Bright, Sunny Sunflowers

Posted by Anne Yorks on Thursday, June 9, 2011

Last week, I had the pleasure of making a set of graduation cookies for a special group of 8th grade girls. 

Sunflowers are traditionally yellow and brown, but I tinkered with the design a little bit and used the sunflower design from the school's website. I made three different colors: sunny yellow, bright orange, and creamsicle.

First, I outlined each icing area with a thick (piping) royal icing. Next I filled in each icing area with a thinner flood of royal icing.  I did centers of the flower first, then went back and flooded the petal areas. I allowed a little dry time for the centers (about an hour) so that the colors wouldn't bleed together.

Next I added the petal outline with pipe icing.

Then the petal detail...

When I added a ring of seeds around the center of the flower, I first added them as individual dots.

I know the above photo is a little fuzzy, but do you see the 'kisses' - the points on each dot that stick up?  It looks messy to me. I could have taken my time and released each dot with just the right amount of pressure and a little swirl to avoid the kiss effect. But, I wanted to get the outline done a little quicker and I still wanted smooth dots around the circle, So instead of making them individually, I decided to make them in a bead border. 

Holding my icing bag at a 45 degree angle, I made a continuous line of icing beads. I made a dot of icing and then dragged the bead of icing to the side. Each bead overlaps the next one, making a continuous line instead of individual dots. This saved me a lot of time and eliminated the kisses on each dot. 

Here is a great visual/tutorial from the Wilton website if you want to learn or practice more bead borders!! http://www.wilton.com/technique/Bead

The finishing touch on the cookies were the polka dots in the middle. 

I wrapped the cookies and finished each package with a pretty yellow satin ribbon.

Here are the two practice designs that did not make the cut. I changed the petal outline in the final design.

The final petal design matched the school's sunflower. I also liked it better than the tester cookie design. So there you have it, an in-depth look at the making of the sunflower cookies. 

In other news, I'm working on an update about my Mommy Summer School that I'm doing with my little 3-year-old. I am putting together a list of the resources we are using and will share it with you soon. I hope you'll have some ideas to share with me too. I have lots of topic ideas, but would love to know what you do with your little ones at home. : )

Have a sweet day!!



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  • Auth

    Sep 18, 2012

    Our flu/cold cycles have searttd, too. Last winter it lasted 3 months straight! I don’t think we every had such peaceful moments as yours, though. What a sweet photo! Rest and be well.

  • Kim N

    Jun 30, 2011

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your design & cookies you submitted!!! So soft & cheery looking- what kind of cookie cutter did you use! Just LOVELY…

  • Lisa and Frances and Claire

    Jun 14, 2011

    We just found this “tidbit”! So fun to read about the creation of the beautiful cookies we got. My girls want to come offer free sitting in exchange for cookie making instruction- internship possibilites… esp next summer I’m thinking!!!

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