Monograms are popular from shirt cuffs to tote bags to baby blankets. They are everywhere and popular in wedding invitations, cakes, etc. In a recent order for a bridal shower the requested design was to include a monogram of the bride and groom's initials. Of course not wanting to disappoint, I replied ‘I can do that.’  I admit I stressed a bit as writing on cookies is one of my weaknesses in cookie decorating. The finished cookies were nice but the monogram lacked the clean, professional look I imagined.

After hundreds of hours of practice with ink and paper I can create pretty calligraphy letters but with a piping bag, well that’s another ball of wax. I finally discovered the tool used by many cookie artists … Stencils. There are stencils for all kinds of designs and lettering stencils were the perfect solution. A professional calligrapher penned the script letters and a machine perfectly embosses the letters to create the stencil. 

1.25 Inch Letter Stencils

I practiced on some iced cookies. The stenciled initials are of family members. You know who you are …. find your cookie and see how pretty it looks!

Every new decorating technique is a learning experience to figure out what works and what does not. The single monograms were easy but the double monograms were a bit more challenging. I like the flourishes of the interlocking monograms, although in applying the second letter it was a challenge to hold the stencil firmly without compromising the icing on the first letter. Sometimes the stencil slipped and the icing smudged or was too thick which is visible in the photos. I waited 20 minutes before applying the second monogram which was not enough time for the icing to dry on the first letter.

My first tip about using stencils would be to apply just a small amount of icing onto the spatula to cover the design. Second, for double letters wait at least one hour before applying the second letter to allow the first letter to harden. These monogram cookies were done with a three-inch heart cookie cutter and it was a bit of a squeeze to fit two letters onto one cookie. Others were done with a four-inch round cutter with ample space. Just last week I spotted a larger, four-inch heart cookie cutter which will be perfect for double monograms.

Monogram Cookies
Heart and Round Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for flooding and detail tinted Light Green with AmeriColor Avocado
Royal Icing for flooding and detail tinted Peach with AmeriColor Peach and AmeriColor Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Script Letter Stencils (1.25")

 Outline and flood cookie with #2 tip in ivory icing.
 Pipe lines with #2 tip in green and peach flood icing.

Using a toothpick, swirl the icing to create design.
Let dry overnight.

Place the stencil on cookie. Apply light pressure so the stencil stays in place.

 Spread detail icing with spatula removing excess. 

Gently lift stencil. (Wait one hour before applying second letter). Let dry overnight.

 View video tutorial by Mary of Emma's Sweets





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  1. Joan, You have such patience! These turned out great! Pinned!

  2. I have yet to work with stenciled cookies, perhaps I don't have the patience as you do. I think yours turned out lovely. The double monogrammed cookies are indeed a challenge, which you rose to beautifully.

    1. Paula, Thank you! The stencils were fun to work with as I could never pipe such beautiful lettering. I also found stenciling a much faster process than decorating with piping bags. I'm anxious to try out some stencil designs.

  3. Your work is Amazing!
    And, your willingness to share your techniques shows your very generous spirit!

    1. Thank you for your kind remarks. I'm glad you enjoy the tutorials and I appreciate your encouragement.

  4. Wow - these look difficult to do, but the effect is great! I will be pinning it as well :)

    1. Kat, Thanks! Stenciling is easier than it looks. The video by Emma's Sweets (video above) is a great demonstration of the process. Thanks for pinning too!

  5. Hi Joan,
    An absolute work of art!! Beautiful!!
    Cousin Kat

    1. Hi Kathy, Thank you! I'm glad you like these cookies! It's always special to see a comment from you ... keep 'em coming!

  6. I love these and I love you for sharing! Would you give your resource for these stencils? Thanks!

    1. Carla, Thank you and I'm glad you enjoy the tutorials. I purchased these stencils online from Designer Stencils. They sell two sizes of letters. I purchased the small script letters which are 1.25 inches which sound small but is large on a cookie. Check the link above on Script Letter Stencils.

  7. I absolutely love how you made these. Beautiful set Joan.


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