How to Make Mermaid Cookies with a Snowman Cutter

A few weeks ago I did something I thought I’d never do. I went through my cookie cutter collection and got rid of the ones that I rarely use.

Okay, before anyone faints, it wasn’t quite that dramatic. I didn’t actually get rid of them, I just put them into storage for awhile. We’re preparing to move, and for some reason my realtor thought that a dining room was a better selling feature than a cookie cave.

I know, I know…who wouldn’t want a cookie room? But he’s the expert, so, I sorted through all of my boxes and picked out four-hundred of my very favorites.

Among the four-hundred (you can stop rolling your eyes now) were many Wilton cutters, old and new. The snowman cutter, a definite keeper, is included in the 101-Cookie Cutter set and has appeared in many of my creations over the years.

Besides being a snowman (in more ways than the obvious), its also been a hula dancer, polar pal, nerdy graduate, ballerina, football player, scarecrow, monkey, giraffe, potted flower and a leprechaun (that I can remember), and I’m sure there are many more to come.

Today, it’s back, this time as a mermaid.

Learn how to make adorable mermaid cookies with a snowman cutter via

Learn to make mermaid cookies with a Wilton Snowman cutter at Sweetsugarbelle.comI’ve used this cutter to make a mermaid before, but after thinking about it for a year, there were a few design changes I wanted to make. So, this mermaid is actually the 2.0 version, but that’s neither here nor there.

Before getting started, use plain white paper to make a template like the one below. You can always skip this step, but I’m a big fan of templates because they’re a great way to create consistent cookies without a projector.

The BEST mermaid cookie cutter!

To decorate these cookies you will need:

  • Food color marker (I prefer yellow)
  • Flesh tone 20-second icing
  • Mermaid green piping and flood icing (mix teal and electric green)
  • Light mermaid green piping and flood icing
  • Orange piping and 20-second icing
  • Royal icing flowers (you can find a great written tutorial here but I highly recommend this class from Craftsy)
  • Yellow piping icing (a small amount)
  • Black piping icing (a small amount)
  • Stiff purple icing (a small amount)

Begin by mapping out the design with a yellow food color marker. Notice that I used the same template to mark the tail. I also added a dot at the bottom of the cookie to mark where the tail should end.

Mermaid Cookie CutterNow you’re ready to decorate. First, use 20-second icing to flood the face.

How to make mermaid cookies via SweetsugarbelleNext, outline and fill the tail with mermaid green icing.

While we’re on the subject of tails, I’ve just gotta say, if Beyonce were a mermaid, she’d look like this. Baby got back.

How to make mermaid cookies via Sweetsugarbelle blogImmediately drop a few lighter dots into the dark green as accents.

How to make mermaid cookies with a Wilton Snowman cutter via SweetsugarbelleNext, use orange 20-second icing to make hair. A pointed tool like a toothpick or boo-boo stick is very useful for drawing icing out to the very edge of where the colors meet.

Little Mermaid Cookies via Sweetsugarbelle.comGive the face and hair a little time to set, then pipe the torso. At this point, it’s best to wait until the cookie is completely dry before moving on.

How to make mermaid cookies with a snowman cutter Sweetugarbelle.comWhen the cookie is dry, use a #3 tip to pipe the top fin, and a #67 leaf tip to add tail fins.

How to Make Mermaid Cookies with a Wilton snowman cutter via Sweetsugarbelle blogNext, use a small round tip to add a swirl of hair and to pipe a braid. A royal icing braid might sound complicated, but it’s nothing more small hearts piped so that they are touching.

Complete this step by attaching a royal icing flower with a dot of orange icing. For more on how I made this flower, click here.

How to Make Mermaid Cookies with a Christmas Cutter via Sweetsugarbelle.comTo finish up, add a few final details:

  1. Pipe a pistil (the fancy name for that yellow thing) with a #1 tip
  2. Add eyes
  3. Use a #16-#18 tip to pipe a shell bikini top

If you really want to go all out, use a bit of petal dust to create rosy cheeks

How to make Little Mermaid Cookies with a Snowman CutterUse leftover icing to create coordinating accent cookies such as crabs, shells, starfish, and mermaid tails.

Under the sea mermaid cookies via Sweetsugarbelle.comAnd remember, whether you’re a beginner or experienced decorator, Wilton cookie cutters are a must have. For more inspirational ideas check out the following links:

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    Tracy says:

    Thank you so much for the detailed tutorial. The instructions are so helpful!

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    Leigh says:

    You are Amazing!!! I love your blog. Thank you for sharing your brilliance. I’m new to these kind of cookies, being more of a chocolate chip kind of girl. I devour your blog. Thank you.

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    Jen B says:

    Love these, especially the puffy crab! Hope the new house has a great space for your own cookie room!!

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    Jen B says:

    And how did you possibly limit it to just 400 cookie cutters?! Hope your new house has a great space for your own cookie room!!

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    Thanks for such a fantastic tutorial! Your mermaid is so cute!

  7. 17

    Those are precious! I’m trying to figure out which tutorial of yours I want to try first! Beautiful work.

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    Jackie Lee says:

    Love! Ya did it again! How about that little crab–what cutter is that? I like that it doesn’t have those tiny little pieces for legs.


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    amanda says:

    These are so creative and pretty!!!

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    Sarah Hellmans says:

    Do you make your own icing for piping and flooding or do you buy it? If so what kind do you buy or what recipe do you use?


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