How to Decorate Christmas Cookies with Stencils
Have a sweet tooth? So do we! We remedied it by cooking up some gingerbread cookies. And because we’re Stencil Stop, we had to decorate them with stencils, of course! We were inspired by one of our customers, artist Isa Beniston of Gentle Thrills.
Earlier this year, she used an airbrush to turn these heart cookies into some sweet treats. We wanted to do the same thing for the holiday season. After all, who doesn’t love decorating Christmas cookies?
Airbrushes can be expensive and difficult to use, so instead we opted for a spray food coloring. We found ours at Walmart.
Here’s what you’ll need to stencil Christmas cookies:
- Any small stencil (pick up some here or create a custom stencil here)
- Food coloring spray (we got ours here)
- Gingerbread cookies
- Royal icing
1. Mix and cut cookie dough
We made some gingerbread cookies, but you can use any type of dough as long as it has a flat surface (oatmeal, chocolate chip, etc. are not ideal). Once the dough has chilled, roll it out to the recommended thickness in the recipe. We used a beer glass as a cookie cutter to make the dough into circles. Once cut, place them on a baking sheet and bake them according to the recipe.
2. Bake cookies and mix icing
While the cookies are in the oven, you can make your royal icing. We chose this type of icing because it is easy to make and will eventually solidify on the cookie and make a perfect surface for stenciling.
3. Let cookies cool
It is important to let the cookies fully cool or else they will melt any icing put on top. Make sure to frequently mix the icing or it will dry.
4. Dip cookies into icing
Icing these cookies is done in a flash. Pick one up by gently pinching the sides, allowing the entire face to be exposed. Softly dip the cookie into the bowl of icing, only submerging the surface. Do not let go of the cookie.
Once the cookie has been submerged enough, pull it up and out of the icing. Flip it towards the ceiling to prevent the icing from sliding off.
Once iced, let the cookies rest until the icing is solid. If it dents when touched or transfers onto your finger, it is still too wet to put a stencil on.
5. Stencil the cookies
Now’s the fun part! Set down a cookie with dry icing on a paper towel.
Place your stencil down on top of the icing.
Spray with the food coloring 6-10 inches away in short bursts, just like how we normally use spray paint! Be careful not to use too much food coloring, or the colors will run.
6. Wait for cookies to dry
Carefully peel the stencil up and away from the cookie. Let the cookies sit until they are dry to prevent the food coloring from transferring. After that, you’ll have yourself a set of cookies that taste as good as they look.
Need a drink to go with those cookies? Learn how to stencil hot chocolate on our DIY Blog.