These Bloomin’ Flower Cookies are so much fun to make and eat! This sugar cookie recipe is perfect for spring and summer parties, picnics and birthdays.
We are having the typical Minnesota spring with everything from snow to rain, clouds to sun and below freezing temps to temps near seventy…all in one week! They say that April showers bring May flowers and since I am better at baking than I am at gardening, I made Bloomin’ Flower Cookies!
About 15 years ago, I was given the perfect sugar cookie recipe. It was a sugar cookie recipe that included cream of tartar and the dough didn’t have to be rolled out. Instead, balls of dough are formed, dipped them in sugar and flatten with a glass.
Unfortunately, I lost the recipe. I spent some time looking for it last week. First, I looked through my recipe stash and then I looked online, but couldn’t find anything that sounded right. So, instead of testing a bunch of sugar cookie recipes, I used the refrigerated sugar cookie dough for this recipe.
First, mix 1/3 cup of flour into the sugar cookie dough. Then, divide the dough into as many sections as you want colors and tint each one with food coloring.
I used Wilton Icing Gel for the intense colors you can get with a smaller amount of food coloring.
Form one tablespoon of dough into a ball and roll it in sugar. I used Wilton White Sparkling Sugar also know as sanding sugar, but granulated sugar would work too.
I saw this idea for cutting cookies into flower shapes on the Better Homes and Gardens website and thought it was really cool.
Use clean scissors to make a cut through the top half of the cookie dough ball. Then, cut each half in half and then cut each quarter in half so that you end up with eight “petals”.
Gently spread the petals apart. The dough looks really pretty like this and I even tried baking a batch, but the dough flattens and spreads out.
It still looks like a flower, but it wasn’t the look I was going for.
Instead, flip each piece of cut dough over and place it on the bottom side of a silicone mini muffin pan. (I found my Grazia Silicon Muffin Pan on Amazon.)
Put one on every other mini muffin cup so that they don’t stick together as they bake.
Bake at 350 degrees for 9-13 minutes. If you bake them for a shorter period of time, the cookies will be softer, but more likely to fall apart.
If you bake them for a longer period of time, the cookies will be harder, but more sturdy.
Allow the cookies to cool until they are set enough to handle (or let them cool completely) and remove them from the pan.
Use a Wilton 1M star tip to make swirls of colored buttercream frosting.
Next, use a Wilton #12 round tip to make small dots in the center of each swirl. I brought these Bloomin’ Flower Cookies to my brother-in-law’s birthday party for the kids and they LOVED them! Every cookie disappeared!
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What can I use instead of shorterning
You can use all butter to make the buttercream frosting if you prefer. You may need to alter the amount of heavy cream you add.
What does the shortening do as opposed to just butter?
Using a combination of butter and shortening gives you the best combination of taste and stability.
The shortening is 100% fat and doesn’t melt like butter does when it gets warm. So, the shortening will make the frosting more stable. This is especially important if you’re bringing your dessert somewhere to share and the space might be warm.
On the other hand, shortening doesn’t have the flavor that butter does. You can make an all shortening frosting but the only flavor it will have is whatever you add to it.
Adding artificial flavors can therefore make the frosting taste artificial. So that is why this buttercream frosting uses a combination of both butter and shortening.
WANDA LE BEAU says
TO CUTE. CAN NOT WAIT TO MAKE THESE.
Belinda @ bindybee says
These are so gorgeous! What a great idea for a kids party. Pinning this one.
Myrtice Stevens says
Oh girl, this is too adorable. This is what I always wished for when I was a little kid. You know, princess parties and stuff. Thanks for bringing back my childhood dear.
These are so cute! Sometimes I feel like your my blogging twin, because a lot of the things you post are things I would make too! 🙂
We totally are!! I love it!
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says
These cookies are just the cutest!
Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says
These are so cute! What a genius tip to cut them to look like flowers. Love it!
Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says
OMG girl these are so darling! I am seriously so in love.