Easy Gingham Cookies {Cookie Decorating}

I love pretty gingham!  That simple, classic pattern has always appealed to me.   I know that must me I’m a bit country… but I am, so that’s OK =)  I was at Michael’s (craft store) recently and stumbled upon some cute gingham pinwheels and napkins.  I picked them both up, trying to convince myself why I “needed” them… and I quickly decided I could make some gingham cookies!

Several months ago, Callye (Sweet Sugar Belle) made some beautiful (and easy-always a bonus!) ombre cookies using spray food coloring.  I’ve never tried the spray coloring, but have been wanting to give it a try ever since I saw her results!  I thought it might work for gingham too, so I bought two colors and headed home.

And sure enough… it DID work!  =)  Thanks Callye!

There was a little bit of a learning curve with these, and some I sprayed more evenly than others, but in general I was quite happy with the results and will have fun playing with this technique again!

~ How to make Gingham Patterned Cookies ~

First, you’ll need a batch cookies.  Here’s my Sugar Cookie Recipe.

Then, make a batch of Royal Icing.

You’ll also need at least one can of spray food coloring, such as Color Mist (I bought mine at Michael’s)

(steps A. and B. are not pictured)

(A).  Outline and flood your cookies using white icing.  I used a square shape, but a circle would look good too.  Allow the cookies to fully dry (overnight).

(B).  While the cookies are drying, make a stencil using cardstock paper.  I used and exacto knife and a ruler and cut strips that were 1/2 inch wide, and at least an inch longer than the width of the cookie.

1. (as pictured, although I took the photos after I had completed the cookies).

When the cookies are dry, gather your supplies (the plain cookies, and your spray colors).  Cover your work area well!  I used a large paper bag, but quickly found out that was not quite enough.  If you can, you may want to do this project outside.  But either way, make sure you cover your work area fully.  I would also suggest covering your mouth and nose with a cloth.  The smell is not too bad, but I did discovered that I must have breathed in some of the coloring through my nose (I wont explain how I figured this out).

Very lightly spray your chosen color over the entire cookie.

2.  Once the first layer of color has dried (maybe 10 minutes), place your stencil at a diagonal across the cookie (as pictured).  Spray lightly with color.

3.  Once the first stripes have dried (about 10 minutes), lay your stencil across the opposite diagonal (as shown), and spray your color.

Voila!  Gingham patterned cookies!

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81 Responses to “Easy Gingham Cookies {Cookie Decorating}”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — March 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Gorgeous! I love these!

  2. #
    mireia badia — March 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Those cookies looks easy and beautiful!!!

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    Anonymous — March 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I love the "I won't explain how I figured out" [that I breathed in color spray] Made me laugh!!! :) – regina

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    Laura — March 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    What a good idea…your cookies look so cute…I might have to try them! :-)

  5. #
    Angelica — March 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I love this! my daughter is having a gingham party, I'm trying this. I hope I can get the stencil right.

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    Katy ~ — March 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    So very cute! I love this!!!

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    Montreal Confections — March 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I wish I had thought of this, they are wonderful. Great job Glory

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    Mi Vida en un Dulce — March 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Lovely cookies…wondering if we can use rolling fondant to cover the cookies instead of royal icing.

  9. #
    Jackie — March 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    These cookies are just gorgeous. Elegant and pretty, very "ladylike", if that's possible for a cookie!

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    SweetSugarBelle — March 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    You know what I always say…better pink and purple boogers than green!

  11. #
    Holly Dottarar — March 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    What a great idea! They are so beautiful and spring-y! :)

  12. #
    Shanna — March 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    OH. MY. WORD.!!! I am smitten with these cookies..and wouldn't they be cute, too, paired with polka dot circles in matching colors?!!!

  13. #
    Lora — March 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Amazing. these are so sweet and spring-like. Love them!

  14. #
    Mrs. Schwartz @ Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen — March 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Oh my gosh, these are just beautiful!

  15. #
    The BearFoot Baker — March 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    These are beautiful! I love the spray and the gingham is gorgeous!!!

