Ever since I created and posted this flower cookie platter, I’ve had lots questions regarding it. It’s so easy, you guys, and the design came to me at the last minute. I don’t know how or why this works, but in this case it did! Due to all of your inquiries (thanks for asking!), I wrote up a tutorial to hopefully answer your questions.
I initially created this set for teacher appreciation week, but it could be easily adapted to fulfill any gathering of hungry cookie monsters. It’s a quick design capable of feeding a lot of people, and when you’re pressed for time to create something lovely, this easy flower platter can be the perfect solution!
The most frequently asked question I received was what cookie cutter did I used for the petals. They are pictured below: a large, 3.25 inch tear drop and a mini, 2 inch tear drop. The platter’s center cookies were made with a 1.5 inch and 2 inch scalloped round cutter (but any round would do), and a few accent cookies created with a 3 inch leaf cutter.
I knew that I wanted the design to have an ombré effect, so I started with 3/4 cup of royal icing in a dark shade and flooded it on about 10 mini tear drop cookies. Half of the mini iced cookies I sprinkled with sanding sugar and half I left without.
After the mini cookies were complete, I added a 1/4 cup white RI to the color I had left in my pastry bag to get a lighter shade, and decorated 8 to 10 of the large tear drop cookies. Again, half of the large cookies I sprinkled with sanding sugar and half I detailed using a simple swirl (*save a bit of your darkest icing for the swirl!). I continued with a white RI addition to the remaining color after each group of 8 to 10 cookies, in order to create that ombré look once the cookie platter was assembled.
I also made the flower’s center cookies in yellow, as well as a few green leaves for accents using sanding sugar, nonpareils and a simple swirl, to add a variety of textures.
Let the whole set of decorated cookies dry overnight.
When ready, I arranged the individual cookies starting with the outside petals first and worked my way in towards the center. It takes a bit of patience, stacking and messing around with the cookies to get them just right, but you will be so happy with the result!
For this particular platter, I used approximately 60 cookies. It’s just as easy to arrange a flower set on two smaller plates using 30 cookies each, but I guess it just depends on what you need. I also added a 5 inch plaque cookie to these sets, because I like to bust out Mabel, my kopykake projector, and get some piping practice in!
This flower cookie platter is so versatile! It could be used for lots of occasions…baby showers, wedding showers, family reunions…any group would love to be on the receiving end, don’t you think?
If you have any more questions or there is something I’ve missed, feel free to ask in the comment section below.