This weekend I put my cookie class to use by making a Mother's Day cookie bouquet. This is probably one of the most creative projects I've done. I got lots of ideas online, but I was really surprised at how well the whole thing came together. I had planned to make the cookies Friday evening, but all I was able to get done was making the dough and rolling it out. Then it had to cool in the fridge so I got up early Saturday morning to cut out and bake the cookies before going for a bike ride with Daniel. I used the recipe from All in One Bakeshop which was great because the cookies didn't spread at all and still looked like the cookie cutters. I had some issues with the dough breaking when I put the sticks in, but I just added a little dough to patch it. It all got covered by icing later.
My friend Adriana came over after lunch and helped make all of the royal icing and flood icing. That part takes quite a bit of time so we only had an hour or so to decorate before she had to leave, but that was enough time to get some cookies decorated. It was a lot of fun having company for the decorating. I think next time it would be nice to have several people here to decorate cookies.
I ended up staying up fairly late to finish decorating the rest of the cookies. It's almost therapeutic though because it's something completely different from what I normally do. I put the cookies in a ceramic flower pot and put fake flowers around the outside of the pot. I even put plastic wrap on it mainly to keep the cats from messing with it Saturday night, but I also thought it made it look very professional.