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How to make a cookie bouquet

There are few things guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone's face than cookies. Combine that with a bouquet of cookies, and you have something that will bring joy--even on the rainiest of days. Making cookie bouquets is a fun project you can do with (or even for) you kids. Be prepared to have fun while creating edible art made from decorated cookies.

The recipe choices

Recipes
Choose a recipe from which to make your gift cookies.
Since you are going to be turning your cookies into cookie arrangements, the cookies need to be a bit thicker than regular sheet cookies.
A good recipe is one that will not spread out on the pan while cooking and thus preserve its flower shapes.
A tip to help achieve this aim is to use shortening or margarine and butter.
Make sure you refrigerate the cookie dough both before you roll it out as well as after cutting the flower shapes.
Remember also to keep the cookie dough between 1/4 inch up to 1/2 inch (6.4 mm to 12.7 mm).

Making the cookie flowers

Cookie flowers
Cut the shapes of the flowers using cookie cutters or a knife.
Using a knife will be more difficult, but it will allow you to create your own unique flower shapes.
When you are done cutting out the shapes from the dough, lay the custom cookies on an un-greased cookie sheet and refrigerate before cooking.
Create a flower stem for your cookie bouquet by inserting a bamboo skewer into the bottom edge of each cookie shape.

Putting the bouquet together

Assembling the bouquet
When you are done cooking your flower cookies, prepare a vase in which the cookie bouquet can be arranged.
Like the shapes of the cookies, the vase itself can allow you some room for creativity. You can create a custom vase by wrapping a jar with paper painted on by your children or even painting directly on the container.
Place floral foam in the bottom of the vase and hide it from view with cloth or Spanish moss.
Final word
Have fun decorating the flower cookies by painting them with frosting and adorning them with sprinkles and drops, then arrange them in the vase.
Add a ribbon to the vase, and you have a kooky, delicious and beautiful gift anyone will enjoy.

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