How to Make a Poinsettia Cookie Platter
Christmas is a time of great cheer, goodwill, and happy gatherings with friends and family. For the winter holiday season, I'm always looking for quick cookie ideas that will feed large groups of people.
This poinsettia cookie platter is a great option for just that!
Each cookie piece requires only two steps to decorate. I opted to flood each leaf cookie in two parts to give the platter nice dimension without a lot of effort. I love how it turned out.
Here's how you can recreated this poinsettia cookie platter for your next Christmas gathering.
Poinsettia Platter Cookie Cutters
The cookie cutters used for this tutorial are a large inner leaf, a smaller outer leaf, and a center detail cutter.
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.
Templates for the Poinsettia Cookie Platter
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template available this poinsettia platter set.
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 Decorating Process
For the colors used for this poinsettia cookie platter, you will need the following suggested colors:
- Red royal icing (I mixed Americolor Super Red with Tulip Red.)
- Green icing (I mixed Americolor Leaf Green, Egg Yellow, with a touch of Warm Brown.)
- Light green icing (I mixed the green icing above with fresh white icing.)
- Yellow icing (I mixed Egg Yellow with a touch of the green icing above.)
- Off-white icing (I mixed a touch of Americolor Ivory with a touch of the green icing above.)
For the larger inner leaf, flood one side of cookie with red icing and let that icing set (about 15 minutes).
Then flood the other remaining side. This should create a center leaf vein with dimension with the icing. Repeat this step for all the large inner cookie pieces.
For the smaller outer leaf, do the same method as the larger leaf, but with green icing.
Repeat for the other smaller leaf cookies.
For the center detail cookie, flood the entire cookie with light green icing. Let it crust over (about an hour).
Then add the yellow dot details on top, as shown.
The steps above are summarized in the time-lapsed video below.
Here's the poinsettia cookie platter all assembled. To create this entire platter requires 13 cookies-- 6 large leaves, 6 small leaves, and 1 center detail 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.
The color of the poinsettia can be customized to your preference. I made white versions, as well, that look just as festive as the red version.