How to Airbrush Cookies

Posted by Anne Narber on Saturday, March 26, 2016

I remember the time I got my first airbrush. It took me several weeks to be brave enough to open the box. I was afraid of it! I am so glad I finally got the courage to open that box because airbrushing cookies has become one of my favorite ways to add color, depth, and stenciling to my cookies!

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Here's a video to show some basic tips for airbrushing...

Let's face it, though, things don't always go perfectly! Here are a few tips for troubleshooting with your airbrush.

First, if you're getting color splatters, you probably need to CLEAN the needle, the front of the airbrush. Give it a wipe down or switch airguns and give the first gun a good soak in hot water.


Which brings me to a very important point...keep your airbrush clean! After I use my airbrush, I run hot water through the gun until the water runs clean. You can deep clean your airbrush too...here's a great tutorial from the Sugarbelle blog that shows step by step how to do it. Click here to check it out!

Also, if you see some blurring, there really isn't a way to wipe off excess color (I have tried wiping it off with a q-tip and vodka and it didn't seem to make a difference). But, you can pipe lines to help cover any blurring. Not only does it add a pop of color, but it also cleans up any blurring edges.

Finally, if you find you're adding too much color and it is smearing when you pack your cookies. Dust the cookie lightly with some cornstarch. It won't affect the final project, but will adsorb some excess moisture so that you don't run into that problem.

Exploring with your airbrush has never been so fun! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and start adding adding dimension and shimmer to your cookies. You’ll be amazed at what a subtle kick of color can do for your designs! Plus, you’ll love stenciling with an airbrush, creating quick and easy accent cookies!

Happy Decorating!