These decorated coca-cola can cookies are both fun to make and delicious, as they use a soft cut-out sugar cookie dough and royal icing with a soft bite.
You can make anything into a cookie.
For drinks, you can get creative with your favorite soda brands, and that’s how these decorated Coca-cola can cookies came about.
Whether you’re just practicing your cookie decorating skills or you have an event in mind, this step-by-step tutorial will show you how to decorate Coca-cola cookies to pay homage to the iconic brand.
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Tools You’ll Want
To make decorated cookies, you’ll need:
- tipless piping bags – these are the best kind
- gel food coloring (for more vibrant colors) – this is what I use (always go gel over liquid for icing food coloring)
- a toothpick or scribe to fix any details on the cookies – I like this one
- can cookie cutter or rectangle cookie cutter
Must-Have Baking Tools (seriously)
- Silicone baking mats – I use this brand and my cookies slide right off without burning!
- a cookie scoop – get this one. It makes the perfect rounded cookies every time!
- silicone spatula – try this set. It’s the best way to get the most out of your dough and batters
- rolling pin guides – I use this one. Genius way to roll your dough out evenly!
Types of Cookie Dough to Use
The pictures of these coca-cola cookies show a chocolate cookie base, but you can use any type of cut-out cookie recipe that you want.
I love this cut-out sugar cookie recipe as well.
The importance of using a cut-out cookie recipe and not a regular one is that the cookie recipe needs to be specifically formulated to make sure that the edges don’t spread.
You don’t want blobby or messy cookies, you want crisp and clean ones.
Using Royal Icing to Decorate
This royal icing recipe is the best royal icing recipe to use to decorate these cookies.
There are other royal icing recipes that use fresh egg whites, but I prefer using meringue powder as you can then store the cookies at room temperature and it is safe for pregnant women to eat.
There are multiple ways of thinking about royal icing consistencies, as some people use thicker consistencies to outline and a thinner consistency to “flood” the cookie.
I used a “10 second” consistency for the base colors, which is the white and red (not the lettering), and a stiff royal icing for the lettering.
To get a 10 second consistency, you want to have it take 10 seconds for a line drawn in the royal icing with a knife to disappear – you can add more powdered sugar or water to adjust as needed.
How to Store Coca Cola Can Cookies
You don’t need to store these cookies in the fridge or freezer.
Store them at room temperature, and they’ll be fine in an airtight container for 2 to 3 weeks.
How to Decorate Coca Cola Can Cookies
The first thing you want to do is create a grey circle at the top of your can.
Outline in grey icing and fill it in immediately.
Wait about 30 minutes, then create the two lines down either side, which get bigger at the bottom.
Immediately fill in these with white icing.
Give this another 30 or so minutes to dry, then fill in the rest of the cookie with red icing.
Let this dry for 2 to 3 hours before piping the Coca-cola lettering on with stiff white icing.
Add a strip of grey at the bottom for the bottom of the can, and pipe on a tab at the top of the tab with grey icing.
- 24 coca-cola can cookie bases
- 1 batch of royal icing
- Bake the coca-cola can cookies using the sugar cut-out cookie recipe
- Make a batch of royal icing using the royal icing recipe
- The first thing you want to do is create a grey circle at the top of your can.
- Outline in grey icing and fill it in immediately.
- Wait about 30 minutes, then create the two lines down either side, which get bigger at the bottom.
- Immediately fill in these with white icing.
- Give this another 30 or so minutes to dry, then fill in the rest of the cookie with red icing.
- Let this dry for 2 to 3 hours before piping the Coca-cola lettering on with stiff white icing.
- Add a strip of grey at the bottom for the bottom of the can, and pipe on a tab at the top of the tab with grey icing.
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