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

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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Comments

  1. Jenni says

    hi Louise,

    Your blog is so awesome! What I want to ask is that whether your decorated cookies are still crispy after you decorated them or they are a bit soft?

    • Anonymous says

      I don’t think that they are soft. They are nice and crunchy. The cookie close to the icing may be a little softer but not much. I like the way they taste and crunch.

  2. Fizz says

    thanks so much i have never know what is meant by ‘flodding’ but you explain it well! I have always been more into rough and ready but yummy, I think it’s time I moved onto more refined things!

  3. says

    These are so pretty. I should try to make these for whem my daugther has her recital. I think her friends would love them too.

  4. says

    These are so pretty. I should try to make these for whem my daugther has her recital. I think her friends would love them too.

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