Decorate a Charming Gardening Cookie Platter for Spring

Written by Mike Tamplin • Apr 05, 2023

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Decorate a Charming Gardening Cookie Platter for Spring
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Welcome to spring! This is the perfect season to show off your cookie decorating skills with a sweet and simple gardening-themed platter. Whether you're looking for something special to do for someone that loves gardening or just want an excuse to let your creative juices flow, this gardening cookie platter is sure to bring out your inner baker. Whether you’re a beginner decorator or have years of experience under your apron strings – this project promises plenty of delicious fun as we roll into sunny days ahead. Get inspired by our step-by-step guide and start decorating – it'll be worth every sweet bite!

Spring Gardening Cookie Platter Cutter Set

New this spring season is this gardening cookie platter cutter set. This set includes 3 cookie cutters: a potted plant, a garden tools set, and a center circle. You can purchase all 3 cookie cutters together, or as a 2-piece without the circle cutter.

(This is the same circle cutter used in all my platter sets, like this Snowflake set, Spiral Platter, and Floral Wreath, etc.)

There are two sizes available. When arranged as a platter, as shown in the example picture, the platter measures:

LARGE- 12 inches in diameter.

SMALL- 9 inches in diameter.

For this tutorial, I'll be decorating the large size.

gardening cookie platter cutter set

Template for the Gardening Cookie Platter

To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of all of the new spring cookie cutters, including this gardening cookie platter design.

You can download these cookie templates HERE.

If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.

The Cookie Decorating Process

For this gardening cookie platter, you will need the following suggested colors:

Step 1

Starting with the potted plant cookie, begin by filling in the lower pot section with terracotta icing, and quickly add black pearls for eyes.

Once that icing had time to set, fill in the outer two leaf sections with green icing.

gardening cookie platter step 1

Step 2

Next, add the center leaf section.

Finish this cookie by adding the pot rim section, and draw on the smile with a black food pen. To make decorating easier, I used a flower mold with fondant to add a flower detail.

The flower mold that I used can be purchased here.

gardening cookie platter step 2

Step 3

For the gardening tools cookie, begin by flooding the entire cookie with white icing. Let it dry completely (about 2 hours).

Next, add one of the handles and one of the heads of the tools, as shown. Add the black pearls for eyes while the icing is still wet. Repeat for the other handle and head.

gardening cookie platter step 3

Step 4

Finish off the cookie design by adding the middle handles, as shown. Then draw on the smiles with a black food pen.

gardening cookie platter step 4

Step 5

For the final, center message cookie, begin by flooding the entire cookie with light blue icing. Let this icing dry completely.

In the shop is a new hello spring cookie stencil you can use for the center message. Just swipe thick white royal icing over it to apply it to the cookie. The video below better illustrates how I did this.

cookie stenciling with royal icing.

Spring Gardening Cookie Platter Video Tutorial

The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video I put together below.

Here's the final spring gardening cookie platter all assembled. To create this entire platter required 11 cookies-- 5 potted plants, 5 gardening tools, and 1 center circle cookie.

This is the large, 12" version. For the tray it's on, I like to use the 12" pizza pans from Dollar Tree. They are cheap and sturdy for transporting around.

gardening cookie platter | Semi Sweet Designs

After reading this post, I hope you’re ready to throw the most charming garden-themed cookie party this spring!

Let your creativity bloom and create something undeniably beautiful that everyone can enjoy. Looking for more gardening-themed inspiration? Be sure to take a gander through our shop – we’ve got plenty of cookie cutters, cookie stencils, and more to help bring your colorful creations to life. Have fun out there in the garden — or the kitchen. Happy baking!

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