Donut cookies are adorable and fun! Call me crazy, but I think they even taste better because they look like donuts. They are the perfect cookie for a beginner to make, but even an advanced cookier will enjoy making these sweet little look-alikes.
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How To Decorate Donut Cookies
These donut cookies were made for a very good friend who is a police chief. We were celebrating him recently, and I couldn’t resist having a little fun with the cookies I made for his event. This tutorial will be the first of two posts about the police-themed cookies I made. Be sure to subscribe and keep an eye out for the second post which will be for Rustic Thin Blue Line Cookies.
Before I start taking you through the steps, please check out my video of the donut cookies.
Making Your Cookies
The first thing you will need to do is make your cookies. Here is the recipe for my sugar cookies if you would like to give it a try.
Donuts are super easy to cut. Just take a circle cookie cutter and then take a smaller one (or something small and round like the large end of a piping tip) and cut a small hole in the center of the circle you originally cut out.
I like to let my cookies set overnight before I decorate them. I feel like this helps avoid butter bleed. In case you are a cookie rookie, butter bleed is when the butter in the cookies bleeds into your royal icing.
What You Need To Decorate Your Cookies
Once you are ready to decorate your donut cookies, you will want to prepare your royal icing. Here is the recipe for my favorite icing.
You can be as creative as you would like with the color of the icing. I used Wilton’s pink food gel to achieve a light pink. The icing should be thinned to a consistency between piping and flood. That makes it easy to just use one bag/consistency for all of the steps… which there are not many of. I used a size 3 piping tip, but you use whatever you have that’s similar.
You can also be creative when it comes to the sprinkles. Here are the ones I used, but when it comes to sprinkles, you can’t go wrong.
Time To Make The Donuts
Here you can see what a difference it made!
I let my cookies sit for a couple hours to be sure the airbrush color had dried and wouldn’t bleed into my royal icing. Then, just take your icing and pipe an outline that you will immediately flood and smooth with a cookie scribe. When I outlined the cookie, I found that the outer circle looked best wonky and wiggly. The inner circle looked best as a true circle and right up to the edge of the “donut hole”.
Lastly, while the icing is still wet just sprinkle the sprinkles! Let the cookies dry for a long time… I usually will leave them out overnight.
That is it! So simple right?!? They may not be too hard to make, but they are easily a hit! They are bright and cheery and just the cutest. I hope you enjoy making them and eating them too. 🙂
Happy baking and decorating! xoxo, Katie