Leopard print cookies on a chopping board, at the side of 2 paint brushes and 2 pots of edible paint

Leopard Print Cookies

Why just wear leopard print when you can decorate treats with it! As well as looking great, these cookies are tasty and crumbly. The recipe makes between 8 and 12 (depending on the size of your cookie cutter) and can be used for party table additions or in packed lunches.

Why not give them a try?

Ingredients – Cookies

  • 100g butter
  • 75g demerara sugar
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean extract
  • 200g plain flour

Ingredients – Icing and Decoration

  • 3 egg whites
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp liquid glucose
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Gold and black edible paint / gel colouring

Sugar and butter in a bowl

Step 1

Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees (fan).

Cream the butter and sugar.

Eggs in a cookie dough mixture

Step 2

Whisk the small egg into the butter and sugar mixture. Add the vanilla bean extract and mix thoroughly.

Cookie dough wrapped in cling film

Step 3

Mix in the flour with a wooden spoon then wrap the dough in cling film.

Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Sugar cookies not baked, on a baking tray

Step 4

Roll the cookie dough onto a floured surface and cut out using s cookie cutter design of your choice.

Sugar cookies cooling on a wire tray

Step 5

Bake the cookies in the oven for between 15 and 20 minutes. Once baked, allow to cool and prepare the icing.

Whisked egg whites in a bowl

Step 6

Whisk 2 eggs using an electric whisk (save the 3rd egg white for thinning the icing later).

Royal icing in a bowl

Step 7

Add the icing sugar 2 tbsps. at a time, whisking after each addition. Add in the lemon juice and liquid glucose and whisk thoroughly.

Royal icing outline on a sugar cookie

Step 8

Fill a piping bag with a third of the royal icing. Use either a small nozzle or cut the bag close to the end to pipe an outline on each cookie.

Iced sugar cookies on a colling tray

Step 9

Slowly add the additional egg white to the remaining 2 thirds of royal icing and whisk thoroughly. Don’t allow the mixture to become too runny, it should still form soft peaks that disappear slowly.

Fill another piping bag and use either a larger nozzle or larger hole from cutting the bag further up. ‘Flood’ the cookies by piping the icing into the centre of the cookie and working your way out to the outline.

2 pots of edible paint and 2 paint brushes

Step 10

Allow the cookies to fully dry before painting (overnight is best).

If the paint is in powdered form mix with water slowly so as not to add too much and lose the pigment.

Gold spots on royal icing on top of cookie

Step 11

Paint gold spots onto the cookies. Don’t worry about these being even, random is best at this stage.

Leopard print cookie painted with edible paint

Step 12

Add the black paint around each spot. Leave a gap in the outline in 1-2 places. Add in approx. 3-5 black spots / marks on the cookie.

Leopard print cookies on a chopping board, at the side of 2 paint brushes and 2 pots of edible paint

Step 13

Allow the cookies to dry and enjoy!

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