Here is a super adorable Frosted Sugar Cookie recipe from cake queen Peggy Porschen. Obviously, you can use any cookie cutter shape you have at hand to make these, but the butterflies look quite sweet with the two shades of icing swirled together. On top I’ve piped a thicker royal icing for the border and a thinner royal icing to fill or “flood” the inside of the cookie.

Recipe adapted from Peggy Porschen’s ”Romantic Cakes”

You will need:

  • Large baking tray(s)
  • Cookie cutters in the shape of your choice
  • Piping bags (at least 3) and small round nozzles (size 1-5)
  • Rolling pin
  •  Toothpicks or skewers

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Frosted Sugar Cookies
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Here is a super adorable Frosted Sugar Cookie recipe from cake queen Peggy Porschen. Obviously, you can use any cookie cutter shape you have at hand to make these, but the butterflies look quite sweet with the two shades of icing swirled together. On top I’ve piped a thicker royal icing for the border and a thinner royal icing to fill or “flood” the inside of the cookie.
Servings: cookies, approx.
Units:

Ingredients

Sugar Cookies
Royal Icing Outline
Royal Icing Pattern

Instructions

Sugar Cookies
  1. Add the butter, sugar and vanilla to the bowl of an electric mixer. Whisk on medium speed until the mixture just starts to become creamy. Beat in the egg until it’s well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  2. Use a paddle attachment on low speed to mix in the flour until a dough forms.
  3. Empty the dough onto a clean bench. Knead the dough into a ball. Split it into 3 pieces. Flatten each into a disc, wrap them individually in clingfilm and place them in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  4. Lightly flour the bench. Remove the dough from the fridge. Knead it to a rolling consistency if needed. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough 5mm thick. Cut shapes from the dough using the cookie cutter and place them on the baking tray lined with baking paper. Leave at least 1cm between cookies. Keep kneading the scraps of dough back together and rerolling the dough to make more cookies.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 fan forced; 350 F). Place the tray of cookies back in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This stops the cookies from spreading out while they bake.
  6. Transfer the tray of cookies from the fridge to the middle of the oven. Bake until the cookies become golden around the edges. Total baking time is 8-15 minutes depending on the size of the cookies. They might seem a bit soft at first but they harden as they cool.
  7. Remove cookies from the oven. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Royal Icing Outline
  1. In a small bowl whisk the egg white with the lemon juice until combined.
  2. Sift the icing sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer. Pour in the egg white. Add a few drops of food colouring. Beat on low speed with the paddle attachment until all is combined and smooth.
  3. Test the consistency of the icing. Make a mark across the icing with a knife. The mark should fill in within 8-10 seconds. If it’s too fast add small amounts of icing sugar until it’s the right consistency.
  4. Fill a piping bag fitted with a size one round nozzle attached with the icing. Carefully pipe a border around the edge of each cookie.
Royal Icing Pattern
  1. Whisk the egg whites and lemon juice together then add it to a clean dry bowl of an electric mixer. Sift in the icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined. This icing should be thinner than the one made for the border. For the consistency test a mark made with a knife should fill itself in 3-4 seconds. If not add a few drops of water to the icing to thin it out.
  2. Separate the icing into two bowls. Tint each bowl of icing a different colour with a few drops of food colouring. Stir to evenly combine.
  3. Put the icing colours in two separate piping bags fitted with round nozzles. Pipe the colours on opposite halves of the cookie.
  4. Use a toothpick or skewer to push the icing into any sharp corners depending on the cookie shape.
  5. To create the colour marble effect drag a toothpick through the icing in a zig-zag pattern across the line where the two colours meet.
  6. Let the cookies dry completely.

Baking Tips

  • Undecorated cookies will keep for 1 month in an airtight container if they’re wrapped in clingfilm.
  • Iced cookies will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days
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49 Comments

  1. Sugar Junkie

    Firstly – congrats on handing in your thesis! And secondly, I love that you are doing something for a very worthy charity. It is such a misunderstood disease.

