Royal Icing Sunflowers

There is a chill in the air, and I’ve been bitten by the urge to make autumn themed cookies.  Royal icing sunflowers have been on my to-do list for a very long time.  Not only are they fun to make, they’re handy to have around and a great way to use leftover icing.

Royal Icing Sunflowers via SweetsugarbelleTo make sunflower transfers you will need:

Begin by using painters tape to secure a sheet of waxed paper over the template.  Any type of tape will do but painter’s tape is easier to remove without damaging the transfers.

Royal Icing Sunflower TemplateUsing a #65 leaf tip, pipe the petals as shown below.  It may take a little practice to get the timing and pressure right, but don’t give up.  Once the petals are piped, use dark brown icing to fill the centers.  Use a #65s tip to add leaves if you like.

How to Make Royal Icing Sunflowers via sweetsugarbelle.comIf you get a little petal happy and end up with an extra long tip, immediately use a small piece of paper or a boo-boo stick to gently remove any excess.

Royal Icing Sunflowers 2If you’re pretty confident in your piping skills these can also be piped directly onto cookies.  Start with the center and add petals.

How to Pipe a Royal Icing SunflowerThese are about the size of a quarter.  For a larger version of the template make your own or click here for a slightly larger version.

Sunflower Royal Icing TransfersUse these to decorate cookies or other dessert and candy items like truffles or chocolate dipped Oreos.

Royal Icing Sunflowers_SweetsugarbelleFor more  inspiration and ideas, be sure to check out the following links:


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  1. 11
    Rebecca says:

    They look so amazing, I was first thinking that the center was chocolate :P It just looks like it ;)

  2. 12
    Mariela says:

    Preciosos!!! enhorabuena!!! saludoss

  3. 13
    Skye says:

    These look so pretty. But so fiddly to make. I just don’t think that I could replicate your beautiful little creations. They are stunning!

  4. 14
    Celeste says:

    You always come up with the best designs!! Love the sunflower royal icing cookies. So cute!!

  5. 15
    Debby McGregor says:

    Looks so easy but how do you think a candy kiss for the brown would work.Hershey’s kiss?

    • 15.1
      Sweet Sugar Belle says:

      Might have to be a chocolate chip. These are really small. And there is a risk that oil from the chips will leach into the royal icing I would try it with just a few first before making a lot.

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    Denise says:

    How long do you think these will keep? How would you suggest storing them?


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  2. […] The face will need to be completely dry before moving on, so add the hatband and sunflower details while you wait.  They can be piped directly onto the cookie, or made ahead of time and attached with icing.  For more information on piping royal icing sunflowers, click here. […]