Hydrangea Cookies

Hydrangea Cookies - by Glorious Treats

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers.  Granted, I have lots of “favorites” when it comes to flowers, but hydrangeas are certainly high on that list!  I find I’m drawn the most to the blue and bluish-purple hydrangea varieties.

A couple of years ago I made some Hydrangea Cupcakes and I’ve been wanting to make a set of pretty Hydrangea Cookies to match ever since!  I’ve actually made hydrangea decorated cookies a few times, but was never really happy with them.  I just couldn’t quite settle on a design I loved.

Last week, my incredibly talented friend Maryann (aka Cookie Artisan) shared a beautiful set of hydrangea cookies on her Flickr page.  As soon as I saw them, I instantly knew they were the exact inspiration I’d been needing!  Maryann graciously gave me the go-ahead to make a set of hydrangea cookies inspired by hers.

I got right to work, and I’m very happy with how this set of hydrangea cookies turned out.  I think these could be perfect for Mother’s Day or a special gift anytime!

Hydrangea Cookies - by Glorious Treats


Hydrangea Cookies - by Glorious Treats

How to make Hydrangea Cookies –

Begin with a batch of cookies using my Sugar Cookie Recipe.

While the cookies bake you can prepare the icing using my Royal Icing Recipe.

As you can see below, I cut out the hydrangea flower shape using two different techniques (and cutters).  I have a nice copper cutter (from Copper Gifts), and I also experimented with using a large flower cutter along with a leaf cutter.

Cutting out hydrangea cookies

I prepared my royal icing in shades of blue and purple (I used Americolor gels and used regal purple with electric purple, and sky blue with royal blue, then added a bit of the purple icing to the blue, and vice versa, so the shades work well together).

I outlined and flooded the flowers (as shown below).  I experimented with blending the colors a bit and I really liked the two tone ones best.  To create the two tone effect, outline and beginning filling in your cookie with one color (such as blue), then add sections of the other color (purple), and use a toothpick to blend the two colors just a bit.

Blue and purple hydrangea cookies

Once the flowers are outlined and flooded, allow to set up a bit (at least 30 minutes), then add the leaves (I mixed Americolor avocado and mint).

Decorating hydrangea cookies

Once the flowers and leaves are filled in, allow the icing to dry well, until the surface is dry to the touch (at least 4 hours).

How to do brush embroidery on cookies

Once the base icing is dry, prepare to add the final texture, using a technique called brush embroidery.  I have done a bit of brush embroidery before (including on these spring cookies), but sometimes I forget how beautiful it can be!  My friend Ali of Ali Bee’s Bakeshop is a master at brush embroidery and shares her tips on it HERE, and HERE.

To get started, you’ll need a small paintbrush (shown above), a moist dish cloth, and a small dish of water.  Brush embroidery is much like any art in that each artist has a little different way of doing it.  Once you get started, you’ll be able to experiment with the look you like best.  In general, I actually like using a brush slightly wider than the one shown, but I couldn’t find it, so I used what I had!

You want to use icing that is a thick consistency (about the consistency of toothpaste), and you’ll want to keep your brush moist (but not wet), using either the dish of water (then wipe the excess on the dish cloth, or by just wiping the brush on the moist cloth.

Decorating Hydrangea Cookies (step by step) - Glorious Treats

How to do brush embroidery on hydrangea cookies – (pictured above)

1.  Pipe a four petal flower (very simply, it does not need to be perfect).

2.  Use the moist (but not wet) brush to brush the icing from the edge of the flower, toward the middle (as shown).  Do not completely eliminate that outside edge of the loose flower shape.

3.  Continue brushing from the outside, toward the center, working on one petal at a time.  Wipe off your brush onto the moist towel, as needed.

4.  Continue the same technique with the other 3 flower petals.

5.  Add 1 or more small dots of icing to the center of the flower (this can be done now, or after you have created all the small flowers on the hydrangea).

6.  Continue filing in the hydrangea with small flowers, using the same steps as above.  As you fill in the hydrangea you will need to make some full and some partial flowers.

A few notes on brush embroidery….

If you can not see the (desired) brush marks, you are likely either using too much moisture (on your brush), or your icing it not thick enough.

Brush embroidery takes some time, especially on a large cookie (such as these).  I would not recommend trying to make a hundred cookies like these (unless you have help).

Below you can see some of the variations of color on the different cookies.  Feel free to play around with colors you like.

Hydrangea Decorated Cookies - by Glorious Treats

Do you love hydrangeas too?  Which colors are your favorite?

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59 Responses to “Hydrangea Cookies”

  1. #
    Colette — May 5, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Oh my God, I’ve never cookies so beautiful like yours.You are so talented , gifted and
    so ……………patient.
    I love all of your work.

  2. #
    Colette — May 5, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Oups, there is a word missing in my comment, it’s seen,

  3. #
    Carmen — May 6, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Those are absolutely gorgeous works of art!!! The time you spent making these was worth it and anyone who receives these as a gift is going to be blown away! :-)

  4. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — May 6, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Wow these are breathtaking!

  5. #
    dee — May 6, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I like the blue /purple on top.What colors did you mix to get that?? Beautiful!!!

  6. #
    Joni from SpringFling — May 6, 2013 at 12:34 am

    OK, my new favorites. Seriously. You are a rock star.

  7. #
    Susana@citrusandorange — May 6, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Love these!!

