else? How thick can you make your icing before it doesn’t come out of a small tip easily?

    Also do you use pme1 or pme1.5 tips? Or something else?

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