Stamping with food colorings is an easy and effective way to decorate iced cookies.


  • Brushes
  • Dipping solution
  • Edible food coloring pens
  • Felt stamp pad
  • Food coloring (your choice)
  • Food grade isopropyl
  • Iced cookies
  • Rubber stamps




Step 1: Soak the felt stamping pad with your chosen food coloring that has been diluted with food grade isopropyl. The solution will have to be quite thick to produce the best imprint. Using a rubber stamp, practice stamping onto kitchen paper first to check that the ink is the right consistency.


Step 2: Press your chosen stamp onto the pad then gently press onto the cookie. Hold it in place for a few seconds. If you prefer, you can brush the ink onto the stamp before stamping the cookie. You can also use this technique to stamp onto hardened fondant or rice paper to decorate cupcakes.

If some of the pattern has not transferred to the cookie you can hand finish the design by using edible food coloring pens.


Step 3: The stamped cookies can then be hand painted using diluted food coloring or simply left as they are!


Step 4: Your stamped cookie can then be embellished with piped details.



alvarezmom Says... 2012-03-15 12:41:18

Have you used vinegar (food grade Iso- propyl) to soak the foam pad with?

Cristi-Tutty Says... 2012-03-15 15:51:18

This is fastantic!!! thank you!!

Cristi-Tutty Says... 2012-03-15 15:52:11


fearlessbaker Says... 2012-03-15 23:24:28

I lve this. Just one question: Where did you get you the individual foam for the ink. I have only seen stamp pads that already have black ink on them. Thanks You

niceicing Says... 2012-03-16 03:51:04

Sorry I forgot to add the stamp pad details - the one I use is a Ranger Cut-n Dry stamp felt pad, it's a large pad so I cut a piece out to fit the size of the stamps I am using.

The Iso propyl I use is not vinegar it is food grade 'Dipping Solution' it is used to dilute paste & dusting powder to paint sugar flowers and decorations, alternatively you can use vodka but I find the 'ink' takes longer to dry and the outlines are not as crisp!

IndianaFoodie Says... 2012-03-16 14:56:50

I would love to try this with the dipping solution but when I looked for it online all I could find are places in the UK that sells it, nothing in the US. Is there a place in North America/US to get this stuff or is it called something else here?

KB51 Says... 2012-03-16 15:58:04

Hi IndianaFoodie, I did look on American E-bay and there was one store selling but it was British and the postage was about $2 more than the cost of the dipping solution (or you could try the Vodka option!) Unsure why it isn't readily available on line in USA, we can get it easily in the UK.

ljdills Says... 2012-03-17 04:01:23

This may be a dumb question, but are your cookies iced with royal icing or is that fondant ? If it is fondant, do you first ice with royal icing and then attach fondant ? Sorry cookies are a new area for me and so Im trying to learn. Thanks.

sileby Says... 2012-03-18 13:07:52

can you do this on cakes that are covered in fondant thanks

poostan Says... 2012-03-18 16:02:34

i tried this technique a few weeks ago but the colour wasnt sticking to the stamp, it was almost evaporating?! any suggestions where i am going wrong :o( ?

jennybk Says... 2012-03-21 09:19:36

I do this stamping also but I just mix my coloring with vanilla extract and get the same results. If you cant find an un inked pad just use some felt and place the felt in the lid from a plastic storage container (I use ziplock brand because i can find them at the $1 store and i store my coloring in the containers)

lecie Says... 2012-03-22 18:53:34

Thanks so much for sharing! This is so cool and I can not wait to try it out!

nataliehix Says... 2012-03-27 02:38:52

What a great tutorial! I am going to have to buy some stamps to do this. I love the pictures and your staging, its gorgeous. I have done hand painting, but never thought of stamping. Beautiful effect. Sometimes the iso propyl is called rejuvenating spirit, which I have in small bottles for watering down food colourings for hand painting, or with Lustre or petal dust to form a paint. If it is evaporating too quickly, it could be that there is too much alcohol in the mix, which makes it too watered down. Try it again with more colouring in the 'ink'. Thats just a suggestion based on my hand painting experience.

toptiercakessa Says... 2012-03-28 11:44:35

This is so awesome! I'm going to have to try this with vodka though as I haven't seen 'dipping solution' at the cake shops in South Africa! So excited to try it, such a clever idea :D

farmersdaughter4 Says... 2012-03-31 03:16:52

Thanks so much for the tutorial - I really like the boxed stamp set you used - would you share where you bought it or what brand it is - definitely want to purchase one.

Hawkette Says... 2012-03-31 19:42:45

I saw this featured in the email and was very interested. Then I looked at some other threads on CC about stamping on cookies and found out that the rubber stamps are not food safe and actually some are saying they are very toxic, containing chemicals such as asbestos that get into the ink. Thank you so much for the lovely tutorial, and I am looking forward to trying this, but I would suggest that others check out the threads about using food-safe stamps instead of the rubber ones before you decorate.

mmich Says... 2012-04-02 09:43:03

I had the idea of stamping cookies at Christmas. In researching, I, too, came across those CC threads. I have didn't dismiss them, but did some more digging. Most of those threads are based on one person saying that there were issues. This person (who is biased since they sell a special cookie stamp), won't give up the information or research, which I find questionable. She says it has to do with "trade secrets" but none of that would qualify under trade secrets. She also claims the FDA did research, but if that were true, it would be available from the FDA. The only thing the FDA says is not to use stamps that have been used with anything other than food grade materials--even if cleaned. I'm not saying to dismiss the information completely, but to take it with a grain of salt.

Rosie2 Says... 2012-04-02 10:15:20

I totally agree with mmich...this is the same thing as using an edible ink printer. You can use the printer as long as you use it exclusively for edible ink and is perfeclty fine.

Thak you for a great tutorial!!!

bloch Says... 2012-04-10 00:04:43

This is great thanks

marybens Says... 2012-04-13 14:17:54

That's fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

Barbstew Says... 2012-04-24 13:54:07

Probably the closest thing to the alcohol is Everclear. It is available at the liquor store. Most states allow you to buy 90 proof version, some state you cannot. It has a higher alcohol content than Vodka. I couldn't find a proof percentage anywhere on the internet for the dipping solution.

cookiecupbaker Says... 2012-07-05 10:27:30

what can we use instead of food grade Iso- propyl. I am unable to get this easily. Thanks

seamusis20 Says... 2013-07-15 23:54:38

didnt jennybk say she uses vanilla extract? I think that was in place of the iso-prpyl. Check back on this post. ; )

seamusis20 Says... 2013-07-15 23:57:32

the pictues do look like they have royal icing under the fondant. I would also be interested in receiving the reply to ljdils question regarding this.

Melissa_Jane Says... 2015-03-30 11:42:45

Please please could you tell me where you got those stamps?! I need them!!

By the way a great way I have found is to use food colouring pens and apply that directly to the stamp rather than dipping the stamp.

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