With Mother's Day coming up, I've been racking my brain trying to figure out what to get both my own mother and my mother-in-law. I finally figured out what to get my own mom, but my mother-in-law was a bit harder. I mean, I've only been part of her family for two years. So I'm searching the internet for good ideas, and of course, I come across flowers and edible arrangements. Then, the idea just hit me - a cookie bouquet. I can do this, right? My mother-in-law is very supportive of my baking aspirations, so I know she will love it.
So how do you make this bouquet you ask?
- Easter basket stuffing (you can find this in the craft aisle even if it isn't Easter)
- A planting pot or basket
- skewers or lollypop sticks (found in the baking aisle)
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 tablespoons milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4 cups of flower
- Beat butter and sugar until combined
- add eggs, milk, and vanilla
- Beat until light and fluffy
- Mix in flour ( do not use a mixer)
- Chill at least 4 hours
- Bake at 350 until edges are light brown or toothpick comes out clean
Next, you'll need icing. You can either use a glaze or Royal Icing. A recipe for Royal icing is found here. Some people don't like the taste, but I feel it tastes fine. If you are one of those people, you can use the following glaze recipe.
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp corn syrup
- 1 tsp milk
Pipe the outline of your decoration.
Let the outline sit a few minutes, then "flood" the filler icing. This is done by thinning the icing one tsp at a time. It should have the consistency of syrup. In other words, if you hold up your spoon, a small rope should fall into the bowl. Here is a tip: Use squeeze bottles to flood. If you don't bottles (they are highly recommended) use a ziplock bag and cut a slit in the corner.
Let the cookies dry for as long as possible. You can set up your pot or basket now.
Place the styrofoam in the pot. Add the basket "grass". Now poke holes in the styrofoam. It's a good idea to have holes in the foam before actually adding the finished product. You can even do this before you start icing. The "pre-holes" will make to cookies way easier to work with in the end.
After the cookies are dry, add your extra piping. You can add whatever you like.
Let the dry a while, then start adding your "flowers" into your styrofoam. Arrange them however you like.
Voilá! Now you have a cookie bouquet - just in time for Mother's Day.