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Patriotic Butterflies {Tutorial}

I’m attending a party for Memorial Day and I’m taking cookies with me to the party. On a recent trip to Hobby Lobby I came across this butterfly and I knew that I wanted to cookie it. I had planned on making it for the Fourth of July but when I got invited to this party I decided to make them now.聽I’m posting this late to make them for Memorial Day but you will have plenty of time to make them for the Fourth of July.
photo taken by me at Hobby Lobby
To make patriotic butterflies you need:
*Update: The cookie cutter used to make these cutters is from a聽set of six cookie cutters from Martha Stewart that I purchased on clearance from Macy’s years ago. It’s not longer available unless you get lucky and find one on eBay. The item number was 90-6764. I’m so sorry. I had no idea when I put this tutorial together that it would be so well liked and people would want the cutter. I just grabbed the cutter from my collection and ran with it. I wanted to show the idea. I’ve seen others use different butterfly cutters and their cookies look great.
First roll the fondant to 1/8″ thickness and then use the plunger cutter to cut the star.

Place stars on a parchment lined baking sheet & allow to dry for several hours or overnight. Once dry they can be stored in an airtight container.

To decorate the butterfly take a clean ruler and an AmeriColor yellow food writer and draw a line in the center of the cookie. Then mark diagonal lines to separate the sections you will be flooding red and white. These lines will serve as guides for your piping.

Using blue piping consistency icing and a #2 tip outline the top wings of the butterfly. Leave the center section open for the body. You can wait for this outline to dry if you have issues with bleeding. If not, then immediately outline the bottom wings of the butterfly and the diagonal lines with a #2 tip and white piping consistency icing. Again, leave the body section open. Allow the outlines to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Next, using blue flood consistency icing fill the wings and immediately drop in your fondant stars using tweezers. The pattern will vary depending on the size star you have cut.

Using red flood consistency icing fill the red sections and allow to dry for at least twenty minutes. If you have issues with bleeding you can let them dry even longer. After the red has dried fill the white sections with your white flood consistency icing.

Finally, using a #4 tip and blue piping consistency icing pipe a large bead for the head and smaller beads for the body. If you get any peaks use a boo-boo stick to tap them down. That’s it. Allow to dry completely before packaging.

I made a video of the whole process for those of you that don’t like picture tutorials. Don’t get spoiled with these videos because I may not always be able to do them. It’s a lot of work to do a picture tutorial and a video tutorial. It’s something I’m trying out because I’m trying to get more comfortable on camera but I may not do them with every tutorial. Let me know in the comments if you find the videos helpful or if you prefer the pictures. Thanks and Happy Memorial Day!
* You can learn more about icing consistencies here.


  1. Magnificent!!! I’ve got to try this for the 4th. Thanks for such a unique idea.

  2. I knew you would rock these! They look awesome 馃檪

  3. I love these can’t wait to try them!!!!

  4. Beautiful cookies and love the video tutorials!

  5. Beautifully done!!!!

  6. Love these!

  7. What a great cookie and tutorial thanks for taking the time to do this.

  8. These came out perfect! I am so anxious to learn how to use fondant… it gives cookies such a clean look. I love how you got your inspiration from something totally not cookie related! You’re a true cookie nerd!

    • Thanks Janine! Definitely give fondant a try. I like the Satin Ice brand. It tastes pretty good but given the small amount I used you can’t really taste it on my cookies. I just taste my icing. I was called a nerd growing up because I always did well in my classes so I guess it’s only fitting that I’m a cookie nerd. LOL!

  9. Oh Melissa these are so stinkin cute! Absolutely LOVE these! I wondered how your stars were so perfect. What a great idea to use fondant for them! I like both the photo tutorial and the video tutorial. Although I couldn’t seem to get past how adorable you sound on the video. You sound like a ten year old! You might not like that now, but you’ll like it later, so just hold on 馃槈 Beautiful cookies. Thanks for sharing and I grabbed your button for my site too!

  10. These are beautiful!!!

  11. May I ask where you purchased your cookie cutter?

    • I also would like to know where you purched your cookie cutter? The ones I have found are pointy and narrow not like yours 馃檨

      • e austin says:

        Yes 馃檪 please link to this cookie cutter 馃檪 I just came across u on you tube 馃檪 I would like to get everything ready to make these 馃檪 they r beautiful 馃檪 thanks

  12. I love these Melissa! How in the world did I miss them? I am pinning now!

  13. These cookies are just amazing Melissa! Perfect for Memorial Day weekend! Pinned!
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  14. These are completely adorable–almost too pretty to eat! Pinning! 馃檪
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  15. I love how you were inspired by something tangible…and made it edible! Beautiful!
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  16. Cheryl Greenlee says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorials. From my perspective, I appreciate the photos more than the video. With the cost of “data” I am unable to watch them. So thank you again for the lovely photo tutorials; you make it look like even I could do it 馃檪

    • Thanks so much for your feedback Cheryl. I really appreciate it. I love making videos but got away from doing them because they were just so time consuming to edit and upload. I may do a random video here and there but mostly I think I like photos best too. I’m glad that you find them helpful 馃檪
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  17. Jane Haynes says:

    Where can I buy this butterfly cookie cutter?

  18. You haven’t answered anyone’s question about where to purchase the cookie cutter and you didn’t say in either of your tutorials. I’m guess you don’t want to share where you got it. That’s unfortunate because I haven’t been able to find any butterfly’s quite like this and none of the ones I did see would work with this tutorial. Thanks for the video anyways, you made it look so simple for newbies like myself.

  19. Alma Isaac says:

    I like both. You did a great job with the picture which is what I usually prefer. However, after watching your video, I think you did a great job. You took your time and it’s easy to follow. I love it.

  20. Terri Curcuru says:

    Great job…I love it!
    Could you please post or send me a picture of your butterfly cookie cutter, I would love to have one made.
    My granddaughter is obsessed and we would like to make the exact one.
    Thank you.

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