How to Make an Autumn Wreath Cookie Platter
Moving on from Halloween to the next holiday of Thanksgiving, I added two new platters to the shop for the upcoming occasion!
I always tend associate cookie platters with Thanksgiving. It's a time for family gatherings, and cookie platters just seem the most appropriate for group situations. They are crowd-pleasers, for sure.
For this autumn season, I tried to come up with a cookie display that celebrated the brilliant, warm colors of fall. This new autumn wreath cookie platter hopefully reflects that.
Here's how I put this autumn wreath cookie platter together.
Autumn Wreath Cookie Platter Cutters
Just added to the shop is this new autumn wreath cookie platter.
This platter set includes both the autumn wreath and the center platter ribbon (in the LARGE size) cookie cutters. If you'd like to change things up and only purchase one or the other, each of these cutters can be purchased individually at the links mentioned.
Templates for the Autumn Wreath Cookie Platter
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of all the Thanksgiving platter designs, including this autumn 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 the colors used for these autumn leaves cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:
- Gold royal icing. (I mixed Americolor Gold with a touch of Americolor Egg Yellow.)
- Olive Green icing (I used Rainbow Dust Olive.)
- Burnt Red icing (I mixed Americolor Tulip Red with Americolor Warm Brown)
- Burnt Orange icing ( I always use this pumpkin color combination from Sweet Sugarbelle.)
- Dark Brown (I used Rainbow Dust Chestnut.)
- Tan icing (I mixed Americolor Ivory with Americolor Warm Brown.)
For those without a projector, begin by making a guideline for where the leaf sections should be. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.
I used a yellow marker so the guidelines would be discreet and barely noticeable on the finished cookie.
Begin by filling in the leaf sections. For around the wreath, I alternated the colors of the leaves using the color combinations shown below.
Next, add the berries. I filled each berry area with orange icing, then quickly added a dark brown dot accent. Shake the cookie to smooth out the icing.
Once the leaves and berries were dry, add the stem details, as shown below.
For the center banner, first fill in the background sections of the ribbon banner, as shown. This should be applied as thinly as possible to give this ribbon dimension.
Let that icing set, then fill in the two foreground sections over the background sections. Use more icing to give it a "puffy" look.
Once the banner had time to dry, add the message or phrase you'd like on the banner. I went with "Thanks Giving" for this example and used my pico projector to get the placement and font just the way I wanted it.
The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video I put together below.
Here's the completed autumn wreath cookie platter assembled together. In all, eight wreath cookie pieces and one ribbon banner was required to finish the wreath design.
The message for the center ribbon banner can be adapted to whatever message you would like for the season. Here's a few examples I came up with below.
To make things easier, I included these messages in the PDF template file, as well. For reference, I used the Mission script font if you would like to personalize your own.
I hope everyone is enjoying their fall so far. Stay tuned for one more Thanksgiving platter tutorial I have in work! I hope to have that available in the next few days.