  2. April

    Oh wow!!!! Your cookies look STUNNING! You really perfected the black outline and I love the blending of the two colours! Just beautiful and a great symbolism for such a worthy cause.

    Congrats too for handing in your thesis, I’m sure it is a load off your mind.

  3. Iron Chef Shellie

    What a great idea to raise awareness.

    And gorgeous cookies too!
    x

  4. Anonymous

    Beautiful cookies for a wonderful cause. Your cookies are such a lovely way to raise awareness of an often misunderstood disease.

    Congratulations on handing in your thesis too :)

  5. Ellie

    Your cookies are beautiful! Love how you dedicated this month DBC to create awareness of a good course! Well done, Emma!

  6. chef_d

    I love the colors you used for the butterfly-shaped cookies! Great job!

  7. Miss Betty

    Dear Miss CakeMistress,

    I would just like to congratulate you on such an informative website. I would also like to thank you for the continual updates on all your amazing creations throughout the process of this business endeavour. You are truly inspirational and I look forward to our next baking adventure with the Spatula Sisters.

    My sincerest regards,

    Miss Betty x

    “The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.”

    M. F. K. Fisher (1908-1992)

  8. marcellina

    What gorgeous cookies and a great way to raise awareness. Depression needs to be talk about more openly and not with shame.

  9. Emily

    Wow! So gorgeous and I loved the video – I just really wanted some music with it too! Your cookies are so professional looking and neat!

    Also great work on the thesis – massive congratulations.

    Lastly – an excellent cause. Raising awareness is so important.

  10. Conor @ Hold the Beef

    What a brilliant cause, and brilliant butterflies to match. Top work!

  11. honeyandsoy

    What a great cause! Love the happy butterflies. And BIG congrats on submitting your thesis!

  12. Rachel

    Congratulations on handing in your thesis, do you want to have a go at writing mine? :P

    Also, congratulations for picking such an awesome cause.

  13. Anonymous

    AWesome! You rock. :)

  14. Cakelaw

    These cookies are gorgeous! And a terrific cause to support.

  15. Dunnntoperfection

    Absolutely gorgeous Emma, your butterfly cookies are beautiful. I love your fundraising idea – great job! Cath.

  16. Von

    The cookies are so pretty! This is definitely meaningful…=)
    We have a day at our school where we wear blue and donate money to support beyond blue……
    such a shame it’s past already- or else I could have baked these cookies!!

  17. Kara@butterheartssugar

    They are such gorgeous cookies, so perfectly decorated! What a great idea to raise awareness.
    Many congrats on handing in your thesis!

  18. Amanda

    They’re beeeeeeeeeeeewdiful! Great fundraising effort too. Is there a picture of your icing covered toaster anywhere though? In all seriousness though – top job!

  19. Thea

    Fantastic sugar cookies – they really are representative of the logo for Beyond Blue. Thank you for the tutorial. I can see now that my icing was definitely too thick. Congratulations on handing in your thesis, it is such a commitment.

  20. Shelley C

    Congrats on handing in your thesis, and what a great idea for your inspiration on this challenge. Your cookies are beautiful and were made for a great cause.

  21. Christina

    Gorgeous cookies! Love the colors!

  22. DessertForTwo

    How pretty!
    CONGRATS on turning in your Master’s thesis! I turned mine in almost 1 year ago and life has been great ever since! Stick with it–finish the editing and get.it.done! :)

  23. Celeste @ Berrytravels

    I am in awe! My piping skills are made of fail at best and I’ve been wondering recently what sort of practice I could do to perfect my piping skills. Such beautiful cookies and such a fabulous cause too.

  24. Cindy

    Congrats on submitting your thesis! Definitely something to be proud of.

    These cookies are a great match to the Beyond Blue logo, and the video was the perfect way to show the pretty icing technique. I don’t think I ever would have worked it out otherwise!

