Hey Besties! Per usual, I’m super excited to share these cookies with you! There is no shortage of spooky cookies for Halloween, but I just adore these friendly monster cookies decorated for a smile! Made with our bestie monster royal icing transfer sheets, you can make these too! If you have a projector, you can project these designs to pipe directly onto the cookie. Or, if you prefer to make them as transfers, you can do that too! There are options for everyone to create these adorable designs. Let’s jump in!
First things first, right?! Before we can start decorating, you’ll need a delicious canvas. If you already have a cookie recipe you love, stick with it! But if you’re looking for a great recipe or a fun flavor, I got you! All of our cutout cookie recipes are no-chill and simple enough for anyone to make. You can play it safe with our delicious vanilla sugar cookie recipe or go wild with any flavor from our growing cutout cookie collection. Today’s set of monster cookies were made with our caramel recipe. Note that we have a salted caramel recipe as well, which is a HUGE hit among cookiers, but offers a different, savory twist from our regular caramel recipe. Like I said, I like to give you many options!
For royal icing, you may also already have a recipe you love and if so, you’re good to go! But if you’re looking for an amazing recipe, the recipe and method we use to make ours is available for you HERE. We never have any issues with color bleed, cratering, air bubbles or anything else. Cookie decorating is SO much more fun when you have a reliable recipe you can count on every time.
Monster Cookie Designs & Details
If you’ve been here before, you know I’m a huge fan of not buying a special cutter for every single set! You can make endless, stunning cookies using basic shapes and your skills. Don’t get me wrong, we have plenty of shaped cutters, but I only invest in cutters when I know I’ll use them a lot. So for these monster cookies, I used simple rounds flooded in fun, bright colors! If you don’t already have a set of nesting circle cookie cutters, every baker should have a set. We literally use THESE on the daily.
When it comes to gel colors, I use ChefMaster exclusively with the Hobby Lobby brand as an emergency backup. I buy THIS set of colors on repeat and can make any shade or hue that I need, however they do sell additional color sets too if you prefer to have the full rainbow. I’ve tried many different brands of colors but ChefMaster gives us the best results at the best price.
I will also mention that the meringue powder you use does impact your color saturation in your icing as well. We use Genie’s Dream meringue powder, which allows us to use less color for great vivid results. Compared to Wilton, for example, you’ll use a lot less color to achieve bold colors. If you’d like to learn more about how Genie’s Dream compares, you can see our meringue powder showdown too!
Look at these pretty colors!
Using Royal Icing Transfers
It was SO fun creating this transfer set not only for our cookies but for other home bakers to use as well! If you’ve been here before, you already know that all of our royal icing transfer sheets are free for all home bakers to use anytime. You can find the growing collection HERE and new designs are added every week. I should also mention that if you want earlier access to the newest designs, they get released in my weekly newsletter first and then get published to the site a couple weeks later. Especially for those looking for new seasonal designs, the newsletter is where you’ll get them first! I’m happy to provide these for free in support of all home bakers.
And if royal icing transfers are new to you, you’ll find a full tutorial HERE, including demo video. You can learn the many benefits of using royal icing transfers for decorators of all skill levels. And while even the pros use transfers, they can be especially helpful for new decorators. Learning consistencies and piping skills is a whole lot easier as a transfer than working directly on cookies. I’m all about low stress techniques! I’d much rather mess up a design on a transfer than on an actual cookie!
Tips For Success with royal icing transfers
I use a slightly thicker consistency for my royal icing transfers, to get good shape, dimension and sturdy transfers. And of course, just like piping on a cookie, you always want to wait for sections to crust before adding an adjacent section, so you have great definition. I piped all these cute monsters, let them dry overnight and they popped right off! Note that you should always peel the sheet away from the back of the transfer and not try to peel the transfer off the sheet. Always handle with care, but if you use thicker icing, they will be sturdier.
From here, I added a few small dabs of royal icing as glue to the back of my transfers and placed on my dried flood cookies. Only a tiny bit of icing is needed to attach. If you add a lot, your transfer won’t sit flush on your cookie or will squeeze out around it. You certainly can add transfers to wet flood, but it’s best to let the flood set up for a minute or two so the transfer doesn’t sink too much. You also don’t have as much opportunity to move it around if the flood is wet. That’s another reason I tend to attach them when the flood is dry.
Voila! I piped a coordinating border and then bestie monsters are set! I’m in LOVE with how cute these turned out and I hope you love them too!
Bestie Monster Royal Icing Transfer Sheets
If you’d like to use these designs for your own cookies, I’m happy to share! Use a projector to pipe directly onto your cookies or make them as transfers; either way, I hope they help you create awesome designs! The pdf file can be downloaded below and I always make all my designs in a variety of sizes so you can customize for your cookies.
And remember that these just serve as a template or guide for you! Feel free to make your own facial expressions, textures and other tweaks to add your own style!
Meet The Bestie Monsters!
I hope you LOVE the Bestie Monsters! While there are plenty of spooky and scary cookies out there this season, I know kids will love these friendly monster cookies!
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