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How to Make Cute Airplane Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin Jan 25, 2016


Continuing on with the Valentine puns from my last post, I made some cookies that I’ve been dying to make for ages– airplane cookies. I work with airplanes at my day job, so combining my two worlds is always fun.

These Valentine-themed airplane cookies are the perfect gift for anyone you think is “so fly!” I know, I know. It’s a bit corny, but that’s sort of expected for Valentine’s Day. Right?

Airplane Cookie Cutters

I’ve been on the lookout for airplane cookie cutters of a plane’s front view, but no luck. So I created my own and made them available to you!

There are two airplane versions available in my shop. One is a side-angled view of an airplane. The other is a front view of a biplane.

Airplane cookie cutters by Semi Sweet Designs

My aviation coworkers might cringe at the design inaccuracies of these airplane cookies compare to the real deal, but these were made with cookie decorating in mind. The propellers and wings were integrated within the design, while the overall cookie cutter shape is blunt and stubby. This is to ensure there weren’t any frail sections that might easily break off while handling.

Template for the Airplane Cookies

I provided a downloadable template for the design ideas shown below. In the template file, I’ve included both the side-angled airplane, as well as the front-view biplane.

You can download the airplane cookies template HERE.

If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by cutting out the template and tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.

The Decorating Process

For this tutorial, I’ll be showing how to decorate the airplane cookie. However, the biplane cookie is very similar, so the decorating technique shown below can be applied to both designs.

For these airplane cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:

  • Blue piping and flood icing (I mixed Americolor Royal Blue, Sky Blue, and Ivory colors for these cookies, but feel free to you any shade of blue you like.)

  • Red piping and flood icing (I mixed Americolor Super Red.)

  • Yellow piping and flood icing (I mixed Americolor Egg Yellow and Lemon Yellow.)

  • White medium icing (I used Americolor Bright White.)

  • Black medium icing (I used Americolor Super Black.)

  1. Using the template as a guide, begin by marking the body section of the airplane with a food-safe marker. If you’re using a projector, feel free to skip this step.

    airplane cookies step 1
  2. With blue icing, outline and fill the body section. Leave this icing to set (about 15 minutes).

    airplane cookies step 2
  3. Next, with white icing, add a round disk for the center of the propeller engine. Then add the white cockpit windshield.

    With red icing, outline and fill the wings and tail surfaces. Leave these areas to fully set and dry (about 1 hour).

    airplane cookies step 3
  4. With the same blue icing, add the nose cone detail over the white icing. Then, with red icing, outline and fill the round ring area on the propeller engine. Again, leave these areas to fully set and dry (about 1 hour).

    airplane cookies step 4
  5. With yellow icing, add the propeller blades and the cockpit hood details.

    Lastly, add the fine line details and eyes (if desired).

    airplane cookies step 5

The finished airplane cookie should look something like the one below.

Valentine Airplane Cookies by Semi Sweet Designs

Video Tutorial

The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video I put together.

Aren’t these cookies just “plane” awesome? To complete the set, I included clouds that I piped on small heart cookies, as well a message cookie with the airplane pun phrase. It’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Valentine Airplane Cookies by Semi Sweet Designs


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12 replies on “How to Make Cute Airplane Cookies

  1. I love these Mike. I wish you had created the cookie cutters a year ago when I had to make some whimsical airplanes for a little boy I know. I had to had cut them! Egads. By the way, your email with the link to this cookie is entitled “How to Make Cute Ice Cream Cookies.”

    1. Oops – that’s supposed to be “hand” cut.

    2. Thanks, Sherrie! Yeah, I caught that typo way too late. Oops!

  2. I saw them on IG and they are so cute! The video is great, thanks for sharing :)

  3. I’ve got to get these! My Dad is a pilot and has built 3 planes. He is currently in his KR1 that he built and loves anytime he can get time to be in the air. These are adorable!!

  4. On a completely different subject, ages ago we visited the Boeing factory near Seattle. Such a huge place! Loved it. My husband still has the T-shirt, although the design is almost faded away. It was in the year of the earthquake. Ours was the first flight landing that evening at the airport, and believe me, I was grateful to touch down after so many hours of delay and excitement.

    I guess you worked there, right?

    (I am currently covered by red icing, making heart shaped cookies :-))

    1. Yep, I used to work there! My work moved me to southern California last year but my heart is still in Seattle. The big earthquake happened before I moved there, but I always hear stories about it.

  5. You can turn the cookie cutter upside down and make a squirrel, or a mouse. I am going to try it with some that I have cut, and baked.

    1. Great creative eye, Ramona! If you do try it out please tag me! I would love to see!

      1. I don’t know how to tag
        I took a picture of the cookie with my drawing. Never got around to decorating. Was trying to make a super squirrel.

  6. Hi Mike,
    Just received my airplane and bi-plane cutters. Do you have a tutorial on how to decorate the bi-plane? :)

    1. I don’t but it should be very similar to the airplane. The only difference is I flooded the whole cookie in light blue first, let that dry, then decorated the biplane on top. Let me know if you have any questions!

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