How to Use Fondant to Decorate Sugar Cookies

Valentine’s Day means taking out the heart-shaped cookie cutters and making sweets and goodies for the ones you love. If you are tired of slapping on some frosting and topping your Valentine’s Day sugar cookies with sprinkles, try something different this year and use fondant and get creative with the decorating. You can decorate your sugar cookies with fondant instead spreadable frosting. The cookies in the picture are chocolate sugar cookies but you can choose others.

You can buy pre-made fondant in most craft stores or from The Prepared Pantry. We carry white fondant as well as colored fondant. You can also use food coloring gels to tint the fondant the desired color.

Roll the fondant to a thin sheet and cut the dough with the same cookie cutters to match on top of the cookies. Brush just a touch of water onto the backs of the fondant pieces to make sure that they stick to the cookies. The scraps can then be used for additional decorations and glued onto the base fondant with a little water.

Feel free to make the recipe for chocolate sugar cookies below, or use our Chocolate Fudge Sugar Cookie mix.

Recipe for Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

14 tablespoons butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large  egg
2 1/4 cups pastry flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tablespoon cold water

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two baking sheets.

  1. With the paddle attachment to your stand-type mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the salt and vanilla.  Add the egg and beat until well combined.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture along with the one tablespoon cold water.  Beat with the paddle until the dough comes together in a dough ball.  The dough should be firm enough to roll out and cut cookies.  If it is not, refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes
  4. Roll the dough on a very lightly floured counter to a thickness of 1/4 to 3/8 inches thick.  Cut out the cookies with a cookie cutter.  Place on the sheet and bake for nine minutes.  Remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

To decorate the cookies

Roll the fondant into thin sheets as directed by the package instructions.  If you knead food coloring into the fondant, wear gloves so as not to stain your hands. Use the cookie cutters to cut fondant in matching shapes to the cookies. Use a bench scraper or offset spatula to lift the cut frosting shapes off the countertop and onto the cookies. Decorate with buttercream frosting, royal icing made with meringue powder, or additional cuts of fondant.

Check out our video on how to decorate sugar cookies with fondant.