How to Make a Cookie Bouquet
Making a cookie bouquet is always a fun time, and it's not that hard to do! Here are some tips to making your own cookie bouquets.
One way to share cookies with guests at a party is to create a cookie bouquet. These lovely long-stemmed beauties can also be presented to colleagues as a thank you gift, for a Valentine’s Day gift, or to treat your child’s classmates. They are easy to make and the presentation makes it look like you spent hours longer than you did.
Before you bake, you’ll need to visit the craft store. Any large craft store that has a candy-making aisle will have lollipop sticks. You’ll need the long ones, not the smaller size, in order to make a long-stemmed bouquet. Pick up some fat ribbon while you are there. You’ll also need a vase, so if you don’t have one that you can part with, pick one up while you’re still in the store.
Baking the Cookies
When you get home, choose a recipe for cookies that is tried and true. You’ll want to use a sugar cookie or chocolate chip cookie recipe for best results. Any drop cookies can work well including peanut butter cookies, but stay away from cookies like macaroons or biscotti which can flake or crack and fall apart. The softer the cookie, the better.
Flat cookies work best. You’ll want to double up on the size of the cookies if you want a really nice presentation. Smaller cookies look a bit disappointing when made into a bouquet. Use large dollops of cookie batter so your cookies will spread in the oven and form nice circular discs.
Adding the Sticks
Bake cookies to just before the recommended time is elapsed. If your recipe calls for 11 minutes, bake them only for 10 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and immediately stick a lollipop stick into each cookie before it cools. As the cookie cools, it will form around the stick and become sturdy enough to stand up.
Allow the cookies to cool and then, using a spatula, remove them gently to a sheet of waxed paper. Now you can start building your bouquet. It is best if you can get a long-stemmed flower box from a florist, but if you can’t, you can still make the bouquet. It’s just going to be a little more delicate.
Beautifying Your Bouquet
Either lay the cookies in a florist’s box lined with tissue paper as you would flowers, or stand them up in a vase. You’ll want to put marbles or floral foam in the bottom of the vase to hold the sticks upright. Gently fill the vase with cookie pops, one at a time, until you’ve got a nice bunch. Tie the bunch just under the cookies with a thick ribbon. Secure the cookies but don’t tie the ribbon so tightly that the cookies smash against each other.
If you are going to be delivering your bouquet, you’ll want to do it right away. Cookies that have no preservatives do not last very long before they become hard and inedible. It’s best if you have a helper who can hold the vase upright while you drive. The last thing you want is all your efforts toppling over and crumbling when you take a corner.
Deliver your cookies and watch your recipient’s eyes light up. There’s something so wonderful about getting a bouquet of cookies. It makes your whole day special to both give and to receive one.