Royal Icing Eyes & Templates

I wanted to take a minute today to talk to you about one of my favorite cookie time savers. If you are a regular around here, you know I like royal icing transfer and especially for eyes. I make a lot of royal icing eyes in different shapes and sizes.

Royal Icing Transfer EyesI make different shapes and colors so I am ready for any project I am working on. Oh, wait! I forgot to tell you the best part! You can make it with leftover icing so not only does it save you time decorating, but it will also save you money.

Royal Icing Eyes & Templates:

Small Eyes
Monster Eyes
Medium Eyes
Royal Icing Recipe

Royal Icing Eyes

First, print your templates and tape them to a cutting board or the back of a cookie sheet. Sweet Sugar Belle shared the blue painter’s tape and back of the cookie sheet tip here.

Royal Icing Eyes

Once the pattern is secure, cover it with wax paper and tape it so there aren’t any wrinkles in the wax paper. If the paper is wrinkled, your transfer will also be wrinkled.

Royal Icing Eyes

I make mine in 2 steps. First, I make the pupil of the eyes and let them dry overnight. Depending on the humidity in your area, you may need to let them dry for a couple of days. Sometimes I stop there as I did for these cookies.

Royal Icing Eyes

Once the pupils are dry, make the sclera (white part) of the eye. While it is still wet, pop off one of the pupils and place it in the center of the sclera. I work one row at a time.

If you want to color the iris, you can add a drop of color before you add the pupil.

Royal Icing Eyes

Continue until you have as many as you want.

Royal Icing Eyes

Let them dry completely before removing them from the wax paper.

Royal Icing Eyes

If you are afraid of the black bleeding on the white, don’t make the black. Once you place them on your decorated cookies, you can add a drop of black for the pupil.

Royal Icing Eyes

Now for storage. I separate them by size and color. Once they are completely dry, you can store them in airtight containers in a dry cool place and they will last a really, really long time. I keep them in cute little canning jars in my cabinet with all the other transfers I have made. I have hearts, roses, bows, ties, mustaches, shabby chic roses, and ribbon roses. Seriously, transfers are amazing. The only downside is you need to make more than you need because they will break easily.

Royal Icing Transfer Eyes

Now go make some and remember, we are watching you.

If you are looking for more tips and tricks, you may enjoy the  “Beginners Guide to Cookie Decorating.” If you would like information on how to store royal icing transfers, click here.

Bear hugs,