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Coronation Cookies

Eleanor Bowmer x Juliet Sear Coronation Union Jack Flag cookies
Dietary Requirements
Difficulty Level
20-24 Medium Sized Cookies
Serving size
30 - 45 mins
Prep time
12-15 mins

These cookies are perfect to give out at street parties to celebrate the King’s Coronation.


soft salted butter, at room temperature
golden caster (superfine) sugar
2 tsp
vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste, or 1 vanilla pod
large free-range egg, lightly beaten
plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting
4 tbsp
soft-peak white Royal Icing, in a piping bag fitted with a number 3 round nozzle or cut a small hole of about 3mm diameter
3 tbsp
soft-peak red Royal Icing and 3 tbsp soft-peak blue in a piping bags fitted with round number 2 nozzles for the outlines
3 tbsp
blue and red royal icing in a runny consistency for flooding/colouring in in piping bags (just with a hole snipped in the end)
Baking trays
with baking paper
Stand mixer
electric bater or wooden spoon and bowl
Rectangular cookie cutter
mine is approx. 8 x 5cm or just use a card template and knife
piping bags with small nozzles (no.2 is best or cut a 2mm hole)
piping bags without nozzles
piping bag with small round nozzle (no.3 is best or cut a 3mm hole)
Cocktail sticks
or you can use the tip of a knife
Lolly sticks
these are optional if you want to put the flags on handy poles
Some options
guide sticks or marzipan spacers and bag clips


For the vanilla sugar cookies

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl of a stand mixer (or do by hand in a large bowl with a wooden spoon or use an electric hand beater). Add the vanilla extract or paste or scrape out the seeds from the vanilla pod and add these. Mix on slow speed in an electric mixer or beat by hand until just combined.

Add the egg and mix, still on a slow speed, or use a wooden spoon, until fully incorporated.

Tip in all the flour and continue to mix until a dough is formed. If the mixture is a little sticky, add a little more flour. If it’s a bit dry, add a few drops of water. You’ll know it’s the right consistency when the dough comes together without leaving sticky traces on the bowl and forms a nice, shiny, pliable ball.

Roll the dough out on a clean, floured surface – use plenty of flour to prevent sticking. If you have them, use guide sticks/marzipan spacers for rolling out the dough. This will ensure you get an even thickness, and the cookies bake evenly. Otherwise, just take care to apply even pressure. Roll to a thickness of about 5mm (1/4in). If you want to bake onto lolly sticks, leave them a little thicker so you can push the sticks into the dough carefully, about ¾ of the way in and bake them onto sticks.

Once the dough is rolled out, cut your shapes out with cookie cutters or card template

Use a palette knife or cake slice to pick up the cookies and transfer them to a lined baking tray. Leave a gap of about 2.5cm (1in) between each one.

Place in the oven and bake for around 12-15 minutes. Check after 10 minutes, as all ovens vary. The cookies should be golden brown, firm, and springy to the touch. Leave to cool on a the trays for 5 mins then cool on a wire rack.

To decorate

Make up the royal icing according to the pack instructions and make the coloured shades in separate bowls. Load into piping bags and get everything ready before beginning. If you have bag clips, it’s handy to clip the top of the bags to prevent the icing from spilling out of the top.

Pipe the central red cross to begin with, then add the 4 diagonal sections joining into the centre.

Pipe little triangles of blue in between each section. Then with the runnier icing, flood/fill in the outlined sections with the red and blue icing. It’s best to let this dry now before filling in the gaps with white, to prevent the white from becoming a bit stained by the other colours as sometimes the colour can bleed into neighbouring wet icing panels. Allow to dry for a few hours, ideally overnight. A god place to leave them is in a closed cool oven overnight to prevent them from any dust etc.

Once dry, fill in the white lines in between with the white soft peak icing to finish off. Leave to dry. These last very well for a few weeks if kept well wrapped or in an air tight container so you can make these well ahead of your celebrations!