A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS

For a little IG video on this pizza box concoction, click here
(I am still learning my way through the reels)

We need something to counteract winter. Valentine’s is just around the corner. Two reasons to make a flower bouquet composition. There is a little story behind it, though. Marlyn, Cookie-Guru-Extraordinaire, asked members of her group what they would like to learn in 2022. Several of us (yours truly included) said that creating our own stuff was a big issue. Unless I see a cookie design to follow, I get paralyzed. A couple of days later Marlyn posted a pizza-box cookie sketch, and suggested we used that as a starting point to come up with our own design. I will share her sketch at the end of the post. In a way, this blog post is like a homework assignment…

For the cookies, I used this recipe (I omitted the black cocoa, used the full amount of Dutch processed). Following Marlyn’s sketch, I used my Cricut to cut a piece of cardboard to use as a template for the cookies (base and little card). Regular mini-cookie cutters were used to make flowers. Everything was baked and then the real adventure began…

From this point, I worked on the pieces of the base and the little card, as they needed to fully set before continuing. The wrap was iced with Chefmaster Gold + Cork, then a piece of crumbled parchment was placed on the still wet surface. The paper is removed next day, revealing the structure underneath. Next, I lightly brushed some copper luster powder in a few spots of the wrap.

The lateral cookies were iced with Laurel green, then air-brushed with gold. I also air-brushed the central base, without any icing. The little card was painted with food safe pen, using a stencil to guide the writing. Then the flowers were decorated, and a little heart added just because… The whole process is shown below.

This was challenging but fun… I now share the initial sketch planned by Marlyn so you can see the starting point.

It was fun to put to use several different techniques to make this box. I debated whether to add leaves, but I like the look with the flowers only. If I used royal icing to pipe leaves, it would be messy to eat the cookies, as I would have to pipe them in between the pieces. So there you have it, a little shout-out for Spring, with romance in the background.

Huge thank you to Marlyn for taking the time to devise this challenge…

5 thoughts on “A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS

  1. Elaine @ foodbod January 14, 2022 / 7:50 am

    Totally absolutely brilliant!!! And I love the step by step photos 💐💐💐

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    • sallybr January 15, 2022 / 12:14 pm

      loved making this, would change a few things if I had to do it again, but overall I am very happy!

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  2. Tricia Durrett aka: Tricia's Magical Memories January 20, 2022 / 1:41 am

    Sally, these are great, we sounds like 2 peas in a pod! I also try to keep up with Marlyn, Haniel, Amber and Amy although a little of times it is on the replays. I do love those pizza box creations. I wish I was half as creatine as Mar is. Lol But I’m like you too that it’s easier for me to follow a design. This set of flowers in the box you did is great. I’m an episode behind so I haven’t seen that challenge yet… 😂

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    • sallybr January 20, 2022 / 7:31 am

      I am not sure my reply went where it’s supposed to. WordPress is acting up – check it out below

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  3. sallybr January 20, 2022 / 7:30 am

    Thank you! Yes, Marlyn is superb, impossible to keep up and plus, her techniques are spot on, I need a ton of practice. The challenge is posted in her Patreon site, it was not on any live Facebook, let me know if you’d like a link, things are tricky to navigate in Patreon, it’s been a while, you need to scroll down a bit and then you’ll see the sketch and that’s the post

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