Flying Butterfly Cookies – Part 3

I really enjoyed making these butterfly cookies. They were a lot of fun and butterflies are beautiful by nature so, butterfly cookies have no choice but to be beautiful also. I really wanted to do something different in this set. I thought a few flying butterfly cookies would do the trick. It is very simple and I will show you how.

Flying Butterfly Cookies - Easy Butterfly cookies made with sugar cookies and royal icing www.thebearfootbaker.comI normally don’t airbrush and paint on the same cookie but, for these butterflies it turned out exactly the way I wanted. The bottom of the wings show a little of the yellow airbrush color. That is hard to do without airbrushing and I think it really makes the wings look realistic. And it only takes a few seconds. Then, adding the details with a paintbrush really makes this cookie pop.

Supplies for Flying Butterfly Cookies:

Butterfly Cookie Cutter
Sharp Knife
Follow the directions here to decorate the butterfly cookies and let them dry completely.
Black 15 Second Icing
Chocolate Roll Out Cookie Recipe
Royal Icing Recipe

Simple butterfly cookies - cut out sugar cookies with royal icing from thebearfootbaker.comBefore you bake the butterfly cookies, you need to cut the wings off of the body with a sharp knife. Chilling the dough will make it easy to cut.

Bake the cookies as you normally would and make sure the body isn’t touching or is not close to the wings while they bake.

Simple butterfly cookies - step by step tutorial on how to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing with thebearfootbaker.comYou can find the full tutorial on how to decorate the butterfly cookies here. The only difference is you will be working on the butterfly in three pieces.

Flying Butterfly Cookies by thebearfootbaker.comOnce the cookies are decorated and dry, they are ready to be assembled. You need to look around your kitchen to find something that will make a place to prop both sides of the wings up so they can dry overnight. I usually use my Wilton Cooling Rack but for these, I grabbed my handy dandy rolling pins. To keep them from rolling away, I used the rolling pin spacers that I use when rolling out the dough and it work really well.

How to Make Simple Butterfly Cookies via www.thebearfootbaker.comOnce the rolling pins were spaced evenly apart, cover it with parchment paper.

How to Make a Flying Butterfly Cookie via thebearfootbaker.comNow it is time to make these butterflies fly. Take one of the wings and add some black icing to the edge where you want to attach the body.

How to make a flying butterfly cookie with www.thebearfootbaker.comThen, add the body. As you can see, the body will stick pretty well on it’s own. I am not holding it in this picture. It just kind of stays where you put it if your black icing is the right consistency. Add icing to the other wing and and attach it to the other side of the body. You may need to place the cookies in the grove of the rolling pins to attach them.

How to make simple butterfly cookies by www.thebearfootbaker.comTo make the the wings the right angle, you may need to adjust the rolling pins once you place the flying butterfly cookies in the middle. Once you get it the right angle for the first cookie, the others should fit in a nice row behind the first one.

Now for the hard part. Do NOT touch THEM! Let them dry overnight.

Flying Butterfly Cookies - Decorated Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing via thebearfootbaker.com

Next, pipe a circle for the head and let it dry for about 20 minutes.

Simple Flying Butterfly Cookies- Easy Cut Out Cookies with Royal Icing via thebearfootbaker.com

Then pipe the body.

32ABe sure to pop any air bubbles in the icing or you will have an ugly place in the icing. Look at the head of my butterfly. Oh well. It happens to all of us. How to make a flying butterfly cookie- cut out cookies decorated with royal icing with www.thebearfootbaker.comLet it dry completely.

Flying Butterfly Cookies - Easy Butterfly cookies made with sugar cookies and royal icing www.thebearfootbaker.comSee! I told you these cookies were easy. All little airbrush and painting and white icing makes a pretty cute butterfly cookie doesn’t it.

To see how to decorate the butterflies, click here.
To see how to make the caterpillars, click here.

Bear hugs,

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Comments

  1. These are BRILLIANT and so well done!!! LOVE!

  2. These are stunning and attaching the wings as you did to give them *flight* was very smart and really gives the cookies another added dimension.

  3. The only way these would be easy for me is if you were making them! :) I love how you search your kitchen for propping the wings – seems I’m always searching for just the right size something! :) Beautiful cookies, looks like they’re ready to take flight!

  4. I’ve been loving your butterfly series of posts, Lisa! They turned out fantastic! 3D cookies always have a special place in my heart. :)

  5. The flat butterflies are beautiful, but the “flying” ones are extra special!! So pretty!

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