Tie Dye Shirt Cookies

Earlier this summer, my oldest daughter attended a week long Tennis Camp/Vacation Bible School.  Before the week of camp, I had planned that I might make some Tennis themed cookies as thank yous for all the teachers/volunteers.  My plans changed a bit when I saw the rainbow tie-dye camp shirts and realized what fun cookies could be made to match the shirts!

Here is my cutie Grace, in her colorful camp shirt, with matching cookie!

I had so much fun with these cookies… it would be almost impossible to not be happy while working with such fun, rainbow colors!  The general technique for these cookies is quite simple, but they have lots of wow factor!  The camp teachers were thrilled with their colorful cookies!

Ready to tie-dye cookies?

You’ll need a batch of cookies made with my Sugar Cookie Recipe.

Also, prepare a batch (or two) of royal icing, using my Royal Icing Recipe.

Prepare one bag (or bottle-which ever you like) of icing in each color you need… in this case, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.  The icing should be thinned to a medium/flood consistency- just thick enough not flow off the edge of the cookie, but thin enough to fill in on it’s own- about the consistency of shampoo.

1.-3.  Start on the outside of the shirt, adding the first color to just the edges, not all the way around.  Begin filling in with the next colors, in rainbow order, or reverse rainbow order (as shown).

4. When the shirt is totally flooded with color, you’re ready to add the tie-dye look.

5.  Use a toothpick to drag a line from the center of the cookie, toward the outside edge, as shown.

6.  Wipe off the toothpick, and now drag a line from the outside edge of the cookie, toward the center (as shown).

7.-8.  Continue around the shirt, dragging the toothpick from the center, out, then from the outside toward the center, cleaning the toothpick as you work.

9.  Once all the lines have been drawn with the toothpick (as shown in photo 8), drag the toothpick again through one of your lines that went from the outside to the center, and as you get toward the center, swirl the toothpick into a ‘C’ or 3/4 circle.  This will give the final, true tie-dye effect.

Allow the cookies to dry fully (6-8 hours) before packaging.

Since I had initally planned to make tennis themed cookies, I wanted to try some simple tennis balls.  I flooded small cirlces with a fun, bright lime green icing, then added white sanding sugar.  When the icing and sugar were dry, I added some curved white lines.

Love tie dye… and cookies?  Check out Sweet Sugar Belle’s Rainbow Tie Dye Cookies.

Happy Decorating!

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50 Responses to “Tie Dye Shirt Cookies”

  1. #
    Amers — July 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    LOVE them! Such a fun cookie! I wish I had the energy to make these for a tye dying party we are going to soon. Hmmm…. maybe I will give it a go!

  2. #
    Robin @ Bird On A Cake — July 15, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    These cookies are ALL kinds of awesome! Fantastic! :0)

  3. #
    Lisa — July 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    These are awesome! Great job Glory, how fun!

  4. #
    DETALLES MORYTA — July 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Beatifull and amazing!!..

  5. #
    Erin — July 15, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    So cute and fun!

  6. #
    ellenbcookery — July 16, 2012 at 12:12 am

    These look absolutely adorable! You are so crafty!

  7. #
    Anne — July 16, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Great cookies, and what an adorable toothless smile your daughter has!

  8. #
    Tracy {Pale Yellow} — July 16, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Adorable cookies! So fun and easy.

  9. #
    Joy Adams — July 16, 2012 at 1:44 am

    So fun. Much different from the traditional white tenis outfits. So cute.

  10. #
    susie — July 16, 2012 at 3:27 am

    those are great, and way easier than tie dying a t-shirt for sure! Great colors!

  11. #
    momentos Dulces — July 16, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Very funny cookies! I love them!

  12. #
    fathima — July 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Wow, amazing! N THANX FORVSGARING!

  13. #
    fathima — July 16, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Oops, i meant SHARING!

  14. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — July 16, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Such cute cookies! Swirling icing is my favorite :)

  15. #
    haniela — July 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

    These are fun. I’ve always wanted to make tie dye cookies, yours are full of bright colors and that beautiful smile on Grace’s face makes them even more special.

  16. #
    Julie — July 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    WOW! So unique I have never seen anything like it! You are a true expert in your field! What a talent you have!

  17. #
    Jackie @ Just Add Milk — July 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    These are FANTASTIC!!!! What a great idea!!! I love this idea! Truly amazing work! Thanks for continuing to give us such great ideas. I’m sure when I speak for everyone when I say that we truly appreciate it!

