Ya’ll may remember the Sand Castle Cookies cookies I posted back on my due date. Well, I loved them so much and wanted to make an accompanying cookie that had all the same pretty beach elements, but with a more grown-up look. Something that could work for a destination or beach wedding, a summer bridal shower, or a beach birthday party.
A classic heart shape, a golden sandy beach, a sparkling turquoise ocean, and some flip flops. Pure summer joy.
This design has been done by lots of folks around the web, so I’m not sure whose beach cookies came first, but if you want to check out some other variations, here are a few of my faves:
Beach Cookies and Flip-flop Transfers from Sugar Dot Cookies
Merry “Beach”mas Cookies from Diane’s Cookies
Beach Wedding Cookies from Cakes on the Lane
Beach-themed cookies from Montreal Confections with an awesome video tutorial
I’ll walk you through my beach cookie process, but do check out Marlyn of Montreal Confection’s video tutorial, especially to see how Marlyn makes the crashing waves look so lovely.
Okay, here we go! Heart sugar cookies and royal icing dyed and mix as follows: Sand-colored 20 second icing (Wilton Ivory + a touch of Americolor Chocolate Brown); Americolor Turquoise 20 second icing; Americolor Bright White piping icing; Americolor Electric Pink Piping Icing. You’ll also need white pearl luster dust and gold and clear sanding sugar.
First things first, let’s get our flip-flop royal icing transfers going, so they have plenty of time to dry. With pink piping icing and wax paper taped to a cutting board, I freehanded the sandals. Really, they’re not complicated at all: just a couple of icing dots, the top bigger than then bottom. After a few minutes, add a thin “V” to make the flip-flop strap with white piping icing using a tiny #1 decorating tip. Do make extra in case some break or some look goofy!
Onto the cookies!
If you’re bold and just want to freehand the S curve dividing the ocean and beach, go for it! I dragged a toothpick over the cookie’s surface first to draft the curve as I wasn’t feeling so bold.
To make the beach sandy, I used a 50/50 mix of gold and clear sanding sugar. Straight gold would have been too dark (check out the windows and doors of the sand castle cookies to see) and straight clear wouldn’t have been very interesting. I love how this mix turned out!
Also, I like to apply sanding sugar to dry cookies with Bridget of Bake at 350’s dry application technique and absolutely love her coffee filter trick to contain sprinkle mess. Be sure to dust off the sugar that isn’t firmly stuck to the cookie with a dry paintbrush.
The sanding sugar will dry quickly so you can dive right into the waves. This is the fun part!
I was working quickly, so I don’t have great photos of this process. You’re basically piping a bumpy white line along the curve of the beach and then a shorter bumpy line in the ocean that mimics the curve of the beach. By dragging a square paintbrush from the middle of the piping icing and down, you can pull some white “foam” into the ocean. Not to be beat a dead horse here, but watch Marlyn’s video tutorial! Its so helpful!
Second to last step, luster dust! The ultimate in pretty cookie shimmer. Before jumping in, be certain that the waves are fully dry. With the wet application of luster dust, icing that isn’t fully dry may start to dissolve. Eek! That would be incredibly sad after so much great cookie work.
Finally, let’s add our cutie flip-flops to the beach. Just drop a dab of sand-colored icing where you’d like to position your flip-flops and gently place them down.
Side note: In the picture below, the ocean is sans luster dust. If you compare to the photo above, you can really see the difference. Much flatter and less eye-catching below, right?
I know this is silly, but my cookie friends will understand…
I just couldn’t stop staring at these cookies. They’re so pretty and they make me so happy thinking of summer, the beach, tropical oceans, and happy feet in flip-flops!