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How to Make Designer Print Cookies

Have you ever wished you could be like Martha Stewart and make everything at your table coordinate? Here’s an easy way to incorporate your theme into your dessert. By using the same print from your party invitations or just a favorite print that goes with your theme, you can create designer print cookies that bring your theme to the dessert table.

You will need to make and cool the cookies, prepare the icing and print out your design on icing sheets prior to assembly.

Tools & Ingredients

  • Cookies
  • Royal Icing (I use the Wilton recipe)
  • Icing sheets with designs printed on them – 2-1/2” size*
  • Butterscotch topping (or other sticky sweet treat to adhere icing sheet)
  • Paintbrush
  • Spatula
  • Pastry bag fitted with tip #101
  • Gel paste food color (teal is used here)

*You can either upload a design and have it printed or you can print them yourself if you have a printer equipped with edible printing cartridges.


  • ½ lb. softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Combine sugar and butter in an electric mixer.
  2. Add egg and beat again.
  3. Combine all of the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients and milk to butter/sugar mixture.
  5. Gather up the dough and shape it into a log that is 3” wide in thickness.
  6. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours.
  7. When the dough is firm, remove the plastic wrap and slice the log into 1/8” thick slices.
  8. Place the cookies on a lightly greased baking pan and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until lightly golden (6-8 minutes).
  9. Allow the cookies to cool down before removing them from the pan with a spatula.

Putting the Cookies Together:

  1. Use the paintbrush to apply just enough butterscotch topping to the cookie to stick the designer print in the center of the cookie. Don’t go overboard, as the excess butterscotch will seep out from under the images.
  2. Peel the plastic backing off of the circle image and place it in the middle of the cookie.
  3. Smooth the print from the center outwards, making sure it’s completely stuck to the cookie.
  4. Color the royal icing to match the design print you are using. I’ve colored my icing with teal gel food paste to coordinate with the print.
  5. Holding the pastry bag so the wider part of the tip goes up against the outer edge of the photo, begin squeezing while moving the tip away from the image and then back towards it to create a ruffle.  It’s actually easiest to do this while holding the cookie in one hand and piping with the other so you can turn the cookie as you go.
  6. Allow the icing to harden before the cookies touch one another.

You can take this same technique and do it to cupcakes by using a larger size circle icing sheet with your print and buttercream icing. The circle can also be applied to fondant cut to the same size.

When you serve these at your table, look out Martha! Your guests are sure to be impressed.

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Theresa Happe is a cake decorator and author of You can follow her on Google+.

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Susan Bigan

Monday 1st of July 2013

OMG! I'm so excited :) I'm going to do this for the 4th of July!!

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