Inside Out Character Cookie: Sadness

by connie

Sadness sam0405

This is the 3rd 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:

  • dark blue
  • dark brown
  • pale blue
  • black
  • white
  • white - undiluted royal icing

Additionally, for Sadness’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 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 use to it. Just snip the corner and start icing! :)

Before you start icing the cookie, prepare Sadness’s glasses. On a sheet of wax paper, trace Sadness’s glasses with dark brown icing. Allow the icing to dry for a few hours until it is fully hardened.

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

  • 1. Pipe a mound using white undiluted royal icing on Sadness’s nose for the 3D effect.
  • 2. Pipe two lines (about ¼" thick and 1/3" tall) for Sadness’s lips. Be sure to leave a sufficient gap between the lines to allow the icing to sink in.

shape nose, lips

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

black eyes

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

blue 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.

blue eyes

  • 6. Ice Sadness’s eyebrows with dark blue icing.

blue eyebrows

  • 7. Fill the whites of Sadness’s eyes with white icing.
  • 8. Allow the new icing to dry for 10 minutes.

white eyes

  • 9. Flood Sadness’s face with pale blue icing.

blue face

  • 10. Attach her glasses on her face while the pale blue icing is still liquid.


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. Also, check out the video! Feel free to leave comments or questions below.

It’s Tasty Time!

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