white and gold baby shower cookies

How to Decorate White and Gold Baby Shower Cookies

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Recently I’ve noticed this fun gender neutral baby shower theme – all white baby showers! This theme is so cute and classy. I imagine it is perfect for a spring, summer, fall, or winter celebration. I love how it is perfect for both girl baby showers and boy baby showers, too. I went gender neutral for my son’s baby registry and his nursery theme. I’m glad that I did because my next baby was a girl!

For a gender neutral baby shower, I decided to put together a tutorial for white and gold baby shower cookies. This tutorial is beginner friendly and barely needs any supplies. I personally love that these cookies only use one icing bag, one shade of buttercream, and one piping tip size. So easy! Plus, you get to paint on buttercream which is one of my favorite mindful activities. It’s a nice break before the craziness of a baby shower.all white baby shower cookies

Of course, you can skip the painting if you want to have a purely white baby shower theme.

I’ve definitely included baby onesie cookies since those are always so cute. I have also included a baby bottle cookie and a baby rattle cookie. You can use all of them or just pick one. Decorated cookies are the best baby shower favors so it would be easy to make just one design as a thank you gift for the guests. 

Also included in the tutorial is how to smooth buttercream and a tip on how to make white buttercream using an all butter buttercream recipe. I will also be teaching you how to make gold paint for your gold baby shower cookies.

Make sure to check out the video and then follow along for the step-by-step photo series tutorial.

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Part 1: Gathering your Supplies for your White and Gold Baby Shower Cookies

To create these gender neutral baby shower sugar cookies, you will want to gather:

*Your buttercream frosting should, ideally, be a frosting that “crusts.” This means that the frosting will form an outer crust to protect it while traveling. Check out my recipe for crusting buttercream if you don’t already have a favorite. 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.

Part 2: Baking the Cookies and Setting Up the Icing Bag & Gold Paint

  1. Roll, cut out, and bake your sugar cookies according to your cookie dough recipe.
  2. Make your buttercream icing. For this set of cookies, I simply added a bit of violet gel to the buttercream. For tips and more ways to obtain a pure white buttercream, check out my post, How to Make White Buttercream Frosting
  3. Set up your icing bag as follows: Set up the Wilton tip #5 into your icing bag and cut the bag to the appropriate size. Add in the white frosting. If you are unsure how to set up icing bags, check out my tutorial here.
  4. Prepare your gold paint for the gold buttercream: Mix together 2 parts luster dust to 1 part vodka. I did 1/2 tsp of luster powder to 1/4 tsp of vodka to start. If you need more for your amount of cookies, make more as you go using the same ratio.

Part 3: How to Decorate the Gold and White Baby Shower Cookies

Baby Bottle, Rattle, and Onesie Cookie Video Tutorial

Make sure to check out the full tutorial in the video and then check out the step-by-step photo series tutorial below.

How to Decorate the Baby Onesie Cookies

  1. Outline the edge of the onesie and then fill it in – you can do this roughly. Do this for all of your onesie cookies and then place them all into the freezer. It’s best to place them on a flat surface, such as a cookie sheet if you can fit it. Make sure not to stack them.
  2. After your cookies have been in the freezer for at least ten minutes, use the angled flat spatula to smooth the cookies. how to smooth buttercream cookies
  3. Outline the edge of the onesie again and then add in the details. Use a pointed knife to fix any errors or shaky lines. all white baby shower cookies onesie cookies
  4. Now it’s time to paint! Gently paint over the outer edge and all of the details. Make sure to paint the top and sides. how to decorate gold and white baby shower cookies onesie cookie

How to Decorate the Baby Bottle Cookies

  1. Outline the edge of the bottle and then roughly fill in the cookie. Do this for all of the cookies and then place them into the freezer using the same tips outlined in step 1 of the baby onesie cookies.
  2. Use an angled flat spatula to smooth the cookies after they have been in the freezer for at least ten minutes. *It isn’t a problem if you have your cookies in the freezer for hours if you forget about them or get sidetracked.
  3. Outline the edge of the bottle and then fill in the cap with the traditional buttercream piping lines. Make sure to fill them in vertically as most, if not all, baby bottle caps are designed with threading in that direction. Draw in the measuring guide and heart as well. 
  4. Time to paint! Gently paint over the outer edges as well as all of the details. For the cap, you can use the paintbrush to carve out the vertical lines a bit if they start to get swallowed by the paint. It’s not necessary, though. baby bottle cookie

How to Decorate the Baby Rattle Cookies

  1. Outline/fill the top and bottom circles of the rattle and then a middle handle. Make sure to do this for all of the rattle cookies and place them in the freezer for at least ten minutes.
  2. Smooth out the circles and handle with the angled flat spatula.
  3. Outline the two circles again and then pipe a heart in the middle of the top circle.
    *forgot to take a photo after the heart, oops*
  4. Paint the gold luster dust onto the edges of the circles, the heart, and the handle. baby rattle cookie

I just love these baby shower decorated cookies so much! I think there is a misconception out there that you cannot get smooth buttercream for cookies, that you need to resort to royal icing. This is not true. These cookies are sure to amaze your guests and taste delicious. Who doesn’t like buttercream frosting? how to decorate baby shower cookies

Packaging Buttercream Sugar Cookies

If you go the route of using these cookies as baby shower favors, check out my post, My 3 Easy Tips for How to Package Buttercream Sugar Cookies. This is a complete guide for how to ensure your buttercream cookies keep their shape for to-go treats.

Don’t forget to grab your baby shower decorations!

Etsy has some amazing all white baby shower invitations and decorations, so make sure to check there! You can also check out Amazon for decorations. Here are some things I found while looking that I love!


Save The Tutorial for These Decorated Baby Shower Cookies for Later

To save the tutorial for these buttercream sugar cookies for later, simply click on any of the social share icons on the page. Alternatively, hover over the image below to pin the image to your Pinterest page! As always, thank you for learning how to decorate sugar cookies with me. how to decorate all white baby shower cookies with gold accent

Happy decorating!



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  1. I’ve never seen these buttercream techniques before. I’ll definitely try them out. Your cookies are adorable!

  2. What a cool idea !! I really like the idea of neutral color and find your tutorial very well explained. As soon as I get the chance I’ll try to make them :))

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      I try to be as thorough as possible, so thank you!

  3. These are beautiful cookies and such a fabulous idea for a baby shower!

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      Thank you! I wish I could take credit for the baby shower theme, it is a great one!

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      You are welcome!

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      Thank you so much! I agree that a white & gold baby shower is classy & elegant!

  4. Your cookies are always so cute and I really love that you use buttercream rather than royal icing. These cookies are perfect for a shower!

    1. Leah Buehler says:

      Thank you, Cindy! I couldn’t imagine switching over to royal icing at this point. I just love working with buttercream.

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