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

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

Frankenstein 1 on Thanks for Helping Me Grow Cookies
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.
Frankenstein 2 on Thanks for Helping Me Grow Cookies
Then, place the oak leaf cookie cutter over the pot where you want the two to meet and cut that portion off.
Frankenstein 3 on Thanks for Helping Me Grow Cookies
You will be left with just the pot.
Frankenstein 4 on Thanks for Helping Me Grow Cookies
Cut a full oak leaf cookie.
Frankenstein 5 on Thanks for Helping Me Grow Cookies
Place the oak leaf next to the pot. When the cookie bakes, the two pieces will join together.

Steps to Decorate the Plaque Cookie

Outline rectangle for Thanks for Helping me Grow cookies
Using pipe consistency icing, pipe outline of a scalloped rectangle.
Fill rectangle for Thanks for Helping me Grow cookies
Immediately fill the center with flood consistency icing. Set aside to dry.
Lettering on rectangle for Thanks for Helping me Grow cookies
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

Outline planter and cactus on Thanks for Helping Me Grow Cookies
Start by outlining the pot and cactus using pipe consistency icing.
Fill lower portion of planter on cactus cookie
Fill the bottom portion of the pot with flood consistency icing.
Fill main part of cactus cookie
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 arms of cactus cookie
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 top portion of pot on cactus cookie
Fill the top portion of the pot with terracotta flood icing. Immediately, pipe black design.
Pipe dots for rocks on cactus cookie
Finish the cookie by piping dots for rocks at the base of the cactus.

Steps to Decorate the Chinese Money Plant Cookie

Pipe some of the leaves on 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.
Pipe more leaves on Chinese Money plant cookies
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.
Pipe more leaves on Chinese Money plant cookies
Allow the second round of leaves to dry before coming in again and adding more.
Finish filling in leaves on Chinese Money plant cookies
Continue to add leaves until the top portion of the plant is filled.
Pipe outline of pot for Chinese Money plant cookies
Using a pipe consistency icing, pipe the outline of a pot.
Fill pot on Chinese Money plant cookies
Fill the pot with flood consistency icing. Add dots in black for decoration on the pot.
Pipe stems on Chinese Money plant cookies
Pipe stems from the leaves to the pot.
Pipe stones for Chinese Money plant cookies
Complete cookie by piping dots for stones at the top of the pot.

Steps to Decorate the Rubber Plant Cookie

Pipe outline of leaves and stems for rubber tree plant cookies
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.
Pipe leaves on rubber tree plant
Fill each leaf with forest green icing. Then pipe a center line using cypress green icing.
Pipe pot on rubber tree plant
Pipe the outline of the pot using terracotta icing.
Fill pot on rubber tree plant
Fill the pot with flood consistency icing. We left some pots plain.
Add decoration on pot for rubber tree plant
For others, we piped some designs using black.
Pipe dots on rubber tree plant
Finally, pipe dots for stones at the base of the plant.

Thanks for Helping Me Grow Cookies Set

Watch to see how we made these Thanks for Helping me Grow Cookies