Do you have your favorite sugar cookie recipe ready? Good. My recipe called for the dough to chill for 2 hours prior to rolling out and cutting into shapes. It makes the dough more firm. Even if your recipe doesn’t call for this, you may still want to try it. I have it on good authority that it really does help with your dough. Paige and I made the dough Friday night and went to bake it Saturday morning. It didn’t work. Either the dough was in the fridge too long, even though it says it can be stored overnight, or it was that high glutton flour Ronnie gave me to use. I’m guessing it was the flour. That batch went into the trash. Yesterday we started over. I made the dough and baked the cookies as Paige was napping.
Make your dough and let it get firm in the fridge. Spread flour on your kitchen counter & put flour on your rolling pin. If you don’t have a rolling pin, use a smooth drinking glass. No kidding, I know it works, because it’s the same “rolling pin” my Mom always used when making biscuits. Grab your favorite cookie cutters. They don’t have to be Halloween either. I’m making these Halloween, but the same idea applies to any type of cookie bouquet you may want to make.
I used lots of different cookie cutters. The first big thing is how you place them on cookie sheets to bake. You’ll need to get candy sticks from Michael’s or another craft store. Roll your cookies out to about 1/4 of an inch thick or maybe a bit thicker. Not sure how thick that is? The cookie should be as thick as the stick. Cut out your cookie and place on the edge of the cookie sheet. Hold the stick in one hand, place your hand on top of the cookie. Slowly twist the stick into place at the bottom of the cookie. The stick should go into the cookie by at least half an inch, maybe more depending on the size of the cookie. Bake the cookies according to your recipe. Don’t worry about the sticks. I baked my cookies at 350 and they were just fine.
When the cookies are done leave them on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes. After the 2 minutes are up, place them on wax paper. The cookies are still soft at this point. If you put them on wire racks to cool, the sticks will probably come out of the cookie. Putting them on wax paper to cool allows them to cool with the sticks firmly in place. If you leave them on the cookie sheet for longer than a couple of minutes they’ll stick too well to the cookie sheet and be hard to get off without damaging the cookie. I found that by using a large spatula and placing it under the cookie where the stick was inserted it was easiest to shift the cookie to wax paper without damage.
My book came with a glaze recipe that can be put on the cookie to keep it fresh for up to two weeks. Since the cookies turned out nice and the first party isn’t until Thursday, I glazed the cookies for storage. I did make a batch of icing and iced a cookie for tasting purpose. Google royal icing for sugar cookies. That’s the recipe I have in the book. It makes a nice, thick icing for spreading on the cookies that doesn’t slide off. Before you put the icing on the cookie make sure it’s completely cooled.
I worked on this project off and on all day. The steadiest I worked on any of it was the actual baking. My recipe made 27 cookies. Not too bad since some of the cookie cutters were small and some were larger. I was able to place five cookies at a time on my cookie sheets, better recognizable as extremely large pizza pans. Please do not ask how I got two extra large pizza pans from Pizza Hut. Although, I do think the statue of limitations has expired, Ronnie hasn’t worked there since high school. Anyway, I was able to place five cookies on the sheet at a time with the sticks. I used three pizza pans at a time. I was able to have one baking, one cooling, and another to place the cookies on as I cut them out. Once that part was over, the rest of it was done here and there as I had time.
I do plan on putting the bouquet together Wednesday night. I found some cute trick or treat buckets at Dollar Tree. They’re shaped like a witches cauldron. I bought two so I would have enough room for all the cookies. There’s 18 kids in the class, but I’ll take in all the cookies I made. Usually the teachers like whatever goodies we bring in. There’s 26 cookies left. I was worried about the bouquet looking too crowded with only one cauldron. I also bought a fresh package of tissue paper. I’ll include step by step directions on putting the actual basket together Thursday so you can see exactly how it was done.