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Royal Icing Dipped Cookies

Royal Icing Dipped Cookies are especially beautiful when creating marbled designs. With this simple and effective dipping method you can ice cookies in no time. Added bonus is that each cookie is unique. No two are the same. And I really love that!

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HOW TO ICE SUGAR COOKIES WITH DIPPING METHOD

Let me show you 2 ways of creating marbled designs with royal icing using a dipping method. So simple and fun. Create beautiful and elegant decorated sugar cookies in no time.

MARBLED ROYAL ICING WITH EDIBLE PAINT

This 1st method uses uncolored royal icing and edible paint to create unique marbled designs.

EDIBLE PAINT

How to make edible paint? For dipping method I used edible paint made with concentrated food gels mixed with a little bit of room temperature water. Use food only paint brush to mix the gels with a few drops of water.

Tip : If you’d like to paint on dry royal icing I’d recommend using Everclear (grain alcohol) or Lemon Extract instead of water to make edible paint.

ROYAL ICING DIPPING CONSISTENCY

After some testing I figured I’ll stick with 10 second consistency when using a dipping method. Ultimate Guide To Royal Icing Consistency.

Dipping icing method is very effective but has one drawback. Air bubbles. You’ll notice increased number of them as soon as you start marbling icing in the bowl.

HOW TO REMOVE AIR BUBBLES FROM ROYAL ICING?

  • In a bowl thin royal icing to a 10 second consistency. How to thin royal icign? Cover it with a damp paper towel and let it sit for 20 minutes. During this time bubbles will rise to the surface. After, gently stir icing to pop air bubbles.
  • Bang the bowl with icing on the counter to pop air bubbles.
  • Lastly, if you notice air bubbles on the surface of freshly iced cookies use a needle tool to pop stubborn air bubbles.
  • If you are using a piping bag and notice air bubbles inside of a bags gently tap the piping bag.

Pour uncolored 10 second consistency royal icing into a bowl. Then dip food only paint brush into edible paint and splatter the paint over royal icing. Follow the steps on how to eliminate excessive amount of air bubbles in royal icing. Then swirl the icing to marble edible paint and to pop air bubbles.

Hold the cookie by the edge. Dip the cookie into the icing. Wiggle cookie gently to make sure icing coats the whole surface. Slowly lift it up and let it drip for 10 seconds or so. Then turn it iced side up and place it on a flat surface. Give it a little shake to distribute icing and then if needed pop the air bubbles with a needle tool. Let icing dry.

STENCILING WITH ROYAL ICING

To further decorate cookies I decided to stencil pretty navy blue royal icing using pretty floral stencils. Both of the stencils I used are edge stencils. Pay attention not to spread royal icing over the edge.

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCY :

  • Navy Blue – medium stiff, I used royal blue gel color and a tiny bit of black to make navy blue color

DECORATING STEPS :

With a small palette knife spread navy blue royal icing (medium stiff) over the stencil. Smooth it out, clean the palette knife as needed. Wipe it into a dry paper towel as needed.

Carefully lift up the stencil. Clean the cookie edges and let dry.

Repeat with the same stencil. Or use a different stencil. I used leaf and rose stencil. Aren’t they pretty?

SILVER LEAF DECORATION

Applying Silver Leaf decoration is optional. I thought my cookies needed something shiny and I went with the silver leaf. Use a dry food only paint brush to apply small, accent pieces of silver leaf onto dry icing. No need to use water or icing to make silver leaf stick. Avoid touching silver leaf with your hands as it will stick to you fingers.

MARBLED ICING WITH COLORED ICING

2nd dipping method uses uncolored or colored royal icing and accent colored royal icing. All icing should be 10 second consistency.

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCY :

  • Uncolored royal icing, Light Pink, Dark Pink or Colors of your choice – 10 second consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

Pour uncolored royal icing (10sec) into a bowl. Add few teaspoons of colored icing. Cover with a damp paper towel for 20 minutes. During this time air bubbles will rise to the surface. After, gently stir to marble icing and to pop air bubbles. You can also bang the bowl with icing on the counter to pop air bubbles.

marbling icing with a tootpick
dipping cookie in royal icing

If you notice air bubbles on the surface of freshly iced cookies use a needle tool to pop the air bubbles.

popping bubbles in royal icing

How to make Gluten Free Sugar Cookies.

pink marbled gluten free sugar cookies on a plate

MARBLED ROYAL ICING – CONCRETE TEXTURE

This 3rd design is so fun. I used royal icing dipped cookies to make concrete texture. How? Remember air bubbles and how on a normal day we want to get rid of them. Well, this is not true when you want to make concrete texture with royal icing. Bubbles are essential in achieving realistic looking concrete texture.

ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES :

  • Dark, Medium and Light Gray – 10 second consistency

DECORATING STEPS :

Pour medium gray royal into a bowl. Add a few teaspoons of light gray royal icing. Marble with a spoon. Then dip the cookies. Let the icing drip for 10 seconds or so. After turn the iced side up. Don’t pop air bubbles.

Gray marbled icing in a bowl.

Pipe few dots onto the icing with dark royal icing (10sec). Gently apply a piece of wax paper over a freshly iced cookie. Let dry overnight. Wax paper pops any air bubbles on the top of the cookie. And once icing is dry peel off the wax paper. Small bubbles that popped will leave small cavities in the icing, resembling those in the concrete.

Freshly iced cookies using a dipping method.

For a full tutorial and leaf template – Concrete Texture Royal Icing.

Cookie with concrete royal icing texture and monstera leaf plant designs.

TO MAKE ROYAL ICING DIPPED SUGAR COOKIES YOU NEED

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