There's a company called Cookies by Design which makes cookie bouquets. The cookies are very good and are mounted on stick (see picture below) and arranged like a flower bouquet. It's become sort of a thing with my friends and family to send them to each other. I highly recommend these if you're looking for a food-type gift to send. However these aren't cheap- comes out to something like $7 per cookie, and I'd like to have an option to make them myself.
They have a few different kinds of cookies but the ones everyone likes best are a not too sweet sugar cookie which is firm enough to hold a stick in place, but aren't brittle, crumbly or snappy. The frosting is firm and dries well enough so it doesn't smear, but not rock hard like a royal icing.
I haven't found an icing recipe yet, but here are the two copycat recipes I found (I paraphrased to avoid copyright violations)-very different from each other. I was wondering if anyone has tried these recipes or has another recipe that approximates the cookies. I'm also hoping for suggestions on the icing recipe. Thanks!
COOKIES ON A STICK LIKE COOKIES BY DESIGN
1/4 lb. butter, melted
1 can (14 oz.) Eagle brand milk
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1/2 c. sour cream
1 t. extract of your choice
1 t. nutmeg
3 c. self-rising flour
1 /2 c. Bisquick
In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients in the order listed, beating well after each addition to achieve a smooth dough. Let dough stand uncovered 10 minutes. Make golf-ball-sized shapes of the dough and insert a stick or think dowel (purchased wherever craft supplies are sold) into one side of each ball. Carefully flatten each ball of dough to a 1/2 inch thick patty. Place 3 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until just browned around the edges, but still white on tops of cookies. Remove from the oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet 10 minutes before carefully removing to paper towels.
(makes about 2 dozen)
Cookies by Design Sugar Short Bread Cookies
Posted by FootsieBear at recipegoldmine.com May 13, 2001
1 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whip sugar and shortening in a large bowl, add eggs and beat well, then add remaining ingredients and mix into a smooth dough. Knead dough into ball, roll out and cut. Place on cookie sheet in oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes.