How to Make Decorated Tulip Sugar Cookies

Use this cookie decorating tutorial to learn how to make decorated tulip sugar cookies.

Decorated spring flower sugar cookies -- tulip, daffodils, and daisies

ACTUAL conversation with my 7 year old daughter this morning:

Her: Hey mom, can you do my laundry today? It has to be TODAY.
Me: *all happiness leaving*
Her: Because I need more socks for Friday.
Me: For FRIDAY? Do you have socks for today?
Her: Yes. But I won't have enough for Friday.
Me: Friday is three days away. I can do your laundry tomorrow or even Thursday.
Her: And it will be done by Friday?!!

You guys. She LEGIT thinks that laundry takes THREE DAYS.

I should probably be horrified. But secretly...I'm just REALLY glad that I don't have to do laundry today...or even tomorrow.

decorated sugar cookies for Mother's Day - tulips, daisies, and daffodils

Want to avoid laundry for at least another hour and make some tulip cookies with me?

Tulip sugar cookie decorating tutorial

1. With medium consistency pink icing and a #3 tip, outline and fill a vaguely petal shaped area covering most of the cookie and slightly off center. Add a second petal on the right edge of the cookie. Let the icing to dry for at least 15 minutes.
2. With the same pink icing, add a second petal on the left side of the tulip. Grab some  darker pink icing with another #3 tip and add another petal in the center behind the first one. Let it dry for 15 minutes.
3. With the darker pink icing, fill in the back half of the two side petals.
4. Pipe the petal detail line on the front of the center petal with thick dark pink icing and a #2 tip. Use medium consistency green icing and a #2 tip to pipe the stem. Let the cookie dry for 4-6 hours or overnight.

Let’s be honest. You could totally skip this step and call it a job well done. Unlike your laundry…I won’t judge you for your choices. But if you DO decide to paint up your cookie, you’ll be in good company. Paint some watered down burgundy food coloring (or brown if you didn’t use pink icing) and paint it in the cracks between all the petals. Also, shade in the area around the detail line on the front petal. Paint white along the edges of the petals as shown.

Spring flower sugar cookies - daffodil, tulip, and daisies

And that’s it. Fantastic tulip cookies. You’re a natural.


Get the cutters: TULIP, DAFFODIL, and BIRD. I can NOT remember where I got the plaque cutter from!! If any of you know - will you tell me? Thanks!!

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