Onesie Sugar Cookies

It seems that this spring has been full of brand new babies amongst my friends!  I have been dying to do something as a little gift for the newly expanded families, but my crazy work schedule last month prevented me from getting it done.  I bought this cookie cutter online and knew immediately this was what I wanted to do.  As soon as I had some free time this month though, I got straight to work on these cookies.  I made one batch of my favorite sugar cookies for each family and decorated the cookies with the baby’s name, birth day, and other fun designs.  These cookies turned out just as cute as I had imagined, and were really so much fun to decorate.  I wanted to come up with a different design for each cookie in a set, so I had to get creative!   

I continue to improve on my royal icing skills the more I work with it.  The old adage “Practice makes perfect” really applies in this situation.  The more times I make and decorate with royal icing, the more I realize exactly what consistency is best for piping, flooding, etc.  I also picked up a few more tips along the way this time and thought I would share them in addition to my original guidelines.

  • I cannot stress enough, make sure you thin your icing enough so that it is easy to work with (for both piping and flooding).  If it seems too stiff, it probably is.  As a general rule now whenever I think I have the icing to the right consistency, I add a little bit more water just to be sure.  
  • I think a squeeze bottle is a hugely helpful tool for flooding.  You can find them in any arts and craft store or most kitchen stores.  They are inexpensive and you will be glad you have one.  (Bonus – I have also found many other uses for them since purchasing them for cookie decorating.)
  • I only have one of each round tip I like to use for piping the outlines and details.  Rather than buy lots of extra tips or wasting pastry bags, I use the same icing bags for piping the outline as I do for the detailing later.  Simply remove the outer piece of the coupler and the icing tip itself, and cover the remaining base with a small piece of plastic wrap.  Then when you are ready to pipe on the detailing, just add whatever tip you desire for decorating and replace the coupler. 
  • If you make large/wide designs of the piped icing in the detailing (for example, the hearts or butterfly in the first picture), it is usually not very pretty initially.  I found that using a small (clean!) paintbrush dipped lightly in water was able to smooth these designs out for a much more finished look.
  • One great thing about royal icing is that mistakes are easily fixable.  When piping on designs, if your hand slips or you just aren’t happy with the way your design turned out, lightly wipe off the area with the edge of a paper towel or a Q-tip.  It comes right off and you can try again!

I brought over much more than just sugar cookies to some of the new parents.  Stay tuned and soon I will be sharing my ideas on easy and delicious meals for families with new babies!

32 Responses

  1. So, so cute!!!

  2. These are so cute! They look like something you would pay a lot of money to buy at a bakery.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you Annie!

  3. Annie! What cant you do?! Once again, amazing.

  4. These onesies are adorable!!!!! Thanks to the beautiful and inspiring photographs of your Christmas cookies, I decided to have a royal icing cookie decorating party. I checked out an immensely helpful book, Cookie Craft, to aid in my planning. One tip they mentioned is even a little easier than tip #3…

    If you store the pastry bag tip-down in a cup with a very, very tiny (1/8″ or less) bit of water in the bottom, the tip never dries out at all. You can use the same bag and tip to pipe all night – and even the next morning. You might want to do a tiny squeeze on a paper towel or plate first when taking the bag out of the cup.

    A sister-in-law of mine is a member of a woman’s group and they’ve asked me to do a cookie decorating party for them next month. You’ve really set me onto something fun here!! Thanks!

    • Hi Becky,
      Glad you like the cookies! Actually, the reason I suggested tip #3 is that I don’t have several of the same tips to use for each color of icing, just one of each. I will edit the post to be more clear.
      🙂 Annie

  5. holy cuteness

  6. These look so cute! I’ve only worked with royal icing once and really enjoyed it, but I need to brush up on my skills some more!

  7. These are adorable! I also found it interesting that the 3rd set of cookies had the name “Lydia” on it. I love my name but it’s not very common. And the birthdate is only one day off from mine too!
    Thanks for the great tips for royal icing. I can’t wait to give it a try!

  8. These are sooo cute and delicious! Ryan asked me to get the recipe (and the secret to such pretty icing!) so I can’t wait to try it myself some time!!

    Thanks again 🙂

  9. Sooo cute!!!

  10. Completely adorable!

  11. They’re SO cute – I’m really impressed!

  12. Wow, you are so creative! These are incredible! I just love your blog! 🙂

  13. They look fabulous, Annie! I am going to be making them for my sister-in-laws baby shower in July. She is having a girl. I am so happy you gave the link to the cutter since I was going to stencil them by hand. Now I am glad that I don’t have to.

  14. These are adorable!

  15. These are just too adorable! I just found out that someone is pregnant so I can’t wait to be at a place to plan a shower so I can make these!

  16. These are so cute! I’m going to to a craft night w/these–the girls w/have so much fun decorating and using the icing techniques you described. Thanks!

  17. These are sooooo adorable!!! I love how you decorated them!

  18. Annie, these are just so darn adorable! You’ve amazed me once again!

  19. O.K., these are HANDS DOWN the cutest cookies I’ve ever seen!

  20. These are amazing!! I recently bought the onsie and made some cookies for an expectant mom, but I can’t wait to try the ideas you presented for decorating. Thanks for the inspiration:)

  21. Once again, absolutely adorable.

  22. Wow these are awesome! I may have to use these as inspiration for some I am making coming up! Very clever!!

  23. […] for Annie’s sugar cookie recipe and here for the royal icing recipe.  Be sure to check out Annie’s hints for making your royal icing experience an easy […]

  24. I have a problem with spotting using the royal icing after the cookie is finished. Do you know the cause?

  25. Hi Annie!

    Do you know if these cookies freeze? I’d like to make them for a baby shower coming up next month — how far in advance can I make them? Can they be frozen after they’re decorated?

    • Meghan,
      I’ve never tried freezing them but they should freeze fine. I often bake them about a week before serving and they still taste great as long as they are kept air-tight. Do not freeze after decorating though – the condensation that can collect on the cookies as they thaw can melt the icing.

  26. Annie,
    I love your blog, and I feel like I want to be your friend and I don’t even know you! (My husband will make fun of me for that later!) Question for you…Where can I find piping bags and tips for decorating? Do arts and crafts stores have them? Do you recommend any online sources?

    • Hi Kellie,
      Thanks for the compliment and so glad you enjoy the blog! You can get piping bags, tips, etc. at stores like Joann’s, Michael’s, etc. or Sur La Table. I am sure you can buy them online but I always like to buy them in person so I can see the exact size/shape of the tip. Hope that helps!

  27. what size is the cookie cutter for the onies??? I have seen large ones and small ones and just wanted to know what size you are using in the pictures!!! thanks…

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