Turn shortbread cookies into beautiful strawberry flower cookies for spring.
strawberry flower cookies
These rich, delicious strawberry flower cookies start with our cut-out sugar cookies and are topped with fresh strawberry "tulips" and a hint of sugar.
Add a batch to your spring-themed desserts or your Easter table.
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To make these flower cookies with strawberries, you'll need to make cut-out cookies and an easy sugar cookie icing for the stems and leaves. Fresh strawberries make the tulips.
- Butter (unsalted is fine, although I personally prefer salted)
- Confectioner's sugar, also known as powdered sugar or icing sugar
- Pure vanilla extract
- A large egg
- All-purpose flour
For lots of tips and tricks to make these cookies, including tips on how to roll out and bake the cookies, find the full recipe card for CUT-OUT COOKIES.
A quick sugar cookie icing is easy to make with:
- Confectioner's sugar
- Milk (any milk, including vegan substitutes, will work)
- Pure vanilla extract
- Dash of salt
To decorate, you'll need the icing above, fresh strawberries, and an egg white wash. You can also sprinkle additional sugar on the cookies if desired.
Tools you'll need
You'll need either an oval or circle cookie cutter. Make sure the cookie cutter is large enough to accommodate your strawberries. Here, I used a fluted oval cookie cutter 2 inches by 2 ½ inches. Keep in mind if you use a different size cutter your yield may be different.
To decorate with the icing, I suggest using a 12-inch disposable decorating bag.
For food coloring, I recommend Americolor Soft Gel Paste Electric Green (but any gel paste coloring will work.)
You'll need baking trays.
Line your tray with parchment paper for best results.
Transfer cookies to a baking rack to fully cool.
While our recipes provide both the metric and non-metric amounts, for best results, we recommend a digital scale.
I use an oven thermometer for accuracy. (This is how I know my oven runs 25 degrees cold.)
tips make tulip cookies with fresh strawberries
- Chill your cookie dough before rolling it out.
- Use a very light hand with the egg white wash. You don't need too much.
- Be sure to pay attention to the consistency of the icing. If it's too runny, it will be difficult to pipe.
- Dab the strawberries dry with a paper towel before adding to the cookies.
- You likely won't need all of the icing. Store the icing at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. If you'd like to decorate more cookies, be sure to check out all of these COOKIE DECORATING IDEAS.