It’s true, April showers bring May flowers! Unless you live in the desert and you haven’t seen rain but once in six months, then you bake some! Plus as I’ve 100 times…the only green thumb I have comes from food coloring. Fact. So even if we weren’t currently living in the desert, growing them isn’t quiet an option! So I’m not exactly a gardener but I do love to bake up fruits, veggies, and flowers in the kitchen call it a “unique” habit if you will. (just go with it) I’ve shared several flower themed treats and even a cupcake bouquet last year but this one is my new favorite. It’s even a little groundbreaking get it, get?. (ok so I don’t tell jokes well either)
I knew I wanted to create a cookie bouquet this year but I wanted to try something a little different. Normally when you see a cookie bouquet of any kind the cookies are baked on to stick from the back and the cookies are all facing one way. This time I wanted to try to create a cookie bouquet that actually had flowers coming from “stems” that would lay like a real flower. Turns out, with a little creativity it wasn’t very hard at all! Sure, it takes a few extra steps and a little more time but these cookies are certainly not very hard to make, and you won’t even have to water them – much.
These little guys were the key to my success! After rolling and cutting out my cookie flowers I used the extra dough to create little edible “stem supports” for the cookies. I started by cutting out small circles (with these accent cutters) about 1/2 in wide. Then I laid the cut circles on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and used my lollipop stick to create a hole all the way through the little cookie, then baked for 8-9 minutes. As soon as they came out of the oven, leaving them on the pan and warm, I pushed my sticks through each hole again to make sure they would still fit (since even these cookies grow just a bit) Then I let them completely cool on the pan, you want them to be firm little cookie bits.
For the cookies I used my go to rolled sugar cookie recipe and method that you can find here, and three of the smallest cutters from my flower set I picked up at Wal-Mart for $2.88. I baked each cookie about 1 minute longer then I normally would to make them a little firming knowing they had to “stand up”.
Here’s what you’re going to need:
White Outline Icing
White Flooding Icing
Yellow Pre-Made Centers (or yellow 15 second icing and yellow sprinkles)
Pre-Made Lady Bugs (optional)
6in Lollipop Sticks
Green Paper Straws (optional)
Pot Or Bucket
Filler (rice, beans, dry corn, styrofoam, glass pebbles)
These cookies are a great beginner cookie. While they require several different steps, they come together very easy. If you need more information on royal icing, what each consistency is, and how to fill cookies check out Royal Icing 101 and Decorating Cookies 101.
Step 1: To make these cookies super easy I suggest making the centers a day or two ahead of time. This way you can simply drop the centers on to the white icing, making these cookies the easiest ever. Every time I have extra yellow icing I make extra centers. To make them simply pipe little mounds of yellow 15 second icing onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and then immediately cover with sprinkles if you would like. I only pipe and cover one row at a time if I am sprinkling them because they crust over quickly. Let them sit for a full day then you can pull them right off the paper, pour your sprinkles back in the container, and store the centers airtight for a year!
If you can not make the centers ahead of time simply follow the same steps to ice the cookies then once the white icing is dry pipe a yellow center on with 15 second icing, cover entire center with sprinkles (if desired) then let dry. Once the yellow is dry (about an hour or two) gently shake off sprinkles and place back in container. You can see that process here.
Of course the lady bugs are optional but if you would like them you will need to make them a day in advance too. I made mine with left over red and black piping and flood icing from these cookies. To make them pipe red dots on to a wax paper lined baking sheet, then pipe smaller black circles on one side for the head. Once they have crusted over pipe on little dots OR let them dry all the way and draw them on with a black marker.
Step 2: Using a toothpick mark a little spot in the center of the cookie, this will be your guide point for the petals.
Step 3: Using piping icing and a small round tip pipe petals starting and ending at your center point each time.
Step 4: Fill petals with white flood icing. Use toothpick the pull the icing into the center points if needed. Immediately drop flower centers on to wet icing. If you made any little lady bugs you can drop those on now too!
Step 5: After the cookies have dried for several hours (I even left mine overnight in a container just to be sure) gently pick them up and glue your little cookie “stem supports” on using white flood icing.
Step 6: Turn the cookie back over and let dry for 30-60 minutes.
Step 7: Once the “stem support” has dried flip the cookie back over and gently put the stick in and gently twist until you get a snug fit. What your doing is making sure the icing didn’t drip down the hole, if so you want to push the stick back up to the bottom of the cookie to get a good hold. Take the stick back out and place a drop of glue in the hole, then gently push the stick back in to the top.
Step 8: Slowly turn the cookie over and place it in a cake pop holder or a piece of styrofoam and let it dry for a good hour. (my KC Bakes Cake Pop stand came in wonderfully for these!!)
Step 10: Place cookies in a pot with rice, beans, corn, sprinkles, or even styrofoam. Then cover with green “grass” or tissue paper. I like to use rice for projects like this because it gives me the versatility of moving them around nicely, however, if you are giving this as a gift you may want to consider styrofoam or at least let your hostess know its full of rice…just in case.
Whew. I know, that was a lot of reading. Even though it looks like a lot of steps it’s REALLY pretty simple. Even if your brand new to cookie decorating, don’t be afraid to give these a try! You won’t regret it!
I just love how these daisies turned out! Wouldn’t they make the perfect Mother’s day gift? She can have her flowers and eat them too!
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