How to Make Taco Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin • Jan 25, 2019

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How to Make Taco Cookies
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I was hoping to be clever and aimed to release this taco cookie tutorial this past Tuesday. You know, for Taco Tuesday. (So clever, right?)

Well, it's Friday so my plan obviously didn't happen as expected. Instead of waiting until next Tuesday, here's a taco post to start off your weekend!

Sometimes when life gets in the way you just have to roll with it.

Taco Cookie Cutter

Recently added to the shop is this new taco cookie cutter design.

taco cookie cutter

This cookie cutter comes in a number of different sizes. However, for this tutorial, I’ll be decorating the LARGE-sized cookie.

Template for the Taco Cookies

To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of all the designs of my 2019 Valentine's Day cookie collection, including this taco cookie design.

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.

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 taco cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:

Step 1

For those without a projector, mark the guidelines where the taco shell areas 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.

taco cookies step 1

Step 2

Begin by filling the yellow taco shell areas. Immediately add the freckle dot details with the dark yellow icing. Shake the cookie smooth. Let this icing set for 10 minutes, then fill in the green lettace areas.

Once that icing had time to set and crust, fill in the remaining meat and tomato sections. Let this icing continue to dry for about an hour.

taco cookies step 2

Step 3

Once the base layer had time to dry, add the outlines to the "meat and toppings" to give them dimension. (I like to outline with a PME #1.) Then add one side of the mustache with black icing.

Give that side mustache time to set up, then add the other mustache side and the remaining eyes and brow details.

taco cookies step 3

Video Tutorial

The steps above are demonstrated in the time-lapsed video below.

I love any kind of taco, and these taco cookies are no exception.

For Valentine's Day, I paired these taco cookies with a margarita using this margarita glass cookie cutter and this accent plaque cookie cutter.

margarita and taco cookies by

For Valentine's Day gift options, I have a few suggestions below.

taco and margarita cookies

The sizes of these cookies in the above example photo are all LARGE sizes. They will fit as a trio in new BRP long cookie box (12″ x 5″ x 1.5″) or as a single cookie favor in this 4″ x 4″ gift box.

I'm currently working on the tutorial for the taco's alcoholic amigo, the margarita. So be sure to be on the lookout for a new post in a few days.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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