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sugar cookies with tropical icing

Tropical Luau Flower Cookies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tropcial luau flower cookies
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 24
Fun luau themed cookie ideas for your summer get togethers!
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Royal Icing

  • For this design, you can prepare just one bag (or bottle) of each color, mixing it to a medium consistency (when mixing the icing, draw a line through your bowl of icing with a spoon, and the line should heal, or disappear in 12-15 seconds)


  • Outline your cookie with green icing and allow the icing to set up (at least 30 minutes)
  • Fill in with white icing.
  • Immediately, add simple leaves (as shown)
  • Use a toothpick to create a point at the tip of the leaf, by dragging the toothpick from the inside of the leaf, toward the outside (as shown)
  • Now, add shape to the leaf by dragging the toothpick from the outside edge, toward the inside of the leaf, along both sides (as shown)
  • When you have completed the leaves, quickly continue to the flowers (below)…


  • Pipe two circles of blue icing (as shown).
  • Immediately use a toothpick to create flower petals, but dragging the toothpick from the outside edge of a circle, toward the center.
  • Throughout this cookie design, use a small moist cloth or paper towel to wipe off your toothpick between each “drag” on the cookie.
  • Continue around each circle, dragging the toothpick from the outside edge toward the center.
  • Add pink (or a color of your choice) circles, and repeat steps 2-4 above.
  • As a final touch (immediately after the previous steps, and while the icing is all still wet), add yellow dots of icing in the center of each flower, and a few random “filler” dots as well.


One step I didn’t photograph is adding the little green “vein” detail in the center of the leaf (you’ll notice it in the cookie on the left, in box #3).  For this detail, as soon as you have made the leaves, dip your toothpick into an area of the leaf with green icing (to get a little green icing on your toothpick).  Then drag your toothpick up the center of the leaf, from the base, to about 2/3 up the leaf.