How to Make a Lemon Wreath Cookie Platter
During the summer, I love to bring out the lemons!
Whether it be for decorating or cooking, there's just something crisp, clean, and fresh about them. Lemons really bring a lovely pop of yellow to a space, while adding an amazing citrus scent to any room or dish.
For this tutorial, I've combined both my love of lemon decor and lemon baking with this new lemon wreath cookie platter. It's perfect for any summer gathering. In addition, you can easily flavor any favorite cookie recipe with lemon to elevate the lemon experience of this wreath platter for people to fully enjoy.
Lemon Wreath Cookie Cutter Set
This lemon wreath cookie cookie set includes two separate pieces: a large lemon bunch and a center circle cookie cutter. You can purchase both cookie cutters together, or a single piece without the circle cutter.
When arranged as a large lemon wreath, as shown in the example picture of this post, the platter measures a little less than 12 inches in diameter.
(NOTE: The center, 3.5-inch, circle cookie cutter is the same center circle cutter I used for all my platter sets. If you purchased a platter set in the past, you would only need the lemon bunch cutter this time around.)
Template for the Lemon Wreath Cookie Platter
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template available for lemon wreath cookie design as a guideline.
You can download the lemon wreath cookie template 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 Decorating Process
For these Lemon Wreath cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:
- Yellow royal icing (I mixed two parts Americolor Lemon Yellow with one part Americolor Egg Yellow.)
- White icing (I used Americolor Bright White.)
- Green icing (I mixed Americolor Egg Yellow and Americolor Mint with a touch of Americolor Leaf Green.)
Begin by applying a thin layer of white icing to the center of the cookie, as shown. I used an offset spatula to quickly spread an even layer across the middle.
For those without a projector, score or etch guidelines where the lemons and the top leaf should be, as shown. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a scribe tool to etch the guideline on the cookie.
Next, using the score guidelines as a guide, fill in the lemon sections with yellow icing, then quickly add white accent dots for interest. Then fill in the top leaf area with green icing. Let this icing set for 15 minutes.
Once the icing had time to crust over, add the two remaining leaves as shown. Let this icing set for an hour.
Now it's time for the fine details. With green icing, add the center stem details, as shown.
Once the icing of the leaves are fully dry, draw on the vein details with a food pen.
For the center circle cookie, I added the phrase "Hello Summer" using my pico projector. (You can see how I piped a similar message in this sunflower platter tutorial.)
The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video I put together.
The finished lemon wreath cookie platter takes 8 lemon bunch cookie pieces to complete the wreath, with one circle cookie in the middle.
For platter packaging ideas, I like this method I used on this snowflake platter. (Check the end of that post for the packaging details.)