Leaf-Tip Royal Icing Bows

Over the years I’ve turned from an obsessive compulsive cookie decorator into a “make it work” kind of gal.  Once upon a time I might have mixed two or three consistencies of icing to create the perfect detail.

These days, I’ve adopted a much more relaxed decorating style.  Leaf tip royal icing bows are one of my favorite ways to add a little pizazz with minimal effort on my part.

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To make royal icing bows with a leaf tip you will need:

Leaf bows should always begin with a little planning.  Until you’re comfortable with the technique, it’s a good idea to pre-mark points A and B {beginning points} with a pushpin or edible marker.  To prove my point, look closely at the first photo.  I didn’t exactly want the bow where it ended up, I just didn’t plan well before piping.

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Anywho…beginning at point A, pipe a leaf pulling it to a tip midway between the points.

Nerdy Apple Cookie_Sweetsugarbelle 2 (2)Beginning at point B, repeat the previous step connecting the two leaves at the midpoint.

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If necessary, use a toothpick or boo-boo stick to level the connecting point before moving on.

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To finish up, use a #2 or #3 tip to add a dot to the center.

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Here’s another visual just for good measure.

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And because it’s my nature to over-explain…

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Royal icing bows are a quick way to dress up many cookie designs.  Experiment with different tips and icing consistencies until you find what works for you.  I used looser piping icing to make the “bubbly” bows here.

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This technique also translates well to royal icing transfers but it’s important to connect the leaves at a wider point.   This strengthens the bows, making them less likely to snap when removed.

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    tesei says:

    Your tips and ideas are truly amazing, I’ve known that since I started following your blog. But somehow you keep surprising us, yet with another great post. Thank you so, so much!

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    zahra says:

    perfect!! just perfect!!

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    Chloe Moon says:

    I’m a cupcake decorator so I’ve very familiar with that leaf tip. I never thought of making a bow out of it. I’ll have to try! How beautiful and fun they must be!! =)

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    Your designs always bring such a smile to my face! These are just so cute!

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    You are my hero. Have I said that enough already? Are you tired of hearing that? I just can’t stop saying it!!

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    Jordana says:

    Hi there, I just recently found your royal icing recipe and tutorials and I bookmarked it, and then came back to looking around the site and found this and while i obsess over bows and totally LOVE the bow, I also love the glasses! Adorable!!

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    gegearasy says:

    i love your over-explaining!!!!

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    Bunmi says:

    Hi this is good and inspirational. Thanks for sharing it got me thinking out of the box.


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