Don't Like Royal Icing? Try Decorating Cookies With Fondant!

If you're new to the world of sugar cookies, then decorating those freshly baked treats with royal icing can seem like a complicated task. You need to get the perfect consistency , know which consistency to use for which job, pip careful and intricate details and then wait hours upon hours for them to dry.

But, you don't have to mess with royal icing to get amazing decorated cookies . You can make your treats beautiful with rolled fondant. It's oh so simple!

Begin decorating cookies with fondant to make your treats simple and sweet!

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What you need:

Step 1:

 

Roll out your fondant to a good thickness — around 3-4mm works well. If you plan to add a texture to your fondant, it's best to roll out to a slightly thicker fondant.

Step 2:

Using the same cookie cutter used for the sugar cookies, cut out your fondant shape. Because cookies spread a tiny bit in the oven, the fondant piece should be ever so slightly smaller than the cookie.

Step 3:

Brush a little water onto the back of your fondant shape. You could also use a sugar syrup or a watered-down fruit preserve, but water does the trick just as well!

Step 4:

 

Carefully flip the fondant cut-outs and lay them on top of your cookies. If your fondant stretches out of shape during the step, a great tip is to keep your fondant where it is and instead take your cookie and gently press it front way down onto the fondant.

Step 5:

Smooth the sides and edges of the fondant with your hands. You can also use a cake smoother for this step if you prefer. This is great for fondant pieces that have straighter shapes as gently pressing a smoother against a straight edge tidies it up a little more.

Now you can add texture to your fondant-topped cookies while the fondant is still pliable.

If you're planning to add more decoration, it's best to wait a little while for the fondant covering to set. The worst thing is to do all that hard work only to dent or scrape the fondant due to impatience!

Using fondant to decorate sugar cookies is a great way to  achieve some fabulous textures and designs — especially if you're more experienced with the pliable material! Adding indented features or patterns, stitching details or embellishments is just the beginning with this handy technique.

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in April 2015 and was updated in January 2018.

February 18, 2018
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