Personally, the Santa that visits my home doesn’t seem to mind what kind of cookies are left out for him seeing as the plate is always empty in the morning. This year, why not surprise Santa with something new? Try a cookie bouquet! Making a cookie bouquet is easier than you think, but it does require some supplies that you may not have on hand. It’s also a great way to spend time with family or friends baking and decorating these cookies. The hardest part of this cookie bouquet is not eating all the cookies before Santa gets there.

First, pick a theme. If you already have some basic shaped cookie cutters, see what you can make out of them. (Remember, you can always decorate a basic shape to make it look like something else.) If you want to get creative, try heading to your local craft or baking store to see what they have. You may even find some cookie cutters in dollar stores or other odd places so keep your eyes peeled.

While you’re out shopping for cookie cutters, you’ll need to find a base for your bouquet. Again, this can be as simple, decorative, or quirky as you want. If you’re sticking to the holiday theme, don’t forget to look through your Christmas decorations for something you may be able to use as a basket, vase, or any other cookie base. Don’t worry if it’s sentimental, I suspect Santa will just eat the cookies and leave the plate. You’ll also want to get some foam to pack your base with so your cookies stand up properly. Many types of foam will work, but the green foam that people use for actual flower bouquets works perfectly for supporting cookies.

Now onto the cookie part! You can bake whatever kind of cookies your heart desires, but a good ol’ fashioned sugar cookie does make the best blank canvas for decorations. You’ll need to bake the supporting sticks into the cookies. If you try to skewer your cookies after they’re already baked, you’ll end up with a lot of crumbly messes. Popsicle sticks, toothpicks, kebob sticks or really anything that can be placed in the oven without setting it on fire can be used as supports.  It’s a good idea to have a general idea of how your cookies will actually be arranged in your base since you’ll want some short and some tall. Design and decide this ahead of time so you aren’t wishing you’d put that certain cookie on a longer stick.

After baking comes the decorating and final assembly. Decorate however you want! If you feel like getting fancy, you can buy some piping tips in different sizes and shapes. You can make your own icing or just get simple white icing pre-made from the store and add food coloring. If you’re going to be mixing lots of colors, get gloves so your hands aren’t tie-dyed come Christmas morning. Arrange the cookies in your base as you designed it, making sure to push the sticks firmly into the foam and making sure the foam is packed tightly inside the vessel so your cookies won’t fall over.

Once the cookies are arranged, add your final touches. If you went for a winter or Christmas theme, you can cover the top of your base in powdered sugar to look like snow. If you went outside the box with your design then choose something like tinsel or tissue paper to place between cookies. Anything can work, but your bouquet won’t look complete until you’ve hidden the foam with decorations. Add a fun Christmas tag, place it next to the tree with a glass of milk, and if you can stay up, try to sneak a peek at Santa’s face when he’s surprised with his very own cookie bouquet.

If you’re not the crafting type, don’t worry. CookieBouquets.com has the perfect Christmas bouquet to impress Santa (we won’t tell him you didn’t make it yourself). Choose simple winter-themed cookies like snowflakes and snowmen. Make Santa laugh with your crazy Christmas sweater bouquet. Or aim to impress with a mini-tree complete with cookie ornaments. Whatever you want for Santa this year, we’ve got you covered.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and there’s so much to be thankful for—especially cookies! Here are the top 10 reasons you should be thankful for cookies too…

Cookies are Delicious
Let’s face it, the number one reason we eat (and love) cookies is that they are simply delicious. From sweet to salty to nutty, your taste buds explode with every mouthful. Texture enhances flavor, with gooey, crunchy, or anything in between.

Cookies Inspire Creativity
Cookies can inspire creativity in many different ways. You can try a new recipe or even make up your own. Simple shapes can be decorated artfully, or you can mold your dough into a whole menagerie of animals or a city being attacked by monsters. Cookies allow your imagination to run wild!

Cookies Bring Families Together  
There’s nothing to be more grateful for than family and cookies are a great way to bring the family together. Gather the kids and a few mixing bowls and soon everyone will be smiling, laughing, and looking forward to the wonderful treats you made together.

Cookies Can be Good for You
Oatmeal, anyone? Cookies don’t have to be all sugar and butter. There are vegan cookies, alternative grain cookies, fruit stuffed cookies, and even breakfast protein cookies. Making dough from scratch also means no preservatives or fake ingredients.

Cookies Smell Good
All of our sense can be thankful for cookies as our noses catch a whiff of delicious dough baking. Instead of buying a cookie-scented candle, bake a batch of cookies! Not only does is the smell enjoyable, but the anticipation it brings makes your cookies taste better. The smell also lingers to leave a lasting effect.

Cookies Bring Happiness
I can’t imagine someone eating a cookie and crying at the same time—unless they’re tears of joy! Cookies make people happy. Whether it’s a cute design, a great taste, or a happy memory of making it with family and friends, a cookie is sure to bring happiness into your life.

