Hey Besties! Okay, I have been dying to share these with you! You all know we’re big fans of royal icing transfers around here and I had SO much fun designing and making these! I actually went completely overboard and made WAY more than I need, but they were so fun and cute! I know we’ve had fun with our haunted house sets, gingerbread house sets and others in recent months, but these are so cute! I hope you love these Valentine’s Day royal icing transfer sheets as much as I do! Let’s go!
First things first…recipes! Before we can decorate, we bake! And for these box of chocolate Valentine’s cookies, I used our salted caramel cutout cookie recipe! To be honest, I just really wanted that flavor cookie when I was baking these, but in hindsight, our chocolate cutout cookie recipe really would’ve been perfect. I feel like that was a missed opportunity, but oh well, next time! And of course, you always have many options to choose from HERE, so pick your fave!
Next up, icing! If you are looking for a fabulous royal icing recipe, THIS will guide you through exactly how we make our royal icing for all of our cookies. I can’t tell you how many messages I receive when fellow cookiers try this recipe for the first time! Many from veteran decorators who convert to this recipe after many years of decorating. We never have issues with color bleed, craters, or any other common issues cookiers encounter. Just beautiful results every time! The magic is in the method of how you make it. Seriously, give it a try!
Royal Icing Transfers 101
If royal icing transfer are new to you, let’s get you up to speed and making transfers in no time! And if you’re a veteran transfer-maker, you may even find a golden nugget or tip here too! Either way, I’m sharing my best advice for everyone to make beautiful design elements to add to your cookies, or other treats!
If you’re in the first camp and are brand new to royal icing transfers, THIS tutorial will help greatly. This covers all the basics and will get you up and going! Cookiers of all skill levels use and make transfers for all different design elements in their work. But they can be especially helpful for newer decorators for a variety of reasons. First, it’s one of the best ways to spend time learning consistencies for piping and details. It’s also a low-pressure way to make design elements without risking ruining a cookie. Make as many or as few transfers as you’d like, no projector needed, and use your favorite ones to add to your cookies or save for future cookies! They basically last forever when stored at room temp!
Making and Using Royal Icing Transfers
If you’re looking for a simple Valentine’s Day cookie design that doesn’t look that simple, these cookies are perfect! Even great for beginners because you’re simply flooding your cookies and adding the royal icing transfers! The puff and dimension that you get from the transfers really adds to the 3D effect.
Royal Icing Consistency
The million-dollar question! What consistency is best for royal icing transfers? I use my puffy icing consistency for all of my transfers. In THIS post, there is a demo video which shows exactly what this consistency looks like in the bowl and when you are piping. This consistency perfectly holds the shape and creates sturdy transfers. It should require light scribing to smooth/perfect!
I almost always use tiny dabs of royal icing as glue to attach my transfers to my completely dried flood base. I like the 3D dimension I get from this approach. But you have options and some cookiers prefer to attach to wet flood. In THIS post, I compared the different options you have, with photos, to show you the differences. There is no right, or wrong way and you’ll learn what you like best.
Valentine’s Day Royal Icing Transfer Sheets
I’m seriously just giddy to share these with you! I had so much fun making them, and I hope you do too! These designs are super simple and very forgiving, so they are great for new decorators too. There are 6 different designs in this box of chocolates transfer set, and you can download the PDF file HERE!
I may have gone a little crazy making these transfers but now I’m all set for Valentine’s Day cookies! And that’s part of the fun with this design! You can just make a whole bunch of cute transfers and then add to your cookies. No complex planning involved, so they are really simple and fun to make!
I’m kind of a broken record, but these cookies are a perfect example of a simple design that beginners can make that are still really impressive! You don’t need years of decorating experience to make awesome cookies. You’ve got all the guidance, recipes and tutorials you need and I’m always here if you need help!
I hope you have as much fun as I did using these Valentine’s Day royal icing transfer sheets to make fun cookies! And I also hope you’re already subscribed to receive my weekly newsletter! If not, you are missing out! Never miss a new recipe, technique, product recommendation, tutorial and free printables! Happy Baking, Besties!
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