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flower puzzle cookies

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I suppose it’s only fair that if my brother had to work for his birthday cookies, my sister would, too. And I had to make sure my two, young nieces have my sister assemble these flowers before eating them, because she’s good at finding loopholes. For the record, she’s also good at throwing parties, being a mom, sharp jokes, discerning the character of others, giving advice and yelling while driving.

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The cookie package contains four stems, five leaves, four flower centers and twenty-four petals. I included a note of explanation, but I think she might have even figured it out on her own. She’s a smartie. (I almost wrote “one smart cookie,” but then I figured you’d judge me for the bad pun.)

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And by the way, to make sure these were assembled before eating, my nieces took the liberty of doing the assembling themselves. Here they are in action:

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And here’s the final result. Interesting. I never thought to do multi-colored petals, but I like them much better than my own, boring, monotone ones. Kids are smart. (And these cuties are also available for any lucrative modeling gigs or Hollywood commercials.)

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to make flower puzzle cookies

 

you will need:*

cookie dough

royal icing

circle cookie cutter

leaf cookie or fondant cutter

knife or dough scraper

heart cookie cutter

food coloring

disposable decorating bags

couplers

size “3″ and/or “4″ decorating tips

rubber bands

sprinkles (optional)

*Find the cookie cutters at specialty shops or in the craft store, perhaps as part of cookie or fondant cutter sets. You’ll also find the decorating bags, couplers, decorating tips and sprinkles in the craft store. I used a 1 1/4-inch circle, 2-inch and 3-inch leaves, and a 2-inch heart (the heart is for the petals). For the decorating tips, use any size you prefer. I chose a mix of “3″s and “4″s. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes, available in specialty stores or online. Leaf Green, Electric Green, Electric Pink, Orange, Turquoise, and Egg Yellow used here.

step one: Prepare the cookie dough according to the recipe. Chill and roll out on a floured surface and cut out your pieces: Circles for the flower centers and leaves for the, um, leaves. To make the stems, I used a dough scraper to cut out 1/2-inch by 4-inch rectangles. To make the petals, I cut a heart shape in half vertically, smoothing the sides with my fingers a bit. Bake and let cool completely.

step two: Prepare the royal icing according to the recipe. Divide and tint your preferred colors. I made yellow for the centers, pink, orange, and turquoise for the petals, and two shades of green for the stems and leaves. Prepare a decorating bag with coupler and tip for each color, fill and close the bags tightly with rubber bands.

step three: Decorate your cookies. Decorate however you like best. I outlined each cookie first and let set about 15 minutes. I then piped to fill each cookie. I used one consistency of icing, in between an outline consistency and a flooding consistency, so I could both outline and fill with the same decorating bag. For more tips on basic cookie decorating, click HERE. To make the flower centers, I piped and filled a circle with yellow icing then immediately coated with yellow sprinkles.  TIP: For easy decorating (where you don’t have to worry about the icing consistency, or seeing the “lines” of icing), just outline and fill the cookie and immediately coat in the same color of sprinkles.

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15 Comments

  1. Posted March 21, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Love this idea! I gave my son a bag of cookies that spelled out happy Easter and told him to figure it out!
    xo,
    Lisa

  2. Posted March 21, 2013 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    SO cute and kid friendly!

  3. Posted March 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Very cute idea. Even though she had to work for her birthday cookies I’m sure she had a blast putting these together. Happy Birthday to your sister.

  4. Posted March 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Love this idea! What a fun treat for the kids..awesome!

  5. Posted March 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I think it would be worth assembling these flowers just so I could eat them! Your nieces look like little cuties and seem very pleased with their Auntie!

  6. Posted March 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Great cookies and I LOVE how the girls made them with multi-colored petals. As soon as I saw the photo of them I knew that my girls would have done the same.

  7. Posted March 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    This is so adorable! What a fun treat. :)

  8. Posted March 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Love this … treats and a game all in one!

  9. Melissa
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    This is such a fun idea! What a great way to inspire creativity in kids :)

  10. Posted March 23, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    This is so super cute! I’m all for playing with my food ;)

  11. Posted March 26, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    So cute, all the way around! It would fun to play “loves me, loves me not” with these cookies, but only if it comes out right:)

  12. Posted March 28, 2013 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    I love the idea of cookie puzzles, so super cute and colorful! Although I don’t think my kids would even give it a chance at being put together before all the petals would be eaten :)

  13. Posted May 18, 2013 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    What a fun idea. Kids would love these cookies.Fun and delicious.

  14. Posted April 22, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Oh my godness! It looks so tasty! The almost perfect spring recipe I quess ;)

    Best wishes Chrissi
    from http://chrissitallys.blogspot.de

  15. meaghanmountford
    Posted April 22, 2014 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much Chrissi!

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