My kids have been asking me to bake some cookies for a little while and we finally did it! Sugar cookies are really easy to make and bake, perfect for the kids to get involved from mixing the flour to frosting and decorating.

So today I'm sharing my cookie bouquet tutorial with you. What's better than a flower bouquet you can eat!!! With the holiday season just around the corner, these are perfect little gift for when  you're invited for dinner, as a teacher gift or just for saying "Thank You" or "I Love You".

First we need to bake and frost (optional) some cookies...

Here is my cousin's secret recipe! Thank you Jess!

Just so you know, she is an amazing baker.

Ingredients for Sugar Cookies:

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 large egg

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Icing/Glaze for One Dozen Sugar Cookies:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon half n’ half (plus a few drops if needed for consistency) *** you can also use 3.25% milk

few drops vanilla (or other flavoring, optional)

few drops coloring (if desired)

Directions:

In an electric mixer cream butter and add sugar and salt. Add vanilla and egg. Add flour and mix. Dough will be sticky-ish. Like a stiff, yet sticky play-dough. Gather dough and pat smooth. Cover and allow dough to chill for 1/2 hour in the freezer or 1 hour in the refrigerator.

HINT:

 I had the kids mix it up with their hands for added fun!

Lightly flour board and rolling pin.

The less flour you use the more delicate your cookies will be.

Place dough on board. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes.

DON'T FORGET:

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With a tooth-pick make a small hole at the top of your cookies, about 1/2 cm from the edge

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Place cookies on baking sheet.

Bake in a preheated 325(f) oven for 13 minutes. Cookies will be pale on top and slightly golden on the bottom. Allow to cool before icing.

Frosting:

In a mixing bowl, run whisk through powdered sugar to remove lumps. Add half n’ half to powdered sugar. Whisk vigorously (no lumps!). Add coloring of choice, vanilla (if desired) and whisk again. Use the back of a spoon and carefully ice cookies.

Once your icing is dry (can take 24hrs) then you are ready to create your flower bouquet!

What you'll need: Floral Wire.

I found these at Walmart in the floral arrangement departement, sometimes it comes in roll as well, mine where pre-cut at 35 cm, but the lenght is really up to you.

1. Pass the wire from the top side of your cookie to the back.

2. Fold over the wire ( approx. 4cm long), keep it loose and be careful the cookie can brake if you make it too tight and you can damage your frosting.

3. Twist the wire gently, keeping some loose so the cookie can move a little.

4. Choose where you leaf will go and fold the wire as seen in photo above. I made my leaves aproximately half way.

5. Twist aproximately 3 times and straighten out your wire.

6. Repeat for all your cookies, make some leaves higher, some lower, some to the right and others to the left, creating a little variety.

I used the flower cookie cuter for these and plain white frosting.

Try different shapes, the hearts come out nicely too. I use a few drop of red and yellow frosting for these. The middle heart has no frosting, and makes for nice bouquet as well. 

I made this bouquet simple and plain, but let your kids have fun and make them in all different colors, let them do whatever, let their personalities show through...

For my bouquet, I took 7 cookies (for luck) and found this pink plastic (used for covering books) *** celophane will do just as well. Avoid using paper, the cookies are oily and will stain your paper easily.

Cut a square of your wrapping of choice. With the point of your wrapping going up, place your cookies, all at different hights. Overlap your cellophane and wrap it around your cookies,  add some ribbon and a cute card, your done! 

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