How to decorate cookies with rolled fondant

Fondant cookies

Decorating with rolled fondant is the easiest way to get a beautiful cookie in no time. You use the same cookie cutter to cut out the rolled fondant and apply it to the cookie with a little bit of corn syrup.

I like to use small embossing sticks or veining tools to make pretty details in the rolled fondant. Royal icing and lustre dust is also great to use. There are no limits when it comes to decorating cookies. Just be creative!

Follow this tutorial on how to decorate cookies with rolled fondant.

This is what I use:

Sugar cookies in the shape of butterflies or dragonflies
Cookie cutters in the same shape
Non-stick board
Rolling pin
Knife
Corn syrup & brush
Soft brush for the lustre dust
Dresden & veining tool (I recomend the one from Jem)
Lustre dust (I have used: Aqua shimmer & Iced Pink from Edable Art)
Rolled fondant in your chosen colors + small amount of white rolled fondant
Paper towel

Dragonfly:

Step 1:

Roll out your rolled fondant thinly and cut out the wings with the cookie cutter.
We are only going to use the wing part. So you dont have to cut out the whole shape like I did. Just the wings.

Step 2:

Cut the wings in shape with a knife like shown on wing A.

Step 3:

Brush a thin coat of corn syrup on the wing part of the sugar cookie and gently place the wing pieces on top.

Step 4:

With your finger smooth out the edge of the wings.

Step 5:

Take your veining tool and mark the wings with fine lines.

Step 6:

Brush lustre dust on the wings with a soft brush. Use a piece of paper towel to protect your non-stick board!

Step 7:

Take a small piece of white rolled fondant and make the body and the head. Glue it on with a little corn syrup. Use the veining tool to make small marks down the body.

Butterfly:

Step 1:

Take your chosen color for the large wing and roll out the rolled fondant thinly. Cut out the wings with the cookie cutter and cut wing A with a knife like shown on the photo.

Step 2 & 3:
Repeat step 3 & 4 from the dragonfly cookie.

Step 4:

Take your veining tool and make 3 lines on both large wings.

Step 5:

Roll out the second color of rolled fondant and cut out another pair of wings with the cookie cutter. Cut the small wings in the shape as shown on step 1/wing B. Brush a little corn syrup on the small wing parts.

Step 6:

Gently place the small wing pieces on the sugar cookie. With your finger smooth out the edges all around the small wings. Again use the veining tool to make 3 lines on the wings.

Step 7:

Brush lustre dust on the wings with a soft brush. Use a piece of paper towel to protect your non-stick board!

Step 8:
Repeat step 7 from the dragonfly.

Tip: Make the butterfly in all white rolled fondant, with pearl lustre dust. For the perfect wedding favor.

Please visit my tutorial section if you want to learn other cookie decoration techniques.

Happy Caking!

Louise

Louise
Louise is the founder and editor of CakeJournal. She's a passionate, self taught, cake artist who has been doing cake decorating since 2002.
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  1. Anonymous says

    The fondant on the cookies will go hard by then. I don’t think that storing them in a airtight container will keep the fondant soft. You can bake and freeze the cookies in advance. Decorate with fondant 2 weeks before is ok to do. I have not had any problems with the colors changing unless it is purple.

    • Babylittrell16 says

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I’ll take your advice very carefully!!! I was thinking to use lilac fondant for the cookies. Maybe I’ll change the color. Thank u!!

    • Babylittrell16 says

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I’ll take your advice very carefully!!! I was thinking to use lilac fondant for the cookies. Maybe I’ll change the color. Thank u!!

  2. says

    Could I possibly use royal icing to adhere the fondant? I am using the cookies to sweep down the sides of a 4-tiered wedding cake. I do not want the fondant slipping or peeling off the cookie. Has anyone tried royal icing to make sure this wouldn’t happen or does the corn syrup really attached the two solidly together (even in humid weather) ? Thanks!

  3. Katy says

    Hello Louise- you do a wonderful job on this site! As a cake decorator myself, this is so very helpful. On that note, I have a question that may have been answered previously. I am making cut out sugar cookies for a bridal shower next week that will be covered in cut-out fondant. I’m hoping to freeze these after decorating- however- after covering the cookie with fondant, I want to use a buttercream icing and pipe some decorations on each cookie. Will this buttercream stick to the fondant, and will the colored buttercream freeze well? (I know sometimes colored buttercream can look discolored and turn different shades after freezing). Thank you! :)

  4. mahes Yong says

    Hi,
    Could you share a good cookie receipe to make, so that I can decorate it with fondant.

    Thank you.

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