Monday, March 11, 2013

Happy Anniversary: Rainbow Flower Cookies

by Darla

Rainbow Flower Cookies by BakingdomToday, the Hubster and I are celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary! I fell in love with my husband the first time I saw him. I know…cliche, right? I don’t even care. Tis truth.

Wanna know about the proposal? It’s a short story.

We had been hanging out with several friends at a local bar earlier in the evening, when I became very, very ill. No, I wasn’t drunk…I hadn’t even had any alcohol yet. I was just suddenly sick. A co-worker of his drove me home, while hubs closed out our tab and walked (we only lived a couple of blocks away).

That night he cared for and comforted me, and kept me company while I was in pain. Suddenly, he knelt beside the bed and told me he couldn’t imagine his life without me in it. He said that he needed me there, wherever he was, for the rest of his life. Then, he popped the question.

And I asked him if he was drunk.

I’m so romantic.

He said, “Thank you. I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.”

We laughed, we cried, I said yes, and we were married the following Monday.

We don’t like to dilly dally. ;)

Now, here we are, 11 too-short years, 6 states, 1 dog, 9 homes, a teenager in high school, and countless moments of laughter later, and just as much in love as ever. Lucky us.

I’d say he deserves some sugar cookies.

These are one of his favorites, and since St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend, covering the cookies in bright, cheerful rainbows of flowers just made sense.

I used my usual, favorite rolled sugar cookie recipe, which both the Hubster and I absolutely love, then topped them with sweet and cheery marshmallow fondant flowers in every shade of the rainbow.

They’re happy cookies. For happy people. :)

Add Fondant FlowersThe cookies are quite simple to make; it’s just a matter of laying on a base of plain fondant, then “glueing” tiny flowers onto it in a desired pattern.

Rainbow Flower Cupcake Cookie by BakingdomI always like to use my cupcake cookie cutters whenever I can, so besides plain squares and pretty hearts, I broke out the cuppie cutter for my anniversary cookies. :)

Fondant Cupcake PaperTo do the bottom half of the cupcake cookies, I used an extruder to create triangle shaped strips of fondant. Next, I cut them down to more manageable lengths, then I “glued” them together (using a small amount of water) on a thin piece of fondant.

Cut Fondant Cupcake PaperOnce I had enough strips laid out, I used my cutter to cut them to the right shape. For the top, zigzagged edge, I just used the pointed bottom of a heart cutter to create the pinked edge.

Rainbow Flower Anniversary Cookies by BakingdomI’m smitten over how these cookies turned out. They’re perfect for a special day, like a birthday or anniversary, and with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, the rainbows are just right. :)

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Flower Cookies by BakingdomI surprised the Hubster with the cookies this morning, all wrapped up in sweet bags with pretty hearts and twine (see below). He loved them, and they were the perfect special-day breakfast in bed.

Happy anniversary to the best man I know-my best friend.

*These were easy to make, but there’s no point in pretending that it wasn’t still tedious and time consuming. The flowers took all day to cut and place, so if you decide to make these, don’t plan on doing anything else that day. They’re definitely a special occasion cookie, but they’re beautiful and make a huge impact, so they’re well worth the time.

Enjoy!

Rolled Sugar Cookies
Makes 2 to 5 dozen, depending on size and thickness

Ingredients

5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or Silpat Mats; set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture a little at a time until it is all mixed in thoroughly. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for at least two hours or overnight.

Once chilled, roll the dough out on a floured surface, and cut to desired shapes with cookie cutters (if the dough is very cold and hard, allow to warm up at room temperature for about 20 minutes). I like to roll my cookies on the thicker side, usually around 3/8 of an inch thick.Place the cut cookies on the prepared baking sheet(s), about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until edges just begin to brown. Allow to cool before decorating.

Decorate cookies as desired.

Faux Royal Icing
Marshmallow Fondant

Recipe by Darla

Sweet Rainbow Flower Cookies by Bakingdom

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Leslie March 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Ahhhhh, happy anniversary!!!! adorable cookies

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2 Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet March 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

These are so adorable!

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3 Bernadette March 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Happy anniversary! Very cute. I will have to try your sugar cookie recipe, mine spreads too much!

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4 laura March 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm

so lovely! happy anniversary!

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5 sara March 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm

So pretty! Happy Anniversary! :)

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6 heather March 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Happy anniversary! The cookies are *stunning*!

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7 Lizy b March 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm

So so cute! And Happy Anniversary!

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8 amelia March 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Happy anniversary!! You guys are the cutest!

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9 Becca from Cookie Jar Treats March 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Happy anniversary to you and the hubster :) The cookies look pretty and happy and magical. :)

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10 Vicki @ WITK March 11, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Beautiful cookies! Love your proposal story too, very cute :) Happy anniversary!

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11 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. March 11, 2013 at 11:06 pm

These are so pretty! Happy Anniversary!

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12 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch March 12, 2013 at 5:28 am

These are beautiful – and Happy – like you said!!! Happy Anniversary! What a sweet story – and some sweet cookies!!! xoxo

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13 Cookbook Queen March 12, 2013 at 9:18 am

These are just beautiful!! Happy happy anniversary to you and your honey :)

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14 Stephanie March 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Saw these on instagram and just had to come and check them out. I can’t believe you’ve been married 11 years! You look nowhere old enough to have been married that long. Mind = blown.

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15 tesei March 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Happy anniversary!!!!

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16 Jackie March 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Looking at the amount of work that had to go into cutting out all those tiny colorful flowers, I can only think, “Now that’s devotion!” Happy anniversary, and I hope you got something equally special! :)

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17 marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings March 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Oh I love that story! so sweet. and the cookies are darly too. here’s to many more years!

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18 Lior March 13, 2013 at 3:25 am

Happy anniversary dear Darla!!!!!
Those cookies look great!!!

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19 Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers March 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Happy Golden 11!

These are GORGEOUS!

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20 Heather March 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Congrats to you both on your anniversary! May love and laughter follow you (as it has) for all your days.

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21 Gifts to India March 14, 2013 at 2:10 am

Happy anniversary!!!!!
These are really gorgeous

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22 Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen March 14, 2013 at 6:43 am

Happy Anniversary! Your cookies look absolutely gorgeous!

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23 Judy P March 14, 2013 at 11:55 pm

I have searched and searched looking for a “print feature”. Your recipes sound and look delicious and I would like to print them. However, I want only the recipe with perhaps one picture. Do you have any advice as to how to do this. Is copy and paste the only way? I seem to use a lot of paper and ink getting more than I actually need.

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24 Lynna March 16, 2013 at 9:19 pm

How adorable! Happy Anniversary! :D

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25 Kathy March 17, 2013 at 7:37 am

Stay Happy! The best to you both!

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26 Eleonor Rigby March 18, 2013 at 3:34 am

Wow!Just wow!
xo
Eleonor

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27 Heather - Chickabug July 11, 2013 at 7:14 am

Gorgeous! These cheery cookies make me so happy! : )

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