How to Decorate Biscuits (the easy way)

by Zena-Marie on 26 April 2012

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If you want to know how to decorate biscuits quickly and easily just follow this simple tutorial. You can add more decoration to your  iced biscuits when they are finished but personally I think simple iced biscuits look more effective and if you are planning to ice biscuits for a party or event it is a lot more practical and will give you a lot less stress to keep it simple.

You will need:

Your shaped biscuits made using the recipe in the previous post.

The same cookie/biscuit cutter used to make the biscuits.

Packet of coloured icing.

Icing sugar


Silver balls (optional)

Edible lustre (Optional)

Edible glitter (Optional)



Roll out the coloured icing to a couple of mm thick. You may need to dust your board and rolling pin with a little icing sugar.



Using the cutter press out the shape in the icing. For this biscuit I did this twice. Once with blue and again with white icing.

Once you have cut your shapes use a sharp knife to remove the middle section of the butterfly.

Cut the wings in half. Using a mixture of icing sugar and water glue the shapes onto your biscuit.

Next take a small amount of white icing and roll it into a ball. This will be the head of your butterfly. Using another small piece roll it into a tear drop shape to create the body of your butterfly. Use the icing sugar and water mix to glue this onto the biscuit.

Finally use the back of a knife to give some texture to your butterfly wings and paint the wings with edible lustre. The lustre will make the wings shimmer and will remove any traces of icing sugar that may be on the wings from the rolling process. If you don’t want to use lustre you can use neat vodka to clean the icing. The alcohol will evaporate quickly so the icing wont become stick and no traces of alcohol will remain on the biscuit.

You can further decorate your biscuits with silver balls and edible glitter.

Or if you have time you can pipe on more details with royal icing. We’ll look at piping with royal icing in a future post.


I hope you find this tutorial useful.


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Layla Mae April 30, 2012 at 15:54

Thank you so much for sharing this great tutorial. I baked some biscuits using your recipe and decorated them using your easy ice method and they turned out beautiful. You really do make ‘fabulous’ easy. :) Looking forward to more great posts.


Zena-Marie April 30, 2012 at 16:16

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It’s great to get feedback from readers. So glad your biscuits turned out so well. I always try to find the easiest method for achieving great results. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fab new posts I have planned don’t forget to subscribe using the box at the top right of this page. Thanks again for taking the time to leave a comment.


Karen Turner August 5, 2012 at 12:21

Please can you tell me if I can freeze the cooked bisuits without the icing?


Zena-Marie August 9, 2012 at 11:46

Sorry for the late response, I have been in hospital and am just catching up on comments. Yes you can freeze cooked biscuits and the you’ll be glad to know it wont effect the taste. Just wrap the cooled biscuits in cling film and pop them in a freezer bag. They will last for about 3 or 4 weeks. Defrost them for at least half an hour before eating.


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