How to Make Mermaid Tail Cookies in Four Easy Steps
There are very few mythical creatures as beloved as the mermaid. From lonely, sea weary sailors, to carefree little girls, mermaids have captured the imagination of people worldwide.
In my experience, decorated mermaid cookies can range from difficult to downright stressful, so if you’re on the lookout for an easy mermaid cookie idea that even a beginner can manage, this project is for you.
Mermaid tail cookies are perfect for new and experienced decorators alike!
I don’t own an actual mermaid tail cookie cutter, so I had to get creative. A whale cutter trimmed with a heart was perfect for the job.
If you don’t have this cutter, use a similar cutter (almost any whale or fish cutter will do), or pick one up here.
To make these cookies you will need:
- Mermaid green piping and flood icing (teal+electric green+sky blue)
- Light mermaid green piping and flood icing
Begin by outlining and flooding cookie with a #2 tip as pictured below.
Fill the outline and use an offset spatula to gently smooth the icing over the lines.
Immediately drop a few dots of lighter icing into the darker green to represent scales.
You can also use the wet on wet technique to create “scales”. To learn more, check out this post.
Finish up by using a #67 tip to add fins.
If you’re not comfortable with leaf tips (or prefer a different look), don’t be afraid to take another approach. For this example, I used 20-second icing to cover the base of the fin, then piped a simple swirl detail with a #2 tip.
One of my favorite things about cookie decorating is that you can take almost any idea and change it up to make it completely yours.
I mixed my mermaid tails with other fun, colorful cookie designs, but you could also use them as adorable mermaid tail cookie cupcake toppers. The possibilities are endless!
For more mermaid cookie inspiration, check out the following links:
So cute! I love the fins! I never think to use my leaf tip creatively!
A whale cutter? You are a GENIUS!
You are absolutely THE most creative cookie decorator, EVER. I am impressed with every batch you decorate. I can only dream….
I love your creative use of cutters, Callye. Definitely inspiration, but I also have cookie-envy since I wouldn’t be able to make even this cookie look as amazing as you do – with or without the tutorial, ha!
So everything I come here, I’m in awe. I guess I’ll just have to keep practicing until I get something that’s at least decent of making it to my blog. Can’t wait to see what you cookify next.
Now THAT’s a WHALE of a TAIL!!
(Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
Gurl, I love these tails! They’re so cute & whimsical and perfect for any little girl! Im totally incorporating tails next time! Thanks for the tutorial ????
Gurl, I love these tails! They’re so cute & whimsical and perfect for any little girl! Im totally incorporating tails next time! Thanks for the tutorial 😉
Ohmygosh I just swooned when I saw these mermaid tails!!! You are such a creative GENIUS!!!!!! I need to adopt a little girl now just so I can make mermaid cookies!
love the tutorial
Hi, I really love your job on cookies, they are simple perfect and the way they look …I have big problems the country I live, here in Brazil are very humid sometimes 96% and my cookies never dry soo smoth they look like ruffles … any hint??? Many thanks for your kind hints and tutorials
Thank you for the cookie tutorial….I love it….Please send me every tutorial that you release.
Beautiful and creative
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We have a mermaid party coming up for our daughter and these will go perfect.
Love your work.
Hi you did these really cool mermaid tail cookies and they look like they were airbrushed. the color was a turquoise to lavender. Did you airbrush them? Did you pearlize them? Thank you for your help.
I’m so thrilled I came across this post! One of my twin mommy friends is planning a pirate/mermaid theme 1st bday for b/g twins and I’m the baker of the group. Had the cake planned out and nothing for cookies and this is PERFECT!!!!! Thanks!!!!!