Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Making the Dough
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour and cornstarch. Set aside.
In a large bowl cream butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. I mix mine for about 3 minutes.
Add in the vanilla, mix well.
Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
Take out 1/4 cup of the dough and set it aside. (this will be for the centre of the flowers)
In the large bowl add in your desired colour of food colouring. Start with a small amount and keep gradually adding in more colouring and mixing until you reach the colour you like.
Shaping the Flowers
Scoop out 1/2 tsp of the white dough and roll into a ball. Place them on the baking sheet 2 inches apart from one another. Do this until all the white dough is used up. You should get about 22 white dough balls. These balls will be the centre of the flowers.
Next, scoop out 1/2 tsp of the coloured dough roll into a ball. These will be the petals. Place the coloured ball around the white dough ball, gently pressing it together. Make 5 dough petal balls for each flower. See images above to see how I place them.
Continue adding all the dough petals onto the flowers until all the dough is used up.
Using a fork, gently push it down onto each petal dough ball to create a pretty design. See images above.
Bake for 8 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.
Once baked, it is important to let them cool completely on the baking trays. The cookies are very delicate before cooling.
Once cooled, enjoy!
Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.DO NOT USE MELTED BUTTER, doing so will not allow the cookies to hold their shape.
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