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Dear Yankee Girl: How Did You Make That Minnie Cookie?


After I posted my Minnie cookie set, I got a lot of questions about how I made her. It happens to be a technique that is fairly easy and I use quite a bit. The technique - which to be honest with you, I’m having trouble thinking of a cool name for - makes the image look as though it’s coming off the cookie. And not only is it easy, there’s limited mixing of colors! Bonus!

Again, here's said Minnie cookie[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to US copyright laws, we don't allow the copying and posting of copyrighted characters, such as Minnie, here on Cookie Connection, which is why Kari has linked off to this image.]

The flower cookies above use the very same raised royal icing technique, which is what we're going to explore in this tutorial! So let's get started!

What you’re going to need:

  • Iced cookie, icing dry
  • White royal icing, detail consistency
  • Space heater
  • Food writers/colors for paint
  • Image and Kopykake (aka KK) – optional

I’m actually going to show you three different cookies, all using this technique. Whoa! I know, right? Ambitious. That’s me.

But really, I want to show how versatile this technique is.

Start with a cookie that is iced and dry. The background can be anything. Any color. Airbrush it. Stencil it. Up to you. Have fun with it.

Step 1 of TCOT
Then put your cookie on your Kopykake board, with the image projected onto it. Of course – this part is optional. You can freehand your image. Or you can cut out an image and trace it onto your cookie with a food writer. Use what you have!

Now I have a special treat for you! A video!

This is where you are going to break out that detail consistency royal icing. I will show you an example of this consistency during the video. Pay attention, there will be a quiz later!

Another disclaimer: This is my first video. Slowest piping ever. Please go easy on me. And thanks to my little videographer, Ben. Click here,

YGY Premiere Video, or view it here: 

So, you have your image outlined onto your cookie. You’ve put it in front of your space heater (to eliminate craters), and you’ve let it dry completely. You know what’s going to happen if it is not completely dry, don’t you? Yes. Your food writer or paintbrush will break right though the icing. Yikes.

It should look something like this:

Step 2 TCOT
And then you’re ready to decorate! You can use paint . . .

Step3 TCOT
Or food writers . . .

Step4 TCOT
Either way, your cookie is sure to be beautiful.

Step5 TCOT
There you have it. One technique, three different cookies. And, oh so easy.

3 flowers 1 technique
Now that you've read through all of this . . . The specific details on the Minnie cookie: the background was iced in white and airbrushed. I used a polka dot stencil with silver sheen coloring. Minnie's outline was iced in white (using a coloring book image) and allowed to dry. Then I used a black food writer to color in her facial details! 

Questions? Email me!

All cookies and photos by Yankee Girl Yummies.


Kari ArroyoKari Arroyo started decorating cookies in 2011 after deciding to take a break from nursing, and learned the ways of royal icing by reading tutorials and LOTS of trial and error. When she’s not decorating cookies, you can find her chasing after two busy boys! Check her out on Facebook or her site, and email her your cookie questions at


Photo credit: Kari Arroyo

Note: Dear Yankee Girl is a regular Cookie Connection blog feature, written by Kari Arroyo, which allows you to get all your critical cookie technique questions answered, Dear Abby-style! Its content expresses the views of the author and not necessarily those of this site, its owners, its administrators, or its employees. To catch up on all of Kari's past posts, click here.


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  • Outline and Flood Image: Cookies and Photo by Yankee Girl Yummies
  • Decorate with Gel Colors . . .: Cookies and Photo by Yankee Girl Yummies
  • Decorate with a Food Writer . . .: Cookies and Photo by Yankee Girl Yummies
  • Or Decorate with a Combination of Techniques!: Cookies and Photo by Yankee Girl Yummies
  • One Technique, Three Different Cookies: Cookies and Photo by Yankee Girl Yummies

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