Easy Butterfly Sugar Cookies

I’m not a huge fan of decorating cookies with a knife and icing. I like to whip up a batch of Buttercream Frosting [see below for recipe], fill a piping bag that’s fitted with a small star tip, and decorate away!  These butterfly cookies are really easy to make, and you can use a variation of tips to design them. I find the star tip is easiest for beginners, it  fills in the gaps without looking messy.

buttercream icing 

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream, or 2% milk
  • 1 tsp white vanilla extract (Watkins or Wilton brand, if possible)


  1. Using an electric mixer, combine the butter, whipping cream and vanilla. 
  2. Add the sifted icing sugar, 1/2 cup at a time.
  3. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate the icing smoothly.
  4. Whip the icing until it’s fluffy and smooth. 
  5. Add desired colouring.
  6. Scoop some icing into a piping bag with your chosen tip and decorate your cookies however you like!

I like to use a plain#3 or a star#20 tip to outline my cookies with white icing, then I add a different colour to the remainder of the icing and pipe it on using a star tip (#18).

Try it!



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