The Easiest Pirate Face Cookies You’ll Ever Make

These cupcakes, made my friend Fiona, inspired my cookies, but the original set can be found in Planet Cake by Paris Cutler


When I said EASY  I wasn’t kidding. First of all, the cookies are outlined in black, which I love because it really cuts down on color mixing. The cookie itself is a cutter that you probably already own.


This is how it’s done!

I used a simple Christmas ornament cutter for the base, but a balloon or even a simple circle will work.

Whatever route you choose, there’s no trimming involved.  Just bake, and go!


To decorate the easy pirate face cookies you will need:

  • black outlining icing with a #2 or #3 tip and a #1.5 tip for details
  • red, skin tone, and white flood icing.  Make only a TINY bit of white!  For more info on making flesh tone icing, click HERE.


That’s all you need!

See?  I told you it wouldn’t take much!


First, outline the cookies.



Next, flood the bandana red and quickly add white polka-dots.

After the bandana has dried a bit, flood the face area with flesh colored icing.

This needs to dry overnight.  The next day, use the #1.5 tip to add the eye, nose, mouth, and patch.  To make your pirate look more lifelike, you can use the white icing to add the tiniest glint to his eye.  It’s a small detail, but you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes.


And that’s it, a few simple steps to perfect pirate cookies!

I don’t know if y’all have noticed yet, but it’s Pirate week around here.  Check back for more super duper pirate cookie ideas throughout the week!

Happy Baking!

Join The Discussion



  1. 31
    Paula says:

    Super creative and adorable as always…you never disappoint :)

  2. 32
    Anita McCart says:

    Hey there!! Your pirate cookie tutorial inspired me. My girls elementary school mascot is a pirate so I made 70 of these super cute cookies for the school staff on their first day back. Check ’em out:

  3. 33
    The YoHo-Hos says:

    We are a pirate themed Relay For Life team in Champaign,Ill. We are having a cookie fundraiser on “talk like a pirate” day on monday and we are using your pirate face as inspiration!!! thank you!

  4. 34
    Karen says:

    I’m so glad that you posted these-just what I needed for International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Thanks!

  5. 35

    Love these pirate cookies. I made them for a little boy’s birthday. I did not have this cutter so I used a round cutter and interlocked a small heart on the side. Worked perfect. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  6. 36
    Petra says:

    Love these, thanks for the inspiration. This is my first time making royal icing. How did you get the black outline so black? Mine is grey and I added quite a lot of black colour gel.


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