Decorating Christmas Cookies Using Edible Images

December 16, 2013

I did four different edible image designs for the Christmas Artisan’s show.  Today I’m sharing with you two of my favourite.  There are so many Christmas and Holiday images to choose from but since I live in the country, I narrowed my choices down to images with a cute country theme.

Country Christmas Angel Edible Image Cookies

Santa and Friends Wreath Edible Image Cookie

Creating cookies decorated with edible images is fun and like cookies decorated with royal icing, you still need to do a bit of prep work beforehand.  Selecting what images you want to use, re-sizing the image to fit the size of your cookie, doing a test print on blank paper, then printing and cutting the image.  While there are several sizes of pre-cut circular edible image sheets, no matter what settings I’ve used, I have not as yet been able to set my printer margins to print out images correctly.  The first row prints perfectly, however each subsequent row prints the image increasingly off-center of the circle.  So, I print my images using a full sheet of edible paper and I know that I can fit six round images per sheet.  When re-sizing your image, you must remember to take into account not only the size of the cookie you will be putting the image on but also you have to allow for a border of your blank icing sheet around your image.  My cookies are 3 1/2″ round so I cut my image 3″ round.  This allows for the fluted edge of my cookie to show and leaves room for piping the border around the edible image.  I measured and cut a 3″ clear plastic disc and once my edible image sheet is printed, I center the disc over the image, draw a line around it using an edible marker and once all six images have been circled, I cut them out.  When cutting, be sure to cut on the inside edge of your edible marker line.  This prevents the marked line showing up on your cut circles.

Plastic Circular Template Used for Cutting Out Edible Images for 3 1/2" Cookies

I found that printing and cutting out all my edible images before I start decorating my cookies works best for me.  The images will stay fresh for several days if stored in an air-tight container and placed between sheets of parchment paper or you can use the backing sheet from your edible images.  Just cut to a size that will cover the image and fit in the container.

Once your images have been printed and cut, it’s time to start decorating!

Pipe all your cookies with piping icing.  For these I used white as the background that the image will sit on will be white royal icing.

Cookies Piped for Edible Images

Once your piping icing is dry, flood your cookies.  I have found that flooding a dozen cookies at a time works for me and waiting approximately fifteen minutes before you apply your edible image really cuts down on the chance of the edible image curling up from the flood icing.  Test the royal icing in the center of your cookie, if it’s getting to the *tacky* stage then it’s time to apply your images.

Edible Image Cookie Flooded

Remove each image individually from your air-tight container and gently place on the royal icing.  You may want to tap lightly around the image before it sets completely into the icing..

Edible Image of Santa and Friends Applied to Royal Icing

Country Angels Edible Image Applied to Royal Icing

Now you can move on to flooding another dozen cookies and repeating the above steps.  Once you have applied all your edible images, it’s time to add a border.  I like to use a dotted border in complimentary colours, or in this case, Christmas Colours.

Country Angels Edible Images Dotted with Red and Green Border

For the Santa and Friends Christmas Wreath cookies I kept the dotted border white.

Santa and Friends Christmas Wreath Edible Image with Dotted Border Applied

How about you?  Do you have an edible printer and if so, did you decorate any Christmas cookies with edible images.  If you don’t have an edible printer are you hoping for one for Christmas?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathia December 17, 2013 at 9:46 am

Paula, these cookies turn out really adorable. I love the vintage feel they have.
Happy Holidays


Paula December 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Thank you so much Kathia. Merry Christmas!


Joan - My Cookie Clinic December 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Paula, These images look hand-painted and they remind me of Hummels. I can imagine these were one of your top sellers. At this time, I do not use an edible printer… still trying to hone my decorating skills and my photography skills. Happy Holidays! Joan


Paula December 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Hi Joan ~ I wish I could hand paint on cookies! Thank you for commenting and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas!


The Partiologist December 19, 2013 at 8:01 am

I love these cookies and I am really thinking about getting an edible image printer. I think it would be fun, but I’ll have to read more on it! Thanks for the info!!
Merry Christmas!


Paula December 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I think you will thoroughly enjoy having an edible printer. You have so many fascinating ideas that I can only imagine what you’d come up with with edible icing sheets! Thanks for the visit :)


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking December 19, 2013 at 11:03 am

I love that you found a way to make a usually labor-intensive job a little easier! These cookies are adorable, and so Christmassy!


Paula December 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Thank you Georgia! Best wishes for a wonderful holiday to you and your family :)


Lora December 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I am hoping an edible printer is in my cards for 2014. This tutorial has some great info. The clear plastic circle, the wait time between flooding and applying the images. Saving this post for when I start my own edible image journey. Thanks Paula!


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