Transferring Found Images Onto Cookies...

Baking By Elise87 Updated 7 Jun 2012 , 11:04pm by BakingIrene

Elise87 Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 7:31am
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I was just wondering, how does everyone transfer images onto their cookies eg. You find an image on the net that you want to use on your cookies, what do you do? What's an efficient way?

I know some people use projectors, but what if you don't have one?

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all4cake Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 8:37am
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Depending on the image, what about making a stencil? Print out image on cardstock...cut away with x-acto(or the like) knife...

(looking at your avatar ...awesome cookie, btw!) I just can't imagine there'd be anything you wouldn't be able to do on a cookie!

Elise87 Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 8:58am
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lol thanks icon_smile.gif

Yeh for previous cookies i have needed to do this for, what i have done is printed a faint outline of the image onto paper and then cut it out and then placed it onto the cookie and used the knife to cut an outline around that onto the cookie.

However i have trouble with the inside detail of the picture which i also sometimes lightly cut into the biscuit too and then pipe and flood over but all this takes me a while and if i were do a large amount of cookies wouldn't be good.

I just don't know what else to do lol Maybe i should just start choosing less complicated images sometimes lol

all4cake Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 9:03am
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Are you able to share an example of the type of image?

Elise87 Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 10:35am
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um not really cose i didn't have one in mind.....i'm not very helpful am i lol

all4cake Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 11:15am
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I found one while I was waiting...printed off a couple of small sizes...this afternoon/evening, I'll try a couple of things.... I was thinking, what if you printed it off on cardstock, laid it on dense foam and using a dull pointed stick(there's a name for it...)and pressed your image w/details from the backside so that it's embossed on the front side...oh, my, I bet it would work on copper sheeting too...then, press the image into fondant or icing that has crusted. or if you are just wanting a print/stamp...rub edible marker on surface(raised areas) and press...the paper may become soggy and/or infused with ink

You're just wanting something on the cookie itself so that you can use it to go by for your fill-ins, right? as a that right? am i on the right track?

Elise87 Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 11:27am
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Originally Posted by all4cake

You're just wanting something on the cookie itself so that you can use it to go by for your fill-ins, right? as a that right? am i on the right track?

Yes exactly, i wanted to know a better/good way to transfer the outlines of patterns and images straight onto my cookies which i can then outline over with icing then flood with different colours or flood within the guides and then outline later....either way.

Also with what you said before I could press the outlines into the crusted icing if i needed to, except i usually use royal icing and i think it would crack but i more want the design straight onto the cookie

me asking questions and trying to explain things = dunce.gif lol

all4cake Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 1:43pm
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I got it now....

Kiddiekakes Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 2:09pm
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I use my projecter.Works great!!

cookie_fun Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 2:10pm
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I have taken an image and printed it on paper. Then I lay the printed image on my cookie that has been iced with RI. I then lightly trace over all the details I want on my hardened RI with a flower nail. It gives me all the details of the image very lightly indented on the RI and I am then able to do the image on the cookie. Here is an example of cookies I did this way. I also have done cakes this way too on BC.

MichelleM77 Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 7:40pm
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You could make an RI transfer, copying over the reversed image that is placed under a piece of waxed paper. Then ice your cookie and place the dried RIT on top.

bobwonderbuns Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 7:52pm
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I use the pin prick method.

all4cake Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 8:05pm
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or similar to what MichelleM77 suggested 'cept not a reverse one....

say...if you're using a 3" round cookie, get your design and measure it to a 3 inch(depending on if your cookie spreads or not), frame it, then flood and allow to dry then attach to baked cookies with a bit of your design and allow to dry, flood cookie and plop the image into the freshly filled frame...either way, you'd still have the fullness of a flooded piece as opposed to a transfer that seems flat when you flip 'em....not that that is bad...but, to me, a lot of the appeal of the cookies that ya'll do is that to-the-brim effect ya'll give the cookies....

MichelleM77 Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 8:25pm
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Oh yah, not sure why it would have to be reverse. Just pipe as if you were piping on the cookie. Duh. Thanks all4cake!

Elise87 Posted 4 Oct 2009 , 11:52pm
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thanks for the help guys!

I had actually thought of the flooding the images letting them dry then flooding the cookie and poping the dried image on top while it's still wet but then i wasn't sure about it being a bit too crunchy and the colours bleeding??

BUT, now i was thinking about this overnight and i thought that what i could do which is sorta like what all4cake said before about pressing on copper sheet onto fondat etc.....but what i can do is have the image on a piece of cardboard (reversed) and then i will pipe over the outlines with royal icing and let it harden.

Then i will roll and cut my cookies to the right shape and size, then flip over my piped cardboard and press it into the cookie dough to get an impression of my image and then all i have to do later is follow the guides! easier and less time for me!

Now i was thinking my cookie's don't really spread so the image should stay in proportion and the imprint hopefully will bake still indented...

What do you guys think? Any good?

bobwonderbuns's: love your signature lol

all4cake Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 12:06am
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would your cookies remain soft long enough for the royal icing to impress on it? how many impressions would you be able to do before having to replace your royal icing impression piece? If your cookies stay soft, the copper/tin/aluminum idea would work on them as well as it would on fondant.

Elise87 Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 12:13am
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oh i reckon my dough would definatly stay soft long enough and that the icing would hold up fair enough. I actually used that method to make a custom impression on fondant hearts for a friend to put on cupcakes and the icing lasted long enough even though i only let it dry a little while.

