Planning a nautical party or a seaside summer bash? Add some cute fish cookies to your dessert table! These little fish cookies are so cute, quick and easy, even beginner cookie decorators can make them. As a matter of fact, you'll have so many volunteers helping you that you'll probably want to make these cookies as often as possible.
How to make cute fish cookies
In fact, the hardest part of making these cookies for me was finding a few fish cookie cutters that were cute, simple and didn't need a lot of details.
- Sugar cookie recipe
- Fish cookie cutters (I used this larger fish cookie cutter and this small fish cookie cutter )
- Royal icing in the colors of your choice (I used AmeriColor Tulip Red, Electric Green and Artisan Accents Gel Color Deep Purple)
- Decorating bags
- Candy eyes ( here's a free pattern and tutorial so you can make your own)
Step 1: Bake your cookies
Bake the cookies according to the recipe directions. Let the cookies cool completely before you decorate them.
Step 2: Make the royal icing
While you're waiting for the cookies to cool you can make the royal icing . Decide how many colors you need for your cookies; separate the royal icing into that many bowls and dye each one a different color. Here's my go-to method for tinting royal icing .
I decided on three colors for these little fish, but if you want to make more colors, you may need an extra-large batch of royal icing.
Step 3: Outline the fish
Once your cookies are cool and you've made and colored the icing, it's time to outline the fish. Make sure your royal icing is the right consistency , then pipe a line of icing around the edge of the cookies.
I also added an outline for the fish's mouth — this way, it will stand out when flooded. You could do the same for the fish's fins, scales or other features.
Let your outline dry for about 10 minutes before moving on to the next step.
Step 4: Flood the cookie
Once the icing has dried, flood the cookie with thinned-down royal icing of the same color. Be careful not to flood over the line you made for the mouth. If you don't flood over that line, it will look like your fish has a nice little smile!
Step 5: Add the finishing touches
Finish your fish with details like an eye, fin or scales. To keep my fish simple, I added just one little eye to each cookie.
The best time to add the candy eye is while the icing is still wet. Just drop the candy eye on the fish's face and then gently move it into place. Once the icing starts to dry, you won't be able to move it without causing blemishes in the icing, so work fast!
Now that your fish cookies are all decorated, all you need to do is let the icing dry all th eway. If you want it to dry with a little shine, place it in front of a fan. As the air blows, it will make your cookie nice and shiny!
As you're planning your fun summer parties and activities, remember these cute little fish cookies. They're easy to make and I'm sure the kids will love helping you decorate them. They'll add color and a lot of smiles for your guests but the best part about these little fish is that they make your kitchen smell delicious.