I love anything ballerina, even in cookies! During elementary school I took dancing lessons for eight years starting in first grade at age 5. I attended weekly classes with my childhood friend, Barbara. Our dance teacher, Miss Candy looked like Jacqueline Kennedy. The first half of class was Tap. Oh, it was so much fun to make noise with those shiny, black shoes. The second half of the lesson was Ballet in those sweet, soft slippers with the elastic strap and tiny sole. By fifth grade we had progressed to satiny, pink toe shoes with long pink ribbons, which we tied daintily around our ankles. Dancing on our toes was so cool and seemed to give us a super power.  I mean ... who else can dance on their toes except ballerinas!

We spent months practicing our dance routine over and over, and in June of each year was the recital. The best part was the pretty costumes. Then on the big night Mom would wrap my hair in a bun and apply lipstick and rouge. It was before the era of video cameras and Dad would move up near the stage during our routine to snap photographs. Funny, all those months of practicing for perfection and in the photos we were all out of sync!

Ballerina cookies are the rage on the Internet among cookie decorators … lots of tutus and ballet shoes. These ballerina cookies were decorated with stencils.

Ballerina Stencil Cookies
Egg Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Pink with AmeriColor Electric Pink
Royal Icing for detail tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Ballerina Cookie Stencils

Outline and flood cookie with #2 tip in pink icing.
Let dry overnight.

Place the stencil on cookie. 

Apply light pressure so the stencil stays in place.

Spread white detail icing with spatula. Remove excess icing. 

 Gently lift stencil. Let dry overnight.





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  1. These are lovely! You did a great job working with the stensils. I haven't done any stencil work at all yet with cookies :)

    1. Paula, Thank you! Stencils are challenging to work with and I still need more practice.

  2. Hi Joan,
    I studied ballet for years and just love anything ballet-- your cookies are perfection!!
    Bravo Joan--you've done it again!!
    Cousin Kat

  3. I've wanted to decorate cookies with stencils. I'll give this method a try. Thanks for a great tutorial! Kelly

    1. Kelly, You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial. Decorating with stencils takes a little practice but I love the unique designs.

  4. Any tips to the frosting we should be using with the stencils? I'm going to try it! Thank you!

  5. Icing used in stenciling is royal icing with a stiff consistency. Simply add confectioner's sugar to stiffen the icing. You may want to view a video by Mary of Emma's Sweets at the 1:44 mark where she demonstrates the consistency of icing for monogramming cookies here:


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