  18. #
    Paula — July 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Your Grace certainly is a cutie and your cookies are fabulous! Love the bright colours. Hope Grace enjoyed herself at camp.

  19. #
    Karen @ Sugartown Sweets — July 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Absolutely LOVE! I’ve told my grandkids we will be making tye-dye t-shirts..for the first time. Now we HAVE to make these cookies too! LOVE!!

  20. #
    Amy — July 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    These look so lovely, don’t think I’m crafty enough to make them look so wonderful! Thanks for sharing though :)

  21. #
    Lissa (Bellenza) — July 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Oh my goodness, your baking and decorating talents can make even tees and tennis balls look fabulous!

  22. #
    Lissa — July 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, your baking and decorating talents make even tees and tennis balls look fabulous!

  23. #
    Jennifer Greening — July 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    These are WONDERFUL Glory!! I love your specific technique on these and the middle swirl for the true tie-dye look. Well done!!

  24. #
    Cathy @ Noble Pig — July 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I’m just in awe. You are so talented…just wow. …wow…wow.

  25. #
    Suny Senabre — July 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Pero que galletas tan originales!!! Me han encantado, mil gracias por mostrarnos ese paso a paso.

    Un beso,

  26. #
    Tesei — July 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    WOW, they’re lovely! I can imagine your girl being very popular with these at the tennis camp. I know my son would be happy if I could make soemthing similiar for his summer camp. Thank you for another great idea!

  27. #
    Lilie Bakery — July 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Your cookies are just beautiful! I’ve never seen such decorated cookies elsewhere on the web. I am definitely a (French) fan of yours! (I’ve tried to make mines, for the 1rst time, a few days ago, but I have to improve myself :-)

  28. #
    Cecilia Midgette — July 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Those are very cute! I think they look great with tennis ball cookies. All that color has to make them smile and even more so after they taste them! Yum! Love you!

  29. #
    Mi Vida en un Dulce — July 17, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I am totally impress with this creation. Love the colors, combination and of course, the technic,

  30. #
    Melissa — July 17, 2012 at 12:20 am

    gorgeous! great job!!

  31. #
    Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen — July 17, 2012 at 3:20 am

    What beautiful cookies.. I’ll be trying these for sure! xx

  32. #
    sweetsugarbelle — July 17, 2012 at 5:16 am

    The cookies are BEAUTIFUL…but you may have upstaged them with a beautiful little girl!

  33. #
    Lori — July 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Those are beautiful works of art!

  34. #
    Ale&Pili_Bakeandfun — July 17, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Lovely cookies!

  35. #
    Joanne — July 18, 2012 at 5:09 am

    I made your sugar cookie recipe last week and tried my hand at decorating with your royal icing. I thought that I could never admire your works of art more than I did, but after attempting my own batch I have even more appreciation for your skills. I can’t understand how you can ice the cookies so perfectly. My cookies tasted good, but they aren’t picture perfect. Do you have a very steady hand? Will it just take me lots more practice? Thanks for sharing some of your many talents with us!

  36. #
    The Partiologist — July 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    What a fun reward for the end of camp, I love your tye dye t-shirts! Your little girl is so cute, like a “mini glory”!!

  37. #
    Tani@Tagana Rose — July 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    These look gorgeous!
    You have such a beautiful site which I am so glad I discovered. Everything you make looks amazing! Have a wondeful day:)

  38. #
    JulieD — July 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Completely gorgeous, Glory!! I love them!!

  39. #
    Ashlee — July 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

    My kids will LOVE these!!!

  40. #
    Laura — July 24, 2012 at 7:55 am

    What an awesome idea! So creative :)

  41. #
    Brantcookies — July 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Those cookies are wonderful, totally groovy!

  42. #
    Sue {munchkin munchies} — July 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I LOVE these cookies and really want to give them a try! Your little Grace has the sweetest smile:)

  43. #
    doro K. — July 30, 2012 at 7:02 am

    very awesome cookies. definitely too pretty to eat!!

    I linked to your recipe on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  44. #
    Marla Quack — August 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    So fun! Love them.

  45. #
    fabiola — August 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm


    i love the cookies, and the model…..


    thanks for share…..

  46. #
    Wicked Goodies — August 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Oh no these are too cute. You are something else. Love your work!


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