Easy Rose Swirl Cookies

Have you ever wondered how to brighten up a tea party with colourful tasty treats? Adding a pop of colour to your tea party is simple. It can be as easy as transforming the simplest of cookies into a yummy creation like these easy rose swirl cookies by following some simple steps. They will be a show stopper for sure!!

Easy Rose Swirl Cookies

Rose swirl cookies are fancy looking and perfect to have with tea. These cookies are so pretty….almost too pretty to eat! Truth be told, they are actually super-duper easy especially when you use a Keebler cookie for the base.  I made two packages of cookies into the rose swirl cookies in only 20 minutes.

Easy Rose Swirl Cookies

Tea parties are something that I have been having since I was a young girl. What young child doesn’t?  Everyone knows that the best part of the tea party is the cookies. Am I right?!?

Making these extra special rose swirl cookies doesn’t take long at all and the result is spectacular.

Easy Rose Swirl Cookies

A little Bella Bucchiotti tea party…whether with real tea or just using my imagination…was always a lovely affair.  As you can see, eight year old Bella clearly had a thing for fancy beverages. 🙂

Would you like an adventure now, or would like to have your tea first? – Peter Pan

Easy Rose Swirl Cookies

I worked a few summers at cupcake bakery. It was a great job for a foodie like me. The job was not just any cupcake bakery…it was at Cupcakes by Heather and Lori (from the Food Network show The Cupcake Girls!!). During the summers working at Cupcakes gave me the experience I needed to pursue my passion for baking further and inspired me to get more creative on my blog!! It is safe to say I learned a LOT about making buttercream and icing cupcakes.

Icing the Rose Swirl on the Cookie

To make the icing rose swirl on the cookie follow these easy steps:

  • Fit a piping bag with a large star or flower tip.
  • Starting at the center of a cookie, with tip perpendicular to the cookies, begin piping.
  • Continue to pipe in an outward swirl until icing covers most of the cookie.
  • Repeat with remaining cookies.
Easy Rose Swirl Cookies

I picked up the Keebler cookies that I used for the rose swirl cookies at my local Fred Meyer.  Any round variety will work. For this recipe, I went with the Simply Made Butter and Sandies.

Easy Rose Swirl Cookies Recipe

Easy Rose Swirl Cookies

Easy Rose Swirl Cookies

Course: Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Bella
Transform the simplest of cookies into a yummy creation like these easy rose swirl cookies by following some simple steps. They will be a show stopper for sure!!
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  • 20 Keebler Sandies


  • 1 Cup butter unsalted, room temperature
  • 7 Cups Icing sugar
  • ½ Cup milk
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 Tsp. Gel Food Coloring


  • In bowl of mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until smooth.
  • With mixer on low speed add 6 cups of the icing sugar, milk and vanilla. Mix until fluffy.
  • If necessary, slowly add more icing sugar to get to desired consistency.
  • Divide buttercream into bowls and colour with gel, mixing completely


Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Easy Rose Swirl Cookies

Let me know if you try these easy rose swirl cookies.

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  1. Oh those cookies look amazing. I’m not really good when it comes to designing cookies but I want to try this. My little one would LOVE this.

    Posted 5.30.16 Reply
  2. Robin Rue wrote:

    Those cookies are almost too pretty to eat 🙂 You should open a bakery. Seriously – you are very talented.

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
    • Awe thank you so much Robin its been dream of mine since i was little!

      Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  3. Amy Scott wrote:

    Works of art!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  4. Elana wrote:

    Those are gorgeous! You’re so talented!!!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  5. Candy Kage wrote:

    I don’t think mine will turn out at pretty as yours.

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  6. These are seriously so darn cute! What a great way to add some decoration to some very yummy cookies! I need to practice my skills when it comes to decorating. I have some of the tools but I need to really work on it! Yours turned out so beautifully!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  7. What a great idea! So easy and super cute. And I love the little Bella tea party pics!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  8. Kristen Dann wrote:

    Looking at these cookies I would have thought they’d be more difficult, something I would never have tried. I’m glad to see they’re actually easy and might try them soon!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  9. So cute, I live for a good tea party. I suck at baking cookies, I never thought to just buy and then decorate. I’m totally trying this out.

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  10. linda spiker wrote:

    Super cute! Love the color.

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  11. Francis Powell wrote:

    Really eye catching, bright colors. Do they taste as good as they look?

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  12. sarah Lea wrote:

    Oh! These are lovely, they look so beautiful and delicious! I will give this recipe a try and make some with my kids for our next picnic, thank you for sharing 🙂 xx

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  13. Esme Sy wrote:

    These are so pretty. You make it look so easy. I don’t think mine would turn out that pretty.

