How To Make A Stunning Cookie Bouquet to WOW an Event, or Occasion
Do you want to learn how to make a lovely and enticing cookie bouquet for a friend, coworker, or child for a special occasion like a birthday, or graduation?
June is all about celebrating things like weddings and graduations and so the gift making spirit is at an all-time high!
Not to mention the fact that you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t have a sweet tooth, so this cookie bouquet idea is going to be a real winner hands down!
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Get ready…this is gonna be tons of fun! These are the main tools you’ll need:
- Cookies (duh!) More on this in a moment…
- Bamboo skewers
- Craft styrofoam
- Shredded paper filler
- An attractive looking container for presentation
You’ll need to have a nice block of crafters’ styrofoam which will be used as the base for your cookie display; you’ll be inserting your cookies on sticks. Here are some examples I found on Amazon and CreateForLess that would definitely qualify:
Make sure you get what is known as “Styrofoam” and NOT polystyrene; the latter is used to protect fragile items sent through the mail. Craft venues carry lots of it as it has a smooth outer surface and is easy to paint on but I don’t recommend it for this project because it’s very delicate to cut into and it makes a mess😠😡 .
Now, with regard to the cookie issue…If you’ve ever made cookies from scratch (I think most of us have, right?) you may want to dust off the ‘ol cookbook 📙
So your decision here is pretty much… do you plan to make sugar cookies, chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, macadamia nut…What does your intended recipient LOVE the most? That’s where I would start 🍪 .
Cookie Preparation Basics
To be honest, it’s been awhile since I did make cookies from scratch (this project here is about as close as I’ve gotten lately!) but when I did, I always preferred them to be chewy, and subtracted a minute or two from the baking time to make sure that happened.
So for whatever recipe you’ve chosen, the important thing is you’re going to be skewering the cookies on the bamboo sticks.
This part can be made easier by following the guidance of a Cookie Artist I discovered on Craftsy (Bluprint)
This course I viewed is all about the art of cookie bouquets, and if I’m not mistaken she’s also got a cookie-baking course too if you need a refresher on this age-old pastime 🍪 !
You’ll receive some great tips on decorating and icing the cookies, so you can really WOW your recipient.
When you’ve got the dough rolled out and cut into shapes, grab your skewer sticks and gently push one end into each cut raw cookie (about two inches in is good)
If the skewer stick should poke out a little, pinch off a little bit of your excess dough and “spackle” it a little to hide the stick end by smoothing it over the flawed spot.
Repeat with all of your cut cookie shapes. Bake your cookies at the recommended temp and time, then let them cool on the rack.
Presenting the Base
Ideally you should have a nice looking decorative container for your cookie bouquet. Unlike my previous post using coffee mugs, you need something bigger to accommodate the cookies. Oblong or rectangular shapes will work well; I like these two right here as they are a nice size and have enough length and girth to accommodate your display.
Place your Styrofoam block into the designated container. You may need more than one block for this…Use some hot glue or strong waterproof adhesive to attach the two blocks together.
Also, you may need to trim the foam block a little to guide it into he container. I would take a pen or marker and trace around under the container onto the foam to make it easier, then use your x-acto knife or box cutter to gently trim the excess.
You may want to decorate or add icing to your cookies first. If you ‘d like to get some ideas for decorating the cookies, the class taught by Mallory on Bluprint will be worth your while, and it gets into the nitty gritty of arranging the cookie bouquet like a pro!
Ideally, the cookies should follow a pattern to look really creative and presentable for the occasion.
Strategically place the cookies/sticks into the Styrofoam base. Take your time as just one or two placements could make a world of difference.
When you are happy with the final look, take some crinkle paper and liberally scatter it on top so the foam block will not show and to add a nice touch.
The Finishing Touches
How you plan to present your cookie bouquet is up to you; but first you probably want to protect your tasty work so it’s exactly as fresh as when you first made it! You can choose to wrap the cookies individually in cellophane; depending on how many cookies you have on display, this may be a good option, and then secure them with twist ties.
OR you can use a large sheet of cellophane (the same kind used to make gift baskets) to cover the whole display – that too would be an excellent idea….(You don’t want anything to happen to those babies en route to their destination!)
Best of luck and happy happy cookie making!!