  16. #
    Shannon — March 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    OH MY!!!! I love gingham anything and these cookies just blow my mind. I LOVE them!!!!!

  17. #
    JulieD — March 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Very cute and clever!! I can see these for spring and even baby and wedding showers! You're so awesome, Glory!

  18. #
    Diana's Dream Sweets — March 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    love these so much!!! def going to be making these at some point this spring/summer!

  19. #
    Carrie — March 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Cute and simple- thanks for sharing

  20. #
    Carrie's Creations — March 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    So in love with these! Glory you are genius. I will definitely be doing this on some eggs next week. I have a couple colors waiting to be used!

  21. #
    Anonymous — March 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I Love gingham….I would suggest using a roll of freezer paper instead of a paper bag. Thats one of my "go to" items when I'm baking.

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    LilaLoa — March 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    OHHHH — I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THESE!!! I have been trying to figure out how I could possibly make some gingham cookies. And you have done it!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

    PS — Seriously, I LOVE these cookeis!

  23. #
    Anne — March 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    This is just genius! What a great idea – I love them!

  24. #
    Grace — March 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I love everything about these cookies! They are just so pretty.:) Great job!

  25. #
    Larissa — March 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    What a fantastic idea!!! We'll definitely be using this in the near future … if I can get my hands on some of that spray colour here in Aust!! …Oh, and … Thanks for the laugh!!

  26. #
    Anonymous — March 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Oh Glory! These are just as fresh as a daisy – a modern spin on a retro style! I definitely want to try this techinque! Your photo is just stunning (as usual) and I love the pinwheels – such a sweet Spring time touch! Maryann :)

  27. #
    Linda — March 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Those are so pretty! Now I may have to try that!

  28. #
    Sarah (Klickitat Street) — March 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    What a wonderful idea!
    So beautiful yet so simple!

  29. #
    Karen @ Sugartown Sweets — March 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Beautiful! I believe I would have to frame the photo! I would love to try making these. :)

  30. #
    So Domesticated — March 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Oh my goodness… these are so sweet!

  31. #
    What's for dessert? — March 30, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Wow, great idea

  32. #
    Isabel — March 30, 2012 at 1:03 am

    look wonderful!
    Thanks for sharing your secrets.

    A greeting.

  33. #
    EflHatun — March 30, 2012 at 2:14 am

    thats a great idea!
    like it!

  34. #
    Kappa in cucina — March 30, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Wow! Beautiful!

  35. #
    Daphne — March 30, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Awesome, that's a really good idea of decorating cookies :)

  36. #
    Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com — March 30, 2012 at 5:03 am

    These turned out beautiful! Such a great idea! We use spray coloring on our fun food all the time…so I am totally with you about covering your face! The first time we used it I was blowing out orange from my nose a few hours later and was thinking..oh my gosh..what is wrong with me!ha Now I just lightly spray and stand back just a few minutes. I love it..saves on a lot of time!

  37. #
    Violet — March 30, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Hey, girl, this is AWESOME! Thank you very, very much for this cute idea!

  38. #
    lisa — March 30, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Beautiful! Can't wait to try it out!

  39. #
    Nicki — March 30, 2012 at 6:47 am

    These are SUPER pretty! They make me want to get into cookie decorating…

  40. #
    Sue — March 30, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Gingham is just about my favorite pattern in all the world! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I am going to try this; I even have the spray already:) Your cookies are perfect!

  41. #
    Dotty — March 30, 2012 at 8:45 am

    You totally read my mind with this one. I've been trying to figure out how to re-create it. I never thought of spray mist. It's perfect. Thank you!

  42. #
    Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more — March 30, 2012 at 8:54 am

    okay that is just smart, so have to try it!

  43. #
    Samantha Powell — March 30, 2012 at 9:31 am

    OMG!! You have changed my life!! I almost gave up on figuring out how to do this! Thank you Glory!

  44. #
    Lili — March 30, 2012 at 9:33 am

    these are darling!

  45. #
    Carolyn Woods — March 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

    cute! I've had gingham cookies on the brain for a couple weeks, but no time to execute. Hopefully I can get some time to make some before Easter. I love spring gingham!

