How to make cookie bouquets for hostess gifts, party decorations & favors

December 10, 2008 at 7:28 am 4 comments

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A sweet flower bouquet


Guests will love these party decorations and favors and they’re fun to make.
You’ll need:

INGREDIENTS
• 1 roll of cookie dough
• Royal icing (see below)
• Food-coloring gels
• White lollipop sticks, 3/16 inch thick and 12 inches long, cut into varied lengths. (I used wooden skewers here because I placed them into wet floral foam).
• Toothpicks
• Small spatula
• Scissors
• Cookie cutters
• Pastry bags and plastic couplers
• Pastry tips #2 and #3
• CathysWraps flower pot
• wet or dry floral foam

DIRECTIONS
Prepare the cookie dough. Roll the dough slightly thicker than 1/4 inch, depending on the size of your lollipop stick. The dough should be about twice as thick as the stick. So for a 3 ⁄16 inch-thick stick roll the dough 3 ⁄8 inch thick. Use the round cutters to cut out cookies and then insert the sticks into the edges of the cookies, halfway into the circles. If it pokes out just pat some dough over it.

Bake according to the recipe, checking for doneness, possibly baking 1 to 2 minutes longer due to the extra thickness. I suggest test-baking one cookie before baking the entire batch to make sure the dough is thick enough and the stick doesn’t poke through the cookie. Let the cookies cool completely. While the cookies are cooling, make the royal icing.

Divide the icing, and dye each portion in the colors you will use. Prepare stiff and loose icing in each color. Put the stiff icings in pastry bags fitted with #2 tips and the loose icings in bags fitted with #3 tips. Pipe an outline of your design on a cookie using stiff icing. Flood with the loose icing and let it melt into the outline. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect.

Decorate one cookie at a time and have all your colors ready and close at hand.

Royal Icing

The amount of sugar you use will determine the thickness of your royal icing. For stiffer icing, add more sugar. For looser icing (for flooding your designs), add a few drops of water to thin the icing.

INGREDIENTS
• 1/3 cup (3 ounces) pasteurized egg whites
• 4 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon (16 ounces) sifted confectioners’ sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
DIRECTIONS
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form.
2. Set the mixer to medium-low speed and gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup (4 ounces) at a time. Scrape thoroughly between additions.
3. Add the lemon juice and beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form and the icing is no longer shiny, 6 to 8 minutes.
4. Use immediately or place the icing in an airtight container. You can keep royal icing in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

When the cookies are ready, make a bouquet.

To make a cookie bouquet, arrange your cookies in dry floral foam or styrofoam in CathysWraps whimsical little pot and top off with peppermint candies to hide the foam. To embellish a fresh flower arrangement use wooden skewers.

What do you think, will you be gathering the kids together this season to start baking and crafting?

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Unique affordable baby shower decorations. Centerpieces that double as party favors

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. VIRGINIA BERASI  |  March 1, 2009 at 5:31 am

    I NEED TO FIND SOME FUN VASES FOR A BABY SHOWER IN BLUE AND BROWN AND WHITE POLKA DOTS OR STRIPES WOULD BE CUTE. ALSO NEED SOME IDEAS FOR FLOWERS THAT WOULD GO WITH THAT THEME IF YOU COULD HELP ME THAT WOULD BE GREAT. THANK YOU

    Reply
    • 2. cathyswraps  |  March 1, 2009 at 7:07 am

      I’m happy to help and I have a few ideas I think will work, I’ll email you.
      Cathy

      Reply
  • 3. lois sorice  |  June 6, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Having a bridal shower for my daughter and looking for cute ideas for centerpieces. Her wedding colors are navy blue and fuscia….light pink and white can be thrown in too. Any ideas?
    Thanks.

    Reply
    • 4. cathyswraps  |  June 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm

      Navy and fuscia are classic. You might consider wrapping a plain cylinder vase with a patterned paper, felt or fabric. Look for 12 x12 printed paper sheets at your local craft store or cut a felt square with little scallop edges at the top and glue or tie it around the vase with ribbon. Even tin cans and water bottles will work, just soak off the labels, add a whimsical paper wrap and glue or tape the ends together.
      If you’re crafty, you can make your own wraps using artwork from the wedding invitations or the couples monogram.
      Add several bright pink gerbera daisies or peonies and you’re got both the centerpieces and the party favors!
      Enjoy, Cathy

      Reply

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