  25. Thedaintybaker

    I love what you are doing, it’s for such a great cause! I also believe that depression is something that goes overlooked yet it can be so serious and so often misunderstood. Lovely cookies, you did a fantastic job with the flooding :) …and congrats on the thesis … must be a huge sigh of relief now :)

  26. deeba

    L♥v the inspiration and how beautifully you executed it! Makes it even more prettier that you connected it to the charity. Your butterflies are inspirational! Well done indeed!

  27. Ladybird

    Beautiful cookies, and what a great idea to use this month’s DBC to raise awareness and $ for such a good cause. Beyond Blue is a fantastic organisation.

  28. Mon

    Gorgeous colours! Love your cookies!

  29. Scandifoodie

    Congratulations on your thesis, I know how it feels to get it finally off your shoulders! And what a wonderful thing of you to do to raise money for this charity! These are beautiful cookies! Maria x

  30. frankie

    The butterflies are beautiful – love that they are for a good cause.

  31. My Restaurants Melbourne

    what a great cause your raising money for. the biscuits look so cute too.,

  32. mademoiselle delicieuse

    So THIS is what your piping was for! They do look very pretty indeed and would be great to decorate with glittery sugar and sprinkles for kids’ parties too.

  33. Phuoc'n Delicious

    First of all, congrats with handing your thesis in, I want you to celebrate with lots of cake and yummy food :D Secondly, what a great cause you’ve set this month’s theme on. The cookies are so pretty

  34. Foodessa

    Emma…your stunning cookies says a lot about the strong and determined person you are in order to create such beauty. I would have a very hard time biting into one of these…I’d rather frame it ;o)

    BTW…I’m sure your thesis will be well recieved…good luck.

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

  35. Anonymous

    Oh that looks beautiful! i really love the transition effect :)

  36. Belly Rumbles

    Well done on handing in that thesis.

    Beyond Blue is close to my heart, big hug to you for supporting what they do.

    Now on to those awesome butterfly cookies, truly gorgeous!

  37. Laura

    Your cookies are beautiful… and for a wonderful cause! :)

  38. MandyM

    Your biscuits are gorgeous! I love the colours and they’re so neat and uniformly iced, just perfection. Also, congrats on handing in your thesis :)

    Thanks for taking part of the September challenge (and using it for a good cause!)

  39. Sirius73

    Love the butterflies! :-)

  40. Anonymous

    Thanks for the thesis congratulations and support. It is very much appreciated.

  41. Anonymous

    Thank you April. Finally got the hang of piping the butterflies after about 30 cookies. The first ones were TERRIBLE!!!

    I appreciate your support on this post.

  42. Anonymous

    My Dear Miss Betty,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I love the quote!

    I simply cannot wait until we meet again. The ladies can busy ourselves in the kitchen, gossiping about dapper, dashing gentlemen over cucumber sandwiches and pitchers of lemonade. Homemade of course. None of that uncouth football, however, as we are laaaadies.

    Kindest Regards,

    Cake Mistress x

  43. Anonymous

    My Dear Miss Betty,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I love the quote!

    I simply cannot wait until we meet again. The ladies can busy ourselves in the kitchen, gossiping about dapper, dashing gentlemen over cucumber sandwiches and pitchers of lemonade. Homemade of course. None of that uncouth football, however, as we are laaaadies.

    Kindest Regards,

    Cake Mistress x

  44. Anonymous

    Thanks for the support Rachel. I wish you much luck in the final stretch of you thesis. You have an awesome brain and will write something great, I know it.

  45. Anonymous

    I wish I took a photo of the frosting covered toaster. And kitchen, really. What a sight!
    Thanks for the support. x

  46. Anonymous

    Awww, well I definitely recommend lining up 36 sugar cookies and piping ridiculously thin outlines for piping practice. I wish I took a photo of piping progress from the first cookie to the last, ha ha. So much fail :)
    I appreciate your support, thank you.

  47. Sue_tigger

    congrats on handing in your thesis=) 

  48. Sue_tigger

    your cookies look fantastic..its wonderful to hear that you are doing this for a good cause.
    .