Flower cookies recipe

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Our flower cookies only take 20 minutes to bake and make an excellent gift or party buffet snack

Flower cookies
(Image credit: Future)
Preparation Time1 hours (including decorating time)
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time1 hours 20 mins plus cooling time
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories364 Kcal18%
Fat10 g14%
Saturated Fat1.5 g8%

These flower cookies look impressive and take longer to decorate than to bake but with some practise you’ll soon be an expert. 

Our easy chocolate chip cookies are chewy and delicious but if you want something that looks a little more spectacular, this is the recipe for you. Using shop bought sugarpaste is an effective and quick way to make your cookies look professional. 


For the cookies:

  • 25g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 medium egg
  • 250g plain flour
  • Few drops of vanilla extract

For the decoration:

  • Approx 500g sugarpaste in assorted colours, eg, pink, blue, yellow and orange
  • 500g packet royal icing sugar
  • Paste food colourings in blue, yellow, pink and orange
  • Sugar-coated chocolates, eg, Smarties

You will also need:

  • Blossom-shaped cookie cutters
  • Piping bags and plain writing piping tubes, eg, No 2




  1. Set the oven to 160C (140C fan, Gas 3). Cream together the butter, sugar and salt, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg with a spoonful of flour. Beat in the vanilla extract and then the rest of the flour, until the mixture binds together to form a dough. If the dough is very soft, put it in a plastic bag and chill until it’s firm enough to roll out.
  2. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 5mm thick and use the cutters to cut out an assortment of sizes. Place them on lined baking sheets.
  3. Bake the biscuits for 15-20 minutes, or until the cookies start to turn golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and slide the cookies on to a wire rack. Decorate immediately, so that the sugarpaste will stick to them from the heat of the biscuits.
  4. Knead the sugarpaste to soften it and roll out on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar. Use the cutters to cut out shapes and press on to the warm biscuits.
  5. Colour the royal icing with your choice of colourings and fill piping bags with the writing tubes. Pipe petal shapes on the cookies and place a sweet in the centre of each flower before the royal icing dries.
  6. Leave the icing to dry and set before serving.

Top tips for making flower cookies

You can flavour your cookies with other extracts instead like almond, orange or caramel. Another easy flavour boost is adding the zest or an orange or lemon to the biscuit dough. 

What flowers can you bake with?

If you fancy adding some floral flavours to your biscuits, lavender and rose are both popular choices. Add the flavour sparingly as if you add too much it can have a soapy, perfumed aftertaste. Daisies, honeysuckle, dandelions, lilacs and nasturtium are also great choices. 

Can you decorate cookies with real flowers?

Instead of decorating the cookies with icing to look like flowers, you could top the cookies with some pressed edible flowers such as pansies. You’ll need to remove the stems and press for a couple of hours until nice and flat. Secure the flowers to the cookies using a light icing and a fine brush to paint a layer of icing over the petals.

How to store flower cookies?

Once dry, store cookies in an airtight container, with baking parchment between layers, for up to 5 days.

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Jessica Ransom

“I always think a homemade edible gift is perfect for any occasion. You can customise the shape of your biscuit depending on the occasion and match the colours to the recipient’s favourites. These biscuits would be great as a gift from little ones to their grandparents or teachers and if they are a little rustic looking, they will still taste amazing.”  

With this adjustable rolling pin you can be confident you’ve rolled the biscuit dough and sugar paste to the correct thickness. It’s one of our best kitchen gadgets under £50.

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin - View at Amazon 

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin - View at Amazon 

This rolling pin is very useful for rolling biscuit dough, icing and pastry. There are four different sizes to choose from and they are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Try this sugar cookies recipe next and then bake a batch of our vanilla cookies too. You might also like our Snickerdoodle cookies.

Food & Recipes writer

Sue McMahon is a former Food and Recipes Writer at GoodTo and Cooking Editor at Woman's Weekly. Her primary passion is cakes and Sue regularly travels the world teaching cake decorating. Her biggest achievement to date was winning the Prix d’honneur at La Salon Culinaire International de Londres beating over 1,200 other entries.

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