Better Basics for Exceptional Cookies

Master simple techniques to decorate your most perfect and precise cookies.
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Ready to push yourself to perfection and master basic design techniques? Cookie artist Stephanie Kappel breaks down a variety of essential decorating techniques to elevate your cookie-decorating execution. Master skills such as piping and flooding, then pipe smooth lines, dots and writing to create flawless works of edible art. With Stephanie’s step-by-step guidance, you’ll be decorating perfectly precise cookies in a snap!


Stephanie Kappel
Stephanie Kappel



Stephanie Kappel is the owner of The Hungry Hippopotamus, a hand-decorated cookie business and the perfect fusion of her technical expertise and artistic expression. Stephanie has taught all over the world, from CookieCon to Cookie’sCool, Europe’s first cookie decorating event. Her work has been featured on TV and in publications including American Cake Decorating, Southern Living and more.

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Creating Dynamic Designs

01: Creating Dynamic Designs

Meet cookie artist Stephanie Kappel and get started as she shares the five top considerations for great cookie design. You'll be able to apply these techniques to make clean, polished cookies, no matter your skill level!

25 min
Mastering Icing Consistencies

02: Mastering Icing Consistencies

Discover how to make perfect royal icing in any climate! Stephanie shares the five icing consistencies that will immediately improve your decorating. She'll even show you how to analyze and adjust your consistencies to achieve the clean, flawless results your cookie dreams are made of.

30 min
Perfect Piping

03: Perfect Piping

In this lesson, Stephanie shares her four keys to achieving perfectly piped lines: pressure, height, aligning speed and pressure, and piping order.

32 min
Fabulous Flooding

04: Fabulous Flooding

Find out how to use each of Stephanie's three flood consistencies to design efficiently and accurately. And, tackle some of the most common flood icing issues; you'll never have underfilled cookies again!

31 min
Designing With Dots

05: Designing With Dots

Stephanie reveals her secret to making flawless dots, big and small. See how to use them in your designs to create movement, shapes, texture and more!

22 min
Writing With Confidence

06: Writing With Confidence

Finally, try your hand at writing, from cursive to print, big or small. You'll start by conquering your own handwriting before working your way through a variety of different styles. The choices are endless, so have fun with them!

28 min