Decorated Cardinal Cookies

I’ve always wanted to make cardinal cookies, but I’ve never been able to find quite the right cutter.  This year, I decided to make it happen.

Cardinal Cookie SweetsugarbelleIt took a little thought, but when it finally hit me I was super excited…and a little sad I hadn’t thought of it earlier.  I made this cookie using  a simple egg trimmed with a heart.  If you want a curvier bird, a flip-flop works well too.

Cardinal Cookie CutterLike many of my cookies {on a good week} my cardinals started out as a sketch.  If you’re not a sketcher, try it sometime.  It often saves time and frustration during the decorating process.

Simple Cardinal SketchOnce the cookies are baked, use a food color marker a smaller egg cutter to draw wings on each cookie.  This is a great way to create uniform cookie designs without a projector.

Decorated Cardinal Cookie 1To decorate these cookies you will need:

  • Black 20-second icing
  • Light red outline and flood icing
  • Dark red piping 20-second icing {just a small amount}
  • Yellow piping icing
  • White piping icing

Begin by using black icing to create a face.

Decorated Cardinal Cookie 2Once the face has had time to dry, outline and flood the body {excluding the wing} with light red.

Decorated Cardinal Cookie 3When the lighter red icing has set, use the darker red shade to fill the wing.

Decorated Cardinal Cookie 4Finish up with a few small details:

  1. Pipe a beak using a #3-4 tip
  2. Add a small white dot to form an eye
  3. Add a fun little swirl of icing to the wing {optional}

Decorated Cardinal Cookie 5Mix with other fun designs to create a pretty platter.  I was inspired by Lizy B Bakes and Flour de Lis to add snow cookies and sweet dotty trees.

Cardinal Cookie Platter Sweetsugarbelle.comIf you’re interested in the front facing birdies, I used this Wilton Christmas cutter that I picked up at Walmart.  For more inspirational cookies, check out these posts:

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  1. 11

    I am a certified bird-nerd, so I love these cookies for sure! I can hardly wait for that morning when the birds are so noisy, and then I know that spring is close!

  2. 12

    Yes, loving these cookies!! and your cutter idea.

  3. 13

    Your decorations are truly perfect for any occasion . It is really very beautiful decorations of a cookies and brilliant use of cutters too. I want to all of them.

  4. 14
    Kim Lycoyannis says:

    You are so inspiring! Thank you for sharing so much of your creativity and knowledge! I admire ALL of your creations!

  5. 15
    Lisa Giangreco says:

    As always, amazed at your creations. It’s not just your creativity and vision that are so incredible, but the execution. Your cookies are pure perfection. Happy new year!

  6. 16
    Michelle says:

    Wow! I am in complete and utter awe of your cookie decorating prowess. Genius is another word that comes to mind when I gawk at your creations. Thank you for sharing your talent and allowing people like me to admire with my mouth agape.

  7. 17

    My mom’s favorite bird is the cardinal. She says they bring good luck. I wanted to make her cardinal cookies this year for Christmas but couldn’t find any I liked. Now I can make her some. Thank you!

  8. 18

    Oh, cardinals are my favorite bird! They’re just so pretty. And so are these cookies, Callye!

  9. 19

    I love these!! You have so many great ideas on your blog. If I completed just one I’d feel like I really accomplished something!

    • 19.1
      Sweet Sugar Belle says:

      Thank you! PS-I love your site! You wouldn’t believe how many cutters I have ordered from y’all!