  46. #
    Brant Cookies — March 30, 2012 at 10:23 am

    They are sooooo pretty! Happy Easter!

  47. #
    DULCE SWEETIE — March 30, 2012 at 10:28 am


  48. #
    cookies and cups — March 30, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Those are great! I even think I could do those!

  49. #
    Christa — March 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

    So cute and I'm really glad I saw this because I just got a request from a customer to do a gingham cake. Maybe I can use your technique (just enlarged) to do a cake. Thanks!

  50. #
    JSS — March 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

    These cookies are too cute to eat!

  51. #
    The Cookie Basket — March 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this idea. Would even work for "picnics" in red or blue. Now to find time to try them….sigh…..

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    The Cookie Basket — March 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm

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  53. #
    miss b — March 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    How pretty and I love the way you tied them with perfectly matching ribbon.


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    Anonymous — March 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I love your cookies. the hardest part I have has been working with the color spray though I am sure it takes practice. I was wondering what you think, if I was to tint the white royal icing a very light color pink..instead of using the spray on the white icing to tint it lightly. I thought perhaps eliminating one spray might give me a better result.
    thank you for posting your fabulous cookies!!!

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — March 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    @Anonyomous- Yes, I'm sure it would work if you just ice the cookies in a VERY pale shade to match the spray color. I didn't do this because I wanted to do two different colored cookies, and was too lazy to make extra icing =) Best of luck!

  56. #
    Stephanie — March 31, 2012 at 7:06 am

    These are so adorable! I've never seen anything like it! fashionable and edible all at the same time :)

  57. #
    Sweet Style by Mrs A in the Cove — March 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    They are just fabulous Glory – I needed them last weekend when I did a very cute party that included gingham – they would have been perfect xx Leanne xx

  58. #
    Tanit — March 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    What a good idea!!! thanks a lot!!! i will use it soon.

  59. #
    The Magical Christmas Wreath Company — April 1, 2012 at 5:29 am

    What a gorgeous idea, they are divine.

    I bet it takes some practice to get it right.


  60. #
    Linda — April 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you Callye for this wonderful idea! I tried it with my (setting in the corner ) airbrush! I love it! Not as neat as yours but I am pleased! Thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge. I cannot tell you how much you have helped me!

  61. #
    Amber Spiegel — April 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    These are so cute!!

  62. #
    Festive Party Girl — April 5, 2012 at 9:10 am

    These are super cute. I want to try the spray mist. :)

  63. #
    brenda@bakedblessing.com — April 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I attempted these, they were a flop. It was operator error though, lol. I posted them on my blog and put a link to your site so my readers could see what they were supposed to look like, lol.

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    Seasons — April 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    My daughter and I decorated these today, thanks to your idea! I made the same scalloped squares (love that cutter!), and also Peeps shape. After we did some gingham ones, I remembered all her crafts stencils, so she went to town with those! Thanks again! Nancy the Snowflakelady

  65. #
    Erin — April 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Your cookies are amazing. I would never have guessed you used spray coloring. How fun!

  66. #
    Mimsy — October 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Where did you get the template? Did you make it or purchase it (and if purchasing — where?)

  67. #
    Paula — March 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Gingham perfection! Really love the soft colours you chose and your photos are magnificent!

  68. #
    Susan Anderson — March 29, 2013 at 12:05 am

    WOW! Love them so much! What size cutter did you use?

  69. #
    Deloris — November 15, 2013 at 3:45 am

    thank you for a great tutorial! I can’t wait to make these. Very helpful information.

  70. #
    Pretties and Pastries — April 25, 2014 at 6:31 am

    I love these cookies! I must have a bit of country in me too because if something has gingham on it, it’s almost guaranteed that it is coming home with me.

  71. #
    Cherry — August 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Love these cookies! So clever… may give it a try for a “gingham” blog hop I’m participating in soon… they would look awesome next to my gingham quilt! Thanks so much for the tute °Ü°

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    Morgan — July 16, 2015 at 5:06 am

    These are gorgeous! Do you think it would smear the color mist if I painted a monogram on top? These would be perfect for a baby shower I am hosting next month!!


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