Tutorial for Hummingbird Decorated Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

Spring Sugar Cookie Tutorial – Colorful Hummingbird Decorated Cookies

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Hummingbirds symbolize happiness and joy so I am here to show you how to make hummingbird decorated cookies with delicious buttercream frosting.

These hummingbird sugar cookies are colorful, perfect for spring, and kid-friendly.

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Part 1: Gathering the Supplies for Hummingbird Decorated Cookies

To decorate these hummingbird sugar cookies, you will want to gather:

Part 2: Baking the Cookies and Setting up Your Icing Bags

  1. Roll, cut out, and bake your sugar cookies according to the recipe. You will be able to make about 40 sugar cookies with the recipe and cookie cutter linked above. Remember, these are smaller cookies because hummingbirds are small birds.
  2. Make your buttercream icing and separate it into five bowls:
    • Each bowl will contain roughly equal amounts of buttercream
    • Mix one bowl royal blue, one teal, one pink, one purple, and one lime green.
    • ***Remember, your colors will develop over time.
  3. Set up your icing bags as follows:
    • If using couplers: place couplers into each of the icing bags and fill them with the buttercream, one color per bag of course. You don’t need to attach the tips yet.
    • If using 5 Wilton #4 tips, place each tip into each icing bag and fill with buttercream, one color per bag.
spring buttercream color palette
You’ll see I have both couplers & tip #4s on each icing bag – I was creating some other cookies for my cookie decorating course with the same icing but different tips.

Part 3: Making the Buttercream Hummingbird Decorated Cookies

Check out the video above, especially to see how to create the wing look with buttercream. Then, check out the photo series below when you are ready to decorate.

  1. Choose the color(s) you want for the hummingbird wings & tail feathers. Put a small amount of frosting in those areas and smooth it with the palette knife. Add buttercream frosting in chosen wing and tail colors. Smooth buttercream into thin layer using palette knife.
  2. To create the feathers in the wings, outline the top of the top wing and the left side of it. Then, use the palette knife to pull some of the frosting out to the right, while also dipping the palette knife down a bit to create a curved bottom. *The curved bottom will be covered up on the top wing but it is good practice for the bottom wing & tail. Draw the top & side of the upper hummingbird wing with buttercream. Use the palette knife to form the buttercream feather. Use the palette knife to form the buttercream feather.
  3. Draw vertical lines, one at a time, and repeat the above step, using the palette knife to form the feather. Use the palette knife to form the buttercream feather. Use the palette knife to form the buttercream feather. Use the palette knife to form the buttercream feather. Use the palette knife to form the buttercream feather.
  4. Choose the body color(s) and fill in that area next, including the beak but not the hummingbird tail. Add the hummingbird body in chosen shades of buttercream frosting.
  5. Smooth over the body/beak with the palette knife, blending colors together if you want or leaving them separated. This palette knife is perfect for smoothing buttercream in small areas! Smooth the hummingbird body with the palette knife.
  6. Complete the tail feathers using the same technique as the wings. You can also blend the top of the tail feathers into the body using the palette knife if you’d like. Use the palette knife to form the buttercream feather. Use the palette knife to form the buttercream feather.
  7. To create sparkly hummingbirds (as they have beautiful feathers in real life) add some Fancy Sprinkles Prism Powder using a fan brush. I went with the Rose Quartz and Aquamarine shades. So pretty!
    Use a fan brush to tap Fancy Sprinkles Prism Powder onto the hummingbirds.
    Use a fan brush to tap Fancy Sprinkles Prism Powder onto the hummingbirds.
    Hummingbird decorated sugar cookie using buttercream frosting

The bright colors of buttercream frosting are so fun to see on these decorated hummingbird cookies. I chose to do three different designs to keep it easy but it’s up to you. 

I’d love to know in the comments below, do you have a hummingbird feeder at your house? We have one and I love to see the hummingbirds visiting the back porch because of it.

Save the Tutorial for These Decorated Hummingbird Sugar Cookies

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How to decorate hummingbird sugar cookies with buttercream frosting and prism powder

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