Let the kids decorate with frosting, sprinkles and colored sugars.
Whether you're making the party favors for your preschooler's birthday party or the main dessert, these birthday cookie bouquets will definitely be a treat to remember -- and you won't have to break the bank to show off what a creative mama you are. If you really want to make the dessert a memorable event, bake the cookies ahead of time, but let your little guests transform them into beautiful bouquets at the party.
1Lay a small flower pot on a newspaper-covered surface and let your kiddo transform it into an artistic masterpiece with paint. Let the paint dry thoroughly and then wrap a long length of ribbon around the pot and tie the ends in a bow. Now you have a decorative flower pot for your cookie bouquet.
2Prepare your favorite store bought or homemade cookie dough. Sugar cookie dough works well for a cookie bouquet, but any other cookie dough that can be rolled out will work.
3Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it’s about 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick. Get your little assistant chef to help roll it out and then cut out with cookie cutters. Use circle cookie cutters to make your cookie bouquet look like a bouquet of birthday balloons. Slide the shapes onto a baking sheet and slide a wooden dowel into each one. Bake according to your recipe’s instructions and cool completely.
4Divide the frosting into a few different bowls and add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl to make different colors. Use the frosting as an opportunity to let your kiddo experiment and learn about color mixing.
5Spoon one of the frosting colors into a pastry bag with a medium-size tip. Round, star or flat are all fine -- it all depends on what your youngster wants to do with the icing. Try all three to let your kiddo see what each of the tips can make.
6Squeeze the pastry bag gently to start decorating the first cookie. Make flowers by turning the cookie slowly as you squeeze the bag or let your kiddo’s creativity take over and let him make random decorations on each one. If you’d prefer to make the cookie decorating quick, you can just spread a single color icing on each cookie with a butter knife. The balloon cookie bouquet will look just as scrumptious.
7Transfer the decorated cookies to the fridge for at least 30 to 45 minutes to help set the frosting.
8Lay a large square of clear or color-tinted cellophane wrap on your work surface and lay a cookie on top. Wrap the cellophane around the cookie and pinch it together at the top of the dowel. Tie a piece of ribbon around the cellophane to hold it in place. Repeat to cover each of your cookies for the bouquet.
9Fill the small flower pot with green floral foam or a Styrofoam ball. If you’re using the Styrofoam ball, make sure at least half of it sits within the pot for sturdiness.
10Poke the wooden dowels from your cookie flowers into the foam or Styrofoam. Continue until your flower pot is filled with cookie flowers. Voila – your tasty cookie bouquet is complete.
- If you want to go a step above, hold a few silk leaves against the wooden dowels and wrap green floral tape around the dowels to cover the flower “stems” and secure the leaves. Now your cookie flowers look even more realistic.
Things You'll Need
- Small flower pot
- Tempera paint
- Cookie dough
- Rolling pin
- Baking sheet1/4-inch wooden dowels
- Cookie cutters (round for balloons)
- Frosting or royal icing (store bought or homemade)
- Food coloring
- Pastry bag with tip (or butter knife)
- Cellophane wrap
- Green floral foam (or Styrofoam ball)