Tie Dye Cookie Tutorial

When I asked my daughter what theme she wanted for her Birthday party back in June, she said tie dye and peace sign. Huh? She was turning 5. Maybe she was a hippie in a former life, who knows. Weirdo. I suppose princesses and anything 5 year old’ish were out of the question. Kids, they grow up so fast. I will admit the other day, I was sitting in her closet getting together some things to take to my sisters garage sale and she brought me her Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella dolls. She said she didnt want them anymore. I said, “WHAT, you dont want your princess dolls anymore?” She said , ” no I dont like princesses anymore.” I sat there in her closet and cried, full on tears. I suppose my baby is not a “baby” anymore.

Anywhooo, along with a cake that she designed herself (not one of my best cakes AT ALL) she also wanted tie dye cookies. I searched and searched for a tutorial on tie dye cookies..and came up with nothing. So these are what I came up with. Call them tie dye or call them really colorful spiderweb cookies…these are what she got.
For the printable recipes for my cookies and the icing I use click here. In the same post you will find useful sugar cookie decorating tips as well.

Start out with your baked, cooled sugar cookie.

Make a nice swirl around the cookie with your color of choice. Work quickly throughout the whole process or your icing will dry.

Make another swirl with another color.

And yet another swirl.

Swirl swirl swirl. Don’t worry if it looks messy.

Add some white for a nice contrast of colors.

Now take a toothpick, and drag it thought the icing. Start in the middle of the cookie and work your way out.

Continue dragging your toothpick until you have gone around the whole cookie.

After you have achieved your desired effect, with your cookie still on the table, shake it back and forth to level the icing out. If you have any gaps in the icing, use your toothpick to fill them in.

tye_die_cakeEmms’s cake. Sloppy and messy. I blame it on the bad batch of fondant. She told me exactly how she wanted it to look. Actually she drew me a picture of how she wanted it to look.

“Tie Dye” inside! You should have heard the squeals from all the kids when I cut into the cake. You would have thought Justin Bieber was jumping out of it. They thought it was the coolest cake ever.

tie_dye_cupcakes“Tie Dye” cupcakes. I used a 1M tip and stripped my icing bag to get this effect.


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    I totally went through a tie-dye phase as a little girl! These cookies look great. Definitely going to save these for my niece.

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    Kate H.(www.sprinkletherapy.blogspot.com) says:

    Everything turned out great ๐Ÿ™‚

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    My 20 year old would love the tie dyed cake!

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    pigpigscorner says:

    wow, very nice! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    The cookies and the cake are both very eye catching!

    Dont the kids grow up sooo fast? It's hard to believe. My 15 yo had her first driving class yesterday. Ohh Lord!

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    โ™ฅpeachkinsโ™ฅ says:

    You are the coolest mom ever!

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    That all looks fantastic! I am totally going to have to steal the tie dye cake for my own birthday this year! LOL Kids DO grow up so fast. I have none of my own (yet) however I have two nieces and a nephew. My oldest niece asked me to make her cake this year, and as she is a Food Network fan I have my work cut out for me. LOL She knew *exactly* what she wanted, and she will settle for nothing less than fabulous. Normally I wouldn't go to the effort she wants (3 tiers, all different flavors, all sorts of decorations on it) however it's the big 1-0 for her. Hitting the double digits is a big deal so I'm thrilled to have the honor of making her an awesome cake for the occasion. =D (Yes, there will be pics when this is all said and done later this month!)

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    Dang it, I KNEW I shouldn't have taken LSD before blogging tonight! (ha ha, j/k)

    Those cookies are impressive times ten! And the cake? Ridiculous!

    You rock!

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    Such pretty cookies! You've been baking up a storm…everything turned out so yummy looking.

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    I love the bright colors! How fun!

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    Woman you are so talented! I love the peace tie dye cake. The cookies are totally cute too.

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    I've got to tell you – I make good tasting desserts, but not always good looking desserts. I am so impressed by your technique and that wedding cake – HOLY COW! I would love to have you hold my hand and tell me how to make my treats look prettier!

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    Wow, this is fantastic! What do you mean sloppy fondant? It looks great. I can so relate to this, my four year old (daughter) has been insisting on a Pirate party for ages, but two weeks before party date has completely changed her mind. Hmmm…

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    Everything looks beautiful! kinda funky princess! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ti Dye never went outta style did it? hahah

    Gorgeous job as always!
    The other Leslie
    Leslie Loves Veggies

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    The Pleasure Monger says:

    These are so pretty! I've got to pick up the tie-dye technique now, wanted to do a spider-web pattern on the pumpkin cake I made recently, but didn't know if I could do it! Now I do, thanks!

