"Tie dye" cookie icing tutorial

When I asked my daughter what theme she wanted for her birthday party back in June, she said tie dye and peace signs. Huh? She was turning 5. Maybe she was a hippie in a former life, who knows. I suppose princesses and anything 5 year old-ish were out of the question. Kids, they grow up so fast.

Anyhow, along with a cake that she designed herself (see below) she also wanted tie dye cookies. I searched and searched for a tutorial on tie dye cookies and found nothing. So these are what I came up with. Call them 'tie dye' or just really colorful spiderweb cookies, these are what she got.

For the printable recipes for my cookies and the icing I use click here. In the same post you will find useful sugar cookie decorating tips as well.

Start out with your baked and cooled sugar cookie.

Make a nice swirl around your cookie using your desired color. Work quickly throughout the whole process or your icing will get to dry to work with.

Make another swirl with another color.

And yet another swirl.

Swirl, Swirl, Swirl away.

Add some white for a nice contrast in color.

Now take a toothpick and drag it through the icing. Start in the middle of the cookie and work your way out.

Continue dragging your toothpick all the way around your cookie until you have reached the desired effect.

After you have achieved your desired effect, with your cookie still on the table, shake it back and forth to level out the icing. If you have any gaps in the icing, use your toothpick to fill them in.

My daughters birthday cake. Not by best cake my best cake by a long shot. (I blame it on the bad batch of fondant I had.)

But it is super cool on the inside. You should have heard the squeals that came out of the kids mouths. You would have thought that Justin Bieber was jumping out of the cake.

"Tie Dye" cupcakes. I used a 1M tip and "stripped" the icing bag to get this effect.


Leslie Green, The Hungry Housewife

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