Is it just us or does it sometimes seem like the whole world has been enchanted by Mermaids? There’s an obsession with these mythical creatures that doesn’t show any sign of waning. But we’re not ashamed to admit we’ve been caught up in the current too. The song of the siren has us wondering what else we can make mermaid themed.
We already threw a fintastic mermaid themed party, but we sure wish we had these cookies as our party favor. Here are 4 ways to decorate delicious sugar cookies to make a coordinated group of sweets to please a whole school of fish loving kids! We took our inspiration from these siren styled party supplies and added a few extra elements- seashells, starfish and mermaid tails complete the collection alongside a few beautiful mermaids in their full glory. Keep reading and scrolling to see them all.
This must-SEA tutorial was created, written and shot by Ally from @ally.bakes on Instagram. Click that link and give her a follow!
- Baked Sugar Cookies – Mermaid, Shell, Tail, and Star
- Royal Icing
- Wilton Gel Food Coloring
- Piping Tips
- Round, Star
- Piping Bags
- Edible Marker
- Black, Red
- Food safe small round tip paint brush
Before you start decorating you’ll need to bake some cookies and make the icing. Check out this post with recipes and instructions for the sugar cookies and royal icing.
Decorated Shell Cookie
Begin with your baked shell sugar cookie.
Mix royal icing to be a blue color with flood type consistency. Fill in the shell with a round tip so that it is completely covered. Use the scribe tool to remove any bubbles or to help spread the icing closer to the edge of the cookie. Let the icing harden completely.
You can be creative and make any fun designs using 15-second icing consistency. I went ahead and used white icing, but you can choose any color you’d like! Use a small round tip to pipe the designs.
After decorating your shell, let it dry completely.
Decorated Starfish Cookie
Start off with your baked Starfish sugar cookie!
Mix royal icing with pink gel food coloring and mix icing to be a flood consistency. Using a round tip, pipe the entire starfish with the pink icing. Let the icing harden completely.
Using 15-second icing consistency, select any color and make little dots onto the starfish. Make a large cluster of dots in the middle with a line of dots extending through each arm.
Let the designs dry completely, and there you have it!
Decorated Mermaid Tail Cookies
Get ready to decorate with your mermaid tail sugar cookie!
Mix violet food gel coloring with some royal icing. Make sure it is a flood consistency. Using a round tip, pipe the icing onto the fins only. Let icing completely harden.
Now, mix purple, green, and blue into separate royal icing batches. There is no need to change the royal icing consistency – keep it stiff!
- Using round tips, pipe a pea size dot onto the bottom of the tail.
- Dip your paint brush into water – pat it dry it with a towel so that the paint brush is a little damp.
- Now, on one half of the pea sized icing, take your paint brush and pull some of the royal icing down onto the surface of the cookie.
- Alternate colors and continue the technique. This will make the tail look like it has fish scales!
Add some detailing onto the fin. Use the same icing that was used to fill in the fins and pipe lines to add detail.
Now, you’re finished, and you have magical mermaid tails!
Decorated Mermaid Cookies
Begin with baked mermaid sugar cookies. Be careful with the cookie since some parts are thin. The cookie is delicate and will break at this point without any royal icing to help with making it sturdy.
Let’s start with the tail! Mix violet gel food coloring into the royal icing. Make sure it is a flood consistency. Using a small round tip, pipe the icing onto the fins. You can also create just the silhouette of a mermaid using one color. If you’d like to do so, just fill the entire mermaid with a solid color and let completely harden.
Next, mix purple, green, and blue into separate royal icing batches. Keep the consistency stiff! Using round tips, pipe a pea size dot onto the bottom of the tail. Dip a paint brush into water and pat it dry it with a towel so the brush is a little damp. Now, take your paint brush and pull some of the royal icing down onto the surface of the cookie- don’t squish the whole dot. Alternate colors and continue the technique. Now we have scales on the mermaid’s tail!
Using flood consistency icing, mix it any skin color type you’d like, and using a small round tip, pipe the arm onto the mermaid. Let it dry completely. At this point, the tail should be hardening up, go ahead and add some lines onto the fins for detail.
Once the arm is hardened, pipe the rest of the body and head. Let the icing harden.
Next, we’ll put a little ribbon around the back for the top. Use any color and 15-second icing consistency with a small round tip.
Next, mix any color icing for the hair – no need to change the consistency, keep it stiff! Using a star tip, pipe on the hair. You can create any texture, straight, wavy, or curly depending on how you move the piping bag. For straight hair, simply pull the piping bag in one direction. For wavy hair, while pulling the piping bag in one direction, move the bag side to side at the same time. For curly hair, you’ll want to do a circle motion with the piping bag while pulling in one direction.
Use any color to add a scrunchie type hair detail. The icing consistency can stay stiff for this detail.
Finally, we’re almost done! Using the edible black marker, add an eye smile with some eye lashes. Draw a little dot for the nostril on the nose. Using the red edible marker, draw on some lips.
There you have it, a colorful mermaid cookie!
Whether these are made as party snacks or a take home treat, the whole beautiful group should be displayed together for maximum magic.