If there’s anything more fun than crafting for holidays, it’s baking. We decided to merger baking and crafting and make a fun kid’s cookie bouquet for Valentine’s Day! You can use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, or use the one suggested below. The kids will have a great time baking and decorating cookies, and arranging them into a fun Valentine Cookie bouquet (Or any season you’d like).
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This sugar cookie bouquet is great for creativity, baking skills, math (if they help measure), and of course, great bonding time. This fun kids Valentine Activity is a great way to spend a weekend together!
Supplies for a Sugar Cookie Bouquet
- Sugar Cookie Dough (We used this sugar cookie recipe. It’s AMAZING!)
- Cookie or Lollipop sticks (not plastic ones!)
- Heart Shape Cookie Cutter (about 4″) or cookie cutters in any shape you’d like
- White Candy Melts and container for melting them in (I got the brand pictured below from Michael’s and they tasted good and worked well, though I couldn’t find that same brand on Amazon)
- Frosting (optional, and included in the recipe above)
- Various cookie decorations
- Cooling rack
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper and wax paper
- Vase and vase fillers (Hershey kisses, red gemstones, etc.)
How to Make a Cookie Bouquet
Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
Follow the directions for the sugar cookie recipe to make the dough. When it is time to roll out the dough, roll it out and keep it nice and thick. Our dough stayed over 1/2″ thick. This is important so there is plenty of room to insert the cookie stick without breaking the cookie.
***Note, we did Valentine cookies. You can make a DIY cookie bouquet for any season, just swap out your cookie cutters! This affordable set we have has cookie cutters for all seasons, like Spring, Christmas, Halloween, etc. so you can make a fun cookie bouquet anytime!***
Once the dough is rolled out, use a heart cookie cutter to cut out as many cookies as you can. Gently pick up each cookie, and insert a cookie stick through the bottom, being careful to put it in straight so it doesn’t poke through the front or back face of the cookie dough. Push the cookie stick about halfway up through the cookie.
Once the stick is in, gently pinch some dough at the bottom where the stick and cookie come together. This will ensure the stick stays in place and the cookie doesn’t spin around and break once cooked.
Set the cookies onto the baking sheet. It helps to alternate which way they face to fit a bunch on.
Put them in the oven at the suggested temperature on the recipe. However, you will need to cook them a few minutes longer than suggested since they are quite thick. We baked ours (using the recipe above) for 16-17 minutes.
Let cool completely.
Dipping the Cookies
Once the cookies are cooled, melt the candy melts according to the directions on the bag. Make sure that whatever container you melt them in is wide enough for the cookie to be dipped in. (Alternatively, you can use a spoon to drip the candy melt over the cookies while you hold them, but this isn’t as easy or neat.)
Set the cookies onto wax paper after they have been dipped. Use the decorations you have to decorate the cookies while the candy melt is still soft. We had a variety of decorations, such as maraschino cherries, Hershey kisses, red and white M&Ms, sprinkles, and sparkle gel. The more toppings, the more fun it is for the kids to decorate their cookie bouquet.
Let cool completely.
Alternatively, you could also frost the cookies. We did both. I like the dipping method better because it comes out a lot smoother and cleaner, but the kids loved being able to frost them as well. We put a little cherry juice in the frosting to turn it pink! (Warm up the cherry juice. Don’t add cold liquid to the candy melt, as it will harden it.)
Arranging the DIY Cookie Bouquet
Once the cookies are cooled completely (if you rush cooling, the candy melt will drip, along with all the decorations when you pick them up!), get your vase ready.
Fill the vase halfway with any filling you desire! You can fill it with red glass gems, Hershey kisses, Conversation Hearts…whatever works!
Take each cookie-on-a-stick and push it slightly into the filling in the vase. Then, fill the cracks in with more filling once all the cookies are arranged.
More Valentine’s Day Fun!
My kids loved decorating the cookies the best, and they really got creative. Sometimes it was a matter of seeing just how much they could fit onto the cookie!
If you enjoyed learning how to make a cookie bouquet, check out some other great Valentine’s posts you and the kids will enjoy! Have a love-filled day 🙂