How To Decorate Butterfly Cookies

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A few weeks ago, the cookie community filled newsfeeds everywhere with photos of butterfly cookies in a show support for our sweet friend Jill of Jill FCS to help her through a difficult time. It was then that I realized that I had never made a butterfly cookie* and so I created these for her.

The inspiration for these cookies came from this box that I bought at Michaels. Rather than trying to make a perfectly symmetrical butterfly, I just made a side view so that I’d only have to concentrate on one wing on each cookie. I didn’t want to have to worry about making the pattern exactly the same on both sides.

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

Roll out cookie dough (my Orange Vanilla Spice cookie recipe is available in my tutorial shop)
Paring knife and ruler for cutting square cookies (3×3″ shown here)
Flood consistency royal icing
Medium consistency royal icing
Scribe tool
Round decorating tips 1 and 3
Edible ink marker with fine tip
Gold pearl dust
Soft brush (I used the round brush from the Wilton 3 pack)
Small brush (size 2/0 liner)
Alcohol or flavored extract

Beige icing = Wilton brown + a touch of golden yellow
Pink = Wilton rose
Blue = Wilton sky blue
Purple = Wilton violet
Green = Wilton leaf green
Black = Americolor super black

To purchase products used in my tutorials, visit the recommended products page.

Start out by icing a square cookie with beige flood consistency royal icing and a round tip 3. Allow the icing to dry at least 8-12 hours. Use the edible ink marker to outline the shape of the butterfly and draw some filigree designs.

Mix the pink, purple, blue and green gel paste food coloring with a few drops of alcohol or flavored extract to form edible watercolors. This process is similar to painting with gold pearl dust, which you can read about in my tutorial on how to make gold royal icing.

Paint the butterfly wings with the soft round brush. Allow the paint to dry about 30 minutes.

Use the liner brush with black gel paste mixed with alcohol (use less alcohol than before to make the color more concentrated) to outline the butterfly and draw some shapes to make a pattern on the wings. Fill in the space around the pattern.

Draw veins in the wings with the edible ink marker.

Learn how to decorate hand painted butterfly cookies! Full blog post including colors and supply list: http://www.sweetambs.com/tutorial/hand-painte d-butterfly-cookies/

COOKIE and ICING RECIPE in my tutorial shop: https://www.sweetambs.com/products-page/video s/

Flood Consistency Royal Icing: https://www.sweetambs.com/tutorial/royal-icin g-consistencies

SCRIBE TOOL: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VJJRZ4?tag=wwwsw eetambsc-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCo de=as1&creativeASIN=B000VJJRZ4&adid=1T02F5TTG 1W7MKV875ZW&&ref-refURL=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.swe etambs.com%2Fmy-favorite-decorating-products% 2F

Gold Royal Icing: https://www.sweetambs.com/tutorial/gold-royal -icing/

Cookie Decorating Supplies: https://www.sweetambs.com/my-favorite-decorat ing-products/

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