- Plaque Template
- Cat Template
- Sugar cookie dough
- Knife to cut the cookies
- 15-second count royal icing in orange, black, purple, and light purple (test the consistency by taking a spoonful of icing out of the bowl and dropping it back in. It should take about 15 seconds for the icing to be completely smooth)
- Soft peak royal icing in purple
- Stiff peak royal icing in purple
- 12” decorating bags
- Decorating tip numbers 1 and 3
- Scriber needle or toothpick
- Paint palette
- Pink and blue food coloring
- Round and fine tip decorator brushes
- Alcohol or flavored extract for painting with food coloring*
Step 1Cut the cookies from a chilled sheet of sugar cookie dough.
Step 2Bake and cool the cookies according to the recipe instructions.
Step 3Ice the the plaque cookie with orange 15-second count royal icing and a decorating tip 3. While the icing is still wet, pipe the spider web with black 15-second count royal icing and a decorating tip 1. Drag the scribe tool or toothpick through the icing to help shape the spider web. Allow the icing to dry at least 8 hours.
Step 4Pipe the spider with purple soft peak royal icing and a decorating tip 1. Use the scribe tool to help smooth and shape the icing. Allow the icing to dry at least 2 hours.
Step 5Pipe a bead border with purple stiff peak royal icing (leave space for the cat cookie to go on top - this will allow the cookie to lay flat).
Step 6Combine blue and pink food coloring with a few drops of alcohol or flavored extract.
Step 7Use the round brush to add shading to the spider’s body and the fine tip brush for the legs.
Step 8Ice the cat cookie with light purple 15-second count royal icing and a decorating tip 3. While the icing is still wet, pipe a filigree design with purple 15-second count royal icing and a decorating tip 1. Outline the design with orange 15-second count royal icing and a decorating tip 1. Use the scribe tool to help shape the outline around the filigree.
Step 9Pipe an eye with the orange icing and add a small dot of purple icing with the scribe tool. Use the scribe tool to elongate the purple icing. Allow the icing to dry at least 8 hours.
Step 10Shade the edges of the cat cookie with the food coloring and alcohol mixture and round brush that was used to paint the spider.
Step 11Attach the cat cookie to the plaque cookie with a bit of soft peak icing.
*Alcohol or flavored extracts are used for painting on royal icing because they evaporate very quickly, which means that the liquid won’t dissolve the icing as you are applying the paint. The stronger the alcohol, the better!