Mini fall flower cookies, decorated on small circles, are a simple seasonal treat to serve or give at Thanksgiving.
This post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar (meaning, I got a box with lots and lots of free sugar, so that’s pretty awesome) via cookie decorator extraordinaire, Bridget of Bake at 350. Together, they came up with this idea to #GiveAFriendACookie.
What is #GiveAFriendACookie? With so many in need right now after the devastating effects of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, the wildfires in California, the earthquake in Mexico, the tragic violence in Las Vegas and New York, they wanted to encourage one small act of giving, sharing, and building community. Namely, baking for others! I chose to give cookies to my daughter’s teachers, because I absolutely believe there are no other humans like teachers. They are the bridge between generations. They have great influence not just on our children’s intellect, but on their emotional and social development. They work tirelessly for the single cause of helping others, often at the sacrifice of bits of themselves.
Maybe you’ve already donated to your favorite charity, or helped someone affected by the tragedies above, or you yourself received help. But if you’re thinking of just one more way to help encourage a shift in humanity (I know that sounds like a big thing, but this is a really small step for a big thing), I encourage you to try giving something homemade to anyone you know who would appreciate a little brightness in their day! If you do make something, please share on social media with the hashtag #GiveAFriendACookie.
These mini fall flower cookies are super-simple to make because I only use one cookie cutter: A circle. I’m not much of a gardener, so I stuck with what I know to be “Fall flowers,” that is, sunflowers and mums! (Is that right?) These colorful flower cookies are perfect to serve at Thanksgiving or to bring as a hostess gift.
how to make mini fall flower cookies
you will need:*
- cut-out cookie dough
- royal icing
- food coloring
- circle cookie cutter
- disposable decorating bags
- decorating tips (sizes 3 and 4)
*Find the cookie cutter, decorating bags, couplers and tips at the craft store or the links above. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes in Chocolate Brown, Egg Yellow, Orange, Red, and Avocado.
what to do:
Prepare the cookie dough according to the recipe, chill, roll out, cut out circles (1 1/2-inch used here), bake and let cool.
Prepare royal icing according to the recipe, divide, and color your colors. Brown, yellow, red, orange, and green used here. (You’ll need the least of the green.) Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with the colors, and close tightly with rubber bands.
Decorate! For the sunflowers, pipe a spiral in brown first and then pipe the yellow petals. For the mums, pipe back and forth around the circle using a size 3 tip in red or orange. Top with a green dot. Let the cookies dry overnight.
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For nearly 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been helping people communicate thanks, appreciation, love, and sympathy through home-baked treats. At the heart of baking for others is the very act of giving, and Imperial Sugar encourages everyone to bake and share, both in times of celebration and in times of crisis. Together we can make someone’s day just a little bit sweeter. If you are looking for cookie inspiration, visit the Imperial Sugar website for 350+ time-tested cookie recipes.