How to Make Cupid Cookies
At the start of the new year, I reached out on Facebook and asked for suggestions for possible Valentine’s Day cookie designs. Thank you so much for your creative ideas and suggestions. I really appreciated the brainstorming help.
Out of all the suggestions, overwhelmingly the most popular request was for cupid cookies.
I was a little hesitant to accommodate that request because "people" cookies tend to be a challenge to decorate. There's usually a lot of details involved compared to other designs, and any slight mistake (especially in the face) can be unforgiving.
That being said, I was determined to come up with what I call a "simplified cupid design".
These cupid cookies are still a bit intricate, but I tried to remove some detail work by creating a side profile cupid cookie. This way only one half of the body is showing, taking away half the decorating work. In addition, I created a "simpler" version of a cupid peeking over a heart. This design further eliminates the body details altogether, leaving just the head and wings to decorate.
The tutorial below goes over how to decorate the full-body version of the cupid cookies. However, the steps can be applied to the cupid on a heart version, as well.
Cupid Cookie Cutters
As mentioned above, I have two cupid cookie designs available in the shop.
Template for the Cupid Cookies
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template available for the two cupid cookie designs shown.
You can download the cupid cookie templates HERE.
If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.
The Decorating Process
For these cupid cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:
- Flesh Color royal icing (I mixed a Americolor Copper and Americolor Ivory. A little coloring goes a long way.)
- Holiday Red medium icing. (I used Americolor Tulip Red.)
- Blonde piping and flood icing (I mixed Americolor Gold with a touch of Americolor Egg Yellow.)
- Light Blue piping icing (I used a tiny amount of Americolor Sky Blue.)
- White icing (I used Americolor Bright White.)
- Black icing (I used Americolor Super Black.)
For those without a projector, begin by making a guideline for where the head and body sections should be. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.
Using the marker line as a guide, outline and then flood alternating sections. I began with the chest and the back leg sections first. I let those sections set up for about 20 minutes, then moved on to the face and booty sections.
Let these sections dry for about an hour before moving on.
Next, fill in the hair, heart, front leg, and wing sections. Let these sections set.
Once the red icing of the heart had crusted over, add the arm and then the facial details, as shown. Let the whole cookie dry for about 1-2 hours before moving on.
Finally, add the outline details around the hair, chin, wings and booty.
The steps above are summarized in the time-lapsed video below.
Here's the finished cupid cookies, along with the "simpler" cupid on a heart design.
As you can see, they will fit nicely in the 4"x4" gift box from Clear Bags.
Printable Gift Tags and Bag Toppers
Additionally, to enhance the presentation of these cupid cookies, my brother at OwlHouse.Co created a set of beautiful tags and bag toppers to coordinate with the cookie design.
For the bag toppers, there is a 4-inch and a 5-inch wide option. For the full-body cupid cookies, I used a 4-inch cellophane bag. However, for the cupid on heart cookies, due to it's wider shape, I had to use a 5-inch cellophane bag. Both the 4-inch and 5-inch toppers are included in the file.
These tags and toppers are an instant download that you can print at home. Just visit his Etsy shop to purchase your copy of the downloadable file.