Rose Cookie Tutorial

filed under: Sugar Cookies on May 23, 2011

These sweet little Rose Cookies are so fun and easy to do, and I am so excited to finally be sharing the recipe with you!

rose cookie

I used my favorite Sugar Cookie recipe but with some adjustments.

Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins

These sweet little Rose Cookies are so fun and easy to do, and I am so excited to finally be sharing the recipe with you!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 -½ cup Butter I Use Unsalted
  • 2 c Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 whole Eggs Yolks
  • 4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp. Almond Extract
  • 4 c All-purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks and mix until combined.
  4. Add in vanilla and almond extract; mix until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly (about a cup at a time) add flour to butter mixture and combine. You can use a mixer or not, just depends on how strong you are.

  6. I usually just mix ingredients until they are combined, as I have heard that if you over-mix this dough it will get tough.

  7. Put dough in some Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. When you are ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out, cut out cookies, and bake for 6-8 minutes.


rose cookie

I added baking soda to help keep the cookie soft.  When both baking powder and baking soda are in a recipe, the baking powder does most of the leavening while the baking soda mostly adds tenderness.

Here is a link to the buttercream recipe I used to pipe on the cookies:

Perfect Crusting Buttercream

rose cookie

I also added a thin layer of my glaze icing to the cookie prior to adding the rose.

rose cookie

I wanted to do things that way for two reasons:

1. The combination of the frosting and cookies is so sweet I needed a little depth of flavor to the cookie.

2. I needed to keep the cookie moist because they need a good 24-48 hours to dry to stack-able stage.

rose cookie

I found these cookies to be even more delicious on day three.

Day four was the best!

rose cookie

Just in case anyone asks, I used a 1M tip to make the frosting roses.

Just start in the center and make a swoop once around.

For even more detailed instructions check out this post.

rose cookie

Then package them up and share them with someone you love!

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  • Romona says:

    I”m def gonna try this …. only occasion coming up is Father’s day though … will somehow hve to masculinze it =P

  • Laurie aka Whimsy Cookie Co says:

    These are precious!! Cannot wait to make them..thanks for sharing!!
    Laurie ~ Whimsy Cookie Co.

  • Karen says:

    Hi Amanda — awesome cookies. When you say you need 3 days to let the icing dry right… do the cookies stay out or in a covered container?

  • Aikko says:

    Absolutely adorable! 🙂 simple, classic definitely fun to make!

  • redraven says:

    Share these with someone you love, not…just kiddin. I share all of my inspiring recipes such as this flowery one. I can smell the roses now…blessings, redraven

  • Possible baker says:

    Beautiful so beautiful! I honestly don’t think I’ve seen a prettier cookie:)
    Thanks for sharing!!

  • Kelly says:

    They look beautiful AND delicious!! Can’t wait to make some myself! : )

  • Karly says:

    These are so simple and pretty looking. Absolutely love them.

  • grace says:

    everything’s better with frosting, even more so with colorful, flower-shaped frosting!

  • Erica B. says:

    I really like the picture of the mixed colors.

  • Nicole Drnek says:

    Just made these cookies for a bake sale for our Relay for Life team. They were a HIT!! Best Sellers!! Also delicious and easy.

  • Julie M ~ The Little Red Shop says:

    Beautiful! Thank you!
    : )
    Julie M.

  • Lynae says:

    Amanda, how did you get such a brilliant blue frosting? I made these tonight for the first time and my blue is quite muted.

  • emily says:

    such a gorgeous idea! I would love to try this! thank you so much for sharing x

  • Allie says:

    i love love LOVE everything you make! just a question: how do you make your cookies all the same size? mine always tend to spread out so that the cookies wind up looking fat & distorted. 🙁 if you could help me out & give me some tips or tricks, i would really appreciate it. thanks! 🙂

  • Esef says:

    My sweetness! Your Rose Cookies reminded me of a local mass produced tiny winy biscuits called Iced Gems that I haven’t eaten for since I was 6 years old! It’s still been sold in biscuit shops.
    I preferred yours anytime! Thank you for sharing the recipe ideas and gorgeous colors (way much, much better than the Iced Gems biscuits available in my country!)

  • cheryl says:

    Same question as Karen,
    Do the cookies stay in or out of the fridge when you are letting the icing dry. Seems they’d soften in the fridge. Please let me know.

  • Michelle says:

    I am definitely going to give these a go!! Thank you!!

  • deva says:

    i’ve gotten a lot of mileage off of the rose technique. why didn’t i think of using it for a cookie. love you, baker gal!

  • Lindsay says:

    These are beautiful! However, I tried to make the dough twice but both times it was very sticky and I could not roll it out no matter how long I left it in the refrigerator. trying to cut out shapes was impossible – I ended up just rolling them into balls by hand and flatting slightly. I did everything to your specifications – where could I have gone wrong?

  • Jennie C. says:

    Help! I’m making these for my sister’s wedding next week. Totally trusting your expertise, no trial run (I have good baking fu). Anyhow, can you tell me the size of the cookies? I want the proportion of swirl and cookie to look the same. I’ll be using the same tip.

  • Jennie C. says:

    OMGosh – I also need to know how many it makes. Pretty please … with a frosting rose on top. 🙂

  • Miss Cuisine says:

    A pretty good recipe. I am impressed with the beautiful results, congratulations. I put forward on my French blog with a link to this article.

  • Faygie says:

    I want to make this cookie recipe, but the recipe showing up here is for Caramel Cashew Bars, not the sugar cookies! Where can I find the recipe for the sugar cookies (the adjusted recipe with the baking soda in it)?

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