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How to decorate cookies like a pro
Impress everyone you know by decorating cookies with these cute barnyard animals

Let’s be real: Cookies are delicious. Everyone loves cookies.

There are not many things that could make cookies any better (in our opinion) but being who we are, we love to decorate. And while we know that decorating your cookies in a special way doesn’t necessarily make them any more delicious, we also know that if you show up to a friend’s house with cookies, say, decorated with cute barnyard animals, you will claim some serious bragging rights.

But how would you go about drawing and painting animals on your cookies? Don’t worry, even a cookie decorating beginner can learn how to adorn their cookies with adorable horses, llamas, sheep, and more — and we’re going to teach you how! All you need to get started are your cookies, some royal icing, edible markers or paints, and the cupixel app.

The great thing is, once you know how to decorate your cookies at home, you can replicate this process using any design.

The icing on the cookie (get it!), though, is that this is a great activity to do with kids. Either decorate side-by-side, or have an adult do the outlines and the kids fill in with color and flourishes. However your choose to go about it, this a great way to bond as a family!

So grab your favorite cookies for decorating (we find flat, sturdy cookies like sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies work best) and start decorating!

  1. Prep your cookies and your space

By now, you should have already baked (or bought) your cookies and frosted them in a royal icing that sets hard enough for you to draw on it.

The next thing that you need is a white piece of paper with dark edges or set on a dark background — this is key for the AR to work. Once you have both those things, just put your cookie on top of the white piece of paper and prop up your phone so that you can the paper (and all four of it’s corners) through your camera.

Cookie on white paper
  1. Pick and resize your image.

Next, start up the app, head to the cookie decorating experience, and pick whichever cute animal you want to draw in the “Artwork” tab. Then tap over to the “Trace” tab to project your photo onto your surface.

At first, the animal will cover the entire paper, but you can easily resize and reposition it using the “Drag” feature on your screen so that it fits perfectly on your cookie.

Showcasing drag feature for cookie decorating
  1. Start to draw!

This is where it gets really fun. Using your edible markers and paints follow along and trace the outline of your animal on your cookie, then fill it!

Remember: Take your time. Don’t strive for perfection — just relax and have fun with this.

Person decorating a cookie with an owl picture

One last thing before you go — working with edible metalic paints can be a bit finicky, so here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Give them a good shake before using them
  • Shake the excess paint off of your brush
  • Lightly paint and dab as you move along so you don’t get any streaks
  • It is ok to paint over the markers — after it dries you can redraw the lines so they are clean and sharp
  • If you are going over the paint with a marker after, be sure to wait until it dries so you don’t mess up your paint lines!
Person decorating a cookie with an owl picture

And that is pretty much it! Once you get used to it, the process is actually pretty easy, and you will be amazed at how quickly you create cookie after cookie, each decorated exactly how you want it.

Cookie decorating

What’s better than artwork you’re proud of? Edible artwork you’re proud of.

Learn how to decorate your cookies with a cute barn animals, and bring your adorable baked goods to life with edible ink pens and frosting paints.

Whether you’re hosting a themed party or making a thoughtful gift for someone with a sweet tooth (or a love for barn critters), this experience is the perfect introduction to using our technology to make fun and unique baked goods.

Experience type: Smart trace-powered cookie decorating

Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


  • Paper with dark edges (or on a dark background)
  • Cookies
  • Decorating tools
  • Plain cookie with royal icing
  • Edible paints and paint brushes
  • Edible markers

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