TULIP COOKIES/ Mom's Favorite

Tulips are my favorite flowers maybe because they were my Mom’s favorite too. Every fall when the garden magazine selling tulip bulbs arrives in the mailbox, I love to look at the photos of colorful gardens. I’m always tempted to buy but instead choose to enjoy my neighbor’s yard every spring which is full of tulips in vibrant pink, orange and white. They are visible from our breakfast nook and are beautiful. I wish they lasted all spring and summer long instead of a brief week or two.

This cutter is a tulip petal but I wanted leaves on my cookie. To create the desired look, I outlined the tulip and leaves with food decorating pens.

Tulip Cookies
Tulip Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Purple with AmeriColor Fuchsia and Regal Purple
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Bright Green with AmeriColor Electric Green and Leaf Green
AmeriColor Food Decorating Pens (Purple & Green)
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2

Draw tulip and leaves with purple and green decorating pens.
Outline tulip with #2 tip in purple icing.
Hint: Pipe just outside lines to conceal markings.

Flood tulip with purple icing.

Pipe stem and outline leaves with #2 tip in green icing.
Hint: Pipe just outside lines to conceal markings.

Flood leaves with green icing.
Leave as is and let dry overnight or add detail.

Outline detail on tulip with #2 tip in purple icing.

Outline detail on leaves with #2 tip in green icing.
Let dry overnight.


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  1. How beautiful!!!

    1. Lisa, Thank you! These were fun to decorate too!

  2. Perfectly done! Your icing abilities are spectacular!!!

    1. Liz, Thank you! Just like most things, decorating with royal icing takes a little practice.

  3. I'm such a fan of tulips, too, Joan. Maybe because they signify the start of spring. But I also wish they lasted longer than they do! And my guess is....your beautiful tulip cookies did not last very long as well! I love shortbread and your icing is just spectacular. You definitely need to go into business with these!!!

    1. Hi Anne, Thank you! I always appreciate your kind remarks. Like most of the cookies I bake & decorate, these went to friends. On a recent weekend, 4 of us visited some wineries in the lovely Northern Virginia countryside, grilled out on the deck and sent them home with these tulip cookies. Maybe between my cookies and your gorgeous cakes we would have a successful enterprise!

  4. These are so pretty! Thanks for your very clear directions, I feel like maybe I could make these! I am stopping by to let you know that I am featuring this post on #GetHimFed Friday tomorrow. Thanks for the great recipe and I hope you will link up with us again!

    1. Kristin, Thank you! Give it a try and you may get hooked on cookie decorating. Thank you for featuring these tulip cookies and I've added a link from this post to your link party. Happy decorating!

  5. Joan,
    Thanks for linking up to #GetHimFed last week. I'm featuring your post on #GetHimFed No. 37 too. Can’t wait to see what you bring this week. We party from early Friday morning through Sunday night every week. I’ve also pinned to our #GetHimFed Pinterest board.

    1. Annamaria, Thank you for featuring my tulip cookies on your link party and I appreciate the pin. I have added a link from this post to your link party. (I was unable to leave a comment on the link party since I do not have a wordpress account.) Have a great weekend!


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