To dip or not to dip? Cookie Decorating Discussion

To dip or not to dip?  Cookie Decorating Discussion

I’ve been doing cookies for about 4 years now.  I started as a classically trained pastry chef and moved into cake decorating because it allowed me more flexibility in my schedule to spend time with my then younger children.  I have blossomed in the cake and cookie arenas in my personal opinion.  

What is dipping?

I was introduced to dipping cookies, by the Cookie Countess herself, Hilary.  She was doing a periscope video and if I remember correctly she needed to get to an event for her kids.  So she went live on periscope to show how she quickly decorates cookies.  Now a moment of transparency…..the first time i tried this it was the epic upon epic of fails child!

So we move on right.  I get this whole flooding a cookie thing down.  Got my consistencies right and everything and I’m just out here living my best cookie life.  Nice thick floods on beautifully baked cookies. 

That’s been my life. Period.  Until Last Week!

So I find myself in a situation where I’ve got too many cookies to do and not enough time.  In addition to not having enough time my son was in a play….5 shows.  It was tech for us.  Yall if you don’t know what tech week is in musical theatre, its like HELL week when pledging a fraternity or sorority.  If you don’t know what that is, well its like Spring cleaning but nothing ever gets clean.

So I decided out the blue to dip all these dern cookies….

My thoughts exactly.  Everybody in my house thought I was going crazy, but when I finished in half the time we all knew I was on to something.  So let’s talk about the pros and cons of dipping your cookies.

Pros: You get done faster and you use less icing. PERIOD.

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Cons: If your cookies didn’t bake long enough, they will break, ie. make sure the dough isn’t too soft post-baking.   You won’t have a thick fluffy layer of icing.  This only works on cookies with one color.

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Why would you ever need to dip?  Large orders that will get a fondant topper (logo cookies) or cookies being airbrushed are fantastic times to use this technique.

Below you can watch this video of me dipping my cookies and I even drop one.  I thought about editing it out but then I remembered my job is to teach and this was indeed a teachable moment.



To dip or not to dip? Cookie Decorating Discussion

To dip or not to dip?  Cookie Decorating Discussion


  1. Thin out royal icing to about 5-7 seconds
  2. Allow to sit for 5-10 mins (covered in an airtight container)
  3. Carefully dip cookies face down into icing
  4. Pop any bubbles
  5. (if a LOT of bubbles are present tap container on the counter to help bring the bubbles to the top and pop them in the bowl before dipping the cookies)

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