Herdy’s Coronation Cookies

Whether you’re having a street party, or joining in the festivities with a brew in front of the telly, these coronation cookies are the perfect way to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. Made with a simple sugar cookie recipe and decorated with a royal icing Union Jack.

Don't forget to accompany these cookies with a brew in your favourite Herdy mug.

Herdy Coronation Cookies


For the cookies

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 200g sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 360g all-purpose flour
  • Half tsp baking powder

For the topping

  • 50g Icing sugar
  • 200g White royal icing
  • 100g Red royal icing
  • 100g Blue royal icing

Ewe will need

  • Herdy Cookie Cutter Set
  • Mixing bowl
  • Sieve
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • Sharp knife or scalpel
  • Pallet knife / spatular

Cooking Time: 10 min

Makes: approx 15

Difficulty: Medium

  • Step 1

In a large bowl mix together the butter and sugar until the mixture is creamy in texture. Make sure you don’t overwork the mix, or your biscuits may spread during baking.

  • Step 2

Beat in the egg until well combined. Sieve in the flour and baking powder and mix until a dough forms. Place the dough on a floured surface and give it a quick knead so your mix is easier to work with. There is no need to chill the dough before rolling.


  • Step 3

Preheat your oven to 180°C or gas 5. Roll out your mixture to approximately 7mm thick. Use the large Herdy Cookie Cutter to cut out your shapes. Try to reuse as much dough as you can to minimise waste, we made 15 biscuits out of the mixture. Use a palette knife to transfer the biscuits to a baking tray.

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  • Step 4

Bake for around 10 minutes, or until golden brown at the edges. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.


  • Step 5

Now it’s time to make your Union Jack icing. Begin by rolling a thin sheet of white royal icing, approximately 2mm thick. The white layer will act as your base. Make sure you use plenty of icing sugar to prevent your royal icing from sticking. To get a neat outline, use your Herdy cookie cutter to cut out a Herdy shape from the icing. Then remove Herdy’s legs and face, this will leave you with a U-shaped piece of icing. Cut one piece for every biscuit and put them to one side.

  • Step 6

Next, thinly roll out your red icing. Using a ruler and sharp knife, cut slivers of icing appoximately 5mm wide, these will be used to create the large red cross at the centre of the Union Jack.

  • Step 7

You will need to make a glue to stick all your icing pieces together, this can be made by mixing water with icing sugar until you get a sticky mixture that’s still a bit runny.

Using your icing glue and a small paint brush, create a cross on the white icing, with the centre of the cross being just under Herdy's chin. Lay your red icing over the glue, cutting to size as you go. Your icing should now resemble a St Georges Cross.

  • Step 8

Next, roll out your blue icing, just as thinly as before. Cut out small triangles to fit into each corner of the cross, one side of each cross will need to be curved to match the outline of Herdy's body. Using the same glueing technique, stick down all the blue pieces to the white icing.

  • Step 9

For the Union Jack's final layer, gently roll some red icing in-between your hands to create thin strands of icing, think strawberry laces. Place these diagonally across your blue triangles to finish your Union Jack design.

  • Step 10

Now you need to stick the Union Jacks to Herdy's body. Take a generous amount of your icing glue and brush a layer onto Herdy's body, then carefully lift your icing into place. Leave for 10 minutes or until the glue is fully set.

  • Step 11

For the final touch. Take a paintbrush with a little water and brush over the icing, this will remove any excess icing sugar and make the colours pop. Finally, your Coronation cookies are ready to eat! 

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