Follow along with me as I share how I decorated my feather cookies. These cookies are part of a Halloween set I made, so they are meant to be crow feathers. The technique I used for the feathers here can be applied to any color or theme. Just use your creativity and imagination.
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Halloween Crow Feather Cookies
As I mentioned above, these cookies are part of a set of cookies I made up for Halloween. I drew inspiration from a swag. A floral swag that is. Because I wanted it to be Halloween themed, I took out the branches and berries you might normally find in a swag and swapped them out for crow feathers and bones. I added in some skulls, jack-o-lanterns, and bats. I will be posting a tutorial on each one of the cookies in this set, so keep an eye out!
Putting Trays Together
This tray is something I would make for a party. I put down a filler cookie (a non-decorated, faster to produce cookie) and top it with my decorated cookies. I love doing this because it feeds a lot of people but cuts down on the amount of time I spend working on the tray. It’s also less expensive to make! Win-win.
Decorating Crow Feather Cookies
Now that I have gotten you up to speed on the whole Halloween set and how to package it, let’s get started on these super cool crow feathers! Before I walk you through each step, feel free to check out the video I made so you have a better understanding of the steps I will discuss.
Cut And Bake
The first thing you will need to do is prepare your dough. Since these are Halloween cookies, (and because it’s my favorite) I used my Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookie recipe. You can find that here. Or if you prefer plain vanilla sugar cookies (which are still delicious) you can find my recipe for that here.
I purchased my feather cookie cutter from BobbisCookiesCutters on Etsy and I looove it! If you would like to purchase the same cutter as mine, you can find it here. I should also mention, I went with the 4″ cutter.
Decorate With Icing
Once your cookies are baked and you are ready to decorate them, you can prepare your royal icing. Here is the recipe for the icing I use. I like to prepare my icing and start decorating the day after my cookies are baked to avoid butter bleed.
Now, you will want to mix your icing to the consistency of toothpaste. Somewhere between piping and flood consistency.
Since I knew I wanted them to look like crow feathers I colored my icing gray using a small amount of black gel food coloring. Don’t make it too dark because you want to be able to see the shading you create with your airbrush.
If you are not making black feathers just use whatever color you’d like. Just remember to keep it light if you are going to airbrush. If you are planning to make multi-colored feathers, you could go about it a couple of ways. Your icing could be all in white and then add the colors with your airbrush. Or, you could just skip the airbrush and use different color icings. I’m sure whatever route you take, they will look beautiful!
I placed my icing into a tipless bag and cut a small hole. To do this make sure you line up you bag pressed flat with the seems going down the center of the bag, (so seems on top of each other) then snip. You could also use a piping bag fitted with a tip. I’d say use a size 2 tip.
Then, pipe the shaft of the feather down the center of the cookie. As you can see, I followed the curvature of the feather.
When the shaft has dried, you are ready to make the vane of the feather… I hope I am using the right terminology… hehe.
To do this part, you will need a fan paintbrush, damp paper towel, dry paper towel, and your icing.
In sections, pipe some icing along the center and sweep it to the edge. I learned it looked better the more icing I used in each section. This is so similar to a technique I often use called brush embroidery technique. In fact, it may even be considered it… The difference here is I swept all of the icing to the edge without leaving any of the icing I piped raised. Yikes, I hope that makes sense…
Make your way all around the cookie with the icing and your brush section by section until it is completed. Then, just let your icing dry.
Decorate With Airbrush
I started out spraying the center of the cookie a nice solid black. To do this I used Amerimist black airbrush coloring.
I sprayed along the edges next. I also added shaded areas to break up the vane and add definition. Have fun with it.
That’s it! Just let the airbrush coloring dry and you have finished feather cookies. Doesn’t it look so pretty for something that really didn’t cause any hand cramps? All my fellow cookiers know what a win that is!
Here’s another look at the finished product. And, remember, I will be posting more tutorials from this set. If you enjoyed this tutorial be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the rest.
Happy baking and decorating! xoxo, Katie