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Cookie Bouquets

Who needs flowers? Give a colorful arrangement of cookies instead!




Guaranteed to be the sweetest bouquet you've ever given!

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    What You'll Need

    • An earthenware or terra cotta pot: you need a heavy base to keep it from tipping
    • A chunk of Styrofoam or oasis (green florists' foam) at least as big as the pot
    • Long, heat-proof wooden sticks, skewers, or chopsticks
    • Small cellophane bags or plastic wrap to cover the cookies
    • Frosting and sprinkles for decorating cookies
    • Curly ribbon to tie around the "stems"
    • Raffia, Spanish moss or crumpled tissue paper to hide the foam block
    • Decorations for the pot, such as:
      - Puffy paints or acrylic paints
      - Glue
      - Cutout shapes from fabric or felt
      - Small photographs


      Making the Cookies

      If you're making rolled cookies (like sugar cookies) rather than drop cookies (like chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies), roll them out nice and thick--between ¼ and half an inch. You'll also want to choose a cookie recipe that will not spread too much when it bakes, or your cookies will be too thin to stay on their sticks. To control the spread of your cookies:

      • Use half margarine or vegetable shortening and half butter as the shortening in your recipe
      • Refrigerate the cookie dough before shaping, and again before baking
      • Do not grease the cookie sheets. For easy clean-up, use parchment paper

      Follow the recipe directions for making the cookie pops, ensuring that the sticks you use are long enough for the purposes of your bouquet. Gently push the sticks or skewers far enough into the cookie so they will stay firmly planted on their "stems." The portion of the stick that's inside the cookie should be completely encased in dough and not poking out; patch with extra dough if necessary. Always put the sticks in before baking!

      Baking


      Watch the baking time carefully: if you've made large cookies, you may need to turn down the oven temperature and bake them longer if they appear to be done on the bottom before the middle can catch up. Remove the cookies from the pan with a spatula; don't handle them by their sticks until they're completely cool.


      Decorating

      When the cookies are completely cool, you can begin decorating. Use different colors of icing, sprinkles, and sparkling sugars. For best results, allow the decorated cookies to dry overnight before wrapping.

      When decorating the pot, anything goes: paint flowers and vines, landscapes, animals, or whatever you like. Or affix colorful fabric shapes or photographs. Trim the foam to fit snugly inside the pot, making sure the top of the foam is just below the top of the pot.


      Finishing Touches

      Wrap each cookie with cellophane bags or plastic wrap tie them shut. Don't skimp on the ribbon! Gently push the cookie sticks into the foam to create the "bouquet." Cookies in the center should be tallest, so push the outer circle cookies down lower so they can all be seen. Don't crowd the pot.


      More Ideas

      • Make a bouquet for a large mug, filled with cookies that match the mug's design (i.e., teddy bear-shaped cookies in a teddy bear mug)

      • Fill a sand pail with a shovel tied onto the handle with ribbon. Cookies can be in the shapes of beach balls, suns, starfish and other sea creatures.

      • Make assorted farm animal cookies displayed in an aluminum milk pail

      • Fill a watering can with cookies in the shapes of assorted flowers, rectangular seed packets, birds, butterflies, and the sun

      • Display a teapot filled with shortbread biscuits or cookies in the shapes of flowers, teacups and spoons.

      • Use a mixing bowl or quart-size measuring cup for cookies decorated to look like rolling pins, spatulas, frying pans, kitchen timers, fruits or vegetables.

      • Fill a cookie jar with a bouquet of cookies shaped like cookies!

      Comments
      Aug. 16, 2009 4:40 pm
      These would be cute with a cupcake (in a liner) dropped down inside the terra cotta pot; add a little green frosting before pushing the cookie sticks into the cupcakes.
       
      Oct. 19, 2009 12:47 pm
      Making cookie bouquets is a great idea! I've made several and people always love them! I use sugar cookies and use fondant (cut out with the same cutter as cookie so they are the same shape) and they are delicious! Just put the thin fondant on top of warm cookie when they come out of the oven and it will stick. delicious and easy!
       
      Lisa 
      Jan. 27, 2010 9:22 am
      What a great idea!
       
