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How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator


Cookies, also known as biscuits, are probably the most popular bakery product around the world, and due to the variety of their flavours and aromas, it is extremely hard to resist the temptation of trying them. In this simple tutorial, I will show you how to create a super detailed cookie illustration inside Adobe Illustrator.

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Step 1

Open Adobe Illustrator and set up a new document, 600 by 600 pixels.cookie_01

Step 2

Press “L” to select the Ellipse Tool and draw a circle with default settings applied (hold down the Shift key to create a perfect circle) mine is about 300 by 300px.cookie_02

Go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Roughen and enter these  settings:

(10px for the Size, 3in for the Detail, Absolute and Smooth checked).cookie_03

Go to Object > Expand Appearance.cookie_04

Step 3

Once you’ve expanded this path, give it a 1pt #83320A stroke and fill with a vertical (Angle: -90 degrees) gradient from #FFC77D to #F8B15E.cookie_05

Set #D87A3A as your stroke color and “none” for the fill, press “B” to select the PaintBrush Tool and start drawing some little cracks on the cookie. That’s easy to do even using mouse.cookie_06 cookie_07

Click on the Brush Libraries Menu > Artistic > Artistic_Ink (you can select any other artistic brush) and select “Calligraphy 1” brush.

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Make #EA9C49 your stroke color and start painting shadow paths on the cookie.

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Select the Pen Tool (P) and draw some random shapes filled with any color (for now).cookie_12

Now fill all these paths with gradient from #D6526 to #F8B15E. Make sure that they all have different Angle setting to create a illusion that they have different depth.cookie_13

Select every element on the artboard but the main cookie path and reduce their opacity to 80%.cookie_14

Step 4

Good, now it’s time to draw some little chocolate crumbs. For this, somewhere on your art board draw a 12 by 12px ellipse filled with #7F3221.cookie_15

Apply the Roughen effect once again with these settings:cookie_16

Expand the appearance of this path and drag it into the Brushes panel to create a brush from it. Check the Scatter Brush and click ok, then enter these settings:cookie_17

Once you’ve created this brush select the Paintbrush Tool and start drawing on the cookie to fill it with chocolate crumbs.


Select them all and go to Object > Expand Appearance to create multiple paths.cookie_19

Fill them all with gradient from #9B6E68 to #7F3221 (Angle -90).cookie_20

Go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and enter these settings (Color: #7F4025) :cookie_22 cookie_21

Select one chocolate crumb, make a much bigger copy of it and place it somewhere on the cookie. cookie_23

Now make multiple copies of this path, rotate them change their sizes and width and place them all over the cookie.


Select the main cookie path, press “Ctrl + C” and then “Ctrl + F” twice to create two copies of that path. Select the top copy and move it up by 20px.cookie_25

With this copy selected, hold down the “Shift” key and click on the second copy to select them both.cookie_26

Click on the Minus Front button in the Pathfinder panel.cookie_27

With the resulting path selected press “Shift + Ctrl + [ “ to make this path the top one. Fill it with #603913 and remove any stroke.cookie_28

Reduce the opacity of this sublayer to 20% and set the Blendidng Mode to Multiply (inside the Transparency panel).

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Step 7

Select the whole cookie; grab the top, middle handle of the bounding box, and squash the cookie just a little.cookie_31

Select the basic path of the cookie, go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and enter these settings: (color: 442D27)cookie_32cookie_33

Step 8

For the last step we have to bring this illustration to Photoshop.


Once you files is opened and rasterized. Import the paper texture from the source files.cookie_35 cookie_36

Hold down the Alt key and click between the “Paper” and te “Cookie” layer to create a clipping mask.cookie_37

Set the Blending of the “Paper” layer to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 50%.

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End Result

We’re done!


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13 thoughts on “How to Create a Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie In Illustrator

  1. with both paths selected, when i press minus front it tells me i have no intersecting paths.

    any reason why this would be?

  2. Help.
    When i get to the stage where you minus the front it never turns out to be the same, could any one help?

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