In this cookie decorating tutorial I’ll share with you how to make pretty Christmas Bow Cookies. The simple decorating techniques from this tutorial can be used to create a variety of bow designs for different occasions: baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays, and other special events.
updated from 2010
HOW DECORATE CHRISTMAS BOW COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING
- Cookie Decorating Guide
- Beginner’s Guide To Cookie Decorating
- Ultimate Guide to Cut-Out Cookies (tips, tricks, troubleshooting)
- Royal Icing Recipe
- Small Batch Royal Icing Recipe
- Cookie Icing Recipes (includes vegan royal icing, glaze, fondant)
- Guide To Royal Icing Consistencies with Visual Help(what is stiff, flood icing, etc.)
- How To Freeze Royal Icing
- How To Make Royal Icing Transfers
- Royal Icing FAQ ( for example: how to make black icing, color bleeding, storage, and more)
- How To Make a Cookie Cutter Template
- Ultimate Guide To Cookie Decorating Tools
Decorate Bow Loops
Spread a thin layer of red icing of 20-second consistency on top of the loops and let dry for 40 minutes (steps 1-4).
With an edible marker draw an outline for the knot and loops. With the same icing outline the right loop (step 1). Fill the section with icing and use a scribe tool to smooth the icing (steps 2-3). Immediately, with darker red icing pipe short “crease” lines into the lighter red icing (steps 4-5). Run the tip of the scribe thru dark red lines (steps 6-7). Repeat on the other side (step 8). Let both loops crust before the next step.
Decorate Bow Tails
Pipe a zic zac line thru the middle of the knot area and let it crust well. Zic zac line once crusted acts like a support beam helping eliminate cratering and cave-ins in the royal icing (steps 1-2). With an edible marker draw the outlines for bow tails. Then outline and flood a bow tail with red icing of 20-second consistency (steps 4-5). Immediately, with darker red icing pipe vertical “crease” lines into wet icing, use the tip of the scribe and run it thru the lines to make them appear less bulky and more natural (steps 4-7). Repeat on the other side (step 8). Let icing crust before the next step.
Now fill the knot area with the icing. Pipe icing over the crusted zic zac line. Smooth icing with a scribe but don’t insert it too deep into the icing, you could easily break the zic zac line (steps 1-3). Just like before, immediately pipe lines with dark icing into the wet icing (steps 4-5). Run a scribe thru the dark red lines to make them appear less harsh (steps 6-8). Let icing crust well, for about 2 hours.
With a piping consistency red icing pipe accent lines onto the bow loops and tails (steps 1-4)
Outline the Christmas bow cookie using a piping bag fitted with PME #1.5 piping tip and filled with the piping consistency ivory royal icing (steps 5-8). Let the icing dry overnight.
Paint with Gold Luster Dust
Into a clean food only paint palette or into a small dish pour either Gold Metallic Paint or mix dry Gold Luster Dust with a little bit of Alcohol. For example: grain alcohol like Everclear- with high alcohol content, Vodka or McCormick Lemon Extract works, too (steps 1-2). Paint the ivory outline with gold luster dust paint (steps 3-4). To make the bow even more festive you can use a tiny food-only paint brush to paint 3 dotted pattern and small stars onto the dry icing.
- MORE CHRISTMAS COOKIE DECORATING IDEAS
- 3D Eiffel Tower Cookies
- Simple Christmas Cookies for Beginners
- Cute Triangle Santa Cookies
- Simple Hat and Mitten Cookies via The Bearfoot Baker
To Make Christmas Bow Cookies You Need
- Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
- Vegan Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
- Gluten Free Cut-Out Cookies
- Royal Icing
- Vegan Royal Icing
- Find all the tool in my Amazon Shop
- Ribbon Cookie Cutter
- PME #1.5 piping tip
- Food-only paint brush
- Paint Palette
- Tipless Piping Bags
This post was originally published on December 6th, 2010. I updated this post on June 21st, 2022, with new step-by-step photos, written instructions, and a video.