To make Minnie’s bow and dress, you will use a buttercream technique that isn’t used on cookies too often. That being said, it is used for decorating buttercream cakes all the time.
This buttercream technique will result in a similar appearance to royal icing cookies that use the wet-on-wet decorating technique.
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To decorate these cute Minnie Mouse sugar cookies, you will want to gather:
- 3 Icing bags
- 3 Couplers
- One Wilton #3 tip, one Wilton #10 tip, one Wilton #101 tip, and one PME #1.5 tip
- Minnie Mouse dress cookie cutter
- Minnie Mouse bow cookie cutter
- One number cookie cutter (I used a 4 in the tutorial)
- Black and pink (or red) gel food dye
- Palette knife
- Ingredients for a crusting buttercream, find my crusting buttercream icing recipe here
- Ingredients for sugar cookie dough, find my no spread sugar cookies recipe here
Part 2: Baking the Cookies and Setting up the Icing Bags
- Roll, cut out, and bake your sugar cookies according to the recipe. I used mini cookie cutters and was able to bake around two dozen cookies.
- Make your buttercream icing and separate it into three bowls:
- Half of the frosting will be colored with the pink (or red) gel food dye
- Separate the other half into two portions and color one half black while leaving the other undyed
- Set up your icing bags as follows:
- Place a coupler into each of the icing bags and add the frosting to the bags. You do not need to add the decorating tips yet. Remember, only add about a cup of frosting into the icing bags at a time. Keep the remaining icing covered in plastic wrap until you are ready to add more to the bags.
How to Decorate The Minnie Mouse Bow Cookies
- Attach the tip #3 to the pink bag of frosting and outline and fill in the Minnie Mouse bow cookie. You can be sloppy here, as you will fix it in the next step.
- Using the palette knife, smooth the buttercream frosting so that it covers the entire bow. Then, place the cookie into the freezer. While the cookie is freezing, go ahead and do steps 1 and 2 for all the bow cookies.
- Once the cookie has been in the freezer for about 10 minutes, remove the cookie. To create the polka dots on the bow, take the tip #10 and press it into the bow where you want the polka dots. To get the frosting circles to come off the cookie, twist the tip as you press it into the cookie.
- Remove/rinse/dry the tip #3 from the pink frosting and attach it to the bag of undyed/white frosting. Fill in the circles with the white frosting then place the cookie back into the freezer. Do steps 3 & 4 for all the bow cookies.
- Once the cookie has been in the freezer for around 10 minutes again, remove it and begin to smooth out the white polka dots. You can use the palette knife to cut off the tops of the polka dots so that it lays at the same height as the pink frosting.
- Attach the PME 1.5 tip to the black bag of frosting. Outline the bow with the black frosting.
How to Decorate The Minnie Mouse Dress Cookies
- Attach the tip #101 to the white bag of frosting. Pipe the ruffle bottom of Minnie’s dress by positioning the tip so that the wide side of the tip is at the bottom of the dress and the thin side is toward the top of the dress. Use the palette knife to smooth the inner edges down.
- Do step one on all of the dress cookies. Then, remove/rinse/dry the tip #101 from the white frosting and attach it to the pink frosting. Pipe the ruffle sleeves in the same manner as the ruffles on the bottom – wide side on the outer part of the sleeve and thin side on the inner part of the sleeve.
- Attach the tip #3 to the pink bag of frosting and outline and fill in the rest of the dress.
- Use the palette knife to smooth the pink frosting, excluding the ruffle sleeves.
- Place the dress cookie into the freezer. While it is freezing, do step 3 on all of the dress cookies, placing them into the freezer as well.
- Once the dress cookie has been in the freezer for about 10 minutes, remove it from the freezer and create the polka dots in the same manner as Minnie’s bow. Refer to steps 3-5 above.
- Remove the tip #3 from the pink frosting and replace it with the PME 1.5 tip. Outline the dress, excluding the ruffle sleeves and ruffle bottom.
- Lastly, attach the tip #101 to the white frosting and pipe the ruffle top. Position the piping tip the same way as before, with the wide side on the outer edge of the cookie and the thin side on the inside of the cookie.
How to Decorate The Minnie Mouse Birthday Number Cookies
- Attach the tip #3 to the black bag of buttercream and outline and fill in the upper half of the number cookie.
- Smooth the black buttercream with the palette knife.
- Do steps 1 & 2 on all of the birthday number cookies. Then, remove/rinse/dry the tip #3 from the black frosting and attach it to the pink bag of buttercream. Outline and fill in the bottom half of the number cookie with the pink frosting.
- Smooth the pink frosting with the palette knife.
- Do steps 3 & 4 on all of the number cookies. Then, remove/rinse/dry the tip #3 from the pink frosting and attach it to the white frosting. Pipe out mini Mickey Mouse heads on the pink part of the cookie. If the spacing becomes wonky, add polka dots where needed.
- The last step is to outline the top half of the cookie with the PME 1.5 tip on the black frosting and then outline the bottom half of the cookie with the PME 1.5 tip on the pink frosting. Remember to rinse and dry the tip in between color changes.
I also made a few cookies using red buttercream. You can really see the polka dots with the larger contrast in colors.
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