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Tasty Mother's Day gift of sugar cookie flowers packaged in a planting pot.
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Sugar Cookie Flower Garden

Sugar Cookie Flowers make the perfect Mother’s Day gift! Cut-out sugar cookies baked onto a skewer and decorated with buttercream frosting then arranged in a pot to look like a garden of flowers!
Course Dessert, Holiday
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Other 30 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 gift
Author Karli Bitner

Ingredients

Sugar Cookie

  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Crusting Buttercream

  • 1/8 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/8 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp clear vanilla
  • 1 tbsp milk

Other Supplies

  • wooden Skewers
  • Pot or container
  • floral foam
  • kale

Instructions

Sugar Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer for a full 3 minutes.
  • Scrape sides and add in vanilla and egg. Mix until combined.
  • Add flour and baking powder to the bowl. Mix slowly at first gradually getting faster until the dough comes together. The texture should be like Playdoh. Add a little flour or water if needed to get it to a soft, pliable consistency.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface. Use a rolling pin and roll until about 1/4 inch thick. (The cookies will not rise while baking, they will not get thinner while baking. Roll out to your desired FINISHED thickness.)
  • Use varying sizes of circle cookie cutters and cut circles out of the dough. 
  • Press the backside of the dough onto the top of a wooden skewer. Be sure to press it on well.
  • Transfer to a silicone lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350° for 8 minutes or until the centers are puffy and no longer glossy. 

Crusting Buttercream

  • Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment. Whip until well combined.
  • You can add more powdered sugar or milk to get the frosting to the consistency you like.
  • If dying with food coloring, stir the food coloring in by hand at the very end.

Assembly

  • See above for directions on how to pipe the flowers. Make sure to let the frosting 'crust' for an hour or so before assembling.
  • Place the floral foam tightly into the pot or container you will be using.
  • Carefully stick the skewers into the floral foam, starting with the tallest in the back, moving forward.
  • Use kale to fill in and cover up the foam and give a little color.