Recently a new plant store opened up in our town. They have so many beautiful house plants, we were inspired to create a cookie set with some of these amazing botanicals. Our favorite was a little plant with round leaves called Pilea Peperomioides (commonly known as a ‘Chinese Money’ plant). One of the things that hit us in the store was that there are so many different tints and shades of green. We were also struck with the variety of shapes of all the plant leaves. Each one had its own unique color and shape. These Thanks For Helping me Grow Cookies could be used for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or a Teacher Appreciation Day. Make a set to show someone who helped you grow that you care.
Supplies for Thanks for Helping me Grow Cookies
Classic sugar cookie recipe Royal icing recipe in white, black, terracotta, light green, forest green, and cypress green Cookie cutters: scalloped rectangle, cactus, potted plant, and oak leaf How to Use 2 Cookie Cutters to Make a Frankensteined Cookie
We wanted to use the pot of this cutter for a taller plant. So we used the bottom of the cutter to cut the pot out.
Then, place the oak leaf cookie cutter over the pot where you want the two to meet and cut that portion off.
You will be left with just the pot.
Cut a full oak leaf cookie.
Place the oak leaf next to the pot. When the cookie bakes, the two pieces will join together.
Steps to Decorate the Plaque Cookie
Using pipe consistency icing, pipe outline of a scalloped rectangle.
Immediately fill the center with flood consistency icing. Set aside to dry.
Once the base layer of icing has dried, pipe words. We used this Backroads font we purchased on Etsy from KA Designs. Steps to Decorate the Cactus Cookie
Start by outlining the pot and cactus using pipe consistency icing.
Fill the bottom portion of the pot with flood consistency icing.
Next, fill the main portion of the cactus and immediately pipe squiggly lines vertically up the cactus body. Allow this icing to set for about 5 minutes before continuing.
Fill the arms of the cactus with light green and immediately pipe squiggly lines along the arms. Then put aside for 5 minutes to set.
Fill the top portion of the pot with terracotta flood icing. Immediately, pipe black design.
Finish the cookie by piping dots for rocks at the base of the cactus. Steps to Decorate the Chinese Money Plant Cookie
Using a cypress green pipe/flood hybrid icing consistency, pipe large circular leaves. Make sure leaves don’t touch. Immediately, pipe a highlight in light green at the top edge of each leaf.
Once the first leaves have set for 5 minutes, come back and pipe a few more leaves in the same manner, adding an arch of light green highlight to each leaf.
Allow the second round of leaves to dry before coming in again and adding more.
Continue to add leaves until the top portion of the plant is filled.
Using a pipe consistency icing, pipe the outline of a pot.
Fill the pot with flood consistency icing. Add dots in black for decoration on the pot.
Pipe stems from the leaves to the pot.
Complete cookie by piping dots for stones at the top of the pot.
Steps to Decorate the Rubber Plant Cookie
The first step for this cookie is to pipe the leaves and stems with a #1 tip in forest green icing. When the leaves go in front of the stem, scrape off the icing.
Fill each leaf with forest green icing. Then pipe a center line using cypress green icing.
Pipe the outline of the pot using terracotta icing.
Fill the pot with flood consistency icing. We left some pots plain.
For others, we piped some designs using black.
Finally, pipe dots for stones at the base of the plant.
Watch to see how we made these Thanks for Helping me Grow Cookies