Learn how to decorate sugar cookies with the outline and flood technique. You’ll love all the custom designs you can make. The possibilities are endless!
Make sure to watch the video tutorial to watch each technique, step-by-step!
Now it’s time to outline and flood the cookies.
Royal Icing Consistencies
Piping consistency icing is about the same thickness as greek yogurt. When you pull your spatula out of the icing, it should form a soft peak that folds over.
15 second consistency icing is made by thinning the royal icing down so that when you drag a knife through the icing, it should take 15 seconds for the line to level out and completely disappear.
- Place the royal icing into a piping bag with a #2 round tip.
Two Outline and Flood Options
Technique #1 Visible Edge:
Do you like the look of a visible outline on the cookie edge? Like the one in the picture below?
- Use piping consistency royal icing to outline the cookie and let dry. This will create a “dam” and create a visible edge.
- Flood the cookie using a 15 second consistency royal icing. Let the royal icing dry completely before applying final decorations.
Technique #2 Smooth Edge:
If you would like a smooth edge on the cookie you will follow this technique.
- Use 15 second consistency royal icing to outline the cookie.
- Immediately flood the cookie with the same 15 second consistency icing.
Both techniques produce a really beautiful cookie, it’s just a matter of preference as far as how you want your cookies to look when they are done.
Make sure you watch the video to see exactly how I use these two different techniques!
Check out my YouTube Sugar Cookie Decorating Playlist for more tutorials and inspiration. You will be able to see me use these two techniques over and over again, and this will help you to better understand how to master these techniques!
When you’re ready to start decorating, make sure to check out my recipes for sugar cookies and royal icing!