Mother’s Day, a wonderful day to celebrate the important moms in your life – and a great excuse to get into the kitchen and whip up some magic. If you look forward to holidays just so you can experiment with new recipes, techniques, and supplies, you’re not alone! We all love cookies, and special occasions are tailor-made for those who love to make them. This Mother’s Day, give the special mom in your life a sweet treat that shows her how much you care.
Basic Cookie, Spectacular Results
If Mom enjoys gardening and the great outdoors, create a garden cookie bouquet. You can purchase sets of garden cookie cutters, or you can make do with what you already have. Make your favorite sugar cookie recipe (chilling the dough before and after shaping will help the cookies keep their shape) and roll your dough about ½ again as thick as normal.
Cut your garden shapes; butterflies, flowers, ladybugs, watering cans, and seed packages are all cute ideas (and you can make ladybugs with regular circle cutters and seed packages with a square cutter or butter knife). Insert wooden skewers or craft sticks into the bottom of the cookies and bake. The thicker cookies will take a little longer to bake so keep your eyes on them to prevent burning.
When the cookies are cooled, use icing, decorating tips, colored sugars, edible markers, and candy bits to decorate in bright, summery colors. If the cookies are not going to be eaten right away, you can wrap each one with plastic wrap and tie with a ribbon. Place a piece of Styrofoam or florists’ foam in an unused plant pot or galvanized pail and insert the skewers. Cover the foam with tissue paper, and voila, a gorgeous, delicious cookie bouquet.
A New Arrangement
If your recipient really loves chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies, or another variety that doesn’t lend itself to being skewered, think about different ways you can present your cookie gift to her.
- A gift basket starring cookies. You can fill in your container with teas, coffees, fruit, and other goodies.
- Get treat bags and wrap each cookie individually. You can then write a sweet message on each. This is great if you have children who want to make a special mom a treat.
- Use a fun container. Try a galvanized pail, a giant coffee mug, an elegant glass canister, a recipe box she can reuse, or give her cookie mix in a jar.
It’s the thought that counts, so be sure to put a little extra thought and care into your Mother’s Day cookies!
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Betty Ann Sherman is a writer and baker. She regularly contributes articles to the Gourmet Cookie Bouquets Blog, found at http://www.gourmet-cookie-bouquets.com/.