Brush Embroidery Vintage Clock CookiesBrush Embroidery is a go to royal icing technique I use often in my cake and cookie decorating. Brush embroidery is  fairly simple to achieve, although appears complicated. There are several methods to add brush embroidery to your cookies or cakes. You can free hand a design directly onto the cookie, imprint a design by either scribing the design or creating and imprinting with a flower paste cutter (patchwork cutters work well too), or as I have done above use a piece of lace.

For this tutorial I have chosen to share how to use lace for the brush embroidery. I recently created a replica era piece sugar cookie clock for a bride. She wanted her guest to have an edible memory of her wedding.

For the vintage clock above I used the lace method to achieve a vintage appearance. The face of the clock is the actually time the bride and groom were to begin their ceremony, adorable!

Supply list for:

Vintage Lace Clock:

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Having fun!


  • Parchment paper cones or bags
  • PME tip/tune writer 1, writer 2
  • PME #43 rope nozzle
  • PME leaf  ST51 nozzle
  • Gel brush #10
  • Paper towel dry
  • Paper towel damp
  • PME sponge holder or sponge
  • Small bowl
  • tooth pick
  • Viva Paper towel


  • Royal icing, off peak consistency & Soft peak consistency
  • 1-sugar cookie recipe, baked, cooled and covered with either fondant or royal icing
  • Piping gel
  • Cooled boiled water
  • Food paste
  • Carmel, SF
  • Black
  • Melon,SF
  • Vine, SKGI

You can find supplies for this project HERE

Consistencies of Royal Icing:

Brush Embroidery: Off-peak consistency

Roman numbers and hands: Rub-down soft peak consistency

Shell border: Off-peak consistency

Leaves: Off-peak consistency

If you need a refresher on the consistencies please visit:

Working with Royal Icing

learn brush embroidered lace with royal icing

The sugar cookie clock was inspired by a clock I was given by a very special person!

Now that you have all supplies ready enjoy the video.

Black Royal Icing Recipe:

1/4 toothpick leaf or moss green paste

1/4 toothpick dark brown paste

5 scant drops black paste

learn brush embroidered lace with royal icing

Time just flies by!

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learn brush embroidered lace with royal icing

Have fun with royal icing lace embroidery!