One day I am going to throw a Harry Potter Valentine party. It would be so fun to pretend it’s Valentine’s Day at Hogwarts! I was in the fourth grade when The Sorcerer’s Stone was released and I’ve been a fan ever since. I even had Harry Potter overalls and a jean jacket that I’d pair together and wear to school. Oh yeah, and I can’t omit the Harry Potter journal/sticker book I’d tote back and forth to school as well.
I wanted to create these Harry Potter Valentine’s Day buttercream cookies to share with other Harry Potter fans out there! Typically, I’d think a Harry Potter party would be for a birthday or even Halloween or Christmas (I mean, think of the feasts in the Great Hall those days!) But, I don’t think the magic should be that limited. Why not have a Harry Potter Valentine’s Day party?
Here are the instructions to create these Harry Potter Valentine cookies – truly one of those desserts that are easy to make while still impressing your guests.
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- 1 Part 1: Gathering your Supplies for your Harry Potter Valentine Buttercream Cookies
- 2 Part 2: Baking the Cookies and Setting up Your Icing Bags
- 3 Part 3: The Fun Part! Frosting Your Harry Potter Valentine Buttercream Sugar Cookies
- 4 Save The Tutorial for These Harry Potter Valentine Buttercream Cookies for Later!
Part 1: Gathering your Supplies for your Harry Potter Valentine Buttercream Cookies
To create these buttercream sugar cookies for your Valentine’s Day at Hogwarts party, you will want to gather:
- 5 Icing bags
- 5 Couplers
- A Wilton tip #2, #5, and #233
- Rectangle cookie cutter
- Circle cookie cutter – I used the medium sized circle in this essential cookie cutter set by Wilton
- Wilton gel coloring to obtain light brown, dark brown, pink, green, and white buttercream frosting
- Flat spatula and a knife
- Parchment paper – if you don’t have parchment paper, find yourself some freezer space! (note step 2 in the Marauder’s Map cookie tutorial for how to smooth buttercream)
- Ingredients for a crusting buttercream, find my crusting buttercream icing recipe here
- Ingredients for sugar cookie dough, find my no spread sugar cookies recipe here
You may be asking, “What are couplers?” Couplers allow you to change your tips on your icing bags. Check out my page, Getting Started: Learn How to Decorate Buttercream Cookies, to learn how to do this. Essentially, you will attach a coupler to each icing bag. When you need to attach a tip, just make sure to rinse out the previous color from the tip with hot water. Purchasing a set of couplers is pretty affordable on Amazon: 4 Count Wilton Coupler Set.
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.
- Make your buttercream icing and separate it into five bowls. Mix your light brown, dark brown, green, and pink gel colors into four different bowls.
- Set up your icing bags as follows: Place a coupler into each of the icing bags and add each frosting color to it’s own bag. If you don’t know how to do this, just hop over to my Getting Started: Learn How to Decorate Buttercream Cookies page. You don’t need to add a tip to any of the bags yet, as they will be sharing the various tip sizes throughout the tutorial.
Part 3: The Fun Part! Frosting Your Harry Potter Valentine Buttercream Sugar Cookies
*Special Note: Sometimes people think these cookies will take a ton of time to create. Yes, they do take some time, but these are decorated sugar cookies and will take more time than just regular cookies. They are still one of those desserts that are easy to make, while bringing something extra special to the table. If you complete each step for each cookie before moving to the next step, your time will be maximized. You will be switching out tips less often and getting into the “flow” of things. Decorating sugar cookies is both relaxing and a way to get some creativity flowing.
Valentine’s Day at Hogwarts: Marauder’s Map Buttercream Cookies
- Your first step will be to outline and fill in the shape of the map first. Attach the tip #5 to the light brown icing bag. It looks best if you create a slight curve in the map, as opposed to a flat map, but you can do whatever you are most comfortable with – they will both look good!
- Next, we will be smoothing out the surface of the map. I have a few options for you on how to smooth buttercream. If you have the freezer space and time, you can simply pop all of your Marauder’s Map cookies completed through step 1 into the freezer for about 10 minutes. Then, use a flat spatula to smooth the surface. If you don’t have the time or freezer space, smooth your frosting by placing a piece of parchment paper over the top of the frosting. Use the warmth of your fingers to smooth out the lines, while also allowing the frosting to adhere to the cookie. Then, use the flat spatula to smooth out the lines further.
- Use the light brown frosting, still with tip #5 attached, to outline the map again and add in a swirl detail.
- Our last step for the Marauder’s Map is to add our writing and footprints. Since these are Harry Potter Valentine cookies, I thought it would be fun to switch up the text a little bit. Attach the tip #2 to the dark brown frosting to write your message. Remember, if you struggle with writing in buttercream, just be patient with yourself. You CAN erase mistakes, so pretend it’s a pencil if that gives you more confidence. To erase mistakes, use a knife to pick up the frosting and remove it from the cookie.
Valentine’s Day at Hogwarts: Quidditch Buttercream Cookies
- Your first step will be to outline and fill in the shape of the rectangle. Use the white frosting for this step with tip #5 attached. Make sure the tip is clean if you previously used it on the light brown frosting. To clean between icing bag color changes, just remove the tip, rinse with hot water, and dry with a paper towel. You don’t need to soap it up since it’s just buttercream frosting working with more buttercream frosting.
- Now what we want to do is create our Quidditch broom using the light brown frosting. First, attach the tip #233 to the frosting and squeeze out your broom bristles at an angle. Do this for all of your Quidditch cookies and then replace the tip #233 with the tip #5. Remember to remove/rinse/dry the tip from the last frosting color you used first. Now, draw a line over the right side of the bristles to connect the bristles. Lastly, draw a line for the broom handle.
- To create our three Quidditch goal posts, use the dark brown frosting with tip #2 attached.
- Once you’ve completed step 3 on all of your Quidditch buttercream cookies, remove/rinse/dry the tip and add it to the green frosting. Now, write “You’re a Keeper” in the green frosting.
Valentine’s Day at Hogwarts: Cake Buttercream Cookies
- Your first step will be to outline and fill in the shape of the circle with the pink frosting. Attach the tip #5 for this step, making sure it’s nice and clean from the last color you used.
- The only other step (this one is super easy!) is to use the green frosting with tip #2 attached to write in, “Happee Valentine’s Dae Love,” paying attention to Hagrid’s spelling skills of course. I also wrote in all capital letters for the same purpose.
If you created these cookies, send a photo to my e-mail [email protected] or tag me on Instagram at buttercreamparties for your chance to be featured on the blog!