Handpainted Butterfly Cookies

Let your creativity take flight with these vibrant butterfly cookies!

By Veena Azmanov
Veena's Art of Cakes

  • Sugar Cookies
  • Butterfly Shaped Cookie Cutter (in multiple sizes)
  • Satin Ice Fondant: White, Black
  • CMC
  • Rolling Pin
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Piping Gel / Sugar Syrup
  • Corn Flour
  • Dry Powder / Gel Colors
  • Vodka / Lemon Extract


Let's Get Started:

  • Bake your favorite sugar cookie recipe with your desired size of Butterfly cookie cutters. Once baked, cool them completely.


Decorating the Cookies:

  • Roll some white sugar paste about 1/3 inch thick.
  • Place plastic wrap over the paste and cut with cookie cutter. Using plastic wrap over the paste will give you a beveled edge that looks much nicer than the usual square edges.


  • Use piping gel or sugar syrup to adhere the paste to the cookies.
  • Run your finger around edges to smooth the sides.
  • Use your corn flour pouch to buff the surface of the cookies. This will give you a nice, smooth surface.


  • Let the finished fondant topped cookies dry for about an hour.


Now, give your cookies a color wash. You can do this in two ways:

  • First Option: Dry powder colors - which gives the cookie a lighter base.
  • Second Option: Gel colors mixed with vodka or lemon extract.



  • Use brush strokes from the outer edges to the center of the cookie.
  • You can add the first color, leave to dry for a few minutes, then add a second color to add more depth. Uneven color patches look nicer on the finished cookie.


Adding the butterfly body:

  • Use Satin Ice Black fondant with CMC (added so that the fondant dries harder, and won't be squashed when stacked).
  • Roll into sausage shaped pieces tapering towards one end, as shown below.
  • Make an indent for the head with the knife and eyes with a pin. Add some lines for the body if you choose.


Adding the black details on the wings:

  • Print a few butterfly designs for inspiration. You can be organic and creative in your design of the wings, but it is important to maintain symmetry between both sides.


  • Ensure the color wash is dried on the cookie.
  • Create the outline of the butterfly's wings. Top two and bottom two.
  • You can make the black outline as thin or thick as you desire, beginning with a black line in the center of the body may help achieve symmetry.
  • Once you have the divisions made, start adding the veins of the wings.
  • You can see the graduation of lines from the 3rd to the 5th images.


  • Lastly I added some yellow dots to create highlights.




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