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Decorated Shark Cookies with Royal Icing

Do you have a little one who loves Baby Shark? Or maybe a child who is having a summertime birthday pool party? Celebrate shark week or enhance your ocean unit study as a family with these shark cookies. 

Shark Decorated Cookies

Decorated cookies, you say…aren’t those really complicated to make? Actually, they aren’t difficult to make at all. That’s because this recipe calls for your favorite refrigerated sugar cookie dough from the store.

You could also use your favorite homemade recipe for sugar cookie dough, but if you are trying to keep it simple, you can just pick some up at the grocery store. 

Decorated shark and life ring sugar cookies sitting on a marble kitchen counter

You may be wondering, how is this a recipe if you are just using refrigerated cookie dough? The recipe part comes with the decorative design we do with the icing.

These cookies are a great choice as yummy part of any ocean-themed classroom lesson plan, a homeschool preschool treat for a beach or summer unit, in celebration of shark week, or just as a fun treat to surprise your kids with. They will LOVE them!

Not ready to make these shark cookies? Save the pin below to your favorite Cookie Recipes Pinterest board so it’s easier to find when you need it.

Pinterest pin graphic featuring decorated shark and life ring sugar cookies sitting on a marble kitchen counter

No shark cookie cutter needed, these cute designs use this half-circle cookie cutter. The shark is circular and has a flat edge, where you’ll trim the excess sugar cookie dough off.

If you’re looking for the floatie cookies, here’s the walkthrough to make the adorable summer cookies.

Sugar cookies sitting on a marble counter with a cookie cutter

To decorate these shark sugar cookies you will need to make up a batch of Royal icing, but don’t worry it’s not difficult. Once you know how to make royal icing and you can use it on LOTS of things. 

When you are done these royal icing shark cookies will look like they came from a professional bakery, and will look almost too good to chomp on any table.

To make your Royal icing shark cookies you will need to make a batch of the icing to decorate with. You will need a stand mixer, powdered sugar, meringue powder, room temperature water, and gel food coloring.

Sugar cookies sitting on a marble counter with black icing

Tips for Making Shark Cookies

The key to getting your icing perfect for decorating is making sure that the consistency is correct. You don’t want it to be too thick or to slide off of your shark cookies! 

If you find that the icing is too hard or thick after mixing, add more water to the mixture one drop at a time. If your icing is too thin or runny, then you will want to correct it by adding more powdered sugar one teaspoonful at a time.

Sugar cookies sitting on a marble counter with grey icing

Once you have the right consistency you will simply need to separate the icing into small bowls so that you can add your gel food coloring.

Mix the food coloring into the icing to make the colors that you want, then spoon the icing into piping bags to decorate with. The black royal icing is the color you’ll want to watch to make sure it’s to right shade.

Sugar cookies sitting on a marble counter with red icing

Note that this is a great shark themed snack or surprise for the kids, but unless they are older they may not have the patience to help you decorate them.

Because the Royal icing will need to dry and harden on the cookies at room temperature for at least four hours before you can add the additional detailing, younger kids can get bored.

Do you know a lot of preschoolers willing to wait four hours for shark sugar cookies? Probably not, but they are worth the wait!

Sugar cookies sitting on a marble counter with a piping bag filled with white icing

You can always prepare the cookies ahead of time then do some lessons about sharks like this Shark Life Cycle Activity to engage kids while they wait.

Once the simple shark cookies are completely decorated they are sure to be a hit with the whole family!

Shark sugar cookies sitting on a marble counter with a food writing marker

Now that you know how to make these shark decorated cookies, when will you serve them? As party cookies, after an ocean lesson, or as a treat by the pool? No matter when or where you serve shark cookies, they are sure to be a snack everyone can’t wait to sink their jaws into! 

More Shark Ideas

Shark Lifecycle Activity

Shark Printable Masks

Shark Ice Cream

Yield: 2 Dozen cookies

Decorated Shark Cookies

Decorated Shark Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 28 minutes



  • 1 package Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour

Royal Icing

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 8-12 tablespoons room temperature water
  • Gel food coloring


  1. In a stand mixer combine sugar and meringue powder. 
  2. Add 8 tablespoons of water, using the whisk attachment, beat for 1 minute on low. 
  3. Continue to add water one tablespoon at a time until the icing slowly drizzles from the whisk when lifted.
  4. Once prepared, if the icing is too hard, add more water one drop at a time.  If it's too runny, add more icing sugar one teaspoon at a time.
  5. Separate the icing into small mixing bowls and add desired food coloring. Mix well. Scoop the icing into piping bags or icing bottles.

!Decorating instructions

  1. Line around the edge of the design with icing and fill the middle.  Use a toothpick to poke bubbles or direct icing into holes. 
  2. When the flooded are dries, add a red line between the grey and black icing.  Pipe white teeth onto the black icing.  Add black nostrils with a black edible marker.
  3. Allow each design area to dry before moving on. The icing should completely dry, at room temperature for at least four hours, before adding piping details to the top.
  4. Before using the edible marker on the icing, allow the icing to completely harden for at least four hours.

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