How to Make a Stencil for Cookie Decorating

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How to Make a Stencil for Cookie Decorating
Stencils can make cookie decorating much easier. (puppy love image by Dana Burns from Fotolia.com)

Create decorative shapes on flat cookies by using stencils and simply dusting icing sugar over the uncovered area. These stencils are often sold in shapes like hearts or flowers, but you can make your own very easily for unique cookie designs. Another great use for stencils in cookie decorating is to trace a more complex design in edible marker to follow later with icing. This gives you guidelines when icing from a bag or bottle.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Icing sugar
  • Icing
  • Edible marker
  • Scrap Paper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw your design on a piece of scrap paper. Start with something easy that can be drawn in geometric shapes. For example, a Santa can be made using various sizes of circles and a couple of triangles. Search the Internet for clipart or line drawings for inspiration. The simpler the design, the better it will look in icing.

  2. 2

    Draw your design on to the card stock using a pencil. Make sure the design can be cut out with no important parts in the middle, unattached to a side, as these will be lost when cut out. If you are planning to trace your design for icing, you can create a more complex design or even a second stencil.

  3. 3

    Cut out your design with scissors. Take your time and follow the edges carefully. Leave a large edge around the shape. This will make sure you don't get icing on the rest of the cookie and will make it easier for you to hold.

  4. 4

    Use your stencil to dust icing sugar or trace your design on to the top of the cookie using an edible marker. Draw lightly to ensure that lines can be covered by your icing.

Tips and warnings

  • Cookie decorating stencils can be purchased from a craft or baking store if you don't want to make your own.
  • Edible markers can also be purchased from craft and baking stores or online.

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