Inside Out Character Cookie: Joy

by connie

Joy rotated and retouched

This is the 1st of our Inside Out Character Cookie series. For the stencil I made, comment below if you’re interested in purchasing!

Start by making the shortbread cookie dough.

Allow the dough to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Roll out the chilled dough to about ¼ inch thickness and trace the outline of the cookie stencil and cut the excess off.

Bake for 14-17 minutes at 325F. Allow cookies to cool completely.

While they’re cooling, make the royal icing or use your favorite ready-made royal icing.

For the colors, you’ll need to mix 6 icing colors:

  • pink
  • dark brown
  • skintone
  • black
  • white
  • white - undiluted royal icing

Additionally, for Joy’s sparkly blue hair, you’ll need Wilton’s Blue Sparkle Gel.

For icing colors, I recommend using AmeriColor gel for the best color performance. I’ve tried some natural food coloring, but the image really suffers and it’s also harder to get the icing consistency just right.

Note on icing consistency: It’s super important to achieve the correct consistency. You want to water down the icing such that it will become smooth within 10 seconds after slicing it with a butter knife. Be careful of how much water you use; it’s a surprisingly narrow range. If it becomes too watered down, you can always add more undiluted royal icing.

Once the cookies are completely cool, you can start icing. Trace the stencil with a food safe marker.

Trace Joy's Face

Quick tip on piping bags! I recommend professional pastry bags with piping tips, but with so many colors to pipe, you can quickly use up bags and tips. I’ve found that regular sandwich/snack bags work fine once you get used to it. Just snip the corner and start icing! :)

Ice the cookie in the following order. Check out our Joy cookie icing video!

  • 1) Pipe a mound using white undiluted royal icing on Joy’s nose for the 3D effect.

Joy's nose

  • 2) Ice Joy’s inner eye circle with black. Use a scribe tool or simply a toothpick to smooth our the icing while it’s still liquid.

Inner eye

  • 3) Outline Joy’s lips with a line of pink icing.


  • 4) Fill Joy’s hair with blue sparkle gel. Try to fill the gel line by line so it looks like hair.


  • 5) By now, the icing you’ve already piped have dried a bit. Pipe blue sparkle gel around the black eyes. Use a toothpick to smooth the gel.

Middle eye

  • 6) Fill Joy’s teeth with white icing.


  • 7) Fill the whites of Joy’s eyes with white icing.

Eye Whites

  • 8) Pipe a short line of blue sparkle gel for her right eyebrow.


  • 9) Allow the new icing to dry for 10 minutes.

  • 10) Fill in Joy’s inner mouth with dark brown icing.


  • 11) Flood Joy’s face with skintone icing.


Allow the cookie to fully dry, at least 4 hours before eating. I like to allow it to dry overnight and serve it the next day.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to check out the video! Feel free to leave comments or questions below.

It’s Tasty Time!


Sara about 2 years

Hi, I would like to find out how to get Inside Out stencils.

Lisa Chavez about 2 years

Hi I would like to get the Inside out Stencils. Can you tell me how to purchase them?

Face linkedin connie about 2 years

Hi ladies, I've emailed you both with details on how to purchase. If you have trouble getting my email, please email me at Thanks you!

Sunny over 1 year

Hi I am interested in purchasing the stencil. Can you please send me the info for it?

Rita Pease over 1 year

Hi my name is Rita and I would like to buy a stencil

Vlcsnap 2013 06 13 20h15m59s225 admin over 1 year

Hi Rita and Sunny, I've emailed both of you with details on buying a stencil. Please reply to the email if you have any further questions. Thank you!

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