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Fall always feels like such a cozy time of year! We bring out the blankets & candles and cuddle up watching the new fall lineup on TV or a spooky movie for Halloween. I love these Falling in Love bridal shower themes so much for that exact reason. So, of course I had to make these Falling in Love bridal shower cookies to go along with the fun. These cookies would also be great for an engagement party or even a fall wedding! Plus, you will learn how easy it is to make a buttercream rose! Follow along for the full tutorial, including a video for the rose.
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Part 1: Gathering your Supplies
To decorate these Falling in Love bridal shower cookies, you will want:
- 5 icing bags
- 3 Wilton #3 tips
- 2 Wilton #2 tips
- 2 Wilton “petal” tips: #102, #103, and/or #104, I used a #102 for both the red & yellow roses
- 2 Couplers
- Leaf cookie cutter
- Heart cookie cutter
- Pumpkin cookie cutter – I used the round squash cutter in this set: 12Pcs Vegetables Cookie Cutter Set
- Yellow, orange, red, brown, and green buttercream frosting*
- Sugar cookie dough recipe
- Pointed knife to fix any errors
- Paper towel to wipe excess frosting off of the petal tips
- Parchment paper
- 1 Wilton flower nail, if you don’t know what this is or where to get one, you can purchase one here: Wilton Flower Nail
*Your buttercream frosting should, ideally, be a frosting that “crusts.” I use the Jenny Cookies recipe that you can find on her blog here: Jenny Cookies Buttercream Frosting
I prefer to use the Wilton gel food dye since gel is more vibrant (i.e. more cost effective because you use less) than liquid and doesn’t change the consistency of your frosting. You can get that here: Wilton Gel Coloring 12 Count.
You may be asking, “Where do I purchase all of these Wilton tips?” I recommend going to your local craft or bakery supply store and picking them up individually. If you prefer an online route, you can order them from Amazon, but Wilton.com is always cheaper when I’ve looked. If you don’t want to (or can’t) purchase this amount of each tip, you can also rinse each tip out between icing color changes and attach the tip using a coupler. Just make sure every icing bag has a coupler on it and you will be set to go. Purchasing a set of couplers is pretty affordable on Amazon: 4 Count Wilton Coupler Set. For this cookie set, you would want to purchase two of these coupler sets.
Part 2: Baking the Cookies and Setting up Your Icing Bags
- Roll, cut out, and bake your sugar cookies according to your cookie dough recipe. You can probably make 3-4 of each design from these Falling in Love bridal shower cookies with your cookie dough.
- Set up your icing bags as follows: place your brown and green frosting each into their own bags, each with a Wilton #2 in it. Place your orange frosting into a bag with a Wilton #3 tip in it. You will be placing your red and yellow frostings into bags with couplers, attaching your petal tips to the bags first (#102, #103, or #104). If you aren’t sure how to do this, no worries, just hop over to my Getting Started: Learn How to Decorate Buttercream Cookies page.
Part 2: Creating the Roses!
Let’s do our roses first. I suggest having everything ready before you start piping – a piece of parchment paper, a paper towel nearby to wipe off the excess frosting from the tip between rose petals, your yellow frosting & red frosting, and a flower nail.
I suggest watching the video above first so that you can get an overall idea of what is about to happen! However, in the video, we create full size roses. For our pumpkins, you will want to resemble buds or somewhere between a bud and a full rose.
Note that the photos show orange roses. I just reused some photos from another post that used orange roses, so no need to worry! The biggest thing to remember is to take your time when creating the roses. If it makes you feel any better, this video is sped up to be twice as fast so that you didn’t have to watch a long video, you’re welcome!
- First, squeeze out a thin line of frosting onto your flower nail. This helps the rose to not fall off or slide around when you’re creating the layers. Then, hold your tip perpendicular to the flower nail, with the fat side of the tip down on the nail and the skinny side up towards you. Squeeze the frosting out while turning the flower nail with your fingers that are holding the nail. The shape you create should look like this:
- Next, we will be building the bud part of the rose. For all of these steps, you will hold the fat side of the tip down toward the flower nail and the skinny side up. Holding it this way allows for the wispy edges of a real rose to be on the top. To build the bud, start at the bottom of one side of the rose and, while squeezing, draw a curved upside down “U” shape over the top of the shape you first created. You will create three or four of these layers. It’s probably easier to see in the photo below than for me to explain it:
- Place your rose bud onto a piece of parchment paper CAREFULLY. I just use a flat spatula to lift it off of the nail and place it onto parchment paper. You will want a couple roses per pumpkin cookie. Once your roses are all on parchment paper, place the parchment paper on a flat surface in the freezer. We will come back to these roses later.
Part 4: Decorating Your Falling in Love Bridal Shower Cookies
- Take your orange bag of frosting and outline the edges of your pumpkin cookie, minus the stem, but including the ridges in the pumpkin.
- Fill in the ridges.
- Outline and fill in the stem with your green frosting.
- Once you have completed all of your pumpkins, take your roses out of the freezer. Place your roses onto your pumpkins near the stem. If your orange frosting started to build a crust, squeeze a bit more orange onto the pumpkin to act as glue for your roses.
- Take your green frosting again and draw in some swirly vines to add symmetry.
1. Switch your red and yellow frostings over to a tip #3. Outline and fill in the shape of your leaves, with half of them being red and the other half being yellow. 2. Take your brown frosting and first outline/fill in the stem. Then, draw lines for the details in the leaves.
III. Initial Hearts
1. Outline and fill in your heart cookies with your red frosting. 2. Take your brown frosting and write in the initials of the happy couple. I chose R & L to stand for Richard (my husband) and Leah (myself). And now you should have the cutest set of Falling in Love bridal shower cookies in front of you! Make sure to plate them in a pretty way for your guests. You don’t have to do much, though, these cookies will speak for themselves and draw a lot of attention! I usually hit up the dollar store anytime I want to decorate for a party but Party City, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and more are great places to find stuff. Plus, don’t forget the thrift stores!
Make sure to save these cookies for later! Pin one of the images below and then come back to it to comment a photo of your cookies! I would love to see them. You can also tag me on Instagram @buttercreamparties! Thank you so much for reading my blog and I hope you are learning lots to grow your confidence in decorating sugar cookies. I believe in you and cheers to the happy couple!