How to Decorate a Giant Cookie

I love giant cookies.  In my previous life at at a PBS/NPR station, I put together a few PBS KIDS themed goodies and in 2008 I tackled the giant cookie.  After looking at several characters, I picked Grover.  Your supplies will vary with whichever character you pick.  When selecting a picture, go with something simple if you are just starting out.


  • Giant Cookie (purchased or homemade)
  • 1 can white icing
  • 1 can fudge/chocolate icing
  • Gel food coloring – Blue (Wilton)
  • Gel food coloring – No-taste Red (Wilton)
  • Gel food coloring – Black (Wilton)
  • Gel decoration icing – Black
  • 1 toothpick
  • 4 straight pins
  • Printout of character
  • 4 Small piping tips & bags, or 1 tip and 4 bags (you’ll need to wash tip between colors)
  • Lazy Susan (opt)


Purchase cookie at your local grocery store.  Call ahead to make sure they have them in stock, some stores don’t want to sell blank ones.  Or you can make one, either from already made dough or make your own.  When cool, place on cardboard cake decorator board.  Round ones are available and use a spot of icing to keep the cookie on the board.    If you purchased the cookie ready made, the tin it came it is fine.  Place cookie on Lazy Susan.  This will give you flexibility of movement.

Pick your design.  There are many great designs out there in the form of coloring sheets.  Pick a favorite and then blow it up with a copier to the size you want.  I took a piece of a Glover coloring sheet for mine.Use stick pins to attach template to cookie.  Using a toothpick, poke along the outlines.  Depending on the design, you might want to make these close together.  Remove template and check to make sure your guidelines are easy to follow.

Divide icing into 3 bowls and dye:

1/2 cup pink
1/3 cup white
Dye the remaining icing blue.

Remember that the dye will dry darker then when it’s wet.

Take 1/3 cup fudge/chocolate icing and tint with black

Outline outside edge of face, mouth, and eyes with piping tip.  Fill in with blue icing and create texture of ‘fur’ with knife or decorating tool.

Fill in nose with pink icing.  Take remaining pink icing and dye red to make a reddish pink color.  Add a touch of black if you need it darker.  Let set for a minute or two.

Outline mouth with red and fill in with red icing.  Let set for a minute or two.

Fill in inside of mouth with chocolate/black icing. Cover remaining blue outline between mouth and nose.

Pipe  in eyes with white icing.  let sit for a few minute and smooth ridges with a paper towel to make a smooth finish.

Take a melon baller and lightly touch the eyes with the open side to create ‘iris’ outlines.  Outline with gel decorating icing and then fill in.

Let set and then cover. Enjoy!


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