How to Make Egg Hugger Cookies
After 8 years of decorating cookies, my airbrush machine still intimidates me.
That being said, the intimidation factor is slowly fading away. I feel like I gain more confidence using my airbrush with each and every use.
These egg hugger cookies were a lot of fun to make, mostly due to the airbrushing. The airbrush detail created an impactful impression without a lot of effort. It really did most of the heavy lifting on this cookie design.
On top of that, another reason I enjoyed decorating these egg hugger cookies was they were a breeze to make.
Most of the body details were hidden "behind" the large, airbrushed egg. All you really had to worry about was decorating the face, the hands, and the feet. Pretty easy stuff!
Below is a quick guide through how I decorated these egg hugger cookies.
Egg Hugger Cookie Cutters
For this tutorial, I'll be decorating the chick egg hugger cookie.
Templates for the Egg Hugger Cookies
Each of these new Easter cookie designs has a template file you can download to help guide you through the decorating process.
Click the link below for the downloadable template PDF file.
This file is 3 pages long and is rather large in data size. Just a warning, it might take a moment before the file opens in your browser.
The egg hugger cookie templates are on the last page.
The Decorating Process
For these egg-hugging chick cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:
- Yellow piping and flood royal icing (I used Americolor Egg Yellow.)
- Orange medium icing (I used Americolor Orange.)
- Teal medium icing (I mixed equal parts Americolor Teal and Americolor Sky Blue.)
- Black piping icing (I used Americolor Super Black.)
For the extra colors I used on the other cookies, check out this post on a bright and cheery Easter color palette.
For those without a projector, mark the guidelines where the egg edges should be, as shown. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guidelines on the cookie.
Begin by outlining and flooding the center egg section with teal icing. Let the icing set and dry before moving on (about 1-2 hours in front of a fan).
Once the icing is dry, airbrush a design of your choice. I used this Heidi Swapp stencil I got ages ago at Michaels. (It has two dot stencil sizes. I used the larger dots stencil.)
I also like to airbrush a light layer of color on the edges of the egg to add dimension. The airbrush color I used was Amerimist Sky Blue.
Once the airbrush color was dry to the touch, fill in the hand areas with yellow icing, and the feet areas with orange icing.
Let that icing set up (about 15 minutes), then fill in the remaining head section with yellow icing.
The final steps are to add the outlines around the hands, feet, and head, for definition. Lastly, add the face details by piping a beak and two smiling eyes.
The steps above are summarized in the time-lapsed video below.
Here are both versions of the finished egg hugger cookies.
If you would like to make these Easter egg hugger cookies as gifts, here's a few suggested gift box ideas below.
For 3-piece gift sets, I love using this new BRP long cookie box (12″ x 5″ x 1.5″).
For a single cookie favor, these 4″x4″ boxes from ClearBags is a favorite.
I've made Easter chick cookies numerous times in the past. They are so fun to decorate, especially because they don’t require a ton of different colors to mix.
For more Easter chick cookie ideas, check out these previous blog posts: