Anniversary Photo Cookies

Decorated sugar cookie with anniversary photo on edible sheet

I was a little nervous doing these…and before you get nervous too, please relax.

I had done a little research after I was asked to make these cookies to make sure I would be able to do them before agreeing.  I have a problem with that sometimes…agreeing to things I have never done, saying, “oh yes, absolutely” while in the back of my mind thinking…”hmmm, probably? maybe?”
It usually works out ok.  I mostly know my limitations.  Mostly.
Not always rational, but a can-do attitude is a good thing, yes?
So, when my neighbor asked if I could make photo cookies I thought, “hmmm, maybe?”, but what actually came out was, “Yes, of course.  No problem”.
After delusionally agreeing, I racked my brain for weeks, wondering: If? How? Why?
I did research…read Bridget’s blog for tips, and Bakerella’s
I had just collaborated with Janet on our Spring Blog Hop, so I felt comfortable asking her how to do the edible images on cookies.
She was a lifesaver!  She emailed me a nice long note with all the do’s and don’ts.
It was invaluable.
Most importantly, though she told me to relax.
This is what I urge you to do…relax…you too can do it!  Trust me!
After getting the picture, I took it to my local supermarket bakery and asked if they could print the photo on frosting sheets for cookies.  The 16 year old behind the counter reluctantly agreed.
At $8 a sheet it is an investment.  If I decided to do more edible image cookies I would consider getting a printer of my own.
The sheets were easy to work with…they printed multiple images on each 8×11 sheet, so I cut them to size right before I was ready to use them.
Don’t take them out of the ziplock bag until then, though, because they dry out and break easily, so cut them to size immediately.
After you cut them to size you have a window, I would say less than 30 minutes to use them.  Which is enough time.
Just do them in batches.
I outlined my cookie, flooded it and placed the image on.  Since my photo didn’t take up the entire cookie, I found outlining the cookie was necessary.  The image sticks to the flooded icing easily.
Close-up of a white anniversary cookie with photo


I let them dry overnight and then piped on some icing to add the coarse sugar detail and the dots.
Close-up of a white anniversary cookie with sprinkle border around photo


 I let them then dry another overnight and it was perfect.
60 cookies later, I was done!
Individually bagged anniversary cookies with blue ribbons
I, honestly, can’t wait to do more.  Now that I have the hang of it, it would be a breeze!

I bagged and tied with a ribbon that my neighbor had made for the occasion.
I, also, will tell you I tried the “frosting sheets” to see how they tasted…ummm, yuck.
I was a little worried about the taste, because I really pride myself in making not only cute cookies, but yummy ones too. BUT I made a few extra cookies and tried know, just to test…and the icing sheets literally melt into the frosting leaving no taste behind except frosting and cookie.  

Close-up of a white frosted anniversary cookie with photo



 They were yummy!
Email me if you have any specific questions about the how to’s!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Jan 28, 2013 3:26 pm

Holy Moly! So happy that I ran into your site. These would be perfect for my Mom and Dad’s 50th anniversary coming up. I just need to tell myself that I can do this….maybe hee! hee!
How many days in advance did you make these?
Thanks so much!

May 18, 2010 10:06 pm

I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful cookie than this. Wow! You did a MARVELOUS job, Shelley. Kuddos to you.

May 16, 2010 8:09 pm

Those are so awesome…too pretty to eat!

May 15, 2010 6:23 pm

These are fantastic! I didn't realize that you could get the frosting sheets printed at the bakery. Even though it's expensive, it's good to know! Thanks for all the info – and good job on the cookies!

Shauna from Piece of Cake
May 15, 2010 4:27 pm

Good Lord, you are so amazing! These are so beautiful.

May 15, 2010 12:32 pm

Aw wow what a nice idea, these are beautiful! Youre so creative!

May 15, 2010 1:58 am

You did a beautiful job on them! I bet everyone loved them. Thanks for showing us how to make them.

May 14, 2010 4:42 pm

These are so beautiful. You are incredibly talented.

cookies and cups
May 14, 2010 11:42 am

Thanks everyone for the sweet comments!
I will try and put together a nice list of do's and don'ts!

maryjo-too funny about the dots. I have found that I can make them without the point if I thin my icing just a teeny-tiny bit. It it's not as stiff it won't peak as much, and relax into a nice dot 🙂

May 14, 2010 3:30 am

So cute! But please tell me, how do you get your "dots" so perfectly round? Mine always come out with a point on top. I need help! Thanks!

Cookie Sleuth
May 13, 2010 4:04 am

Very cute! Our wedding anniversary is this week. Maybe I can just do a few…

Monica H
May 13, 2010 2:21 am

When I saw these, I immediately thought of Janet. She is a sweetheart, isn't she? love her.

And these cookies are too cute- you did a great job on them. I never thought to go to the grocery store bakery to get the sheets printed, but they do them all the time.

Ruth Rogers
May 12, 2010 9:20 pm

These are too cute. You are very very talented. I'm so excited that I ran across your blog

Diane {}
May 12, 2010 3:19 pm

They came out great! Love the details you added. It's nice to hear when the project is done that you want to do more. Not all projects go that way!

May 12, 2010 2:52 pm

Beautiful cookies. Great information on the frosting sheets. Thanks!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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