Birthdays are special to celebrate because they allow you to pause and reflect on how far you’ve come. It is a time to appreciate the wisdom that comes with getting a little older. However, a birthday celebration for an eleven year old is about being spoiled with attention on the big day, especially when your aunt makes decorated cookies. We created this set of shimmer birthday cookies for a very special eleven year old. We hope she feels spoiled when she receives them.

Supplies needed to make shimmer birthday cookies:

  • Classic rolled sugar cookie recipe
  • Royal icing recipe in colors white, blue and green
  • Cookie cutters: large number one and large plaque
  • Disco dust in blue and green
  • Airbrush with pearl amerimist spray and stencil. If you don’t own an airbrush, use this spray.

Balloon transfers:

The first step in this project is to make the balloon transfers. It is best to make them a day ahead to allow enough time to dry. Always make more than you need so you don’t have to fret if you break one when removing it from the parchment paper.

Using green pipe consistency icing, pipe balloon shapes on parchment paper. These balloons are between 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch big. Make your balloons whatever size best fits the cookie cutter size you are using.
While the icing is still wet, immediately add green disco dust so it adheres well to the balloon. Allow to dry overnight. However, if you don’t have time to wait and you own a dehydrator, place them in the dehydrator for a few hours while you bake the cookies and mix icing.

Number 11 cookies:

Outline cookie with green pipe consistency icing.
Fill cookies with green flood consistency icing.
With an airbrush and stencil, spray a pearl shimmer pattern on cookie. Again, if you don’t own an airbrush, you can use a can of shimmer spray.
This is how it looks after being airbrushed. It shimmers when the light catches the airbrushed pattern.
Next, we add the birthday girls name using white pipe consistency icing. We chose a cursive font. It’s not required, but we like to use a pico projector for writing on cookies to create uniform lettering.
On the second cookie, we added the birthday girls age in lower case cursive letters using white pipe consistency icing.
We added a little curl at the end of the letter for flare. Just because you use a projector, you don’t have to copy the lettering verbatim.
Now its time to add the shimmery balloon transfer. We used the lower case letters so they look like an extension of the balloon string.

Happy Birthday plaque cookie:

Outline cookie with green pipe consistency icing.
Next, fill with green flood consistency icing. Allow to dry for a few hours.
Now that the cookie is dry, add stencil pattern with pearl shimmer.
Next, add Happy Birthday lettering.
We like to mix up font types and letter sizes for an interesting contrast. We found this happy birthday lettering on a birthday card we recently purchased.
Finally, add shimmer balloons and tiny balloon strings.

Repeat the process using the blue icing. We used a different Happy Birthday font on the blue cookie and added the balloons on the center of the cookie. The birthday girl was very happy with her sweet gift.

Watch this video to see how we make Shimmer Birthday Cookies: