How to Make a Magnolia Wreath Cookie Platter
Magnolia wreaths are beautiful, yet simple, staples on homes, especially in the South. Living in Florida, it's so common to see them on the front doors of my neighborhood's homes.
I just love the vibrant glossy green of magnolia leaves and their velvety copper underside. It's always been a goal of mine to try to replicate these wreaths in cookie form. Coming up with a repeated leaf pattern was a challenge for sure, but I really love how it all came together in the end.
Here's my take on a magnolia wreath cookie platter.
Magnolia Wreath Cookie Cutter
Just added to the shop is this new magnolia wreath cookie cutter set.
This magnolia wreath platter cookie cutter set includes two separate pieces: a wreath section cutter 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 wreath, as shown in the example pictures of this post, the platter measures just under 12 inches in diameter.
Template for the Magnolia Wreath Cookie Platter
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of this magnolia wreath cookie platter.
Click the link below for the downloadable template PDF file.
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 cutting out the template and tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.
The Decorating Process
For these magnolia wreath cookie platter, you will need the following suggested colors:
- Light Sage Green flood royal icing (I mixed Americolor Forest Green with Gold.)
- Darker Sage Green flooI mixed the Light Sage Green above with more color gel.)
- Dark Dark Sage Green piping I mixed the Darker Sage Green above with Americolor Super Black.)
- Light Brown flood icing (I mixed Americolor Gold with Americolor Electric Green and Chocolate Brown.)
- Dark Brown flood icing (I mixed the Light Brown icing above with Chocolate Brown.)
For those without a projector, mark guidelines where the leaf sections should be, as shown. You could make a handmade a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.
I highly recommend a projector for this project though. There are a lot of lines associated with this wreath design.
Begin by outlining over the guidelines with the dark dark green icing. I used a #2 tip for these outlines.
Then add a little swiggle of icing in the middle of each section. This will help prevent any craters from forming in the icing.
Next begin filling in the dark sides of the leaves with the dark sage green icing. If you would like a brown leaf accent, fill in the dark brown section as shown.
Let that icing set, then add the lighter green and lighter brown icing in the remaining sections.
To distribute brown accent leaves evenly spaced on the wreath, I had to make the following two designs: one brown leaf on the lower left, and one brown leaf on the lower right.
You would need four cookie pieces of each of these two designs to complete the wreath.
Assemble the magnolia wreath platter, as shown.
The steps above are demonstrated in the time-lapsed video below.
Magnolia wreaths are a beautiful welcome sign to any home. I thought adding the message "Home Sweet Home" to the center was appropriate. I think this wreath platter would make a wonderful housewarming gift for friends and family.
I added the "Home Sweet Home" text to the downloadable template file at the top of this tutorial.
If the brown leaf accents aren't your thing, I also made a wreath version with just the dark and light sage green leaves. I love this option too! There's just something elegant in its green simplicity.
To see how I packaged wreaths like this one, please check out this Snowflake Cookie Platter post. I go over a few ideas on how to pack these wreaths for customers.