Mean Girls Party: Easy Buttercream Iced Sugar Cookies
Follow along for a beginner-friendly, step-by-step tutorial for these buttercream iced sugar cookies for your Mean Girls party! You will also learn some tips & tricks for how to write with buttercream frosting like a pro!
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Part 1: Gathering your Supplies for your Mean Girls Party Cookies
To create these buttercream iced sugar cookies for your Mean Girls party, you will want to gather:
- 5 Icing bags
- 5 Couplers
- A Wilton tip #2 and a tip #5
- Rectangle cookie cutter
- Shirt cookie cutter
- Circle cookie cutter – I used the medium size in this essential cookie cutter set by Wilton
- Margarita glass cookie cutter – The exact one I used is in this set, which I use all the time in my tutorials!
- Wilton gel coloring to obtain red, pink, black, yellow, and white buttercream frosting, here’s my crusting buttercream recipe
- Your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe – if you don’t have a favorite, here’s mine
- Pointed knife or butter knife
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. For this tutorial, you will want to purchase two of these 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.
- Make your buttercream icing and separate it into five bowls. You only need a small amount of yellow (for the lemons) and white (to help the polo details stand out) and the most pink, so adjust your frosting amounts accordingly. When people ask how much of the frosting you need, I just say to eyeball it. Every recipe is different so I’m not sure how much frosting you will have. A tip is to always reserve some undyed frosting in case you need to mix up extras. Mix your yellow, black, red, and pink gel colors into four different bowls. To achieve a nice, deep red and black, mix in just enough to get to a medium red and a dark gray. Then, place a piece of plastic wrap over the frosting and allow it to sit on the counter for a few hours to deepen. If you don’t have the time to do this, then just add more gel color. Remember that the color will still deepen as it sets.
- 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 two Wilton tip sizes at various times in the tutorial.
Part 3: The Fun Part! Frosting Your Mean Girls Buttercream Iced Sugar Cookies
Pink Polo Buttercream Iced Sugar Cookies
- Your first step will be to outline the polo shirt, including the collar, with the pink buttercream frosting. Go ahead and attach tip #5 to the pink frosting for this step.
- Next, fill in the pink collar with your frosting (same tip size) and then use your knife to flatten the frosting. This will help the collar detail stand out.
- Go ahead and fill in the rest of the shirt using the traditional piping lines. If you aren’t sure how to do this, I have a tutorial with a video on my Getting Started: Learn How to Decorate Buttercream Cookies page.
- Once you have completed steps 1-3 on all of your pink polo iced sugar cookies, remove/rinse/dry the tip #5 from your pink frosting. Then, attach it to your white frosting. Outline the edges of the polo shirt, including the collar, to help all of these details stand out.
Strawberry Margarita Buttercream Iced Sugar Cookies
- Your first step will be to outline and fill in the red margarita. Attach the tip #2 to your red frosting for this step.
- Once you’ve completed that step for all of your margarita cookies, remove/rinse/dry the tip #2 from the red frosting. Attach the tip #2 to the black frosting and outline/fill in the stem of the margarita glass.
- Attach the tip #5 to the yellow frosting and draw a circle to represent the lemon slice garnish. then, fill it in. Use the knife to flatten the lines in the lemon.
Mean Girls Quotes Buttercream Iced Sugar Cookies
- First we want to create our pink backgrounds on our rectangle and circle cookies. Go ahead and attach tip #5 to the pink frosting. Outline and fill in the rectangles/circles.
- Next, attach tip #2 to the black frosting and write in your chosen Mean Girls quotes. If you struggle with writing in buttercream, you can always practice on parchment paper first and then scoop up all of the frosting and place it back into your bag. You can also use your knife to pick up mistakes to “erase” them from your cookie. Buttercream is very forgiving! One last tip I tell people is to do all of your backgrounds first, let them crust for a few hours, then come back to write on it. This makes it easier to erase the fresh layer of frosting, in other words, your writing.
- If you’d like to create a fun border like I did on the “so fetch” cookie, remove/rinse/dry the tip #2 from the black frosting, add it to the red frosting, and squeeze out dots along the edge of the cookie.
Kissing Lips Buttercream Iced Sugar Cookies
- Use the pink frosting with the tip #5 attached to outline and fill in your remaining circle cookies. Then, attach tip #2 to the red frosting and outline the shape of the lips.
- Fill in the lips with the red frosting and tip #2 still attached. I like to fill in the lines in the opposite direction than the background lines were filled in. So, in this instance, drawing vertical lines rather than horizontal lines. It’s easiest to rotate the cookie 90 degrees and then fill in lines as usual.
Now you should have a fun set of Mean Girls inspired cookies for a Mean Girls party! Make these for a fun night of nostalgic movies, a girl’s night in, Galentine’s party, or October 3rd! Don’t forget to gather your party supplies! Think lots of pink and black, some virgin (or not) strawberry margaritas, and all the pink clothes possible! You will for sure want the movie playing in the background as well! Here’s a link to the Mean Girls movie if you don’t already own it and a fun banner I found on Amazon too:
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The detail of these cookies is amazing! Can’t wait to make some of these!
Thank you! These ones are just so fun!
Not only are these cookies so cute and creative, but the idea of a Mean Girls party is also so fun! That movie never gets old. LOL!
Right?! I love pink and that movie is just a classic. This would be such a fun girl’s night in activity.
I am not a decorator but these are so easy with your step by step photos! Thanks so much.
I wasn’t a “decorator” until January 2020 and I made the tutorial for these January 30, 2020. They are so beginner friendly! And fun!
These are so cute! The movie Mean Girls seriously brings me back to high school! Love the quotes 🙂
Yep! High school for me as well!
This would be any teenager’s dream: Mean Girls slumber party with butternut cookies! I’m putting great ideas in some pre-teens heads now!:))
Yes, I think this would be great for a slumber party! The teens could even make these as a fun activity for the night.
This is such a fun idea! The designs are perfect, and would be lots of fun for a mean girl themed party.
OMG these are such fun cookies! I haven’t watched Mean Girls in decades (am I showing my age?).
Ha! It’s been a while for me, too!
These cookies are so much fun. I would definitely make some for a girl’s party. Loving all the quotes too.
Thank you! I had to grab some classic quotes from the movie!
I love the mean girls movie. I can’t believe it’s 17 years old already 😂! But these cookies look amazing, and I love the step by step instructions. I can’t wait to try it!
I know, I kept re-doing the math and I might still be wrong because it just seems so crazy!