Who doesn’t love sugar cookies? They’re super yum on their own, or decorated with icing. And the best part is that they are very versatile, meaning you can decorate them to look like just about anything.
For my brother’s recent birthday, I decided to make cookies shaped like Ninja Turtles and pizzas. If you know the show, you will know that Ninja Turtles love pizza, so this seemed like the perfect combination. I started by making my sugar cookie recipe, and then cut out the cookies with cookie cutters. For the turtle, I used the Wilton “apple” cutter from their Halloween set, and just turned it sideways. For the pizza, I used a scalloped circle cutter I have from another set.
Once the cookies were baked and cooled, I set to decorating them. I used my royal icing recipe, and coloured the icing in green, red, black, tan, a pale yellow, and left some white. I used both piping and flooding consistency icing, and used piping bags and candy decorating bottles to outline and decorate the cookies. My piping icing is right from the mixing bowl with just the colour added. I find this thins it a bit and I don’t need to add water. You want a nice smooth line to come out of your piping bag and stick to the cookie. The flooding icing is simply thinned with water, to a creamy consistency that spreads when piped onto the cookie. Oh, I also want to mention that the candy decorating bottles are a life-saver. Easy to use and clean and the icing goes where you want it!
Here are the cookies being outlined. I used the tan colour for the pizza “crust” and the green to outline the turtle’s head.
I let the outline dry for a while, about 20 minutes, and then set to flooding the cookies. I find that by the time the last cookie is outlined, they are ready to flood. For the pizza cookies, I wanted to add “cheese” to the middle. I made a few squiggles and then kind of spread them around. Melted cheese looks kind of messy, so I wanted to achieve the same effect here. If you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me, you might have a slight issue with the icing going OVER the edge of the cookie. It’s ok though. Breathe and remember the messy cheese!
While those dried, I continued with the turtle cookies. I added the red sash to the green outline of the head.
Starting to look like Raphael! Once all the turtles were outlined, I went back to the pizzas. I added some red to resemble sauce. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect!
Once again, I went back to the turtle cookies. I flooded with both red and green icing, and then left them alone. I let them dry overnight before adding the mouth and eyes, because I definitely didn’t want the green and red mixing with the white icing.
Back to the pizzas! I added some red dots for pepperoni and green squiggles for peppers. Then I let them dry overnight too. The pizza cookies were finished!
The next day, I went back to the turtle cookies to add the whites of the eyes and teeth. I was in a hurry so I didn’t think to take a picture, but it was pretty simple. I piped two dots on top of the red sash for the eyes, and sort of a figure 8 onto the face for the mouth/teeth. Then I let those dry overnight too. When they were dry and hard to the touch, I went back in with a black food colour marker to add black dots to the eyes and lines for the teeth.
I think they turned out pretty good, and everyone loved them!
Have a sugarrific day!