Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Let's Talk About Writing on a Cookie!

Let's talk words, shall we?

I think cookie people fall into one of two categories.
You either love piping words, or you HATE it.
(I love it.)

And we've all had the thought....
"AAAHHHH!  I really need a Kopykake!!!"

Yes, a Kopykake helps, not gonna lie.
I've found that it's great for spacing, placement and consistency...

 but you still have to hold the dang piping bag and do the work.

Here's how I go about deciding which fonts and tips to use, and practicing
 BEFORE I mess up a whole bunch of cookies!

I type the different phrases I need in different sizes and fonts.

Usually....I'll print the page and pipe directly onto the paper.
This particular day my printer was having a temper tantrum and wouldn't print.

So I emailed the document to myself and opened it up on the ipad 
and piped onto a sheet of paper.

Here we go!!!

I started with a number 2 tip and piping consistency icing.

OOPS!  Icing too thick!
See the broken exclamation mark up there?
(you can see it in the O's too, they are a bit flat where I had to push the icing down)

Okay, remixed with a touch more water.  
See how the icing in the second line site up a bit higher?

Switched to a number 1 tip...not bad!

Piped the letters a little smaller...better!

This font is Bosshole.  
I like it for kids cookies.

Let's try a couple more.

Bradley Hand is another favorite.  
But...not all letters work well in all fonts.

Love the R's and k's.
Not crazy about the G.

G's are not easy.

G's are hard.

Just keepin' it real.

This is one of those fonts that seem like a good idea but aren't.

Super cute on paper, messy in icing.

All these phrases went on cookies for my son's 5th grade classmates.

They had just finished up some big projects and deserved a treat!!

Hope this inspires you to try some lettering!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lizy B


  1. Love this post! You found some really fun fonts that I'll have to check out. Bradley hand has been my go to font recently :)
    Your writing is perfect!

  2. oh my goodness.... finally! im always looking for posts that talk about how all you talented cookiers accomplish such beautiful, perfect words
    so grateful
    thank you so much!!!

  3. This is a GREAT post!! I love writing on cookies........but find that lower case "e" s are the bane of my existence esp if icing is too "runny"....bad!

    Thanks for sharing this


    1. Oh my gosh!!! e's!!! And we have a ton of them in my family's names! Those s's aren't so friendly either....

    2. I so agree, if the "e" melts into itself, well, that seems to be the case a lot. I know I need to thicken, but then I worry about lumps, and I get frustrated!!! Thank you for letting all of us struggling writers (in RI that is) know that practice does indeed make perfect!

  4. Amazing!! You make this look oh so easy that I definitely want to try it out for myself!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  5. Thank you for this! Your piping is super awesome - I need to practice, practice, practice!

  6. So glad you shared some tips on this!! I have always admired your writing/piping skills!

  7. This post is amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing this tip!! I have cookies to make for my daughters Bday...ad I was going to avoid lettering all together...but I think I might just give it a try;)

  8. I've always admired your lettering - what size are the round cookies? - I think I try to write on too small a cookie and then get so frustrated when it looks like a child had a tantrum wiht an icing bag!

  9. Wow, what a great post! I never write on cookies, I'm going to have to practice!

  10. Okay, I would like you to come to my house tomorrow and write happy birthday on the cake I'm making. Thanks much. :)

  11. What program do you use? MS word? I use Open Offfice and I am not sure how to get new fonts. Any ideas?

  12. Pinned this....AWESOME! Thanks for sharing! Maybe my next birthday cake won't look like a 4 year old wrote on it! ;)

  13. Wow! This is why you're a rock star with cookies. Patient, artistic and attuned to detail. When you talked about the letter 'g' I had visions of teaching children to print their letters with icing... Wouldn't that be fun?!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  14. Stopping by for a peek from Whimsy Wednesdays - would love to be able to letter like that - tricky for a lefty like me! Would love to know what recipe you use for your 'pipig-consistency' frosting - thx!

  15. Your work is awesome! Do you mind me asking where you get all your alphabet fonts? Microsoft Word is so limited!

    1. Of course you can ask!!! You can find lots and lots of links on my Pinterest Board!
      sorry...can't figure out hyperlink on a reply ;/ anyone have a pinterest board with instructions for that?

  16. I think I just need to practice this. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  17. fonts? I'm lucky if I get the letters on there! I am inspired however, thank you!

  18. Hi Lizzy!

    I enjoyed reading this tutorial. I always admired you lettering and wondered if you had favorite fonts. They always look so perfect. I knew it took talent but thanks for sharing the steps you take to get your beautiful results.

    Thanks for sharing at my party!

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

  19. Who's the superstar, you are!!
    Always inspiring.


  20. Love the tutorial! Found you at Something Swanky. Pinning this for the future!

  21. Your writing always looks so nice, now I know why! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Wow...I am so envious right now! You print better free hand than I do with my Kopykake. I know it takes a lot of practice, but I always struggle getting my icing the right consistency! I hate when I have to empty the piping bag and start over, so I tend to get lazy and try to "make do"...wrong, I know! I have been using "Girls are Weird" font because it is not written in a straight line and is a little more forgiving. Love that Bosshole font...so fun!

    Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

  23. Way to go with the lettering!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you'll be linking up this evening!

  24. Lizzy, Another great post. You are so very talented. Thanks so much for sharing each week on Show and Tell Wednesday at SNAP!

    xoxo, Tauni

  25. I love this post! I used to hate writing on cookies but the KK has made it so much easier!

  26. Your piping is wonderful! I'm a bit confused, though: you still have to pipe them directly on the cookies, right? I'm lazy, so I'm wondering if it's possible to pipe them on wax paper, freeze it, and peel them off then lay them on the freshly frosted cookies?

  27. I finally had a chance to read this post and it's excellent! Thanks for all the tips. I don't have a KK but have had some success with writing on cookies. I'll just keep practicing!

  28. I have the same question as Katie B. For those of us that don't have a KopyCake, how do you pipe the font perfectly on the cookie?

    1. It's not as hard as you think. Trace your cookie cutter onto a piece of paper and practice writing on the paper. Just keep practicing until you get it! Pick an easy font to start with, bradley hand is good. Keep in mind that no one will be looking at the cookie and comparing it to the same words written on a piece of paper. You don't have to match the font perfectly, just enough to give it some style!

  29. this is super helpful. (If you saw how I do my writing you would laugh. It's so labor intensive.) Great post!

  30. Nice, I also love to write on cookies.I use PME #1 and 1.5 those are the best

  31. Very nice,I also like to write on cookies with the help of my KK. I use PME tips #1 and 1.5 i love those there the best

  32. You are amazing! I fall into the category of "I hate writing one cookies!" I am working on it though! You inspire me to get some paper and start practicing more. Thanks:)

  33. Great tutorial! This is extremely helpful! :-)

  34. Do you write directly onto the cookie just with the Kopykake? I don't have one but cannot imagine how do it just by looking :( Any tips on this?


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