Skating In A Winter Wonderland

There will be plenty of smiles at your next winter wonderland party when you present a platter of playful, ice skating penguin cookies.

 Ice skating penguin cookies

Simple, frosted sugar cookies turn into mini ice skating rinks when you adorn them with jellybean penguins, skimming across the tops.

For this tutorial, you can try my favorite sugar cookie and royal icing recipe, or you can use your own.

Video tutorial

Ice skating penguin cookies

Yields approximately 36 cookies

Ingredients and supplies:

For the sugar cookies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond, lemon or raspberry extract

For the royal icing

  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • Blue food coloring
  • Squeeze bottle

For the penguins

  • 36 black jellybeans (or Junior Mints, chocolate-covered almonds, black peanut M&M's)
  • 108 orange chocolate-covered sunflower seeds
  • White candy melts
  • Black food coloring marker
  • Toothpicks



Make the sugar cookies

In an electric mixer, cream sugars with butter. Beat in eggs and oil. Combine dry ingredients. Gradually add to wet mixture. Stir in extract. Cover the dough and refrigerate overnight or for at least 2 hours.

 Ice skating penguin cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 2-inch balls and place on parchment paper. Press the dough balls flat using the bottom of a drinking glass, dipping the glass in sugar each time before pressing. Bake for 12 minutes.

 Ice skating penguin cookies


Frost the cookies

Make the royal icing. Mix powdered sugar, milk and softened butter together until smooth. Add blue food coloring and tint to desired shade. Pour into empty squeeze bottle. To frost cookies, squeeze icing onto the center of the cookie and rotate outward, stopping well before the edge. Icing will flatten and smooth. Allow to dry and harden.

 Ice skating penguin cookies


Prep ingredients for penguins

Using a sharp knife, carefully slice the pointy tips off of 36 orange chocolate-covered sunflower seeds to make penguin beaks. Melt approximately 3 ounces of white candy melt in the microwave.

 Ice skating penguin cookies


Decorate penguins

Using a toothpick, paint ovals of candy melt onto the black jellybeans to make the penguin stomach. Attach the orange beaks to the top of the candy melt oval. Add two more dabs of candy melt for the eyes. Allow to dry and harden. Add black dots to the eyes with a food-coloring marker.

 Ice skating penguin cookies


Attach penguins to cookies

Put two orange sunflower seeds on each frosted cookie for the penguin's feet. Put a dab of white candy melt on top of the sunflower seeds and attach a finished penguin to the cookie. Allow it to dry and harden.

 Ice skating penguin cookies


Add skating lines to icing

Using another toothpick, etch "ice skating lines" behind each penguin on the hardened royal icing.

 Ice skating penguin cookies


Display your ice skating penguins

Watch your penguins take a spin on their personal ice skating rinks!

 Ice skating penguin cookies

 Ice skating penguin cookies

More wintery food crafts

Olaf the Snowman snacks
Snowy mountain cookies
Santa sippers


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Comments on "Ice skating penguin cookies"

Sandra December 27, 2013 | 7:25 AM

I got my chocolate covered orange sunflower seeds at a local bulk candy store. But I've seen multi-colored tubes of them at Jo-Anne Fabric & Crafts, Hobby Lobby and Whole Foods. I've also used orange Nerds candies before too. Any orange candy will work, but the sunflower seeds seemed to be the perfect shape and size.

Kaycee December 26, 2013 | 6:40 PM

Where does one get the orange chocolate covered sunflower seeds? I've never seen them. These are adorable - my daughter loves penguins and would be delighted any time of year to receive these as a surprise treat.

Sandra December 15, 2013 | 5:22 PM

My husband and kids LOVE when I have "fatalities." That means they get to eat them first. :)

Jules December 14, 2013 | 9:17 AM

These are a really lovely idea but they are really intricate and I nearly had a nervous breakdown making them with my kids (though this reflects more upon me and my kids than the recipe of course)! The kids loved the finished product, even if there were a few penguin fatalities in the process!

In The Know Events December 14, 2013 | 6:08 AM

These are amazing! Definitely making these next week :)

Sandra December 13, 2013 | 1:06 PM

Thanks! So glad my skating penguins made you smile.

Toni December 13, 2013 | 9:20 AM

Oh my goodness!!!! These are absolutely adorable!!! What a creative mind! The littel "foot" tracks are the finishing touch! Thank you so much!

Sandra December 08, 2013 | 7:23 PM

Thanks ladies. These are a personal favorite of mine. I love when a fun dessert can be so simple.

sandy December 07, 2013 | 3:15 PM

Love the detail of the tracks on the snow. It is the extra little touches that completely take these cookies to the next level.

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