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How to Make Shark Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin May 29, 2017


How to Make Shark Cookies by www.SemiSweetDesigns.com

Growing up, there were a handful of movies that instilled an irrational fear in me for years. Stephen King’s It made me terrified of clowns. (This fear still lingers to this day.) Child’s Play made me hate being alone in a room with any toy doll that could “talk.” (Talking dolls aren’t cute; they’re frightening.) And the Jaws movie made me avoid the deep end of swimming pools in fear of a possible shark attack. My over-active, childhood imagination definitely got the best of me. Don’t worry, I’m more normal now.

Hopefully, these shark cookies are far less traumatizing. Plus, who can resist a friendly, single-toothed smile, right?

Shark Cookie Cutters

Added to the shop are two new cookie cutter designs: a shark and a chubby surfboard.

shark and surfboard cookie cutters

The shark cookie cutter has a reinforced tail, which folds back and connects onto the body. The surfboard cookie cutter is rather chubby, which basically makes you feel you’re getting your money’s worth when you eat it. No skinny surfboards here.

Bitten Surfboard Cookies

Sugarbelle specialty edger cutters

To add an extra element of shark humor, I cut out a “bite” mark off the side of the surfboards using this brand new specialty edger by Sweet Sugarbelle.

This collection of specialty edger cookie cutters are a new addition to the Sweet Sugarbelle line. You can find this package exclusively this summer at a Michaels Store near you starting June 24th.

The bite edger is the perfect size ratio for this shark cookie set. It would also work great with an “eaten” chocolate chip cookie or apple design, as well.

bitten surfboard cookie

Template for Shark Cookies

To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of the shark cookies. As a bonus, I included the wave cookie design, as well.

You can download the shark cookie 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 tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.

The Decorating Process

For this tutorial, I’ll be decorating the LARGE size shark cookies. These cookies are so quick to whip up because they only require just four easy icing colors. I mixed the following icing colors below:

  1. For those without a projector, mark the guideline where the underbelly line should be, as shown. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.

    shark cookies step 1
  2. Begin by filling in the upper body and fins with the gray icing. Let that icing set, then fill in the remaining underbelly sections. Let the cookie dry completely before moving on.

    shark cookies step 2
  3. Lastly, add the final line details. Using black icing, add a smile and an eye. Then with the same gray icing, add the outline around the body, gills, and a friendly eyebrow.

    Using white medium icing, add a single tooth when the black icing had time to set up a bit.

    shark cookies step 3

Video Tutorial

The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video below.

To accompany these shark cookies, I added a few bitten surfboards that I mentioned up above. Also, I added a few wave cookies as filler. I used a donut cookie cutter (regular size) for the shape of those waves, but any oval cookie cutter would work. That wave design is also included in the template file I provided.

shark cookies with surfboard and wave

I hope everyone’s summer is off to a great start!

shark cookies on a plate


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8 replies on “How to Make Shark Cookies

  1. I love your sharks!!! And the surfboards are wonderful. How did you make the gorgeous colors on the surfboards? They look soooo summery!

    1. Thanks, Kathy. They are basic Americolor gel colors: sky blue, egg yellow, orange, and egg yellow mixed with Mint to get the green.

      1. Thanks! I would never have thought of adding egg yellow to Mint to get that gorgeous green.

  2. Mike-
    I absolutely love your work and am a several times a month purchaser of your wonderful cutters – I am having so much trouble figuring out what is wrong with my rf consistency – my surfboard stripes aren’t smooth like yours are – when I thin my rf it runs off the cookie, when I thicken it it is puffy, rather than smooth – I use your royal frosting recipe and mix it on low for 10 min just until peaks form – I used to beat it on high for 10 min but found I had an issue with too much air incorporated into the frosting! HELP!

    1. Hi Susan, I like using 15-second icing. To get the icing smooth against the other colors on the surfboard, I’ll quickly fill the sections with colored icing. Then shake the cookie until the top is flattened out. You have to act quick because the icing will set pretty quickly.

      1. Thanks Mike – wish you’d teach a class in Seattle –

  3. Love this! Making it for my nephew’s birthday. You don’t by chance have a tutorial on how you colored in the wave cookie do you? Love, love, love your work!!

    1. Hi Marsha, I don’t have a formal tutorial but the template for those waves is in the PDF file for the sharks.

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