Basics Of Making A Cookie Bouquet
If it's hard making a decision on what to get for a gift, then consider making a cookie bouquet. These sweet gifts can be given for a graduation, holiday, birthday or just to cheer someone up and make them smile. They are easy to make and customize with any cookie design that you think the person would like and in any color to match the occasion.
Before you do anything with the basket or the decorations, you need to think about the kind of cookie that you want to make and get the cutters to make them. It's easier to use a cookie cutter than to try to design the shapes using a knife or other tools. If you're making the basket for Christmas, then consider a combination of trees, snowmen, and bells or pumpkins and witches for Halloween. Birthday bouquets could include anything from flowers to animals. Find out what the person likes, customizing the cookie bouquets that you make so that it's something that is just for them to enjoy that day.
When you make the cookies, use sugar cookie dough. Roll the dough so that it's thick. This will allow the cookies to hold up to the icing that is used. A thicker cookie will also work better with the sticks that are used to hold them up in the bouquet. Avoid using gels when decorating as they can tend to run, especially if the bouquet will be in a warmer environment while in transit from one location to another. Use a thicker icing instead of one that's whipped so that it stays in place on the cookie a bit better.
A tip for getting the ideal thickness for the cookies that you make is to put a paint stick on either side of the dough. Roll out the dough until it's level with the sticks. Sucker sticks work well instead of craft sticks for inserting into the cookie. Put the sticks into the cookies before you bake them so that the dough can harden around the sticks. Let the cookies cool completely before decorating. Position the decorated cookies so that they look like a bouquet before wrapping the entire gift with cellophane.