Floral Decorated Sugar Cookies

Decorating cookies is more complex than baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies. But these buttery, soft sugar cookies with homemade buttercream icing are much simpler to make than you may think! I wanted to create a tips and tricks guide to take the mystery out of decorating cookies.

*Make sure your surface is floured to prevent the dough from sticking. Roll dough out 1/4 inch thick.*

My fondest memories of cookie decorating began at my grandmother’s house during the holidays. This has always been an activity that brings my family together. My mother has evolved the plain sugar cookie recipe into a delicious recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

*Bake on 375 for about 10 minutes.*

Piping Tips and Techniques

When it comes to decorating, that is where a majority of bakers struggle, including myself. The creativity of piping icing into a design sets your cookies apart. Many bakers will focus on the ‘pretty’ appeal of their designs by airbrushing or printing directly onto the cookie. Royal icing is used to create those sleek designs, which gives the cookie a different flavor. Personally, I prefer a soft, tasteful cookie with fluffy icing! The ingredients I used for homemade buttercream are shown in the image below.

My sister wanted bright colors at her graduation party so floral decorated cookies fit the theme to tie in the other decorations. To create these floral designs, I used a basic round piping tip. I created three layers with the strokes of icing to mimic the petals of a flower. Topped with gold sprinkles in the center to resemble a dahlia flower!

**When making buttercream be sure to beat the butter before adding other ingredients.**

**Also, never add too much liquid! You can adjust the icing consistency by adding a dash of cream or sprinkle of powdered sugar.**

Recipes for Kori’s Sugar Kookie and Homemade Buttercream Icing!