Decorated Jelly Jar Cookies

Jelly jar cookies have been on my to make list for a very long time.  I meant to make them over summer, but it slowly slipped away without any cookies.

My jars were almost forgotten, until I dug out my Halloween cutters again saw jelly.  So instead of fun fruity jam, I ended up with autumn butters.  Almost the same thing, right?

The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle Jelly Jar CookieI used a variety of trimmed skulls for the cookies.  The black and white cutters are both Wilton brand, while the orange skull came from this set.

To trim the cookies, I used a large moon cutter but if you don’t have one, this genius tip from Klickitat Street will help you out.

Jelly Jar Cookie Cutter The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelleTo make these cookies {apple butter} you will need:

  • Ivory piping and flood icing
  • White piping and 20-second icing
  • Gingham stencil {I used this one because I had it on hand, but the mini-stencil I linked to is easier to maneuver}
  • Red food color or airbrush spray
  • Tan piping and flood icing
  • A tiny bit of red 20-second icing
  • A tiny bit of green piping icing

Begin by outlining and flooding the lid section.

Jelly Jar Cookie Tutorial The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle 1Next, use a fine tipped food color marker to pre-mark a round label and fill with white 20-second icing, as shown below.  You could do this prior flooding {to be on the safe side}, but for the purpose of spacing I wanted to see the lids before positioning the label.  Let dry.

Jelly Jar Cookie Tutorial The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle 2When the cookie is dry, it’s time to add gingham print to the lid.  Mask the label with Press and Seal wrap {we talked about this here}.   Then, using the magnet tip I shared, position and secure the stencil as shown, and lightly mist with red.

I used Wilton color mist, but an airbrush works too.  Regardless of the product, the key to success is a light even application.  If you go spray crazy the color is more likely to puddle and seep underneath the stencil.

Gingham Stenciled Cookie SweetsugarbelleAfter applying the first layer, reposition the stencil as shown {clean between applications, if necessary}, then add another light mist of spray.  Gently remove the stencil to reveal a perfect gingham pattern.

Jelly Jar Cookie Tutorial The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle 4As I’ve mentioned before, stenciling takes practice.  You can definitely see the difference between the first and third cookie.  Again, the key is a lighter spray.

Jelly Jar Cookie Tutorial The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle 6When the lids are finished, outline the and flood the jar.  I used white icing for outlining and flooded with tan.

Jelly Jar Cookie Tutorial The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle 7When that is set, add the finishing details:

  1. Use a #2 tip to pipe twine around the lid
  2. Add accents to the jar
  3. Pipe a tiny little apple on the jar label

Jelly Jar Cookie Tutorial The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle 8Since most people like toast with their butters, I added a few slices.  To see the cutter I used {and a how-to} click here.

Toast and Jelly Cookie SweetSugarBelleFor the pumpkin butter version of this cookie follow the same basic steps, but use the technique shown in this post for a burlap lid cover.

The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle Jelly Jar Cookie PlatterFor more tips and inspiration, check out these links:

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  1. 11

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these!!! Only you would think to add the bread with the jam:)

  2. 12
    Melissa L says:

    All I see is Mrs. Claus…and I don’t have a skull cutter!!! Can you believe it?! These are one of my favorites of yours. So sweet!!!

    • 12.1
      Sweet Sugar Belle says:

      Coming soon =) You read my mind! And I think I need your addy. YOU MUST HAVE A SKULL CUTTER, NOWWWWWWWWW!

      • Melissa L says:

        Hee hee! If you’ve got an extra! I asked my cake friend if she had one, and she told me she had a skull candy mold, if that would work. ;) I just put a skull cutter in my cart at Karen’s Cookies and now waiting for the big bag of meringue to come in stock so I can click “place order”. Then I’ll be just like the cool cookie kids with their skull cutters! :)

        • Sweet Sugar Belle says:

          Inbox me! sweetsugarbelle@gmail Worst case scenario, you wind up with two, which is not a bad thing =)

  3. 13

    I love these, Callye!!! The gingham topper is the cutest idea ever!!! I bought some magnets, but haven’t had a chance to use them yet. You come up with the most awesome solutions!!! And thank you, thank you, thank you for linking my little jam jars :) You’re sweet <3