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Fawn Sugar Cookies

As a cookie decorator I find that the best cookies are those I create to surprise someone.  That's exactly what I did the other day to a dear cousin of mine who is expecting her firstborn.  Our family was going to give her a baby shower this month with baby deer as the theme, so I planned my surprise a couple of weeks ago.

Baby Deer for a Baby Shower

Years ago I acquired a large collection of cookie cutters from my dear friend, Janet Bridge, and since then I have made sure to do justice to them.  The majority of the cookie cutters are American made copper cutters from the venerable coppersmiths of Copper Gifts.  A small fawn cutter that I fell in love with the moment I saw it was THE perfect cookie cutter for this project.

How adorable is this fawn?

Having rolled, cut and baked my cookie shapes, I took some delicious royal icing and tinted three batches to match the fawns I see on a yearly basis around the property.  A rich chocolate brown, a neutral-warm taupe and a pure white.  The rest was as easy as 1-2-3.  

Let me show you how I created them. 

Fawn Cookie How-To.

a. Pipe the dainty hooves of the fawn using brown and white royal icing, and a #2 piping tip.  Start with a line of brown icing, followed by a line of white icing as shown.
b. Outline the entire shape of the fawn in the taupe-colored royal icing, using a #2 piping tip.  Make sure you pipe to the edge of the cookies.  Immediately flood the cookie in the same royal icing.
c. Pipe a section in the breast area of the fawn using a #2 piping tip and white royal icing as shown.  
d. Continue flooding the cookie in taupe icing until it's completely covered.

Fawn Cookie How-To

a. Using the brown royal icing, pipe an eye and a small nose as shown.
b. Using the white royal icing, pipe white dots as shown around the small hind area.
c. Last, but not least, add a heart-shaped candy on each fawn with some cookie tweezers.

I've always been inspired by master cookie decorator, Dani Boglivi, of SweetDaniB fame, because she loves to include hearts in so many of her creations.  Thank you Dani for inspiring me all of these years!  You are a treasure.

Once the cookies have dried completely, you can then set them on platters for your baby shower as shown.  Do you notice how thick the cookies are?  I have always loved rolling sugar cookies to a specific thickness for sturdiness and to make each cookie substantial.

If you are going to surprise someone with cookies like I did my cousin, I strongly advise that you wrap each cookie in clear cellophane bags, tied with a luxurious grosgrain ribbon.  Choose whatever color ribbon you want for your specific event, but this pink looks fantastic.

Baby Emilia is arriving in the coming months, but she is already loved by our entire family.  I can't wait to see the first images of her when she is brought into this world, because I know she will be beautiful.

Fawn cookies for a baby shower are a good thing for a mother and for family & friends.  Baby deer shaped cookie cutters abound online, but I truly believe this particular one from Copper Gifts is extra special.  Not only is it adorable, it is truly life-like.

Baby Emilia, your cousin David wants to wish you all the love and happiness in the world.  May your life always be blessed. 




  1. Beyond cute! Adorable!

  2. These are simply as sweet as can be!

    I have a question about your royal icing recipe though, do you have a meringue powder brand you like best? I adore how well royal icing sets up and it’s workability, but it’s the taste I have issue with. I’ve never met one I don’t find the taste off putting and I think it’s the taste of the meringue powder. Do you have a favorite?


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