Candy Flowers: Another Take on Sugar Cookie Decorations

These flowers are relatively easy to make, yet are very pretty on baked goods.  I have made a couple of variations of these, but I made the ones that I am sharing today for Jaime and my summer party.

Candy Flower CookiesThese flowers were inspired by Southern Living’s gumdrop flowers. I wasn’t able to find any gum drops at the grocery stores that we frequent–and thought the taste of spice drops, which the stores did have  would be too strong–so I used fruit slice candy.

To make the flowers, I used the following:

Candy Flower Supplies

  • Fruit slice candy
  • Sugar
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper
  • Small flower and leaf cookie cutters
  • A small amount of buttercream frosting

First, I sprinkled some sugar on a piece of parchment paper.

Candy FlowersI placed a piece of candy on top of the sugar and paper.  I sprinkled more sugar on top of the candy and folded the paper to that the sugar and candy were sandwiched inside the parchment paper.

Making Candy FlowersI used the rolling pin to begin to flatten the candy.  To keep the candy from sticking to the paper, I alternated flattening the candy with sprinkling both sides of the candy with sugar.

When the candy had reached its desired flatness I used a small cookie cutter to cut out a flower shape.Making Candy Flowers Making Candy Flowers

I tossed the resulting shape in a small bowl of sugar.  I repeated the process with different colored fruit candy slices and different cookie cutters to make the inside of the flower and leaves.  I placed the candy decorations in the fridge for a few minutes to harden.

Candy FlowersWhen the candy had hardened a bit I used a spoon to place a very small amount of frosting on the back of the candy flower center to affix it to the candy flower.  I frosted a batch of sugar cookies from this recipe with buttercream frosting and slightly pressed the candy flowers and leaves into the frosting.

Candy Flower Sugar CookiesEnjoy!

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