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
    • After a little pratice you will icing like a pro!!! Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  14. Jeanette wrote:

    These look delicious I need to make these with my child because we would have a fun time with it. Every time I’ve ever tried to make a flower it always turned out wrong but this looks so much easier.

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  15. I love tea parties too! These are such a sweet little treat!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  16. Lauren wrote:

    Very pretty – great tutorial on the rose icing!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  17. I love the colours you have used for the icing! Pink and blue ones would make a great addition to a baby shower or baby gender reveal party!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  18. Joanna wrote:

    Shame this giveaway is not available in my area. The cupcakes are lovely, I would like to make some for my upcoming birthday. I am still thinking on what to make to serve my friends at the party. 🙂

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  19. You are always making the prettiest things! Love your creativity.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  20. The icing work on the cookies is fantastic! They really look like small little roses. I wish I could ice things that well.

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  21. WhatWouldVWear wrote:

    OMG! This looks so good, Bella! My son would totally love this! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!!

    xoxo, Vanessa


    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
    • I hope you and your son enjoy them Vanessa!!! Thank you so much for your support!!

      Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  22. Kita www.saywhatuwanna.com wrote:

    My daughter would totally love to make these and then have a tea party with me or her friends. This will be great practice for her because she wants to be a pastry chef.

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  23. Carrie Colbert wrote:

    So beautiful, Bella! Wow you are talented.



    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  24. Darcy from A Memory of Us wrote:

    Oh my goodness those look delicious!! They would be the perfect dessert for a party!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  25. I made cupcakes for my brother this past weekend and man, icing is so hard! I didn’t have a lot of the right piping tools but I still feel like I would have a hard time even if I did. Your cookies look great, props to you for having a steady hand!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
    • I have lots of practice icing cupcakes so cookies are very easy to ice for me. Just keep practicing then you will be a pro! Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  26. These look so good! I need to learn how to do rose swirls – they make everything more beautiful!
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
    • Its so easy!!! Practice makes perfect. Thank you so much for stopping by lovely!

      Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  27. The Confused Millennial wrote:

    These look delicious!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  28. the frosting looks so fancy! what a cute and simple idea! love it!


    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  29. Sara Kate Steadman wrote:

    Very cute!! I’m not much of an icing fan, but I love that the colors scream summer.

    Sara Kate Styling

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
    • Its so fun!! You gotta try it again. Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  30. Oh no 🙁 I wish that the giveaway was available in my region. I love the look of the rose swirl cookies!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  31. Rae wrote:

    I will never tell anyone that you started with plain old store-bought cookies!
    Now to practice with the icing…

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
    • I usually make cookies but its so much earlier to make pretty icing and use store bought cookies for a last min tea party!!!

      Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  32. These are so cute! You were adorable as a kiddo too! 🙂

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  33. Great idea! I love that you took a simple packaged cookie and added your own flare to it! Perfect for tea time 🙂

    – Nicole @ http://www.WorkWearWander.com

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  34. Brandy wrote:

    These are super cute, I am going to see if my daughter will make them as she loves stuff like this!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  35. Eloise Maoudj-Riley wrote:

    those are almost too cute to eat… almost is the key word, I’ll have to make these for me and the kids : )

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  36. Kayleigh wrote:

    These look gorgeous and yummy!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  37. Kait wrote:

    Totally salivating over here! I saw these on Instagram and made a mental note to come check these out 🙂

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  38. Uzo O wrote:

    These look so delicious , i’m loving the colourful swirl.


    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  39. Liz Mays wrote:

    Oh these are look so good. I love the fun colors. This would be a great idea for parties.

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  40. Maggie Unzueta wrote:

    Love these rose swirl cookies. They look so easy to make too.

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  41. Aditi Oberoi Malhotra wrote:

    These look so good!!

    Adi xx

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  42. Oh my goodness, these are so adorable and they look so good! Definitely saving this recipe!

    Stephanie | http://www.stephanietherese.com

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  43. Clare Speer wrote:

    These are so colorful and festive!!! Perfect for a girls’ day or fun gathering!! ?❤️???

