I think these sugar cookies are so adorable that I couldn’t resist making my own. How is everyone doing today? These sugar cookies make me miss my hometown of Phoenix, AZ so much! They are extremely easy to make and can be easily recreated in your own kitchen!
I personally hate waste and really wanted to use these little white dragees that have been sitting in my pantry forever. I saw that they looked adorable on these sugar cookies and truly give them the final touch. One of the reasons that I was so excited to finally be able to use these, is that I had tried in the past to decorate with them for many different projects, but they always made my project look worse lol. They never seemed to make anything look BETTER and I was on the verge of throwing them away. Thankfully, I finally found a solution for those pesky little white dragees. Don’t you hate when you have something in your baking cabinet that you can’t seem to find a use for?? So annoying, I know. Note: This recipe only covers how to decorate the cactus cookies. If you are looking for directions on how to make the sugar cookie dough and Italian buttercream, I will link those posts below.
You can find the link to the Italian Buttercream post right here!
You can find the link to the sugar cookie dough right here!
Some of the things you will need for this recipe:
- #823 Star Tip
- Reusable Piping Bag
- Green food coloring of your choice
- Pink food coloring of your choice
- Two bowls
I only added a couple of drops of food coloring to the buttercream to get that minty color that I really love with the contrast of the pink flower. Add however much food coloring that you would like to get the desired effect that you are looking for. This is one of my favorite things about baking, it truly is art that you should make your own! You should be able to find all of these things are your local craft store such as Michaels, but I personally order many of my items on Amazon if I don’t already own them. I will link them below if you are interested in purchasing your equipment on Amazon!
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How To Decorate Cactus Cookies
- 1 Recipe Italian Buttercream
- 1 Recipe Sugar Cookies, precut, baked and cooled
- Green food coloring
- Pink food coloring
- #823 Star Tip
- White Dragees
- Begin by baking off your cookies and allow them to cool before you begin frosting. You will also want a full recipe of my Italian buttercream for this recipe. Separate your Italian buttercream into two bowls and tint with pink and green food coloring. Fit each piping bag with couplers and then fill each bag with Italian buttercream. All of these amounts vary depending on how many cookies you are going to be decorating. Secure your star tip on the piping bag for the green Italian buttercream. I ended up just cleaning the same star tip used for the green frosting and piping the flowers secondly with the same tip. You may also use a smaller star tip if you would like the look of a smaller flower.
- Begin piping a border around all of the cookies. I find that it is easier to work in batches when decorating cookies but of course, do whatever is easiest for you. Pipe stripes down each cookie to resemble the ridges on a cactus. Pull up a picture of a saguaro cactus if that is helpful because that is the type of cactus we are trying to emulate. Also, make sure you are using frosting that will retain its shape. If you notice that your frosting is getting runny, place it in your fridge or freezer to chill before you continue piping. One of the reasons I love these cookies is because the star tip really looks like the ridges on a saguaro and find that to be super unique.
- Once all cookies are completely iced, begin randomly piping flowers on all of the cookies. Finally, drop your dragees onto the cookies to add that extra something. You may also choose to add other types of glitter or confetti if you are going for a different effect. Eat immediately! These will also store for a couple of weeks in a sealed container in your fridge. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and please leave your comments and pictures below so I may see how your cactus cookies turn out!
P.S. If you noticed that some of the buttercream is missing on the cookies in the pictures, it is because my cat jumped up and started to lick the buttercream right before I started shooting. ???? ???? #realworldproblems