Daisy Cookies with Simple Ladybugs
Spring has arrived and is in full bloom. Everywhere I look I see beautiful flowers popping up showing off their vibrant colors and unique shapes. If you haven’t stopped to smell the roses or even to took a moment to see how beautiful nature is, you need to do it today. You won’t be disappointed.
Living in the mountains you see all kinds of wonderful things in nature like the wild flowers that grow along my driveway. I stopped yesterday and took a few pictures and it made me think about my blog. I couldn’t remember what kind of flowers tutorials I have shared. I was a bit surprised that I didn’t have have that many. Today that is going to change. I have several tutorials planned and I think fun daisy cookies are the perfect place to start adding nature’s beauty to the blog.Daisies are a rather simple flower but they are also powerful. I think Meg Ryal siad it best in the movie, “You’ve Got Mail.” She said, “Aren’t daisies the friendliest flowers?” I totally agree that they are. Give a friend a bouquet of daisies or a a platter of daisy cookies and you see not only how powerful daisies can be but you will also see the power of cookies!
Supplies for Daisy Cookies:
Lazy Daisy Cookie Cutter by Whisked Away Cutters
Ladybug Royal Icing Transfers (Click Here for the Patterns)
15 Second Icing – Yellow, White and Brown
Black Non-Pareils – Not the ones I use for eyes. These are much smaller and work well for flowers. The 4mm black edible pearls is what I recommend for eyes but aren’t used to make these cookies.Are you looking for a good sugar or chocolate roll out cookie recipe? Maybe you need a good royal icing recipe. If so, you are welcome to try mine. If you don’t like them, there are hundreds out there you can experiment with until you find one that works for you.
I have a little tip for you. Try mixing different flavors of cookies in your cookie platters. It not only give the guest a choice, the different colors of dough will add a little interest to the platter. I am going to show you how to make the yellow daisies in this tutorial and I have made a video with the yellow one’s. The only difference is the color of icing and the sprinkles for the center of the flowers.
- Begin by outlining the petals of the flowers.
- Flood the two petals on the end of the daisy cookie and let them dry for about 10 minutes. You will know when it has dried enough to add the next petal because you will notice the icing on the first two petals will crust over. The reason to wait until it crusts over is so the icing will make the petals look individual and give them a separated look instead of making them look like they are all one petal.
- Next, flood one of the center petals and let it dry for a few minutes.
- Repeat for the last petal and let the cookies dry overnight.
Now it is time to add the center of the flowers. Place a cookie in a coffee filter. Coffee filters are a great tool to use when adding sprinkles. The curved sides will catch the sprinkles and the flexibility of the filter will allow you to easily add the unused sprinkles back to the original container. Bridget over at Bake at 350 taught this little trick to us. Her blog is full of great tips and beautiful cookies.
Pipe the center with the brown icing. Be careful not to over flood the center or the weight of the non pareils could make the icing fall over the edge of the cookie.
Sprinkle the non pareils onto the wet brown icing.Gently shake off the excess.Aren’t they cute? Here is the video for the white daisy cookies.
Do you remember a long time ago when we made the royal icing ladybug transfers? Well, this is a great way to use them to add a little more fun to your daisies. All you need to do is make the ladybug transfers a few days in advance and use a drop of white or yellow icing to glue them to the to the daisy cookies. This is reason 1,000,001 why I love royal icing transfers. If you have a good supply of transfers on hand, you can add fun things to your cookies quickly without worrying about the icing bleeding or drying time for the icing.
If you wan to add the ladybug cookies, follow the steps below:
- Pipe a half circle with black icing for the head of the ladybug. Use a spatula or butterknife to spread a thin layer of black icing for the tail of the ladybug. Let it dry overnight.
- Outline the body with red icing.
- Flood the body with the red icing.
- Add some black royal icing transfers to the body. You can find the free circle pattern here. Instead of making white eyes, I just used black icing to make black dots. Use the size that goes best with the size of your ladybug cookie.
- Let it dry overnight.
I am finally glad to be sharing some cute daisy cookies to and can’t wait to make some different varieties of flower cookies. Stayed tuned for more flowers in the near future. In the meantime, I hope you get a chance to go outside and smell the roses.