Butterfly Cookies + Wafer Paper Giveaway!

Wafer Paper Butterfly Cookies

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Today we move on to a new summer favorite… butterflies! If you’re not a fan of all the color mixing and cleanup that are typically a part of decorating cookies with royal icing, this is the cookie design for you. “Why?”, you ask. (I know you were asking!) It’s all thanks to the beautiful wafer papers that you can find at Fancy Flours.

What on Earth is wafer paper? (I can read your mind!) It’s an edible paper made from potato starch that contains a printed image made using USDA approved food coloring. Basically, wafer paper allows you to create incredibly detailed designs on cookies (and other baked goods) that you otherwise could not create. Well, maybe you could if you’re Arty McGoo! (Consider that a hint that you’re missing out if you haven’t seen Arty McGoo’s cookie decorating blog.)

Butterfly Wafer Paper

Gotta have some wafer paper of your own? (Of course you do!) Well, stay tuned after the tutorial to enter for a chance to win 3 sets of edible wafer paper from Fancy Flours.

How To Make Wafer Paper Butterfly Cookies

To make wafer paper butterfly cookies, you will need:

Wafer Paper Butterfly Cookies

Typically when I decorate cookies using royal icing, I use icing bags with decorating tips. Since these wafer paper butterfly cookies don’t require any detailing, I decided to keep it simple by using Ziploc bags instead.

Use gel food coloring to dye your royal icing to match the colors in your butterfly wafer paper. Water down your icing to a 10-count consistency and then load each color into a separate Ziploc bag.

If you need help with icing color or consistency, check out the How To Make Royal Icing section of 101 Essential Cookie Decorating Resources.

Snip off the corner of a Ziploc bag and pipe a border around the edge of a butterfly cookie. Immediately fill the entire cookie surface with icing. Run a toothpick, scribe, or boo-boo stick through the icing to help smooth it out and pop any air bubbles.

Wafer Paper Butterfly Cookies

While the icing is still wet, sprinkle the surface with rainbow disco dust. To ensure that I don’t overdo it, I like to dip a food safe paint brush into the disco dust, hold it above my cookie, and tap it with my finger. This method gives my cookies a light dusting of disco dust with plenty of noticeable sparkle.

***UPDATE: Please note that since this blog post was written, I have discovered that there is some debate over the use of disco dust on food products. It is marketed for cake decorating, but it is not FDA approved and is labeled only as “non-toxic”. My understanding is that it is not digested by the body and will pass through harmlessly in small amounts. For an edible alternative to disco dust, try Wilton Cake Sparkles or Sugarpaste Crystal Colors.***

Repeat this process with each cookie, moving onto the next step only after the icing has completely dried. I like to let my iced cookies dry overnight on a cookie sheet protected by a mesh food cover.

Use a pair of food safe scissors to cut out each of your wafer paper butterflies.

Working one cookie at a time, pipe a thin line of clear piping gel onto the center of the cookie where you will be placing a wafer paper butterfly. Spread a small amount of piping gel onto the surface of the wafer paper where the butterfly wings meet the body. Fold the wings of the butterfly up at a 45-degree angle and apply it to your cookie using the line of piping gel as glue. If the wings of your butterfly start to fall, you may need to prop them up with a cookie cutter or other small object until the piping gel dries.

How To Make Wafer Paper Butterfly Cookies

The wafer paper is thin and crisp. Adding piping gel to the surface helps to soften the paper and reduce the chances of breakage. I found that covering the entire surface of the wafer paper made it too sticky to work with, so I suggest only using the piping gel on areas that will be folded.

Wafer Paper Giveaway

Now that you see how easy it is to create stunningly detailed cookies using wafer paper, it’s time for you to enter for a chance to win your own collection of wafer paper!

Giveaway Details:

One (1) winner will receive (3) sets of wafer paper from Fancy Flours.

The giveaway will run through Wednesday, July 17th. Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Start by leaving a comment on this post. You can earn up to 5 additional entries right now. Plus, you can come back each day for an additional entry by tweeting about the giveaway.

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Disclosure: I received sets of Fancy Flours wafer paper for use in this and other tutorials. I was not compensated for a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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63 Responses to Butterfly Cookies + Wafer Paper Giveaway!

  1. CATHY says:

    I have been oogling the hanging cookie cutters since I first saw them on the Birkmann site. I love them!

  2. Donna says:

    Will definitely be visiting this website again! Thanks!!

  3. Susan says:

    What a gorgeous post! I love the Cupcake Kit Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit Set of 24 Liners.

  4. Tammy Harris says:

    Oh my goodness, I didn’t even know these existed! I love these! So glad I saw this post!

  5. Tammy Harris says:

    The dolphin cookie cutter is one I would love to try out!

  6. Michelle says:

    ooh! These are so pretty! I haven’t made a batch of cookies in a long time ~ but I think I’m going to have to now :-)

  7. tammy says:

    i love the flowers you have done all week and love the butterfly cookies will be great for party.. would love to win so i could learn more ..

  8. Sari McIntyre says:

    great instructions! thank you very much!!

  9. Cat says:

    These are awesome! We’re going to a butterfly festival later this month and these cookies would be awesome to take as a special treat!

  10. Nicole Hicks says:

    Pretty. I love the one that looks perched on the cookie.

    • Janine says:

      Thanks, Nicole! I can’t believe how easy the wafer paper makes it to get creative with your decorated cookies!

  11. So pretty! :)
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  13. Donna in SC says:

    THIS is new to me, and I am loving the idea! I like the Patriotic themed wafer paper prints….but it was difficult choosing just one. These Butterfly cookies are beautiful!

  14. Erin says:

    I love all the ladybug wafer papers and straws from Fancy Flours! And their circus items :)

  15. I am scared of wafer paper, but I am going to have to conquer my fear ASAP! These are gorgeous!
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    • Janine says:

      It’s so easy, Callye. And great for those days when you don’t feel like mixing a bunch if icing colors. I’d love to see what you would create with it!

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