Baby Shower Gender Reveal Cookies

August 4, 2013

Gender Reveal Cookies

Several months ago I was contacted by Cake Central Magazine and asked to make some cookie suitable for a baby shower. After having so much fun making these pinata cookie inspired Christmas cookies I immediately thought of this idea for gender reveal cookies. I am excited to finally be able to share the full tutorial with you today, as featured in the June 2013 (Volume 4, Issue 6) issue of Cake Central Magazine.


  • Baking sheets
  • Onesie cookie cutter or template
  • Parchment paper
  • Paste food coloring
  • Piping tip
  • Royal icing
  • Sharp knife
  • Sprinkles or candies in blue or pink
  • Sugar Cookie Recipe

1, Roll out cookie dough to around ΒΌ-inch thickness. Cut out the cookies and place on the cookie sheets. Your final number of cut-out cookies should be a multiple of three.

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2, Chill dough in the freezer for 10 minutes or in the fridge for at least an hour.

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3, Bake according to your recipe or until just lightly brown on the edges. Take out of the oven and let sit for a few minutes. Separate your batch into thirds. For a third of the cookies, use a sharp knife to cut out the middle of the cookies while they are still warm. Let cool.

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4, Prepare royal icing. Aim for a slightly thinner consistency than is used for outline icing; when you cut through icing with a knife, the line left should disappear in 12 seconds. You will use this icing for both outlining and filling. This method provides a more seamless finish and is less hassle.

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5. Take another third of the batch. These will be your top cookies. Pipe the outline of each cookie, then immediately flood the middle with royal icing. Let dry.

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6. While the top cookies are drying, prepare a batch of stiff royal icing and return to the rest of the batch to glue the other 2 layers together. Your bottom cookies will be those left in the final third of the batch. For each cookie, pipe stiff royal icing onto the underneath of cut-out cookie and carefully place on top of bottom cookie. Leave to dry.

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7. Fill the cookies with candy or sprinkles until level with edges of cookie.

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8. If desired, add any extra details to the decorated top cookie, like a question mark and seams for the onesie, as shown here. Let dry.

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9. Now, glue the top cookie to the other layers. Pipe stiff royal icing around the edges of each middle cookie. Place the decorated top cookie on top. Let dry.

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Serve the cookies and make sure everyone opens them at the same time!


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  • Reply Toni-Maree August 5, 2013 at 4:17 am

    These are pretty amazing! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ros August 5, 2013 at 5:40 am

    They are incredible!!! I also envy anyone who can master royal icing – I’ve never been able to get mine to the right consistency.

  • Reply Yeka August 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Looks yummy and what a clever idea! πŸ™‚

  • Reply abby @ thingsforboys August 6, 2013 at 12:09 am

    These look so fantastic! What a cute idea! And your icing is perfect πŸ˜€

  • Reply Sue {munchkin munchies} August 6, 2013 at 5:53 am

    These are my favorite gender reveal cookies ever! So cute, Laura. Congrats on the magazine feature!

    • Reply Laura August 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks so much Sue, your comment means a lot πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jill @ Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons August 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Best baby shower cookies ever! Had to share!:)

    • Reply Laura August 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you Jill! I’m a big admirer of your blog.

  • Reply Amy August 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Where can I buy the onesie cookie cutter?

    • Reply Laura August 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Amy, I got this one but I’m in the UK. I can’t tell where you’re located but they offer International delivery. If you look somewhere else you just want to make sure it’s a reasonable large cutter so you have room to fit the candy inside. My one is about 9cm wide and 10cm tall. I’d love to see them if you do make some.

    • Reply Roberta Collins November 10, 2013 at 4:18 am

      If you haven’t found one yet, I saw several last night on

  • Reply erin August 7, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    cutest thing I’ve ever seen! These are awesome.

  • Reply Suz August 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Oh my gosh!! These are amazing!! Everyone is going to want to make them! So much fun!!

  • Reply Corey T August 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Just SO CLEVER!

  • Reply Sofia September 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I think it’s kind of sad how much emphasis is put on the child’s gender before they’re even born.

  • Reply Patti September 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    These are soo cute!! Thank you for a great tutorial!

  • Reply Alyssa March 3, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    This is the best gender reveal idea! I am featuring this on my site if you don’t mind.

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