How to make ballerina cookies with royal icing

ballerina cookies
I have made a tutorial inspired by the ballerina cookies that I made last year. These sweet ballerina cookies are perfect for a ballet or dress up party. You could use the tutu cookies as pretty gowns instead. Wrap a single cookie in a cellophane bag for a sweet party favor. I hope that you will enjoy my ballerina cookie tutorial.

This is what I use:
Cookie template: Ballet
Tip: For a more stronger cookie template, transfer or glue the paper cookie template onto strong craft paper
Vanilla sugar cookie dough or your own favourite cookie recipe
Small sharp knife
Wooden dowel, for making the hole in the ballerina cookie shoe
Royal Icing
Food gel color. I have used Pink from Sugar Flair
Piping bag with plastic coupler
Round piping tube no. 2
Plastic squeeze bottle
Small thin brush
Small amount of water in a cup
Satin ribbon in coordinating color for the ballerina cookie shoe
Cocktail stick

For the cookies:

Step 1:
Roll out the cold cookie dough on a piece of parchment paper lightly sprinkled with flour. Cut out the cookies using a small sharp knife and transfer the cookies to a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake the cookies as directed in the recipe.

Step 2:
When the cookies are baked, take a wooden sharp dowel and carefully make a hole in the ballerina cookie shoe for the ribbon. Let the cookies cool comepletely on a cooling rack.

Step 3:
Color the royal icing in your choosen color. I have used the same color for both outlining and flooding. Take about 4-5 tbsp of royal icing and make it soft peak consistency by adding few drops of water. Fill it into the piping bag with a no. 2 round piping tube. Next take 1/2 cup of the colored royal icing and mix it slowly with drops of water to a runny consistency. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest.

Ballerina cookie shoe:

Step 1:
Outline the cookie shoe with the soft royal icing. Use the brush and a little water to “push down” any small peaks.

Step 2:
Carefully stir the runny royal icing, to eliminate air bubbles and fill a squeeze bottle with the runny icing. Flood the ballerina shoe. Use a cocktail stick to “pop” any air bubbles while the icing is still wet.

Let the cookie dry (best overnight) before moving on with the next step.

Step 3:
Pipe a small bow with some soft peak royal icing on the cookie shoe and let it dry.

Step 4:
Finish the ballerina cookie shoe by adding satin ribbon.

Ballerina Tutu cookies:
Step 1:
Outline the tutu’s with the soft royal icing. Use the brush and a little water to “push down” any small peaks.

Step 2:
Flood the tutu’s and use a cocktail stick to “pop” any air bubbles while the icing is still wet. Let the cookies dry (best overnight) before moving on with the next step.

Step 3:
Decorate the tutu’s with soft peak royal icing and let them dry.

Tip: Give your ballerina cookies a little more sparkle by using edible glitter on the wet royal icing, when you pipe the decorations on the dry flooded cookies.

Happy Caking!


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. Melea says

    I have tried to download the zip file for the template and it says it’s invalid. I’m not sure if it’s something on my end or in the zip file. Any way to upload it as a pdf file?

  2. JLB says

    I need to take cookies to a ballerina themed party for little girls next weekend… Im not much of a baker, and even less of a decorator, but I have to give this a try! Its so precious looking!!!

  3. says

    Hi, I am planning to make these for my daughter’s birthday but I can’t open the template. Does the link still work ??? Any chance you could send me the file via email please ? Thank you very much for this tutorial.
    thatcutelittlecake {at} talktalk {dot} net

    • Louise says

      I’m so sorry for the late reply but you should have been able to open the link. Click on link and the choose “open with” and not save file.

  4. Davina says

    Oh my gosh I love this! These ballerina cookies would make the perfect touch for my daughters birthday! Can you please send me a link for the ballet cookie template? The link provided gives you an error message and says the page can not be found.

  5. says

    These cookies are amazing. I am so inspired to decorate them, maybe will do something for the holidays. Something simple though. Love these!

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