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Painted Flower Cookies

Painted flower cookies are much easier to make than you might first think. Find your inner artist as you decorate this sugar cookie with floral motifs. Get your kids involved and let the creativity flow!purple painted flower cookies on a marble tray

Let’s make some painted cookies! Painted flower cookies are delicate and colorful. Spring is in the air and there are plenty of occasions that call for sweetly decorated cookies like these lovely flower cookies. Mother’s Day, an afternoon tea, a bridal shower or simply a gift for a friend all would be a bit brighter with painted cookies!

Other pretty cookies for Mother’s Day or special occasions like a baby or wedding shower include Lavender Shortbread, Almond Flour Sugar Cookies, or Ice Cream Cone Cookies.

Are you on Pinterest? I am all about saving great ideas– Pin these painted cookies along with me!

How to make painted cookies with flowers

The recipe for these sugar cookies is my go-to, reliable sugar cookie recipe from Bridget Edwards of Bake at 350. She makes marvelous cookies and you’ll spend hours on her site and in her cookbook wondering if it is possible to make some just like hers at home. (Yes, it is!!)

How to make painted cookies with flowers

In fact, this technique of brushing on the petals of flowers onto an iced sugar cookie I first saw on her site. She explains it well but I thought I’d try a beginner’s hand at this brush technique by making little pansies on my cookies– just one layer of brushing for each petal is all that is needed. My technique needs improvement but the idea is simple enough that even with mistakes, the cookies look delicate and sweet. Here’s what I did, follow along with the photos with each step:

collage of photos showing how to make painted flower cookies

1. First ice the cookies with white royal icing and let dry for a few hours or overnight. Then make little squiggly lines which will be the edge of each flower. I thought five petals looked about right.

2. Next, take a clean paint brush and gently pull some of the icing towards the middle. Do this for each petal.

3. Let this layer of icing dry for a short time (say, for 15 minutes, not all the way dry unless you would like the colors not to blend which also looks pretty)

4. Next mix a small bowl of yellow icing. Dip a clean brush into the yellow and carefully dab a small amount onto each petal. Use the brush to blend the yellow into the petal.

5. Let the cookie dry overnight.

I also made painted cookies that reminded me of lavender. Paint stems of green with a narrow brush onto your iced cookies. Drop circle of purple icing in a cluster around the top. This brought lilacs to mind as well. Be creative and see what works for you with these painted flower cookies. It is only icing and if you truly don’t like what you’ve made you can gently wipe it off the iced white cookie with a damp cloth and start again.

Sugar cookies decorated with painted flowers all on a plate

Decorating sugar cookies is one of my favorite things do. Need more ideas? You’ll find so many pretty cookies on this Decorated Cookies recipe index.

Baking Supplies you may need:

Meringue Powder for the Royal Icing

Wilton Icing Colors

Cookie Paint Brushes

Disposable Decorating Bags

Icing tip collection

Pastry and Cookie Gift Boxes with Window

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This post was first shared in May 2014; it was updated in May 2018.

Felice/All That's Left Are The Crumbs

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

Holly these are like little works of art, and I would be tempted not to bite into one but I know that you bake delicious cookies so I would not be able to resist :). I am not very artistic but I am going to give it a try, mine may just turn out to be abstract flowers.

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Saturday 24th of May 2014

Absolutely beautiful. Pinning this one just so the world can see how talented you are. wow


Friday 23rd of May 2014

Such beautiful artistry on the cookies. This might be fun to do during summer when the teen is off school.

Abbe@This is How I Cook

Tuesday 20th of May 2014

I love these darling little cookies, Holly! So sweet and perfect for the season. And i bet they taste great, too! What patience you must have to paint them all.

Holly F

Wednesday 21st of May 2014

Thanks, Abbe, the painting was fun-- I did some and had a separate batch for my son to try out with his creativity too.

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories

Tuesday 20th of May 2014

Those are so pretty Holly! What a great take on the theme. I've been looking at Bake at 350 forever and need to work up the courage!

Holly F

Tuesday 20th of May 2014

Thanks, Karen! Do you have the Cookie cookbook Bridget from Bake at 350 published? Her online tutorials are great but it is nice to have her book right there in the kitchen with me too. She makes beautiful cookies. The technique she shared today was with stencils and it is on my list of things to try.