Valentine’s Button Cookie Bouquet

button cookies
Not long ago, I was browsing and came across this adorable idea for creating Valentine’s button bouquets!  Aren’t they cute?  I thought they would be even cuter in an edible form, so I set off to make my own tastier version!
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I’ve made button cookies before and posted about them here.
If you want to make your own, here is the recipe I used this time:
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus a little more for work surface
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large cage-free egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract shopping list
food coloring
Sanding sugar for sprinkling
How to make button cookies:
  1. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside.
  2. In a mixer bowl, mix the butter and granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add an egg and vanilla, reduce the speed to low and mix until combined.
  3. Add your flour mixture to mixer bowl and mix until dough is formed.
  4. Divide the dough into three separate small bowls and knead in desired food coloring colors.
  5. Wrap dough balls in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. (About 30 minutes.  Dough is easier to work with when chilled.)
  6. Preheat your oven to 325*.
  7. Remove one dough ball from refrigerator and roll out dough on a piece of lightly floured parchment to a 1/4-inch thickness, dusting with flour as needed.
  8. Cut out circles with a 1 3/4 inch round cutter, then lightly press with a 1 1/2 inch round cutter.
  9. Make your button holes with a skewer.
  10. Re-roll scraps and cut. (If dough becomes too soft, refrigerate it for 10 minutes and try again.)
  11. Space 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper and sprinkle them with the sanding sugar.
  12. Bake at 325* for 16 minutes. Rotate the cookies about halfway through then let them cool completely. Your cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature for up to one week.
You could just stop here if you’d like and serve up some uber cute button cookies. But if you want to go all out (and I know you do) then it’s just a few more simple steps to create a button cookie bouquet for your sweetie!
Make Royal Icing:
Do NOT worry.  This sounds fancy and intimidating.  It’s not.  Simply beat together:
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 t lemon juice
  • Slowly add 1 1/2 C powdered sugar.

Blend it on low speed until it’s smooth and creamy.  That’s it.  Spread some royal icing on your cookies and stack them.  Wait until they are completely dry.  Take a skewer and stick the pointy side into the bottom of one of the button holes.  Twist the skewer in the same direction until it feel secure.  Stick the skewer into a vase filled with rice, beans, or floral foam.  And voila!  You have yourself an adorable button bouquet!

button cookies
I’ve tried several recipes for button cookies and this one gives you the best looking product.  However, I have to warn that this is a hard shortbread type cookie.  If you like soft sugar cookies, this recipe probably isn’t for you.

Now I really know why they say cute as a button!  Aren’t they adorable?!

Sigh.  I love them.  They’re almost too cute to eat.  Almost…
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  1. Tracey says


    Perfect distraction as I am supposed to be writing something hard to write right now.

    :)I know that didn't make much sense. Thanks for the yummy cookie pics!

  2. Madigan at madiganmade says

    Beth, these are so adorable!! Perfect gift for a crafter or teacher. I actually think they look pretty cute just as is in the bowl, too.

  3. rindercella @ neatheringourfest says

    those are so adorable and look pretty easy! these would be the perfect gift for my boss who has a sweet tooth :)

  4. Jennifer says

    I was on pintrest a day or two ago and I didn't come across the button bouquet but funnily enough I just repinned a picture of button cookies that I thought was really cool… irony! Love the bouquet, really pretty :)

  5. laxsupermom says

    So cute! Those would last as a decoration on the counter for about 4 seconds after school let out. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Marianne@Songbird says

    Ok, now that I have started to try and make cookies myself I am def. going to try these too.
    And thanks for letting me know that I needed to put Vanilla extract on my shopping list 😉

  7. The Sterling Cherub says

    Your kids have got to think they won BIG in the Greatest Mom Lotto or something! Those cookies are SO CUTE!



  8. Steve, Sara and Molly says

    super cute! I can't wait to make them! I was also wondering how to find you on Pinterest? I would like to follow you but I am not sure how to find you?

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