I wanted to make some cookies resembling The Thin Blue Line for a close friend, but I was in a time crunch. The only stencil I had to work with was a normal American flag stencil. Join me as I show you how I was able to use that stencil to create Rustic Thin Blue Line Cookies. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more information.
How To Decorate Thin Blue Line Cookies
My Thin Blue Line cookies were part of a set I created for a close friend’s promotion. This post is the second tutorial from the set of police-themed cookies I made him. You can find the first tutorial for my donut cookies here.
Before I talk you through the steps, feel free to check out the video I made of me decorating these cookies.
Baking and Icing Your Cookies
The first thing you want to do when making these cookies is to decide what shape you want to make them. I knew right away I wanted to do hearts but you can certainly pull off this design on many different shapes. Also, before cutting your cookies out, hold the cutter up to your stencil and make sure you are happy with how it will all line up. I ended up using a 3″ heart cutter with my American flag stencil I had purchased a while back from sugarstencils on Etsy.
Here you can find my recipe and instructions for my shape holding sugar cookies. Bake your cookies and let them rest until the next day to avoid butter bleed.
When you are ready to start decorating your cookies, you will need to prepare your icing. Here is the recipe for my favorite royal icing.
Outline and flood your cookies with your royal icing.
Immediately smooth your icing out with a cookie scribe and leave your cookies to dry overnight.
Airbrushing Your Cookies
When your cookie is completly dry, you can move on to the fun part… Airbrushing!
The first step is spraying the black details. I took my flag stencil and taped off the stripe that will be blue. While the black and white colors are the opposite of how the typical Thin Blue Line design looks, but I was okay with that. I liked the idea of being able to have the background white and give it a rustic look.
Try to center your stencil over your cookie. As you can see I use the Stencil Genie to hold my stencil in place. It is one of the most used tools in my cookie arsenal. If you don’t have one yet, trust me, you will love it!
Remove the tape from the center of the stencil, and tape off all of the parts of the stencil except for what will be the blue line.
Line up your stencil over the cookie so the exposed line is in the correct place.
Next up, you will need warm brown coloring and your airbrush to add the aged rustic look to the cookie. Simply spray the brown around the edges. You don’t want to go heavy with it… just a light shading will do.Now, just let your cookies dry. That’s it! Rustic Thin Blue Line cookies that are perfect for all of our beloved law enforcement!
How cute are they alongside the donuts?!?Happy Decorating! xoxo, Katie