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    Tina Butler says:

    Awesome Leslie!! you make it look so easy. I really want to try those cookies. And the cake girl it's the bomb.

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    sugarswings says:

    I have a 6 y/o and 3 y/o twins, they definitely grow up too fast. The cookies turned out great! love the colors….! will have to try these…been on a cupcake kick lately.


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    LOVE the tie-dye idea. I make cut-out cookies frequently, and thought I knew how to decorate them. Until I found your blog. Love your techniques and how well you explain everything.

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    Okay, totally LOVE the cookies, you are the queen of cookie decorating. And the tie dye cake is awesome! But I can't believe you made cookies, a big cake AND cupcakes. Sounds like a great party to me!!!

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    vanillasugar says:

    those cookies are perfect. awesome job. your daughter is lucky to have you. i need more patience to make a cake like that. i've lost my patience when i hit 40

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    Those cookies are so cool! They kind of look like spider webs- I'd like to try them in orange and black for Halloween. And that cake is crazy- it just gave me the idea to have a Lisa Frank party where everyone can come in technicolored clothes and eat neon colored desserts… I need to start planning now ๐Ÿ™‚

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    You are the coolest mom ever. These are beautiful and I love the cake. I actually grew up at the end of the hippies so you made me feel right at home.

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    bigFATcook says:


    Love em!

    Greets from BFC!!!

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    Medifast Coupon Code says:

    Seriously these cookies are awesome, but when I scrolled down and seen that cake, WOW! That is one lucky little 5 year old hippie, awesome job!!!

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    Siggy Spice says:

    FAB job Mama! My daughter is extremely jealous, lol!

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    Healthy and Homemade says:

    This all looks so beautiful! Your daughter is so lucky to have such an awesome mama. I wish I was this cool!!

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    Peace signs are everywhere you look these days. My little one is 8 now and they are all over her clothes. I think princesses are now a thing of the past. You did a gorgeous job on these cookies and I hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday. I now know who to call for all my cookies and cakes ๐Ÿ™‚

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    cutest party ever! my five year old has just started wanting to wear pants instead of dresses every.single.day. it's hard to watch them grow up sometimes!

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    My sister in law would totally dig these. She lives in tie dye and I even tie dyed some bed sheets for her birthday. Thanks.

    Plan B

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    Jenn @ Once Upon A Chef says:

    Wow…very impressive! My daughter would love these…it's on our list to try. Thanks for sharing!

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    Geez, we're tough on ourselves aren't we? I think the cake looks great and I'm not just saying that though I know what you mean. I always see all my mistakes and not what I did right.

    Happy Birthday to your babygirl! I can't believe at 5 she's giving up her princess dolls. My 11 year old still plays with her Barbies. (I am TOTALLY cool with that. Most of her friends are wearing full "faces", tiny short, and padded bras!) Keep your girl playing with dolls! Middle school is scary business. Whoops, kinda went off on a tangent! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    HI! Your cookies, cakes and cupcakes look beautiful…I love the colourful/tie-dye effect. I have a question for you…what does "stripped" the bag mean? I'm learning how to decorate etc, and I'm curious what that means.

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    ***Jenny J***
    Thanks for your question.
    You can stripe a piping bag several ways
    The easiest is to "paint" stripes inside your piping bag with food color and then fill it with icing.(I have not used this method.
    This is what I do…I hope I can explain it…I color my frostings and put them each in their own separate large zip lock bag and I snip the ends off. Then I take the bags and put them into my piping bag that I am going to use to pipe all together. SO you will have your big piping bag with the other colored piping bags inside it(tip sides down. Then squeeze the colored bags at the same time into the empty bag until it is full. Ohhh my, did that make any sense?

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    I can't wait to try those sugar cookies for my two niece's birthday's on Thursday. They will love them.

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    The Pickrel Family says:

    What a birthday! Do you have how to do the tie dye cake anywhere? I have done cupcakes before, but how do you do a whole cake?!

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    im so glad to see a step by step on these cookies! i saw some of these on a few blogs but never got a tutorial! thanks!

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    i'm so excited by this–it looks like something i can actually do! thanks for the how-to, leslie!

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    your rainbow cake looks awesome!

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    They look perfect! I am in love with these and want to try them right now! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    So dang pretty and creative. Now, I need to host another kids party.

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    Very cool! Found your site while browsing pinterest. I intend on trying this. When I do, I’ll be sure to give you props! Those cookies look awesome!

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    These stopped me dead in my tracks on Pinterest! Super cool!!!