Bitten Surfboard Cookies

by Jennifer on August 15, 2012

in Shark Week Desserts, Sugar Cookies, Summer Desserts

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I’m not a water sport person.

I spent lots of time on the water as a kid. My grandfather was a crabber and fishing was a pretty constant activity.

When your county is pretty much surrounded by water on three sides, you are automatically “rivah” folk.

And, while I like being “on” the water (boats, canoes, etc.), I don’t care for being “in” the water as much. Swimming pools are fine, with their artifically clear water. But once I can’t see the bottom clearly, all bets are off. I worry about stepping on a crab, stingray, or something else that could bite, scratch, maim, or otherwise injure me. Oh, and I worry about jelly fish. I’ve been stung many a time and it is an experience that I would prefer to avoid in my adult years.

As such, I’ve never been surfing. Everyone knows that where there are surfers, there are sharks.

With big teeth. All the better to bite your surfboards with, my dear.

Experience the thrill(?) of a shark attack from the safety of your kitchen with these fun cookies.


  • Sugar cookie dough
  • A surfboard cookie cutter (or hand cut)
  • A zig zag cutter – see what I used below!
  • 15-20 second icing in whatever colors you want (I used white, pink, orange, and blue)
  • Pastry bags, couplers, and #2 tips

1. Roll out your cookie dough. My Facebook/Instagram family may remember that I posted a picture with my pretty, speckled dough containing a special ingredient. It was a hit with the husband and I’ll be sharing soon!

2. Cut out the surfboard shape. I wanted a big, ‘ol bite taken out of my surfboards, with jagged edges.

Enter Mr. Porcupine, stage right (he’s from this set from Ikea).

You can also hand cut the zig zag if you want, but that would probably be a big pain. I warned ya!

3. Now, don’t be too upset with me…I don’t have any pictures of the decorating process. It was late at night and I knew the garish light from the kitchen would make it almost impossible to take a decent picture. I didn’t do anything too fancy though. I used the wet on wet technique, so after I outlined and flooded, I just went to town! Nothing planned, just wingin’ it.

For the pretty, small flower-ish ones, I used Callye’s super tutorial for Hawaiin shirts. Her tutorial is better than mine would be anyway, so go check it out!

For the big flowers, I just piped three small dots and petals around the center. Nothing fancy.

For the tye-dye ones, I piped various circles of colored icing and used a toothpick to drag through the icing to create the effect. See Glory’s tutorial for a better visual.

Here’s a tip though – if you want to outline in one color and fill with another, make sure that you DON’T outline the “bitten” section with the outline color. Otherwise it will look like a surfboard that is supposed to have a weird, jagged edge rather than a board that was attacked by a vicious shark.

So, there you have it. All the fun, none of the danger.



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1 Janine ( August 15, 2012 at 8:28 am

Shark week!! Creative use of the porcupine cutter! Love it!


2 Jennifer August 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

Thank you, Janine! Mr. Porcupine came in handy in an unexpected way :)


3 Yesenia August 15, 2012 at 8:56 am

Totally cute! I love all the bright colors :)


4 Jennifer August 15, 2012 at 9:00 am

Thanks, Yesenia! I love the AmeriColor electric colors :) I usually tone them down with another color (for example, the orange color is actually electric yellow mixed with regular orange to make it a bit brighter).


5 Lizy B August 15, 2012 at 11:18 am

Love these! I’m totally with you on the water thing! Unless I can clearly see where I’m going to put my foot, forget it!! Honestly, I’m not crazy about black bottom pools either…a little to realistic for me.


6 Jennifer August 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Thanks, Lizy! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a black bottom pool – I imagine I wouldn’t like that either! :)


7 Carrie's Creations August 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm

These are SOO COOL!! And I totally love how you pointed out not to outline the bite mark.. That’s totally something I would do.


8 Jennifer August 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Thanks, Carrie! Yeah, I may have done it myself, so I lived to tell the tale to others! I should have taken a picture of it – it was pretty comical :)


9 Printabelle August 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm

These are soo pretty, I love the tie dye and the hibiscus are gorgeous. I can’t wait to hear more about your speckled dough and I love your “sand”, too. Thanks for linking up!


