Sunday

Cookie Flowers

I don't know about you, but I always plan my parties from the dessert. If I have a yen for a rich dessert, then dinner has to be on the light side and vice versa. I'm not proud of this but at least you know where my priorities lie. In this case, it had to be cookies, but not any ordinary cookies. Okay, ordinary sugar cookies but presented in a new way.
I've always wanted to make my own cookie cutters, but no amount of noodling around in Home Depot yielded the right pliable metal strapping. Instead I raided the local Dollar Tree for an aluminum platter. It was a little stiffer than the roasting pans and except for the light embossing, there were no big folds. Although this was fairly long, I had to cut two - 2 inch wide strips for this purpose. (it's the camera angle - these strips are straight, not angled, in real life)
 I drew a flower onto copy paper and made it on the large side for a dramatic statement, but be forewarned, the cookies were a bit unwieldy.
 Staple the two strips together then, using a stylus or ball point pen, scribe a line about one third of the way from one side. A magazine or stack of newspapers cushions the strip and protects your surface.
Fold along the scribed edge and burnish the fold with the handles of the scissors.
 Slowly shape the strip to match your drawing (more or less). Let one end overlap the other then staple together.
While this in no way as strong as a commercial cutter, it is sturdy enough to make dozens and dozens of cookies. I rolled out my sugar cookie dough on the baking sheet and pressed the cutter into the dough, removing anything that wasn't a cookie.
In the meantime, I soaked some bamboo skewers in water and green food coloring to use as stems.
 Carefully twist the skewers into the cookie dough, aware that this whole thing has to fit into your oven. In the future I will put the flowers on the ends and lay the skewers along the sheets so that they don't stick out beyond the perimeter. Cook these until the edges are light brown. The large size made for a longer cooking time. Cool completely on the cookie sheet, then remove carefully.
I made some icing with butter, powdered sugar and a drop of milk, separating it into several different bowls and adding a different food coloring to each. The centers are something called "gummy raspberries" I found at CVS.  Dollar store gum balls are used as the vase filler.

Now tell me that you'd forget that I served you soup and salad if I gave you this for dessert. Oh, and it could be the centerpiece as well.



36 comments:

Taylor said...

So cute! I would love for you to share this with my Unveil Your Genius link party! http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/04/unveil-your-genius-link-party-6.html
(New linky every Thursday...each linky runs for a week)

Happy Sunday!

Gemma Meredith said...

Wow this is really clever :)
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fostersbeauties said...

The cookies look cute! I love the idea of making my own cookie cutters in unique shapes. Thanks for the tutorial!

mbdang said...

Very cute and creative! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

Cute AND Yummy!!

Julie Marling said...

New follower from blog hop! I love do able projects. I am not too handy. Look forward to following you!

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Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

That's so resourceful and creative! I never knew you could make a temporary cookie cutter. Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays.

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

Just shared this on my FB page :).

Taylor said...

I've featured your project on my Unveil Your Genius Link Party! :)
Go grab the Featured Button:
http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/p/unveil-your-genius.html

I hope you'll link up again soon! New linky every Thursday.

Our Delightful Home said...

This is such a clever idea, and the cookies are too cute! I would love for you to link up to my Linky Party via: http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/04/live-linky-party-10.html

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shopannies said...

how pretty love your cutters

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Such a wonderful idea! I love how you made your own cookie cutters. Megan

pinkoddy said...

You did a great job making your own cutters. This is a brilliant idea.

Erin said...

How cute are these?!?! AND GREAT JOB MAKING YOUR OUW CUTTERS!!!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

These are as sweet looking as they would taste! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

Highland Monkey's said...

Absolutely brilliant!

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