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How to Make Dragonfly Sugar Cookies

These dragonfly sugar cookies are absolutely darling and totally fun to create. Follow this step by step tutorial to make your own!

Dragonfly Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookie dough is super versatile and easy to make with only a few ingredients from the grocery store. Start with simple ingredients like butter, granulated sugar and all purpose flour.

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I have a fondness for dragonflies, this blog used to be named Twin Dragonfly Designs after all, so these cookies have a special place in my heart!

Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe

Before you get started make sure that you have everything that you need to make and decorate these cookies. Our cookie cutters are from the new line at Wilton Bakes but you can also order them from Amazon below.

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Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe

This is my grandma’s classic sugar cookie recipe – time tested and delicious. The only thing that I have changed over the years is swapped out shortening for butter.

Dragonfly sugar cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Tip: Pre-made Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough can be used to create these cookies as well. Simply add 1/4 cup of flour to the dough, combine well and roll as directed.

Valentine Sugar Cookie Bar Process

Directions:

1. In a large bowl with electric mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine dry ingredients. Add butter, egg, milk and vanilla. Mix at medium speed until a soft dough forms.

sugar cookie process

2. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour. This helps to prevent the dough from spreading when baked.

sugar cookie process

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

sugar cookie process

4. Dust your surface with flour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4″ thickness.

5. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough. Place the cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

6. Bake until the cookies are lightly brown around the edges, about 7 minutes.

7. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool.

This recipe will make about 36 dragonfly shaped cookies.

Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe Process

Use my Easy Royal Icing Recipe to make the best icing for these cookies! You will need green, blue and black royal icing.

Be sure to set aside enough time to decorate these cookies, you may even want to spread it over a few days. When adding details it’s important to wait until the layer of flooded icing is completely dry otherwise the icing may crack and the colors will bleed.

Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe Process

Royal icing tips:

  • If the icing is too hard, add more water one drop at a time.
  • If the icing is too soft, add more powdered sugar one teaspoon at a time.
  • Icing can be stored at room temperature in a an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  • To use, mix the royal icing with a hand mixer so that it becomes smooth and shiny again.
  • Flood consistency is reached when a spoonful dropped onto a flat surface takes 10-15 seconds to become completely smooth.
Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe Process

These instructions will show you how to decorate pretty dragonfly cookies like these ones. Have fun with this process – you can decorate them with all sorts of colors and designs!

How to decorate dragonfly cookies:

Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe Process

1. Outline the wings of the dragonfly with icing.

Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe Process

2. Fill the wings with icing. Use a toothpick or scribe to coax icing into corners or spaces.

Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe Process

3. Before the icing dries, add a line of the opposite color to the wings.

Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe Process

4. Use a scribe to pull and swirl the icing around the wings.

Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe Process

5. Use the black icing to add a dragonfly head and body to the cookie.

Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe

Allow the icing to completely harden for at least four hours before packaging or storing the cookies. These look amazing wrapped in cellophane and packaged up with a bit of twine.

Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe

These darling cookies would be perfect for a birthday party or baby shower! You could easily customize them to match the color scheme of your event.

Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Dragonfly Sugar Cookie Recipe

Dragonfly Sugar Cookies

These dragonfly sugar cookies are absolutely darling and totally fun to create. Follow this step by step tutorial to make your own!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 17 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 36
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • 1. In a large bowl with electric mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine dry ingredients. Add butter, egg, milk and vanilla. Mix at medium speed until a soft dough forms.
  • 2. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour. This helps to prevent the dough from spreading when baked.
  • 3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 4. Dust your surface with flour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4" thickness.
  • 5. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough. Place the cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • 6. Bake until the cookies are lightly brown around the edges, about 7 minutes.
  • 7. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool.

Notes

Use the step by step tutorial in the blog post to decorate the dragonfly cookies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 74mg | Sugar: 6g
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Hello, I’m Heather!

I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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