  8. #
    Nancy P — May 6, 2013 at 1:10 am

    This is a wonderful idea! Your creativity is inspirational! Nancy

  9. #
    Elizabeth, 3D-Sweets — May 6, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Gorgeous!! And I was just practicing making gumpaste hydrangea for a cake… would rather have the cookie version, though!

  10. #
    Smellyann — May 6, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Those are absolutely gorgeous. Fantastic work. Thanks for the inspiration and technique sharing.

  11. #
    sweetsugarbelle — May 6, 2013 at 4:15 am

    These are just STUNNING, Glory!

  12. #
    Nueyer — May 6, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Lovely mix of colours!

  13. #
    Mike @ Semi Sweet — May 6, 2013 at 6:58 am

    I absolutely loved your hydrangea cupcakes back in the day. These cookies are a fantastic follow-up!

  14. #
    Heather — May 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Beautiful! Truly a work of art.

  15. #
    CookieD-oh — May 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Beautiful! I absolutely adore hydrangeas! Especially the blue/purple ones. In fact, I planted some in my yard last year and very carefully nursed them through a drought. Hopefully they will have a better time of it this year.

  16. #
    Lora — May 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm


  17. #
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — May 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Gorgeous! Almost too pretty to eat.

  18. #
    Cookbook Queen — May 6, 2013 at 4:51 pm


  19. #
    Janine | sugarkissed.net — May 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    These cookies came out beautiful! I love the effect you created by mixing the colors on the bottom layer of icing instead of on the top embroidered layer!

  20. #
    Alicia Price — May 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    These take my breath away! You are absolutely AMAZING!!!!

  21. #
    Connie Donald — May 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Glory these are absolutely beautiful!! The Macon Batches LOVE hydrangeas!! Can’t wait to try these.

  22. #
    Linda — May 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Glorious indeed! Those are a work of art – too beautiful to eat. Thanks for sharing your talents.

    We’re having a party at Tumbleweed Contessa and I’d love it if you brought these over. http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/

    Have a wonderful week,

  23. #
    NancyC — May 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Those cookies are beautiful! Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers, too–I love them in any color! :)

  24. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — May 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    so pretty! I love the detail!

  25. #
    nessa — May 7, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Absolutley gorgeous cookies!

  26. #
    Joy Adams — May 7, 2013 at 12:47 am

    So beautiful. I love the mixture of blue and purple. I especially like the bottom layer mix of colors. Such a beautiful cookie. Each one is a work of art. Love you.

  27. #
    Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) — May 7, 2013 at 4:20 am

    I also love hydrangeas and your version is stunning! A fabulous, easy to follow tutorial makes them even more pretty! Thank you!

  28. #
    Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet — May 7, 2013 at 8:54 am

    These are beautiful and I love the nifty little diy cookie tip :)

  29. #
    brantcookies — May 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Holy smokes! They are the most beautiful cookies! I really like the two tone effect, you do such wonderful work!

  30. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — May 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    So so crazy pretty!

  31. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — May 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    SO pretty! I can’t look away!

  32. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — May 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Completely gorgeous, and so realistic! Love the colors!

  33. #
    Lisa | With Style and Grace — May 8, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    one of my favorite flowers! you are out of this world talented!

  34. #
    Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — May 8, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    These are too pretty to eat. LOVE the colors!

  35. #
    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — May 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe how perfect these turned out! I’d almost be afraid to eat them :) I <3 hydrangeas too!

  36. #
    manuela — May 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Estoy muy contenta, explicas muy bien y así yo puedo aprender desde mi casa y hacer felices a los míos.Gracias

  37. #
    Susan Jackson — May 10, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Absolutely stunning cookies!! Happy Mother’s Day

  38. #
    kathy — May 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

    just gorgeous! a labor of love

  39. #
    Deborah — May 11, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    These are seriously so gorgeous!!

  40. #
    Marilyn@pinkmartinisandpearls.com — May 12, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  41. #
    Melissa Joy — May 13, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I love hydrangeas and I LOVE these cookies! Gorgeous!!!

  42. #
    Kim (Barefoot n Baking) — May 13, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    OMGosh these are beautiful!!! And your tutorial could not have come at a better time….I just got a request to do purple hydrangea cookies for a wedding! Thank you so much Glory, you make it all look so easy. LOVE!

  43. #
    Lisa — May 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I’ve never heard of brush embroidery but it looks like a great technique. These are so pretty

  44. #
    Jennifer @ Delicieux — May 17, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Wow, just wow! You are just so amazingly talented! These have to be the most beautiful copies I’ve ever seen.

  45. #
    Roshini — May 20, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    These are so beautiful. I like the colour combo

  46. #
    Sara — July 31, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    This cookies are amazing! I love how beautiful these are.

  47. #
    Kathleen — August 14, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I do love these cokies they are beautiful and so arnt the cupcakes.

  48. #
    Joni — May 5, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I love these. Thanks for the sweet tutorial. I would like to try brush embroidery.

  49. #
    shenz — May 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    OMG these are absolutely stunning!!

  50. #
    Shari — May 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I just found your wonderful blog and am going to follow on a regular basis! Your hydrangea cookies are fabulous looking and I can’t wait to try these myself. I love hydrangeas, so these will make for a yummy and pretty treat! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Tracy Campbell — September 29, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    You truly are an artist, Lucy. I’m blown away by your creative cookies. And I don’t even like to bake. LOL :-)


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