Cookie Flower Bouquet

Our grandchildren love having us attend to their school performances.  Normally a flower bouquet is presented to a performer.  My grandkids are too young to appreciate receiving a flower bouquet and besides, they’re starving after singing and dancing.

Blog cookie bouquetA cookie bouquet brings big smiles and unfortunately, other little performers have wanted to trade their flowers for the “grandma-baked” cookies.

To shape a bouquet, I use solid color gift wrapping paper and cellophane that’s been shaped into a cone and then stapled on the bottom.

blog cookies 001 copyTo make a Cookie Flower, melt chocolate chips and “glue” together two cookies with either a plastic straw or a wooden skewer inserted.

Also, the little performers won’t mind if you just insert some freshly baked cookies into the wrapping paper cone.  Be aware that grandchildren have fantastic memories and cookie bouquets will be expected for every performance!  I’ve added the recipe for the pictured cookies, as follows:
              Basketball Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter              2 eggs
1 cup oil                                      3 ½ cups flour
1 cup white sugar                     ½ tsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar                   1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla                              1 tsp. cream of tartar
Cream first 5 ingredients together.  Add eggs and beat.  Mix together dry ingredients and then stir into mixture.
Stir in:
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal   1 cup coconut
1 cup Rice Krispies                     2 cups chocolate chips
Drop by large tablespoonfuls  on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly brown.  Makes 60 large cookies, enough for the entire team.  Good keepers, too.

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