Mother's Day is this Sunday and what mom doesn't love cookies and homemade gifts? With the help of pastry chef Aeriel Fassett from Cyn Shea's on Church Street in downtown Huntsville, here's a step-by-step guide on how to make mom a cookie bouquet for this Mother's Day.
First, gather your ingredients and supplies:
- Store-bought cookie dough (sugar cookie works best)
- Two different colors of frosting (you can dye one of them with food coloring for your flower petals- Aeriel recommends cream cheese frosting for them)
- Lollipop sticks
- Flower-shaped cookie cutter
- Flower pot (which can also be decorated and personalized)
- Candies (to help weight the pot and add an extra treat to the gift)
- Styrofoam or floral foam
- Tissue paper
- Rolling pin
- Wax paper or parchment paper
- Cookie sheet
- Piping bag or Ziploc bag with corner snipped off
Roll the dough between wax paper until it's about a quarter to a half-inch thick. Then use the cookie cutter to cut out three cookies. To create the stem, place a lollipop stick half-way into the cookie.
"You want to lay your fingers across the top, so that you can feel the stick sliding into the cookie because you don't want it to come out the top or out the back of the dough," said Fassett.
After placing the cookies on a baking sheet, follow the baking instructions from the cookie package.
The cookies will have spread out slightly after the baking process. To clean them up, go back over the cookies while they're still warm with the cutter and trim off the excess.
Microwave the frosting for about 15 to 30 seconds with the lid on (make sure all of the foil wrapper is off the container) and then ladle it over the cookie.
"When it dries, it's going to have that nice shine to it," said Fassett.
Then take a few sprinkles and place them in the center of the flower while it's still wet.
Once the glaze dries, use the dyed frosting in the piping bag to create petals.
Fassett says to not worry about making the petals perfectly.
"If you let the kids do it, just let them have a good time," said Fassett.
While the cookies are setting, weigh down the bottom of the flower pot with some candies, wrap the styrofoam in tissue paper and place it in the bottom of the pot.
Then just arrange your bouquet.
To add some more personalization to the bouquet, you can tie ribbons around the lollipop sticks.
Finally present to mom Sunday morning, along with plenty of hugs and kisses.