These rainbow Fish Cookies are perfect for baby showers or birthday celebrations. Decorated with royal icing adorable fish cookies are simple and easy to make. And they are great for beginner cookie decorators, too.
updated form 2010
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HOW TO MAKE DECORATED FISH COOKIES
I often made these or similar fish cookies for 1st birthday celebrations. Bold rainbow colors are always a welcomed choice for one-year-olds.
ROYAL ICING EYES AND TEMPLATE
Templates are my best friends when it comes to cookie decorating. They really make the decorating process easier and faster. I mainly use card stock to make my templates. However you can also use stencil blanks. Especially if you plan on reusing templates over and over. Stencil sheet material (Mylar) is definitely more durable than card stock.
COLORS AND CONSISTENCY
- White, Black – 25 second consistency royal icing
Trace the fish body outline on a cookie using a template and edible marker.
How To Make an Eye : To make an eye I use wet on wet technique. First pipe a large white round drop with 25 second royal icing. Smooth the top with a needle tool using a sewing needle motion. Next pipe a black dot into the wet white drop. Again use the needle to smooth black dot. Black will sink into the white. Pipe white reflections with white icing.
How to Add Tiny Reflection Dots: To add a minuscule amount of white royal icing to create reflection use a needle tool/toothpick. Push the piping bag and wait for a little bit of icing to come out of the bag. With a needle tool pick up this tiny drop of icing and carefully place it onto the black royal icing. Let the eye crust before continuing with the next step.
COLORS AND CONSISTENCY
- Royal Blue, White – 15 second consistency
Outline body section with blue royal icing 15 second consistency. Use a needle to distribute the icing to the edge.
Next, as soon as you ice the blue section. Take white royal icing 15 second consistency and pipe large dots into the wet blue icing. Right after take the blue icing again and pipe another layer dots directly over the portion of white dots. Leaving a small crescent shape of white. Let icing crust 1 to 2 hours.
FISH TAIL AND FINS
COLOR AND CONSISTENCY
- Light Royal Blue – medium stiff consistency royal icing – pipe tail and fins with a leaf tip
- Light Royal Blue – piping consistency – separation line and mouth
Make a Leaf Tip : Cut the tip of the piping bag into a V shape. Use the leaf tip to pipe fish tail and fins. Leaf tip is also used to pipe leaves. Or another great example of its use are these beautiful piped Royal Icing Succulents.
Use light blue medium stiff consistency to pipe the fish tail, top and bottom fins. For the wavy fins move your piping bag slightly up and down as you pipe the fins. Next, take light blue piping consistency royal icing and pipe the separation line and a mouth. Let icing dry before packaging cookies.
TO MAKE RAINBOW FISH COOKIES YOU NEED
- Cut Out Cookies : Sugar Cookies, Vegan Sugar Cookies, Gluten Free Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Cookies
- Royal Icing : I mainly use Fresh Lemon Royal Icing or you can try use my Vegan Royal Icing
- Template – make a template based on a cutter you are using
- Fish Cutter – used in this tutorial
- Fun Fish Cookie Cutters
- Needle Tool
- Food Colors : yellow, orange, royal blue, leaf green, red
- Piping Bags
- Tape Sealer and Tape (sold separately)
- Scissors – to cut the piping bag, and to make the leaf tip
- USEFUL TUTORIALS
- Ultimate Guide to Royal Icing Consistency (with a video)
- How to Freeze Royal Icing
- Royal Icing FAQ
MORE FUN IDEAS
- Watermelon Pinata Cookies
- Rainbow Lego Cookies
- Spiderman Cookies
- Adorable Rainbow Cake
- Volkswagen Beetle Cookies
- Easy Rainbow Lollipop Cookies
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On July 12, 2019 I updated this post from 2010 with new photos, written text and a video.
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Wow, I don't know how I missed your cookies in my search for cookie dough recipes. They are beautiful!! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog and for following. Love those fish cookies!
these are so precious!! Love the colors! I do not do well with wet on wet .. for some reason my dots always end up bleeding/spreading under the base color…not sure if its my consistency of my icing or not?? And the shape of fish is so cute!!!
so pretty!! Looks like it's cut by cookie cutter! didn't know you used a template! 😀