Shabby Chic Cookies

How to Make Shabby Chic Cookies via

Don’t you hate it when you are decorating cookies while singing Disney songs in your head and then all of a sudden……it happens! You reach for a cookie and poke your finger right into the icing! Then you scream, “NOOOOOOO” and everyone in the house comes running because they think you have broken your leg only to find out you messed up a cookie!! Who wants shabby chic cookies? UGH!

Then, you get frustrated and reach for another cookie and poke your finger in it! I hate when that happens! Well, that is exactly what I did when I was making these. I poked 3 cookies and pitched myself a little mini fit and took my fingers and poked them all! Then, I walked away feeling bad and very mad at myself and ate a bowl of ice cream to make myself feel better. After I ate my ice cream, I was still mad so I cleaned out my bathroom closet because I didn’t want to be in the kitchen.

When I finally went back into the kitchen and saw the beat-up cookies, I actually liked what I saw! I added a little green flower and there it was shabby chic cookies!!!

I love when something goes wrong and is then turned into something good. Now, these are not the cookies I was going to do a tutorial on, but sometimes things happen and you just need to go with it. I will make the other cookies for you later.

Supplies for Shabby Chic Cookies:
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Yellow Flood Icing
Green Outline Icing
Blue Candy Beads


First, outline and flood your cookies. I was going to add a cute little flower on this cookie so I started to trace the end of that big fat tip so I would have a guide. When I sat the tip on the cookies, the tip cracked the icing. I thought the icing was dry. I did the fan trick from SweetSugarBelle and they had set by the fan for 2 hours. The problem is, it was VERY HUMID that day. The icing was just dry enough to make me think I could trace it.

See the big round dent in the icing? This, and my finger, is what caused the little mini fit that helped clean out my bathroom closet.  I took my finger and made some more breaks in the icing.

The key to this technique is the drying time. If you wait until the icing gets really dry, it will not break. If you try to push on it before the top dries, it will be a mushy fingerprint. The top has to be dry enough to crack. For me, it was 2 hours with a fan on a humid day. I suggest you make a test cookie and try to crack it to see when the time is right.

Now for the flower. With the green icing, I made the flower on the cookie using the circle as a guide. For this tutorial, I did it as a RI Transfer because I forgot to take pictures when I made the cookies. Sorry about that!

  1. I used a #2 piping tip and I started at the top edge of the petal and squeezed a drop of icing. Then, I eased up on the pressure as I moved toward the center of the flower. Continue until the first layer is complete. I left space between each petal. Let it dry for a few minutes before you do the second layer.
  2.  Repeat the first layer but start about 1/4 of the way down the petals. Let it dry before you move to the next layer.
  3. Repeat for the third layer and add a Blue Candy Bead.

Now, you can stop once you add the cute green flower or you can make it aged to more of a shabby chic look. I love aged cookies like these Anthropologie Inspired Easter Cookies from Sweet Sugar Belle. The first time I saw them, my jaw hit the floor! I wanted to hop on a plane and knock on her front door and beg her to give me a private lesson, but I didn’t want to scare her so I stayed home. Her brush technique worked great for these, but the only thing I did differently is I used Hershey’s Cocoa instead of making my own powder.

I hope the next time you stick your finger into a cookie and have yourself a little mini fit and eat ice cream and clean out your closets and avoid the kitchen, you will remember, sometimes you can turn a mistake into something great!

Here are More Flower Cookies:

Flower Cookie Pops
Flower Bouquet
Black-Eyed Susan Cookies
Sunflower Cookies
Rose Swirl Cookies
Edible Apple Blossom Cookies

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