How to Make Lucky Horseshoe Royal Icing Transfers

I hope you’re ready for some lucky horseshoe royal icing transfers. When I made the video I didn’t really have a plan. Horseshoe should be simple, but I changed my mind a few times. When you make cookies or royal icing transfers don’t give up. Keep making them until you like the way it turns out. It’s not hard and I’m sure you can find someone to eat the evidence of your practice cookies and royal icing transfers. 

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I didn’t start over or cut the footage from the video because I thought you might enjoy watching how I change my mind sometimes. It’s kind of funny and royal icing transfers are a great way to practice decorating. Then, you can add your cute transfers to your cookies and find a volunteer to eat the ones you’re not so crazy about. It’s a great way to decorate. 

How to Make Lucky Horseshoe Royal Icing Transfers

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How to Make Lucky Horseshoe Royal Icing Transfers

In this video, you will see how I worked through many ideas that didn’t work. If you stick with me to the end you will see how keeping things simple works for these royal icing transfers. Keep in mind, royal icing transfers are a simple way to add details to your cookies and they’re a great way to practice ideas without messing up a sugar cookie.

Let’s make some horseshoe candy for your cookies:

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  • Begin by making your royal icing and making the colors you want to use.
  • I’ve gone through many stages of decorating through the years. I used to use decorating tips all the time. Then, tipless bags were introduced and I loved not having to wash tips after making cookies. Now, I use a decorating tip for outlining and use a tipless bag for flooding. I like having the control of using a tip to get the outline the way I want and not using a tip to flood. If you stick around I’ll probably change that in the future. The point of that is to find what works for you and do it. Just because something works for me doesn’t mean it’s the best plan for you. Get comfortable and decorate!
Print your patterns and fill your piping bags!

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  • If you choose to use decorating tips I have a suggestion for you. You should try using a PME tip because they’re stainless steel and don’t turn an ugly color if you let them soak in water overnight. I always hated the taste of the icing after it comes out of an older tip. The PME also pipe a beautiful smooth line. By far my favorite! They do cost more but they last forever.
Outline and flood:

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  • Time to make some lucky horseshoe royal icing transfers. Print out the templates and tape them to a flat surface. I use a piece of foam board because it’s lightweight and easy to move. You can find them at the Dollar Tree for $1 a board and then you can cut it into four pieces. That’s $.25 per board and to me, that’s a priceless investment!
  • Next, cover the pattern with a piece of wax paper or a cellophane cookie bag. I learned the cookie bag tip from Maddie’s Cookie Co on Instagram and it works like a dream! Your transfers will be smooth on the back and I’ve never had a problem with the royal icing sinking. Thanks, Maddie for sharing that great tip!


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  • Outline your horseshoes and then flood them. 
Add a little edible airbrush color:

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  • Here is where I went a little crazy. I added a light royal icing line to one of the darker horseshoes to highlight it and I didn’t like it. Then, I wanted to add a few black dots to look like holes at the bottom of each horseshoe. I didn’t like that either so I stopped. No harm done so I airbrushed them and let them dry overnight. I liked the way that looked so I made sure each little horseshoe got a good airbrushed outline.
All done! Mistakes and all!

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  • I made each size of the horseshoes and I think they’re adorable and I can’t wait to add them to a few St. Patrick’s Day cookies and maybe even a set of sugar cookies with horses. 
  • They are also a good little prop for cookie photos. You’ll see me use them in the next few posts and I hope you like them as much as I do.

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How are you going to use them?  I hope you’ll share your photos with me because I’d love to see what you’re working on!

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