Making Cookie Bouquets
Showing Off Your Creativity

My nieces and I are planning to make cookie bouquets this weekend. Both Amanda and Cassie are aspiring young bakers. Needless to say, they are very excited about this project.

They have already marked the day on their calendar and decided on their tasks. Being the older sister, Amanda will measure or scale these ingredients.

ingredients for cookie bouquets

Vegetable shortening 2/3 cup
Unsalted butter, softened 2 oz or ½ stick
Granulated sugar ½ cup
Light brown sugar, packed ½ cup
Eggs 2 large
Vanilla extract 2 tsp
Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
All purpose flour 3½ cups
Baking powder 2 tsp
Salt 1 tsp

Knowing how inquisitive Amanda is, I’m certain that she will ask me these questions.

patterns for cookie bouquets

Cassie, the artist, will be in charge of decorating. These templates of flowers and leaf are Amanda and Cassie’s joined effort. They want to make cookie bouquets to give to their mother on her special day.

creaming butter, shortening, and sugars
They have also assigned me the task of creaming softened butter, vegetable shortening, and sugars (both granulated and brown) until light and fluffy.

Then I will add vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time. Mix well after each addition.

dough for cookies
Next, Amanda will add flour, baking powder, and salt to this mixture.
She’ll gently blend them together until just combined. I know that she loves to do this by hands. If preferred, she can divide the dough into two or three small portions, and add a different food coloring to each.

Cassie will cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for a couple of hours.

When the time comes, it’s my job to preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

cutting out cookie dough
My nieces will want to take turn rolling the dough out on a floured kitchen counter to a thickness of about ½ inch. They’ll work with a small portion of dough at a time while keeping the rest refrigerated.

Then they’ll trace the flower and leaf patterns on the rolled out dough with a dull knife.

cookies are ready for baking per recipes
Using a spatula, my nieces will carefully transfer the cut-out dough to prepared cookie sheets, and insert a popsicle stick about 2-inches into the base of each cookie.

cooling cookies per recipes
I will make sure that cookies are properly baked. They should be in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes, or until they are very lightly browned.

Let cookies cool on baking sheets for a couple of minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.

Please note – Don’t handle cookies by the stick until they are completely cool.

Icing for cookie bouquets

While cookies are cooling, Cassie will prepare the icing for decorating. She will need:

Vanilla extract ¼ tsp
Confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1 cup
Some milk or orange juice
  • Adding vanilla extract to sifted confectioners’ sugar. Stirring in some milk or orange juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the icing is of a drizzling consistency.

  • For color icing, dividing it into separate bowls and adding a drop or two of different food coloring to each.

  • Putting the icing in a small zip-locking plastic bag and closing it tightly. Making a very very small hole in a lower corner of the bag.

  • If you prefer not to work with icing, you can simply sprinkle some colorful decorating sugars on cookies just before baking them.

cookie bouquets

My niece, Cassie, will create amazing edible arts on these cookie bouquets.

This recipe makes about 12 – 20 cookies depending on the size of your patterns.

Last but not least, the three of us will have just as much fun cleaning up as we do baking. 🙂

Other Easy Cookie Recipes for Kids

This recipe for cookie bouquets is adapted from Bake the Best-Ever Cookies! Quick Start for Kids by Sarah A. Williamson.