Delicious and Beautiful Cactus Cookies

If you are planning to fiesta, why not include some fantastic cactus cookies in your menu?  These super yummy cookies are so easy to bake and decorate.  You will want them again and again! Check out the fun details and easy instructions below…

Also..check out the whole Cactus Party these fun cookies were originally made for!

Succulents are so much fun in party decor!  And these beautiful cactus cookies are no exception!

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Cactus Cookies

The best part of these delicious cookies is the fun and simple watercolor design.  The first set of cookies showcase different shaped cacti on a bright white fondant background.

The second cactus cookie design is actually made up of several cookies each “painted” as a part of a cactus.  Lain together they create the prickly pear style cactus plants.  Aren’t they fun??

 

Ways to use cactus cookies in a party

There are so many different options for using fun cactus cookies.  The cookies can be displayed on wooden plates or white plates to help them stand out on a dessert or party food table.  You can also place cookies directly on place settings so guests already have their own cookies ready to enjoy.

Another fun option is to place cookies into cellophane bags and give them out as party favors.  I personally love giving food as favors.  It definitely beats trickets and allows your guests to go home with a little something sweet!

 

How to make Cactus Cookies

Alright…now for the recipe and instructions for decorating both styles of cactus cookies…

Both cookies start with the same base.  Using round cookies cutters, both designs were baked and cut into circles.  The cookies were baked using my Simple Sugar Cookie Recipe.  It is delicious and super easy!

Painted Cactus Cookies

Materials:

 

Step 1:

Bake cookies using recipe and medium to large circle cookie cutter.  Allow cookies to completely cool prior to decorating.

Step 2:

While cookies are cooling, roll out white fondant until it is 1/4 inch thick and cut with the same size cookie cutter.  Allow fondant to harden completely.  Put a thin layer of white frosting on the cookies and place white fondant circle on top of cookie.

Step 3:

Squirt small amounts of green, yellow, and pink food coloring into paint dish sections.  Using the paint brush, get the brush wet and dip it into the food coloring.  Paint the cactus designs onto the fondant just like using watercolor paint.  

I recommend starting with the lighter colors and adding darker food coloring to shadow.  You can speckle the cactus with dark green or black food coloring.  Add pink flowers as desired.  Allow to dry completely before serving.

Cactus Cookies in Pieces

Materials:

Step 1:

Bake cookies using recipe and various sized circle cookie cutters.  Allow cookies to completely cool prior to decorating.  Mix white fondant with green (or green/yellow) food coloring for cookies and pink food coloring for flowers.

Step 2:

While cookies are cooling, roll out green fondant until it is 1/4 inch thick and cut with the same size cookie cutter as corresponding cookies.  Allow fondant to harden completely.  Put a thin layer of white frosting on the cookies and place white fondant circle on top of cookie.

Also roll out and cut pink fondant with flower cookie cutter.As the fondant starts to dry, bend the fondant around the top of a pencil to make the flower stand out.  

Finally place a white sugar pearl in the center.  Once hardened, place the flower on the cupcake.  Easy peasy and ready to enjoy!!

Step 3:

Squirt small amounts of green, yellow, and pink food coloring into paint dish sections.  Using the paint brush, get the brush wet and dip it into the food coloring.  Paint the curved lines onto the fondant just like using watercolor paint.  

I recommend starting with the lighter colors and adding darker food coloring to shadow.  Prior to drying, add white sugar pearl along lines to make the “spikes” on the cactus.  Add fondant flowers with a dot of white frosting.  Allow to dry completely before serving.

Be sure to check out all the super fun and super simple cactus party ideas to style your own cactus party using your watercolor cactus cookies!

 

Cactus Party Supplies

In setting up a cactus party, this super adorable Cactus Party Tableware is perfect for a cactus themed party.  The fun design on the plates and cups is a perfect mixture of cactus.  Also…those napkins are sooo, soo cute!

 

Additional Cactus Desserts 

I also have some fun cactus themed desserts to compliment these fun cookies.  

The cactus cupcakes are so easy to make…and sooo cute.  I have included a simple tutorial along with the details of this Taco Twosday party. You can easily recreate these adorable cupcakes!

This gorgeous cactus cake has ombre layers inside in beautiful shades of green.  It is topped with fondant from Lady Topper.  Be sure to also check out the easy recipe for making this layer cake!

Conclusion for Cactus themed Cookies:

These delicious cactus cookies are super easy to make.  Painting with food coloring for fantastic cookies is a great way to treat your party guests.  These cookies are perfect for a fiesta, southwest party, Taco Tuesday, and so much more!

 

Here are some helpful links for a Cactus Party:

 

If you love these cookies, please pin this image to your Birthday Party Pinterest Board:

 

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