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How to Make Nautical Whale Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin Jun 13, 2017


How to Make Nautical Whale Cookies by SemiSweetDesigns.com

Ahoy there, matey! (Did that greeting come off as more “sea captain” and less “pirate?” Hopefully so, because I have a fun nautical set to show you!) The idea of a nautical cookie set came after finishing up my previous shark post. Continuing on with another ocean series, instead of grinning fishes from last time, I have a dressed-up sea mammal for you today!

These nautical whale cookies are pretty similar to decorate as the shark cookies from before. However, I added a sailor’s hat to the whale as an extra whimsy detail. If you aren’t feeling the sailor hat, you could easily sub out the hat for a water spout design.

Nautical Cookie Cutters

Added to the shop this week are 5 new nautical-themed cookie cutters. In addition to the nautical whale cookie cutter, I’ve also included a simplified lighthouse, a chubby sailboat, a cork bottle, and a cute crab design.

nautical cookie cutters

These cookie cutters are available in a number of sizes. For the cookies shown in the example photos, I mixed these sizes to add some variety to the finished platter (shown at the bottom of this post). For reference, I listed the sizes I used below:

Template for the Nautical Whale Cookies

To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template available for all the nautical designs shown. For an added bonus, I included an alternate design for the whale in case you would like to substitute the sailor’s hat for a water spout design. (You’ll see what I mean if you click the link below.)

You can download the nautical cookie templates 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 the colors used for these nautical whale cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:

  1. For those without a projector, begin by making a guideline for where the main body should be. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.

    nautical whale cookies step 1
  2. Next, with the dark blue icing, outline and fill in the main body area, as shown below. Let this icing set for about 15 minutes.

    Then, with light blue icing, create stripes and fill every other belly section. Also, fill in the top part of the sailor hat. Let this icing set for another 15 minutes.

    nautical whale cookies step 3
  3. Once the icing had time to set up a bit, fill in the remaining sections of the belly and hat. Now leave the cookie to dry completely for 1 to 2 hours.

    Once the base layer had time to dry, add the finishing touches. Add the body outlines, the stripe across the hat, and the eyes.

    nautical whale cookies step 3

Video Tutorial

The steps above are demonstrated in the time-lapsed video below.

The completed nautical whale cookie is shown below, along with the rest of the nautical-themed cookies in this set.

Nautical whale cookies

Looking back now that this set is done, I like the whale cookies but I’m really in love with the charming crab design. It’s probably my favorite of the set. The crab is both cute and simple, which is a winning combo in my book.

nautical whale cookies on a platter

I hope everyone is having a great summer!


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5 replies on “How to Make Nautical Whale Cookies

  1. I love ALL of them! I think my favorite is the lighthouse–how I hope you have a tutorial for that one! Your tutorials are wonderful.

    1. Thanks, Kathy! If I can find the time, I’ll try to do another set and showcase the lighthouse.

  2. The scope of your cookie talent seems endless. Thank you for sharing more exciting and new ideas. I hope you land a book deal or TV spot. You definitely deserve it!

  3. Your designs are so stinkin’ cute, I just love everything you do, you’re very talented. I’m the baker in our family but started making and decorating cookies last year and just love it, there are so many fun ideas out there. But you’ve really inspired me and am going to try your royal icing recipe this weekend, I’ve just been using the sugar cookie glaze. I can’t wait try some of your cookie cutters! Have a great day!

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