10 Jennifer August 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Awww – thanks so much! I adore your sweet printables, especially since I am graphically challenged :)


11 Dawn @ DJ's Sugar Shack August 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm

These are freaking adorable! My boyfriend is a big surfer and I think he would get a kick out of these.
Thanks for sharing at Whatcha’ Whipped Up


12 Jennifer August 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Thanks so much, Dawn! :)


13 Mike August 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Bodacious surfboards! I want that Ikea cutter set now. :-P


14 Jennifer August 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Thanks, Mike! It is an awesome set – plus super affordable like everything else at Ikea :)


15 Sébastien August 16, 2012 at 3:14 am

I absolutely love those cookies ! So original !


16 Jennifer August 16, 2012 at 7:33 am

Thanks so much, Sebastien! :)


17 Sweetsugarbelle August 17, 2012 at 3:16 am

This is why I love you! So stinkin AWESOME!


18 Jennifer August 17, 2012 at 7:34 am

Thanks so much, Callye! I’ll have a smile on my face all day now :)


19 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me August 17, 2012 at 10:21 am

These are great!! My hubby is a surfer and would get such a kick out of these! Love ‘em :)


20 Jennifer August 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

Thanks, Michelle! Checking out your blog now – I love those sun & sky cupcakes! :)


21 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me August 17, 2012 at 11:21 am

Thanks Jennifer! My treats seem so cutesy blase compared to your wacky treats! haha. I’m inspired now. I’m committing my next batch to be something in the NoYoMoCo tradition!! :)


22 Jennifer August 17, 2012 at 11:23 am

Awesome! I can’t wait to see!! :)


23 Kate August 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

Adorable!!! Awesome Job!!! :)


24 Jennifer August 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thanks so much, Kate! :)


25 Sue {munchkin munchies} August 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I have always lived near the ocean and my husband has been surfing since he was 14 and is now a grandpa:) I will have to show these to him and see if he laughs or cringes:) Very clever and perfectly done!


26 Jennifer August 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Thanks, Sue! I’m so glad you like them :) I promise that no surfers were harmed in the making of these cookies!


27 Sara @ August 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Wow, these are amazing! How clever, thank you for sharing!


28 Jennifer August 22, 2012 at 7:25 am

Thanks so much, Sara!


29 Britni @ Hubby Made Me August 23, 2012 at 1:24 am

I’m right there with you on the whole water thing! And these cookies are too flippin’ cute! LOVE the bite marks! I have to pin these for future use. And I probably would have gone and outlined the whole thing so I’m glad you pointed that out ;) I would be thrilled if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday party. I hope to see you there!


30 Jennifer August 23, 2012 at 7:12 am

Thanks so much, Britni! I’m excited to check out Throwback Thursday :)


31 Lilaloa August 25, 2012 at 8:13 am

Umm…I love these. The colors are excellent!! I never would have thought to use a PORCUPINE for the bite marks!! So clever!


32 Jennifer August 25, 2012 at 9:52 am

Thanks so much, Georganne! I love your cookies, so it means so much coming from you :) This was my first time trying your vanilla sugar cookie recipe and I wouldn’t have gotten those sharp edges without it!!


33 Lizy B August 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Hands down my favorite surfboard cookies. And they reminded me why I’ve never tried to surf!! ;)


34 Jennifer August 28, 2012 at 7:22 am

Thanks so much! I’m glad you like them :)


35 hani/hanielas August 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

So super cute! I love your cookie decorating style!


36 Jennifer August 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Thanks, Hani! :)


37 Natashalh February 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Thanks so much! I grew up near the ocean (and currently live in Hawaii) but also totally distrust going in the ocean. I’m trying to make wave and surfboard cookies for our July beach wedding and thought I’d start practicing icing. I wish I’d found this (and the super helpful link for the flowers!) about a bag of sugar ago. =)


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