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How to Make a Spider Web Cookie

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I use this swirling or marbling technique I'm about to share with you as often as I can when decorating cookies; it’s easy, fun and striking!

Step 1: What You'll Need

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If you’d like to try making these cookies, you’ll need:
  • Shortbread Cookie Recipe
  • Royal Icing Recipe
  • Circle Cookie Cutter (size of your choice)
  • Piping Bags (3-4, depending on how many colors you'd like to use)
  • Gel Colors (of your choice)
  • Couplers (3-4)
  • Piping Tip #3 (3-4)
  • Piping Tip #1 (1)
  • Toothpick



Step 2: Key to Marbling Icing Success

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If you’d like to try the marbled effect, the most important thing for your success is the consistency of the icing.  To help you with that, this cookie decorating tutorial goes over some basics and you can find the biggest tip, the 10-second rule, here.

The basic idea is that if you drag the tip of a butter knife through the surface of your icing, letting the knife go approximately an inch deep, you want the surface of the icing to smoothe over again in approximately 10 seconds.  If it takes longer, the icing is too thick.  Slowly add more water. If your icing surface smoothes over in less than 5-10 seconds, it is too runny.  Mix your icing longer or slowly add more sifted icing sugar (confectioner's sugar) to thicken it.

Step 3: Outlining and Flooding the Cookie

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Once you have your cookies baked and icing made, it’s time to begin by piping your outline.  I like to use a piping bag fitted with a coupler and #3 tip. Fill or flood your cookie with white royal icing right away.  You could leave the outline to set to create a solid dam, but you’ll be able to see the border when the icing dries.

Here is a video to show you how to outline and flood a cookie with icing:

Step 4: 2nd Layer of Icing

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Using a #3 tip and your black icing, pipe a dot and then a spiral, starting at the center of the cookie. Shake the cookie gently to help the black merge into the white icing. 

*Note ~ the spider was piped later.




 
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gosphero2 years ago
Wow! Those are some of the best decorations I've seen for cookies for Halloween in a long time. Great job.
joanna512 years ago
These look lovely!
Sweetopia (author)  joanna512 years ago
Thanks @joanna51 !
So cute! I love it with the purple spiral!
Sweetopia (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you @Penolopy Bulnick!