Penguin Cookies

What happens when two friends who share a love of cookie decorating get together? They make penguin cookies.

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot BakerI have a great friend named Johnna. She lives about an hour away from me so we don’t get together as much as we would like. But when we do get together, we have fun talking about family, work, life, and cookies. There is always a lot of cookie talk. And sometimes like this week we actually get to decorate.

Johnna (aka The Polka-dot Zebra) is an amazing decorator. I am in total awe of her decorating skills. You can see her cookies here. Go ahead and check them out and I’ll wait for you.

See…I told you she is amazing! When she came over Monday she brought some cutters with her. When she started unpacking the cutters I noticed a tree cutter that I had seen at Michael’s. It was a set of four but she only bought the tree. I started laughing because I bought the other three and not the tree! I showed her the three bought and when we looked at the elf cutter we both saw a penguin. We laughed more and headed to the kitchen and got to work. (Note: Another friend of mine told me it was a penguin cutter! lol Who knew…not me!!)

Supplies for Penguin Cookies:

White-outline, flood, and a little stiffer than the outline
Black- outline and flood
Soft Pink – outline and flood
Sky Blue – outline and flood
Electric Green-outline and flood
#16 star tip for the fur on the hats
Icing Recipe
Sugar Cookie Recipe

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot BakerFirst you will need to outline the face and tummy area with white outline icing.

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot Baker

Next, with the white flood icing, fill the tummy and face.

Now, outline and fill the feet with orange icing.

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot BakerReady for the hats? Outline them with your blue, green and pink icing.

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot BakerNow you are ready to outline the scarfs. I used the wings as guidelines.

Next, flood the hats.

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot BakerNext, you can flood the scarf all but end that comes from over the top of the scarf.

Let the small end and the horizontal part of the scarf dry so when you flood the last tail it will look a little 3D. Drying time should be at least 30 minutes.

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot BakerWhile you are waiting on that you can add the orange dots for the toes. I know penguins don’t have toes but it needed a little something don’t you think?

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot BakerIf it has been 30 minutes, use your #3 tip and flood the rest of the scarfs. Do this on all 3 penguins and let it dry a little.

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot BakerNow using the outline icings we are going to make the hat and scarfs look knitted. This is so easy! All you need to do is start at the base of the hat and make a slightly squiggly line. Move to the next row and do it again and again until you have reached the top.

Now repeat on the scarfs. I wish knitting was this easy!

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot BakerNow comes the hard part, WAIT! Let this dry overnight. I know that is really hard to do but, since you are using black and white next to each other, there is chance your icing could bleed. (I live where it is humid and the humidity does affect royal icing.)

This is one of the cookies I made with Johnna. See the nose and the green scarf ? It bled. Made me sad! But he was still delicious. Instead of eating him, you could fix it in a very creative way but that doesn’t always work! If it was the pink one we would be in trouble!

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot Baker

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot BakerWhen they are good and dry use the black outline icing, outline the body and add the eyes. You could also use royal icing transfer eyes. I dotted each eye with a touch of flood white icing on a toothpick. Add the noses with the orange icing.

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot BakerNext, with black flood icing fill the bodies in and let dry for about a few hours.

Penguin Cookies by The Bearfoot BakerAll you need to do now is add the fur. I used the #16 tip and the stiffer white icing. To do the hat band I used the same squiggly motion I used for the knitting. And now for the swirl on top, I imagined putting icing on a mini cupcake. Do a little swirl.

I hope you have as much fun making these as I did with Johnna.

Happy Creating!!!


  1. Jen says

    Congratulations on your blog, Lisa!!! I LOVE IT!! :) And truly a fabulous post… those penguin cookies turned out so beautifully and insanely adorable! <3

  2. Linda G. (Bluebird) says

    I love the step-by-step instructions. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!! :) look forward to many more!

  3. Lynn says

    You are so very creative, it is just amazing to see what someone can do with a cookie cutter! By the way where did you get this one?


  4. Jodi/Wonderland Cookie Company says

    This little guy is SUPER cute, too! It’s awesome to see the step-by-step. I never would have thought that is the order you do it in! Some great tips for a new cookier like me! :)

  5. Susan Shubert says

    Absolutely LOVE these! Saw your adoreable snowman cookies via a Facebook link on Haniela’s and Karen’ You are incredible!

  6. Vicki says

    I am a flickr fan, too!

    I saw that cutter at Michaels and I just thought, “what in the world”…..I don’t quite have “cookie think” yet, but I’m getting close!

    I love your new blog!

  7. monica says

    Oh my gosh I just found this cutter at my Michael’s last night. I got it for like $0.29! I am so making these for my daughter’s class for Valentins. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the tutorial. New fan from Sugarbelle.

  8. Sherrie says

    I am so EXCITED AND PLEASED!! I finally found the Celebrate It Elf Face Cookie Cutter on Ebay and received it in today’s mail.

  9. Mir says

    Hi. I absolutely love these cookies. I was wondering is the cutter from celebrate it or wiltons? I cant seem to find it . Could someone help me out please? Is this cutter metal, plastic, how big? Any help will be appreciated. Just came across this site and your cookies are so amazing. Thank you so much for taking the time to do tutorials they are wonderful!!!
    Cant wait to get started in the cookie decorating journey.

  10. jamie says

    Hi, I started decorating about a month or so ago and have had a problem with the black royal icing… it seems to either not be dark enough or if I can get it black black, it tastes terrible. How do you get around this?? I hate to make cookies that don’t taste as good as they look! Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thanks!

    • Lisa says

      Hi Jamie. I think this is a problem we have all experienced. I use leftover icing (that is still fresh) and mix all my dark colors together. It usually looks like a dark weird muddy color. You created a deep base color and then it doesn’t take as much black food coloring. I always make my icing the night before because it deepens a bit over night. Hope this helps:)

  11. Natasha Mcknight says

    YES YES YES, I just found this cutter on Ebay..I have a bake sale on the 14th and these would be so cute to sell during that time THanks for the tutorial!!

  12. Karen says

    These are as adorable as they come and, look, they are sitting in snow! it’s those little details that just make me shiver with delight!

    Would I be able to freeze them after decorating them? If I were to include them in my cookie gift box, would the frosting stay nice? Any tips on the storing and delivering would be much appreciated!

  13. Kathy says

    Hi Lisa. I can’t find this cookie cutter. I would like to make my own cookie cutter. Can you send me a picture of the cookie cutter itself please? I have looked all over on line and can’t find it. Wilton says that it is discontinued. Thank you.

  14. says

    Wow Lisa,
    I have spent the whole morning browsing on your site. You are just incredibly talented. Going to attempt making these for the holidays!

    • Lisa says

      Awe! You are so sweet Asmita! Thanks for taking the time to look around. I have a post coming up soon about this cutter. People can’t find it and I have a little trick to share:)

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