Edible Cookie Toppers
These icing or rice paper toppers are printed with food-safe colors on frosting sheets or rice paper. Here are examples from two sources for icing toppers and one for rice paper.
Icing toppers taste better and meld nicely into the frosting on cupcakes, cookies or cakes. Rice paper toppers are a stiffer, tend to curl, and may be more difficult to bite through. Icing toppers come ready to use, rice paper toppers need to be punched or cut out. Rice paper toppers cost a lot less than icing toppers. Sources are listed for the United States and one, with both rice paper and icing sheets, in the United Kingdom.
Files for three St. Nicholas designs for both 2-inch cupcake or cookie toppers and 7½ to 8-inch cake toppers are below.
1. Use any flat sugar cookies, cut with 2 3/8 to 2 2/2-inch cutter;
2. Cookie Glaze
1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon flavoring (clear such as almond doesn't discolor the glaze)
1 1/2 tablespoon milk or cream (or 1 tablespoon water)
Stir until smooth; makes enough for about 18 cookies
3. Paint the glaze on cookies with a flat pastry brush;
4. Put toppers on before the glaze sets;
5. Icing toppers come with suggestions for use.
St. Nicholas Cookies with icing sheet edible toppers
Left to right: Sweet Express Images, Gogo Cake Stickers, 2 other toppers no longer available
St. Nicholas Cookies with edible rice paper toppers
Left two are lighter weight, right one is heavier.
All of them curled, especially the heavier one.
The lighter ones required repeated efforts to tap them down.
Sources for Icing Toppers in the USA
$5.99 for 15 2-inch round circles for cupcakes or 8-inch circle for cake.
Prints on icing sheets, cut-outs for cupcakes and cakes.
Ink 4 Cakes
Ink 4 Cakes offers edible paper, two kinds of icing sheets, transfer and wafer sheets.
Price varies depending on choice of sheet, number of designs, etc.
Sweet Express Images
$10.00 for 12 2-inch round circles for cookies or cupcakes and 7.5-inch round circle for cakes
Free shipping and quantity pricing available; orders sent quickly
Gogo Cake Stickers
$10.49 + $.50 image cost for 12 2-inch round circles for cookies or cupcakes and 7.5-inch round circle for cakes; orders sent quickly; these toppers lift off the backing sheets easily
Ink 4 Cakes topper
Sweet Express Images topper
Gogo Cake Stickers topper
Actual size cookie toppers
Rice Paper Toppers and Icing Toppers from the United Kingdom
Available from Jane Collins, who ships to the UK and internationally
Be sure to request the lighter weight rice paper; the heavier curls much more on buttercream frosting
£2.79 for rice paper 12 2-inch round circles for cupcakes or 7.5-inch round circle for cakes
£4.25 for icing sheet 12 2-inch round circles for cupcakes or 7.5-inch round circle for cakes
Rice paper cupcake images: £1.40/first sheet; £.45 each additional sheet; 10 sheets or more/free;
Larger cake image: £2.66 (special mailer required)
Our 2-inch sticker designs PDFs are available for printing on these cupcake toppers (8 designs, choose all one design or a mixture); three designs for cakes are below.
We recommend using 2-inch punch (Fiskars Squeeze Punch X-Large, Round 'n Round to cut out the rice paper toppers, available from amazon.com
Actual size rice paper toppers
Click thumbnails to download image files. If you want one of the other sticker designs, please ask, and, time permitting, we'll add it. If you know of other sources for custom toppers, please tell us. You may be able to get a local bakery or grocer to print toppers.