These cookies were intended as a thank you gift but instead they turned into ‘test cookies’ … code word for cookies that didn’t turn out as planned. I aim for perfection and crisp, clear designs and these cookies fell short. No worry … my cookie tasters are always happy to eat my mistakes!

Remember when I first tried my hand at decorating with stencils using the Wilton Airbrush Mist? I Simply sprayed the color over the cookies and they turn out perfectly. Remember when I was so excited to try out my new airbrush machine? Then the post about the learning curve associated with the airbrush machine and stencils? Well, I still need more practice … ugh!

See how many of these cookies are blurred in places? It seems to be that the stencil is lifting up during the airbrushing process … frustrating! I know I set the stencil nice and taut over the cookie using magnets to keep in place [sorry no photos; these were done after sunset and incandescent light makes for poor photos]. See similar photo below.

So, I viewed demonstration videos by The Cookie Countess to pick up some pointers. The Bearfoot Baker recently published a timely, new post with photos and video demonstrating the airbrushing technique. It turns out that it is all about the angle. I was incorrectly holding the airbrush gun at a 45-degree angle which allows just enough air to slightly lift the stencil causing the blur and poor results. Hillary at The Cookie Countess holds the airbrush gun at about a 70-degree angle and Lisa at The Bearfoot Baker at an 85-90 degree angle. Lisa’s detailed blog post explains how at that angle the air from the airbrush gun pushes down on the stencil and prevents it from lifting up. So having learned from these tutorials, I’m anxious to give it another go. Stay tuned as another airbrush post is coming soon and with better results … fingers crossed!

Pear Cookies
Pear Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with Wilton Ivory
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Stencils (Fall Leaves, Teardrops, Chevron, Harlequin, Quatrefoil)
AmeriColor Airbrush Colors (Orange, Yellow, Green, Copper, Brown)
Airbrush Kit or Wilton Color Mist

Outline cookie with #2 tip in ivory icing.

Flood cookie with ivory icing. Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on the cookie.
Using an airbrush, spray airbrush color onto the cookie.
Gently lift stencil. Let dry 45 minutes.
(These two copper cookies turned out perfectly)



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  1. This post is perfect! Just pinned the Christmas cookies to Christmas Cookie Exchange.
    You decorate the prettiest cookies ever, Joan!
    Happy Thanksgiving,

    1. Hi Jemma, Thank you! I appreciate the pin and Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I really like the chevron pattern and the brown- my favorite color!

    1. HI Mam, The brown is my favorite color too. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. Joan, I'm still learning how to decorate cookies. I haven't tried the airbrushing technique yet but hope to try it sometime. Thanks for the helpful information. Lizzie

    1. Lizzie, You're welcome. I'm glad you find My Cookie Clinic as a helpful source for your cookie decorating. Enjoy!

  4. I would love to be one of your taste testers. They look great to me!

    1. Deb, I'll sign you up! Thanks for dropping by.


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