Hey Besties! Today I’m sharing a technique known as cookie brush embroidery! A big part of this blog is to encourage people to try new things, find what works best for them and create their own signature style. This is why I love bringing and featuring different techniques, styles and textures. I encourage you to incorporate new techniques into your decorating; you may just fall in love with something new! This technique would be perfect to consider for Mother’s Day cookies too!
Basics of Cookie Brush Embroidery
I LOVE this technique because it’s forgiving, easy and created beautiful, lacey, delicate designs. And the best news is that you need very little in the way of new tools to create this effect! All you really need is a decent brush set, dedicated solely for cookies, of course! I have several brushed I use for decorating, but THIS is a set I recommend practicing this technique.
Once you have your brushes, all you’ll need is:
- Small bowl of water
- Paper towel for dabbing
- Stiff icing
Cookie Brush Embroidery Technique
You can do this technique on naked cookies or on top of a flood, depending on the look you’re going for. For most of these examples I’m showing today, I’m doing this technique on a flooded cookie, and the flood is completely dry.
You will want to use a pretty stiff royal icing consistency. THIS is my go-to royal icing recipe and the consistency when freshly whipped is perfect for this. If your icing has thinned, just add some powdered sugar to thicken back up. It does not need to be as stiff as you would use for making flowers, but you basically don’t want the flood to run on its own at all.
Here are the steps along with example photos to illustrate.
- Pipe a scalloped edge
- Dip brush in water
- Dab water off on paper towel so brush is just moist
- Pull the icing down to create the brushstrokes and effect you are looking for
Depending on the look you’re going for, you can use different brushes to create different effects. And like I said earlier, this technique is very forgiving, so play around! Here is another example:
I just ADORE the delicate, lacey effects this simple technique makes! Tip: If you’re not seeing your brushstrokes, you’re icing may be too thin or your brush may be too wet.
The design options are endless and turn our so beautifully! Here are several more examples, using different size brushes:
Clearly, I was having fun with colors and different designs! But I hope this post all about sugar cookie brush embroidery provided some inspiration to try this technique and incorporate into your designs and style!
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