Sketching – The Making of a Cookie

Anniversary Sketch

Sketching is a very important part in the Making of a Cookie. Cookie decorating is a process, at least for me it is.  When I get a cookie request, one of the first things I need to find out is the date.  This is first and foremost so as to not waste anyone’s time if that date is already booked or blocked.

The next thing I ask about is the theme or design.  After that, if the date is available, a discussion ensues between the potential client and myself.

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This is when the work starts for me.  After going thru my collection of cookie cutters and picking out (or ordering) the ones I am going to need, then I grab my sketchbook and a pencil.  Always a pencil.  A quick trace or outline of the cutter is the first thing I do.  If cutter is unavailable, then I hand cut the shapes out of the cookie dough.  In that case, I freehand the cookie shape.

Sketch Book

Here is when the fun and creative juices get going.  Keeping in line with the theme and color scheme, I begin to draw and sketch out what each cookie shape will become.  For referencing purposes, I am sharing the sketch and actual cookies side by side.

Woodland Sketch

Doing this enables me to keep focused.  Since I am a home baker, I tend to multitask often.  Doing a load of wash while the cookies bake is normal around here.  Comparing the photo set above, you will see that there are a few differences between the sketch and the actual cookies.

The sketch shows the plaid cookie with the name but I ended up making a few minor changes.  Placing the name on the sliced tree rounds and using the plaid as a background for the animal silhouettes instead.

Fox Sketch

The fox cookie set above was really a fun project.  I made these as a surprise addition to the wedding cake and dessert table for a friends wedding.  I made the fox cookies to be both male and female…a couple.  The only difference was that the female foxes had eyelashes and a heart bow while the male cookies didn’t.  They fit perfectly as it was an outdoor wedding venue and the table decor was woodsy.  Here is the how to video on airbrushing these fox cookies.


Scrub Sketch

The above sketch and cookie set were more recent.  It was for Nurse Appreciation week earlier this month.  The font on the latte cup sleeve, for instance, became more of a heartbeat font instead.  If you notice, the sketch notes have different colors listed but that’s okay.  I went with what colors I had on hand.

Kate Spade Sketch

The sketch shows circles and … I don’t even know what to call those little < but I sketched them intending them to be leaves lol. *Ooops* I chalk this one up to it being late and my being tired.  You’ll notice in the sketch notes that I did note them to be leaves, so there’s that.  This set was made for a Kate Spade inspired Bridal Shower.

Anniversary Sketch

I make notes on the sides of the shapes regarding the possible colors or consistencies to use.  Notes are not set in stone and are sometimes changed.  If I see something that inspires me, I screenshot it or save it somewhere.

In the sketch notes, I will jot down what inspiration I want to use and where to find the saved image/idea, which in the sketch above was to be found in my camera roll.  I made a cookie tutorial on this set for the world cookies and it can be found here.

This last sketch cookie photo set really pushed me out of my comfort zone.  These were from a couple years ago and I was given free range on them.  I wanted to try something different.  It was a jungle themed baby shower so I decided to add an animal face to each bottle. They are one of my most favorite sets!

Jungle Sketch

13 responses to “Sketching – The Making of a Cookie”

  1. I LOVE this post! After being away from the decorating for a couple of years, I’ve decided to start my own cookie, cupcake business and finally do what I love. It’s funny because I just started doing sketches. Such a big help!

    • Cori says:

      Thank you 🙂 That’s awesome! I wish I had started this journey a lot sooner and younger, lol. They are a huge help!!! I love the sketching process. Doesn’t it help keep you anchored?

  2. thehappyhomeacre says:

    These cookies are awesome. You are very artistic. Not sure I could do this, I would have To sample all my creations?

  3. Your cookies are absolutely gorgeous. It takes so much time and patience, more than I think I have 😉 I love that you sketch out ideas ahead of time. You can tell that you love what you do.

    • Cori says:

      They do require a lot of patience! You’d be surprised how many times these sketches have kept me, not only sane, but on track lol. Thank you very much 🙂

  4. Jessica says:

    Those cookies are so cute! I admire anyone who bakes and decorates cakes and cookies! You are very talented with cookies! I would hate to eat them because of how cute they look but I bet they are delicious!

    • Cori says:

      That sure is sweet of you to say Jessica. I do encourage everyone who gets a cookie to eat it 🙂 Thank you very much

  5. Wow, I never realized so much work went into making a cookie that is devoured in 3-5 seconds… thanks for sharing!! And your cookies look amazing!!!


  6. Elizabeth says:

    Wow! These designs are so creative. I never realized cookie designs were so formalized!
    Elizabeth | Confidentlyelegant.com

  7. Carolann says:

    Wow, you are super talented! I just love the idea of sketching them. I would never attempt but I just adore them. I’m lucky I can follow cookie recipes lol. They are just beautiful!

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