Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Brush Embroidery Granny Cookies Tutorial

I was asked to bake something for a recent benefit bake sale for a little girl that has a severe medical condition.  The proceeds went towards paying for her medical bills, so I figured I'd make something fancy looking that might make a few more dollars for a worthy cause.  I've been wanting to try out the brush embroidery technique and thought this would be the perfect time to try!  I like how they turned out.  I thought of naming them "Granny Cookies" because they look like something a granny would eat with a cup of tea.  :)
Here are my finished cookies and a step by step of how I did them.

Step 1:  I iced some sugar cookies with royal icing and let them sit for a few hours until firm.  I also added a white pearl border.

Step 2:  Pipe a flower outline onto the cookie.  Don't worry about it looking perfect here, it can be pretty sloppy and still be redeemed.  :)  You can do one flower in the center or make some hanging off the edges like this.

Step 3:  Take a small paint brush (used only for food, of course) and dip it in a small bowl of water nearby.  Dab the brush on a paper towel to get the excess water off.  Then brush the icing on your flower outline in toward the center to make petals.

Step 4:  After brushing the outer petals, pipe in two or three more petals in the center and repeat step 3 on those petals.

Step 5:  Add a dot to the center of your flower and also around the flowers if you'd like.

And that's it!  I put these in twos in clear plastic bags and tied with ribbon to make them even cuter.  This was time consuming to make 40 cookies, but sooo easy!  Try it!


  1. Great pictures and info! Thanks!

  2. Oh love the technique! I really appreciate the detail and the step by step process.. purdy purply cookies! :)

  3. tq for sharing the technique! really appreciate it :)


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