Mini Poinsettia| Butter Cookie Recipe

Because Christmas is a time for baking and decorating, bake a batch of Mini Poinsettia Butter Cookies. These cookies are small snowflake shaped cookies, decorated like a poinsettia with red, green and yellow buttercream frosting.  The 1″ snowflake cookie cutter is the perfect shape to represent a poinsettia flower.  Further more these cookies make a lovely food gift for family and friends. 


In addition to a snowflake cookie cutter, you will need a great butter cookie recipe that will not spread during baking.  The snowflake cutter has a similar shape as a poinsettia.


Poinsettia Cookie Recipe


Butter Cookies are rolled and cut into snowflakes, baked and frosted with red and green buttercream in a poinsettia design. Cookies can be frozen before frosting for up to 2 months.  Note:  Make the frosting one day ahead and refrigerate so the colors will intensify.  If you don’t want to make your own frosting, ask local bakery to sell the frosting colors you want. Most chain store bakeries will sell you a small amount. 

Cookies will vary in amount depending on the size of snowflake cookie cutter you use.

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  • Yield: 24 small cookies


Butter Cookie Recipe

24 small-baked cut-out butter cookies-  (1 ” snowflake cutter)

2 cups butter cream frosting- Americolor -gel color

Decorating leaf tip- large #366 for poinsettia leaves- small #352 green leaves

Butter Cream Frosting Recipe

1/4 cup butter- softened

1/4 cup vegetable shortening

1 tablespoon half and half

1 teaspoon crème bouquet extract

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Americolor, Lemon Yellow- 1 -2 drops

Americolor, Leaf Green- 2-3 drops

Americolor- soft pink 3 drops first, then add 3-5 drops of Super Red


  1. Cream together the butter and vegetable shortening.
  2. Add in half & half, crème bouquet or vanilla and ¼ cup powdered sugar.
  3. Beat until creamy add remaining confectioner’s sugar
  4. Separate frosting into three bowls with ¼ cup frosting in one( for yellow centers) and the remaining frosting divided in half , tint one half with leaf green and the remaining half with soft pink and super red.
    Stir to combine using separate spoons.
    Cover frosting bowls with plastic wrap and allow to rest at room temperature over night to deepen the colors.

To Decorate:
Fill red frosting in disposable decorating bag fitted with large leaf tip # 366.
Fill green frosting in disposable decorating bag fitted with small leaf tip #352.
Fill yellow frosting in disposable decorating bag with small clip off end of bag, no tip necessary.  You can also use yellow decorating icing sugars for the center stamen.

Pipe green frosting on long points of snowflake cookie, pipe red frosting over remaining points forming 5 long poinsettia leaves, add yellow dots to center of cookie for the stamen.


Recipe Cookie design adapted from Crouton Crackerjack.

Successful Tips| Butter Cookie Ingredients

  1. To make great cookies, use good ingredients such as real butter and not margarine for this recipe.
  2. Good Flavor is important: Flavor the cookie with creme bouquet extract.    or pure vanilla extract.  Creme bouquet is a concentrated flavor that tastes like lemon, orange and almond all mixed together.
  3. For tender cookies:  mix the  cookie dough gently until it barely forms a ball in the mixer, then shape the dough with your hands and wrap in plastic wrap.
  4. How to roll the dough:  Chill the dough for 15-30 minutes before rolling out.  You can roll the dough between two sheets of parchment paper, place on a baking sheet then chill dough before cutting out shapes.  If you have room in your refrigerator to do that technique it does safe time, but it is optional.
  5. Bake in preheated oven.  Place baking rack in the middle of the oven.  For best results and a bit faster baking time use a convection oven for baking cookies.  Not mandatory, but makes breads and cookies bake evenly.

Check out other cookie/candy recipes from our baking series.

The Poinsettia Cookies were the first cookies in the Christmas Cookie Countdown. We baked 15 weeks ahead to get a jump start on Holiday Baking.  All of the recipes are made-a-head and frozen with out decorating.  This baking series include roll out, shaped, pressed and slice and baked cookies.  We added a few surprises to make your holiday cookie trays present well and taste delicious!  Get ready our first cookie of this series…the Poinsettia Cookie!





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