I did it! Thanks to Sweet Sugarbelle who made a video tutorial showing how to decorate sugar cookies without using a fancy tracing projector, I made these cute Elmo and number 2 cookies.
In this post, I will walk you through the steps to making more challenging cookies, minus the fancy projector. (In the future, however, I may invest in a Kopykake projector.)
Items you will need for this project:
-printed image(s) of Elmo and the number 2
-black edible ink pen
-#1 Wilton piping tip
Bake sugar cookies and let cool. Print an image of Elmo onto cardstock and cut out around the face. (I found this image on Sugar Envy's Flicker photo stream.) Cut out mouth and poke holes around nose with a toothpick. Place printed image onto cookie and trace around Elmo's face with an edible ink pen to create the border. Since I was going to pipe the outline black, I used a black edible ink pen. Always try to match the color of ink to the colour you will pipe as the border.
Next, trace the mouth and the dots of the nose.
When the dots are connected and the eyes are joined, the face begins to take shape.
Next, pipe the drawn image with black royal icing using a number #1 Wilton Piping tip. (I used a #2 tip in the pictures. In retrospect, I think that a #1 tip would have been better.) Fill in the mouth with the same black icing. Repeat steps for remaining Elmo cookies. Let set and dry overnight.
The next day, flood the face with red royal icing. Use a toothpick to spread the icing into corners or hard to get to areas on the face. For the recipe that I use to make royal icing, click here.
Flood the nose with orange royal icing and the eyes with white royal icing. Let dry overnight.
Use a black edible ink pen to draw and colour in the eyeballs.
For the number 2 cookies above, print the number 2 image onto cardstock. Cut out, trace onto cookie and pipe with royal icing. Let dry overnight. Flood with coloured icing and let dry overnight.
Happy Birthday Lexie!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.