Easter Gifts: Cookie Bouquet
Easter gifts are delicious. I love Easter sweets. Since I am in to edible bouquets, I want to share with you my Easter cookie bouquet project. Hopefully it will inspire you to create your own cookie bouquet as an Easter gift for your friends or family.
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Step 1. Take a piece of floral foam and a container that you would like to use for your Easter cookie bouquet.
I didnt have a themed container at hand, so I used a clear glass. I wrapped it in pastel green and yellow tissue paper, and tied it with a bow. You can attach several pieces of double-sided tape to the glass (or use a glue stick) before wrapping it in tissue paper. It helps to prevent the tissue paper from moving around. Or, you can use an elastic band to hold the tissue paper wrapped around the glass (just place a piece of ribbon around the elastic band to cover it).
Cut a piece of floral foam so that it fits firmly into your container. I would recommend wrapping the foam in tissue paper before inserting it into the container so that foam particles wont end up on your cookies.
Set your container aside.
Step 2. The next step in making this Easter cookie bouquet is to bake Easter themed cookies. I used chick, egg, and flower cookie cutters.
Use your favorite cookie dough recipe or ready-to-use cookie dough from the store. See the sugar cookie recipe, and my moms cookie recipe here.
Make your cookies at least 1/2 thick so you can insert a wooden skewer into the base of each cookie to about half of the cookie.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until they are ready. After removing the cookies from the oven, let them cool for several minutes. Do not pick up the cookies by their stick - use a spatula.
Sometimes wooden skewers can turn a bit brown in the oven.
Valuable Tip by our subscriber, Tavette: "Soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 1/2 hour before using them. That way there wasn't a possibility of them burning in the oven."
Step 3. Now it is time to decorate your cookies with icing.
Make the icing by using your favorite recipe, or the following recipe (thats what I used in this case): 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of clear vanilla extract, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of milk.
Divide the icing between several bowls and then add the desired food coloring to each bowl. Usually one cookie decoration requires one teaspoon of icing.
Note: To keep your cookies fresh and soft for a long time, you can place each cookie in a clear plastic bag (you can buy those at a craft store) and tie it with a piece of curling ribbon.
Step 4. Arrange your cookie flowers into a bouquet.
You can leave cookies sticks as they are. Or, you can decorate the sticks with a piece of tissue paper. I usually add tissue paper or cello to my cookie bouquets. This way, the bouquets look more festive.
To attach tissue paper to a stick, you can use a piece of curling ribbon or a piece of clear scotch tape.
If you dont remember how to attach tissue paper/cello to sticks, go to this page.
Arrange your edible bouquet in any way that you would like. Remember that your cookie bouquet should look good all around. Dont forget to put some cookie flowers in the back of the arrangement.
Step 5. Optional. You can add an Easter balloon in your cookie bouquet.
Step 6. Optional. You can add some candy bars (attach the bars to the sticks with a little bit of hot glue), some candy flowers made out of hard candy (use green floral tape to attach candy pieces to the sticks), or some marshmallow bunnies, chickens, and flowers (in this case, just insert the wooden skewers in to the middle of the marshmallow pieces).
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