Sometimes cookie projects go as planned, sometimes they turn out better than I anticipated, and sometimes, well, they just frustrate me.
This one goes in the frustration category.
I had an idea of how I wanted to do a cookie bouquet where the faces of the flowers sat on top of the stems. I have done several other bouquets where it is simply a cookie on a stick pushed into floral foam and they face outward.
With a plan in my head, I decided what kind of cookie flowers I wanted to make. I decided that double stacked cookies would make for a more interesting presentation.
Note to self: keep it simple when attempting a new technique.
Anyway, I began by cutting out my flower shapes in two sizes and making a hole in the centers using a skewer.
Bake and cool, you know the drill.
I decorated the cookies with icing, and let them sit overnight to dry. The next day I assembled the cast of characters that would become the cookie bouquet.
The first thing I did was to hot glue floral foam into the bottom of a basket. I pieced together two shapes because I was trying to use up what I had in my craft supplies.
I love The Dollar Tree.
You want to be sure to hot glue it to the bottom of the basket so the whole thing doesn't topple out. That would be tragic.
Next I covered some small skewers with floral tape.
This isn't strictly necessary, but I was still in dream land about how great this would look.
I then pushed a green Dot candy on the skewer, followed by the large cookie, then the small cookie, and finally a yellow dot candy.
Think shish- ka- bob.
Any hard gooey candy would suffice here - it is just to keep the cookies in place and hide the top of the skewer. I also added some royal icing between layers in hopes of keeping things together.
For an extra splash of snazzy, I put some royal icing around the bottom of the yellow Dot and then rolled it in nonpareils.
This was my favorite part of the entire project.
Time to push the skewers into the foam and make my
bee -yoo- tee- ful bouquet.
bee -yoo- tee- ful bouquet.
Problem was, I didn't have the proper amount of cookie flowers.
Ok, you can all stop laughing now.
No time to make more cookies or go to the store because this was to be a gift for my daughter's after school Spanish tutor, and I had about an hour before it had to go to the school.
I made a mad dash for my garbage bag full of gift wrapping ribbons and opened up another box of Dots. I jabbed un-floral taped skewers into the Dots, made a few dots of icing on top of the Dots, and tied gobs of green curling ribbon on.
I was hoping they would look like flower buds.
A girl can dream.
Still looked too empty, so I added more green ribbon and piled in paper Easter grass. I only had about 1/4 of a bag of green, so I put a whole bag of yellow in and then top dressed it with green.
Still too bare.
Back to the ribbon bag, and I grabbed a massive ribbon package topper that was a good color match.
Smoke and mirrors folks.
On the positive side, it was bright and cheerful and I really liked the cookie flowers.
The nonpareils were the star of the show.
Oh, I almost forgot! I had also made a little cookie message for the sweet girl who gives up her time to help my sweet girl.
Cookies are sweet and so are you!
I ever so carefully loaded it into the car and drove it to the high school for the
COOKIE BOUQUET DELIVERY!
This was a learning curve for me, and I
hope know I can tackle another one with somewhat better great success!
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