      ANGIE24 
      Feb. 3, 2010 4:12 pm
      Not a fan of fondant, but this one sounds great.Do you decorate the cookies afterwords?
       
      peaceoutlove 
      Feb. 15, 2010 1:20 pm
      I've never used fondant and I would like to try it. Does it taste similar to icing? I would like to try it. I really like this idea.
       
      cookie grandma 
      Feb. 18, 2010 5:32 pm
      If you are going to use a fondant frosting use a marshmallow fondant (easily found online). It has a great flavor not found in the traditional fondant. I use almond flavor both in the frosting and the cookie. This combination wins in our family over traditional cookie frosting. I decorate with stencils, markers and an air brush. You can use any nontoxic marker or ink pads as well as food colors (which is simply nontoxic coloring anyway so don't be squeamish)
       
      zinger60 
      Mar. 1, 2010 11:28 am
      Does anyone know what to use in the bottom of the container to keep it weighted down and not tip over when the cookies are standing up in it? There are so many things to use for a container but they are not heavy enough to use without some kind of weight in the bottom.
       
      ellena 
      Mar. 25, 2010 5:50 am
      I use raw potatoes in the flower pot to hold the sticks/skewers in place I just stick the skewers/sticks into the potateos and they stay very well. They are less expensive than foam and are stronger.
       
      Rose 
      Apr. 8, 2010 1:54 pm
      Does anyone know if the sticks need to be soaked before baking? I am afraid they will turn brown or burn!
       
      lamere 
      Apr. 16, 2010 5:56 am
      What you can do for the base is: (1) If you use a terra cotta pot, you can bake a cake right in the pot. Just pour the batter in and bake as normal. (2) You can also bake a cake in a normal cake pan, then cut to size and fill the pot. Use as many layers as you need. To create a nice finish, crumble oreo cookies on top to look like dirt.
       
      amber448 
      May 7, 2010 2:23 pm
      I have used raw rice in little tin pots to weigh down a bouquet made with cupcakes at a bridal shower and it worked really well, you can color the rice with food coloring on a cookie sheet to add more colour
       
      jmbh 
      Jun. 9, 2010 2:59 pm
      great idea using raw potatoes- I'm going to try this, hopefully it will save me a trip to the store for foam! bakearella is amazing
       
      Bernie 
      Aug. 14, 2010 9:31 pm
      If you are worried about the wooden skewers burning (or any wooden stick for that matter) soak them in water and wrap tin foil around the exposed wood. Works every time :)
       
      kamalspa 
      Aug. 29, 2010 11:18 pm
      wouw I get a lot of experience here
       
      lee 
      Oct. 15, 2010 5:58 am
      Does anyone know how to put picture on cut out cookies.Lee
       
      ep4545 
      Dec. 11, 2010 7:13 pm
      you can buy a printer that does edible images. I bought one alst year and love it. Go to Kopykake and checkitout.
       
      Jan. 24, 2011 1:01 pm
      Don't you put the sticks in right after baking instead of during the baking?
       
      MommyM 
      Feb. 12, 2011 8:50 pm
      Here's another cute presentation idea for cookie pops... I buy a clean, empty, silver paint can at Home Depot and wash it out. I cut 12x12" scrapbook paper that matches my cookie theme to cover the outside of the can, leaving a little cutout to fit around the handles. I use double-sided tape to attach the paper to the can. Then I decorate the paper for the occasion. I add a piece of floral foam inside that's big enough not to slide around in the bottom. I cover it with colorful, shredded paper to hide the foam. Then, I stick the cookies in the foam through the paper shred, tallest in center and shortest at the edges. I love this idea because it's easily customized for any occasion and the can can be gifted or I can re-decorate it for another occasion. Also, the bottom of the can is wide enough that there's no problem with tipping over when full of cookies. Have fun!
       
      3746 39thave west bradenton fl 
      Apr. 29, 2011 9:50 pm
      i think that is a great idea,and like you said it would hold as many or as few as you wanted.and most everyone has a home depot or lowes in their back yard.
       
      Apr. 30, 2011 6:51 pm
      Can I use lollipop sticks in the oven instead of wooden skewers? Thanks very much!
       
      May 7, 2011 2:15 am
      Marshmallow fondant is the way to go. Store bought fondants are expensive and taste terrible. The recipe is simple and can be found on line. Just remember to SIFT the powdered sugar before use or it will be lumpy!
       
      Dec. 2, 2011 8:00 pm
      Sounds like the perfect graduation gift :D!! Valentines day would be even better if my date weren't a calorie counter
       
      Dec. 8, 2012 9:31 am
      I am looking to do this for Christmas cookies, santas, snowflakes, trees? Any ideas?
       
      Nov. 17, 2013 1:55 am
      This year I an using colorful straws to cover my plain white sticks. Just slide them on and push the bottom of the stick into the foam.Also the fondant "cookie" on top of the real cookie works great even doing the fondant part ahead. I let it dry and color it with pencils or dry dust,When I make the cookies i attach the fondant "cookie" to the butter cookie with some royal icing. I have frozen the whole decorated cookie and it tastes fine.If I want sparkle, I dip the edges in thin royal icing or use a paint brush, then I roll the edges in white or colored sugar. Great for Christmas cookies!
       
       
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