Crab Cookies

Crab cookies were one of the very first cookies I ever made.  The first time around, they gave me a little trouble.  Now, they’re one of my favorite designs.

Crab Cookie 9

To make these cookies you will need:

Since crab cookies are almost completely red I suggest using Wilton no-taste or Americolor tulip red.  You can read more about these colors HERE.

Begin by outlining the body portion of the crab with a #2 tip.  I like to start with the top half then move to the bottom.  It helps keep things even.

Crab Cookie 2Next, flood the shell.

Crab Cookie 3

Let the body dry for a bit.  Use a #2 tip to outline the claws then fill.

Crab Cookie 4


Next, use 20-second icing to make legs.  Apply in segments for a realistic look.

Crab Cookie 5When the cookie is dry use piping icing to make two dots for eyes.  Use tweezers to add icing pearls to each wet dot.

Crab Cookie 6

Use a #2 tip to add a squiggly line detail to each claw and also to the bottom of the shell.

Crab Cookie 7

Use 20-second icing to make a bumpy texture on the shell.

Crab Cookie 8

The best thing about these little cuties is that there is no shelling involved!

Crab Cookie 1

If you like these sweet little crab cookies, be sure to check out these other sea-worthy designs:

To purchase the crab cutter I used, click HERE.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday weekend.

Join The Discussion



  1. 21
    victoria says:

    Perfection – as usual. As always…thanks for sharing – you make everything so doable for us less than artsy people.

  2. 22

    These are so cute!

  3. 23
    Milena D. says:

    These are AWESOME!!!! I love seafood… crab is my favorite…I could eat it everyday, the same with these cookies!!!!

  4. 24
    Elizabeth says:

    Is there any reason NOT to use 20-second icing for the whole crab? I’m making a beach platter with crabs, beach umbrellas, surfboards, etc and I have a million colors to mix–if I could avoid making three consistencies in red, it’d be great!

    • 24.1
      Sweet Sugar Belle says:

      Nothing more than personal preference. I am a big believer in doing what works best for you, so by all means, make only one. That’s the smartest way to go =)


  1. […] 3. Crab cookie decorating tutorial by Sugarbelle’s […]

  2. […] Decorated Crab Cookies […]