I was just thinking royal icing as i would already have it but i guess the copper/aluminum would be good if i knew where to get it. Is it at craft store or something? Are they all food safe?

bobwonderbuns Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 12:18am
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You can also use edible markers. I know some of the more experienced cookie decorators like doing that. Then pipe right over the lines! icon_biggrin.gif

all4cake Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 12:32am
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I would say it could be acquired from the hardware store....I would use what is referred to in the U.S. as flashing...comes in different sizes and safe? long as it doesn't contain lead and any protective coating some come with (it's not unusual for the copper to have it maintain its' look longer)...

if the tin/aluminum doesn't state lead-free...stay away from it. The copper should state 100% copper. 100% copper with the coating removed should be perfectly safe to use on food....(I'm going on the fact that candy making pots and bowls are made of copper...copper is considered non-porous, so whatever coating shouldn't embed in it...once it's off, all should be well...)

No, I'm not a safe-to-use-on-food-expert....the suggestion above is simply what I would do and feel confident about...I'd be more than willing to listen to any argument as to its' safety.

I do understand using the royal icing for it's availability...

Elise87 Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 12:43am
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well i just remembered people use a food safe aluminum to make cookie cutters so could just use that one and just get a thinner sheet of it.

Thanks for your help all4cake icon_smile.gif

lardbutt Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 12:51am
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Originally Posted by all4cake

Depending on the image, what about making a stencil? Print out image on cardstock...cut away with x-acto(or the like) knife...

(looking at your avatar ...awesome cookie, btw!) I just can't imagine there'd be anything you wouldn't be able to do on a cookie!

Holy Moly!!! I had no idea that was an actual cookie in you avatar Elise! That is one awesome cookie! WOW!

all4cake Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 12:53am
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the majority of the cheap (inexpensive) cookie cutters are made of tin...but that stuff rusts so easily...but it's so cheap...but it rusts...but it's cheap...but it rusts...but it's cheap....

Elise87 Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 1:00am
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MessyBaker: Yep it's a real cookie lol Took forver, it was just a one off challenge to myself icon_smile.gif

all4cake: yeh but you might only need them for one or two uses for just a custom cookie batch, so it wouldn't get a chance to rust.

Royal icing doesn't rust and that's cheap cheap cheap too lol But i can only experiment with how long it lasts first

luvbugcreations Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 1:26pm
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ok I have been wondering about this for a long time so now I have an experiment going. I watched somewhere sorry don't remember where but it was to make a stencil out of ri and a piece of glass so Here it goes

I have found an image simple not alot of detail as to just test out theory I taped my image to back side of piece of glass I used some from a picture Frame I can always put it back I washed glass thouroughly first.

on top of image on other side of glass I piped over with tip 3 the outline of my image. It is now drying My theory is that when left to dry this will dry rock hard and then I can impress my fondant with it and then ice cookies accordingly. Not sure if this is making sense to anyone else but when the experiment is over I will let you know just how I did this I am also thinking you could stamp each cookie with this as they come out of the oven still hot and then ice or glace accordingly. Has anyone tried this before will let you know results later today.


KHalstead Posted 5 Oct 2009 , 1:45pm
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I've used a technique that works really well on well crusted royal and works even better on print out a photo and then trace over the lines of the photo (print the photo in reverse) with a non-toxic pencil (any pencil except real lead or graphite) pushing down fairly hard, then flip the picture over onto your cookie and use the pencil to go over the lines of the photo on the back of the picture (if you pushed hard enough when you initally traced the photo lines you should be able to see an imprint to follow on the bakc of the paper) don't have to push too hard just hard enough to get some of the pencil marks to transfer to your cookie.
Then pull off the paper and you have an outline on your cookie (a very faint outline, but an outline nonetheless) to follow with your icing for the details. you can use it several times without having to retrace the lines with the pencil again.


Caike Posted 6 Oct 2009 , 1:31am
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Ok hold on, are you trying to do something like this? (I didn't have time to read every detail of the thread...just jumped on real quick) Like trace an image and have it set into flooded royal icing? If so, I just did the project of the cookie attached - I'm a new-found-pro. LOL! (at least I'd like to think!)

Elise87 Posted 6 Oct 2009 , 6:52am
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Oh yeh! Good idea with the glass luvbugcreations, i could just do it like on a hard plastic which would be similar

KHalstead: are there specific non-toxic pencils? cose i have no idea of what would be

Caike: Yeh that was once of the options mentions but i was looking more for straight onto the cookie but I think your cookie turned out well with that method! Maybe i might give it a go sometime to test it out

Edee Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 2:28am
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I didn't read through the other post so sorry if this is a double post.

I printed out the picture I wanted, put a piece of wax paper over it and traced in royal icing. Let dry completely, for at least a day or even more, I didn't wait long enough and it broke.

Elise87 Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 8:05am
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thanks Edee

Update: I tried the RI on cardboard again but i needed it thinner than i did last time so when i piped the RI on it, it flexed and broke off so scraped that idea and had to free hand pipe it lol I am gonna try to find some thin food safe copper/metal stuff to make an impression on to put straight on the cookie like said before

meni Posted 7 Jun 2012 , 7:41pm
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Hi all !!!

My name is Meni i am from Athens Greece and i just developed a technique about transfering an image onto cookie you can see my technique here in my blog.Is a non profit blog i do not earn any money from this i develepod the technique for my greek readers so they can draw on cookies i believe it will help a lot of women who do not own a projector. Is the second slideshow in the post and I do the transfer with a food colour pen.

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