Even if you don't drink Earl Grey — or any other kind of tea — these adorable teapot cookies are perfect for baby and bridal showers, Mother's Day , or just a run-of-the-mill Saturday afternoon. They'll be just as fun to make as they are to eat!
Vintage Teapot Sugar Cookies
What You Need
- Sugar cookies ( get our recipe )
- Royal icing in piping and flooding consistencies ( get our recipe )
- Teapot cookie cutter
- Gel food color
- Rolling pin
- Edible gold paint
- Food-safe paint brushes
- Piping bags
- Small round piping tips
- Cocktail sticks or toothpicks
Prepare your cookie batter according to your recipe's instructions. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin, cut into teapot shapes with a cutter and bake. When done, let the cookies cool before moving on.
2. Mix the Royal Icing
3. Flood the Pot
Fill piping bags with each royal icing batch. With a small round tip, outline and flood the body of your teapot in pink. Leave all other parts of the cookie bare.
4. Add Polka Dots
With flooding consistency white icing, carefully pipe dots onto the flooded pink icing while it's still wet. (This will make it look printed onto the icing.) You don't need to squeeze out a ton of icing, so work slowly and gently.
If you have the perfect flooding consistency, the dots should settle and become smooth. If the little bumps remain raised, lightly dab them with a paintbrush dusted in confectioner's sugar. If they're still being stubborn, thin your polka dot icing a bit more before piping other cookies.
5. Continue Flooding
Pipe the outlines and flood the lid, base, handle and spout in the rest of your colors. If you want gold accents, like we're making in this tutorial, flood those areas with an ivory or cream icing.
Set aside your cookies and let them fully dry and harden. This can take up to 24 hours, depending on the humidity of your climate.
6. Add Details
When your cookie is completely dry, add detail to your teapot by piping beading around the rim or a swirl on the spout.
7. Bring the Glitz
Gently brush over the ivory icing with edible gold paint.
When all your cookies are glammed up and dry, they're ready to serve with a heartwarming cup of tea.
Photos via Juniper Cakery
Learn More Now
Discover more tips and tutorials for decorating with royal icing in our free guide, Essential Royal Icing Techniques for Stunning Sugar Cookies.