How To Decorate Sugar Cookies With Candy Melts | Decorated sugar cookies are great to make for birthday parties, holidays like Christmas and also make awesome party favors or gifts! I’m going to show you how anyone can make a decorated cookie look amazing! You’re not going to believe how simple it is!
As you probably already know I love working with candy melts. Wilton Candy Melts are my favorite. They melt really well and are easy to work with. I have discovered that I am NOT an artist when it comes to decorating cookies. I am obsessed with watching other people but without a lot of practice it’s just not going to happen for me. So…..that’s why I came up with this method of decorating sugar cookies!
Make sure to use my CLASSIC SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE. All the decorating is done after the cookies are completely cooled.
The magic isn’t only with the candy melts but also the Color Dust! I found both at Michael’s.
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED: If you are covering a large area (example the yellow portion of the pineapple) you will need to have some of the melted candy in a squeeze bottle and some in a bowl. If the area your are covering (example: the leaves of the pineapple) is small then using only a squeeze bottle is fine.
Add candy melts to a small microwave safe bowl; heat until melted and creamy (your choice of color). Pour into a squeeze bottle (I used Wilton bottles). Out line the cookie and place in the refrigerator on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper until hardened (about 10 minutes).
While the outer line is hardening melt more candy the same color as the outline. When out line is hardened pour some of the melted candy in the center.
Use an offset spatula to fill in the center. Lightly tap on the counter to even out the melted candy.
If you are using multiple colors like I am. Let the first color harden before adding the next color. This can be done by placing the cookies into the refrigerator about 10 minutes.
Repeat the same heating process for the next color and pour into a squeeze bottle. Because the green area of the cookie is small and if you are careful you can skip the refrigerating of the out line and just fill in the whole area.
Once the cookie has be completely covered with melted candy. Refrigerate until hardened (about 10 minutes).
Now the fun can begin! I used green and brown Color Dust. This product is normally used on fondant and gum paste and can be found on the baking isle at Michael’s. I also used an angled paint brush (one for each color).
FOR THE PINEAPPLE COOKIE: I brushed brown diagonally in one direction.
Turn the cookie and added more lines in the other direction diagonally.
Use the tip of the brush to add dots in each diamond area.
For the leaves I used green. From the bottom of the stem brushed up to each point.
Then filled in to make each area look like a leaf.
And VOILA! The cutest cookies EVER!
Another example of this technique is when I used the color dust on chocolate pops!
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