Cookie Decorating

I had my first try at decorating cookies/biscuits with royal icing. I made these duck biscuits just before Easter and my son loved them. For days afterwards he kept coming into the kitchen saying “Any more duck biscuits?”

For some time I have been looking at the beautiful presentation other bloggers have been achieving, using their decorating skills to create intricate designs. Well you can see my first attempt, unfortunately I did need to buy some more piping equipment and needed a lot of time and patience, but I’m sure I’ll get quicker. After my first attempt I changed the average royal icing recipe and made it my own. I found the plain icing too sweet and with very little flavour. In order to make it my own I used lemon and vanilla essence instead of water in my recipe.

If you want to see how I created these biscuits take a look at This is a fantastic blog written by a woman in Canada. Her online videos are so easy to follow, clear, concise, but packed full of helpful tips. This really is the place to learn online about decorating with royal icing. Check it out!

My own royal icing recipe:


  • 225g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp powdered egg whites
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence


  1. Place all ingredients in to a large bowl and whisk together by hand or with an electric whisk.
  2. The mixture should become smooth, lose its shine and become matt and be runny but quite thick and stiff to mix.
  3. You can add more liquid later if you need a different consistency.
  4. Add food colouring, mix well and transfer to a piping bag.
  5. Decorate biscuits as desired. *

*Watch online tutorials at to learn how to decorate biscuits with royal icing.

My favourite choice of biscuit to decorate is, rather than plain sugar, is either my gingerbread recipe or Fiona Cairn’s (Royal Wedding baker to Kate & William) shortbread recipe.

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2 Responses to Cookie Decorating

  1. Matt says:

    They look great so cute

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