Are you a cookie lover in need of a little more challenge in your baking? Is a batch of straightforward cookies a little too simplistic for you? We’ve scoured the web to come up with some brilliant ways you can build with cookies to create some stunning centrepieces for any party or celebration table. From easy ideas you can do at home with the kids to huge masterpieces requiring hundreds of hours of work, here are a few of our favorites:
Try with the Kids
A traditional gingerbread house is a festive favorite during the holiday season, but who says it has to be limited to Christmas? You can decorate a house any way you want, so use different colored icing and candy to make it a spring theme, Halloween, Easter – any occasion will do! You’ll often find kits available in the shops at Christmas time which contain the gingerbread already made for you, but you can buy cutters to use or make templates from card if you want to create a truly home-made house and bake the cookies yourself. This is a fun activity to do with kids – even a very young child can stick sweets onto a house with icing as glue! Check out Pinterest for inspiration and incredibly intricate designs.
Combining Cookies & Cakes
Have you ever tried to create a themed cake for a birthday or other special occasion and found that your shaping and icing skills just aren’t up to the job? Next time, try using cookies in place of cake decorations, and build a stunning looking cake which is entirely edible. We love the examples shown on this blog post, covering everything from individual cupcakes to a fabulous three-tier showstopper. This is your chance to use all those novelty cookie cutters filling your cupboards, and get creative with colored frosting.
Build a Leaning Tower of Cookies!
If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you could try your hand at putting together a mammoth cookie construction. Cookie towers are growing in popularity for all kinds of occasions, and can even be used as a wedding cake for a quirky alternative to a traditional tiered fruit cake. We love this tower of light-as- a-feather macaroons, which look beautiful with their pretty pastel coloring. This impressive construction could even be made using store-bought biscuits, although baking your own might be tastier. Use plenty of frosting glue to hold your tower together. If you fancy having a go at cookie tower construction, here’s a post with a recipe and step-by- step instructions to make a beautiful and versatile design.