Cookies are Never Boring
With so many possibilities out there, cookies are something you’ll never get bored with! Even your favorite song or television program can get boring at times. But even if you’ve made the same cookie 100 times before, you’ll still be smiling as you pull the 101st batch out of the oven.

Cookies are Portable
The portability of cookies is a blessing everyone can be thankful for. Not only does it mean we can take them wherever we want, but it also makes them easy to eat with a single hand, leaving you free to multitask. Sending family or guests away with

Cookies Make us Smile
Sometimes you don’t even need to bite into a cookie for it to make you smile. With cute shapes like autumn leaves, emojis, sports equipment, and more, you’ll be thankful that something so simple can bring so much joy.

Cookies Make us Friends
Cookies are only as good as the people you share them with. Whether it’s bringing family together at the end of a holiday meal or a simple ‘get well’ for a sick friend, cookies bring people together in a way that no other food does. Seriously, have you ever made a friend by sharing a salad? We thought not.

With all the falling leaves and pumpkin spice flavored food and drink, it’s Halloween season! As kids, we looked forward to dressing up as our favorite superhero and collecting as much candy as possible. But Halloween shouldn’t be all about the candy. There are a million other sweet treats to consider, including cookies! Here are some Halloween inspired ideas for your next baking adventure.

Spider Cookies

Choose your favorite cookie and bake a big batch. While they’re still warm from the oven, press an upside-down peanut butter cup into the center of the cookie. Let it cool then decorate with brown icing to draw legs and add sugar eyes for a full effect.

Pumpkin Cookies

Nothing screams Halloween quite like a beautifully carved jack-o-lantern. You can make pumpkin cookies using a specialty shaped cookie cutter or by forming round cookies and adding a small stem. Once baked, let them cool, then decorate with orange and black icing. Set up a decorate-your-own-pumpkin station and allow the kids or your party guests to make their own delicious treat.

Candy Corn

There’s nothing more fun (or confusing) than making something that appears to be something else. Enter–the candy corn cookie. Use a simple dough and form large triangles. Round the corners slightly and bake. After cooling, decorate with orange icing at the base of the triangle, yellow in the middle, and white at the tip.

Ghosts

For centuries, the plain white bedsheet has been used as the perfect last-minute ghost costume. For an extra haunted holiday, make ghost shaped cookies! Use a specialty cookie cutter or free-form your own creative ghost shapes. Use lots of white icing with black accents for a scary face and eyes.

The options for Halloween cookies are only limited by your imagination. Whether it’s a simple cookie with “trick-or-treat” written in icing or an elaborate creation made to mimic a severed finger, cookies are the answer to your every Halloween, sweet-treat need.

 

It’s back-to-school time and everyone is madly preparing for another year of lost shoes in the morning, fighting over homework, and keeping up with activity-filled schedules. During all your preparation, don’t forget to spread a little cheer and celebrate the wonderful moments of learning that school brings.

The Teacher

Teachers are the backbone of the school system and you’ll need to form a good relationship with them to communicate about your child’s progression. Nothing says “I’m serious about education” like bringing a teacher appreciation cookie bouquet to meet-the-teacher night. If your kid is a bit of a troublemaker, cookies can be a great way of thanking a teacher for their patience.

First Day

Whether it’s just the next grade up or a whole new school, the very first day can be nerve-wracking for many kids. Friendships may have changed over the summer, your kids could have been placed in an advanced math class, or maybe you just want to show them a little extra love. Whatever the reason, there’s no better way than a surprise box of cookies in their lunchbox. Get a larger bouquet to share with a few best friends or send your kids with a full cookie platter to share with everyone. That’s sure to get their year off on the right foot.

Little Victories

As school progresses, lots of changes take place. Homework assignments get longer, tests get harder, and activities start. Celebrate your kid making the team with a sports themed bouquet or show them they’re a star when they are cast in the school play. Academic requirements and competition amongst peers get stronger every year. Positive reinforcement can encourage kids when they’re doing a good job. Try this smart cookie bouquet that’s sure to make them proud of their first A+ of the year.

There are plenty of reasons to order a cookie bouquet this year. Whether it’s for the teacher, your child, or the entire class, we have the perfect bouquet for you. Don’t wait for an extra-special occasion. Celebrate everyday moments and show your appreciation and love in a way that everyone understands–cookies!

When placing an order for a bouquet of cookies, you likely don’t think about the local business owner behind the eCommerce company. Christian McCoy, the Founder of Cookie Bouquets, was recently featured in Entrepreneurs of Columbus. He talked about his favorite parts of the business, what keeps him up at night and the future direction of the company. READ INTERVIEW.

When you place an order with Cookie Bouquets, you can rest assured knowing it is a family and operated business that takes great pride in providing the best customer service. We hope you enjoy the interview with our Founder, Christian McCoy!