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  44. Lilies + Lambs wrote:

    I’m throwing an Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party in a few weeks for my daughter’s first- these would be perfect! Thank you! xx

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  45. Ashley wrote:

    These are the cutest!! Dying over your throwback pictures too! How cute are you!!

    xo Ashley

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  46. Savannah Ward wrote:

    I LOVE these pictures! And I love the bright colored icing 🙂


    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  47. I’m assuming it’s the same technique to frost a cake this way? I would love to do a cake with this!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  48. Jenny wrote:

    These are so cute! Honestly, you need to teach me how to be a good baker/cook haha.

    xoxo, Jenny

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  49. CourtneyLynne Storms wrote:

    Omg! How cute are these cookies?!?! I definitely need to give them a try!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  50. Kristin Thompson wrote:

    This is such an adorable idea and they came out so pretty! I’m jealous that you used to work at such an awesome cupcake bakery, that must have been so much fun!!

    The Blush Blonde

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  51. Alison wrote:

    These cookies are so cute! I love the way the roses turned out. They would be so fun for a baby shower!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  52. Brionna G wrote:

    Keebler cookies are loved by my entire family. Those rose swirl cookies are super cute and look delicious.

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  53. Carrie Chady Rundhaug wrote:

    These cookies look gorgeous! I love the rose swirl on top and they are perfect for a tea party or any type of party! I love how bright and colorful they are!

    Posted 5.31.16 Reply
  54. Dreammerin wrote:

    This looks so good, Bella! Yes, it’s a fantastic idea!
    Not available in my region 😉
    Happy Wednesday dear!

    Posted 6.1.16 Reply
  55. Rashmi & Chalukya wrote:

    Ahh.. those colors are so tempting.. Cookies loaded with cream cant be any better. superb idea. Thanks for sharing Bella 🙂

    Posted 6.1.16 Reply
  56. Rebecca Swenor wrote:

    These easy rose swirl cookies look gorgeous and they really do look easy to make too. Keebler Simply Made Butter Cookies is one of my favorite store bought cookies. Thanks for sharing the giveaway and the easy rose swirl recipe.

    Posted 6.1.16 Reply
  57. These look adorable. They would be perfect for a wedding shower or birthday party. I’m not very crafty, but I might give these cookies a try.

    Posted 6.1.16 Reply
  58. Tori Gabriel wrote:

    These are so cute. My girls love tea parties. My Toddler gets her soft toy cats out and sits them on their own chairs and serves them tea. These would really make their party complete!

    Posted 6.1.16 Reply
  59. Tales of a New Mom wrote:

    This is awesome! I’m gonna do this with my cosins!

    Posted 6.1.16 Reply
  60. WEMAKE7 wrote:

    Oh my word, these are so cute! I love how colorful they are. Great idea.

    Posted 6.1.16 Reply
  61. adriana nudo wrote:

    These are sooo cute! What a fun idea for these cookies, your icing flowers came out so beautifully!

    Posted 6.1.16 Reply
  62. kmaryam wrote:

    the fact that they’re already made is amazing ! I LOVE tea can’t wait to try these ! If they’re as cute as yours I’ll decorate my house with them haha

    Posted 6.1.16 Reply
  63. These are so PRETTY! and they look so easy to make!! The perfect treat!

    Posted 6.2.16 Reply
  64. Tiina A wrote:

    Beautiful cookies! It makes a huge difference when you decorate them like that. You have chose such great colours – nice, bright and delicious looking:) Schools are out this saturday so perhaps i will treat the kids with some cookies 🙂

    Posted 6.2.16 Reply
  65. avecmomma wrote:

    looking so yummy

    Posted 6.2.16 Reply
  66. Hannah Adkins wrote:

    This looks too pretty to eat! I always have trouble with my icing turning out looking good. You seem to really have it down!

    Posted 6.3.16 Reply
  67. So far so Sabine wrote:

    That pink color on top looks so crazy yum!

    Posted 6.4.16 Reply
  68. Gorgeous photos! I love the colors of rose swirls icing! I am practicing with my icing but it’s a little hard for me to turn around my cupcakes. I’ve pinned yours in my board. 🙂

    Posted 6.4.16 Reply
  69. Those look too gorgeous to eat!!! They are very impressive. I am sure they are also delicious! Thank you for sharing such a great recipe! Your photos are amazing too! I can’t wait to find the time to try these! 🙂

    Posted 6.4.16 Reply
  70. Jillian wrote:

    Wow these look delicious! You make that icing look so easy to do, I’ll have to give it a try!


    Posted 6.19.16 Reply
  71. Gwynne wrote:

    My daughter loves tea parties too. These are cute and quick to make!! Very nice!

    Posted 6.22.16 Reply
  72. Brown Sugar wrote:

    These are so pretty! I am definitley pinning these!

    Posted 5.31.17 Reply