Holly Bridal Shower Cookies

November 30, 2013

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a bridal shower for Andrea.  She is the fiancée of Ron’s nephew Matthew. This weekend, Matthew’s parents (Ron’s sister Sheila and her husband Bill) are celebrating 35 years of marriage and in only three weeks time they will be very proudly watching their oldest son become Andrea’s husband.

The shower was held in Cornwall, Ontario and on December 21st family and friends will gather in this city to witness this delightful young couple exchange vows.  Andrea was beaming and beautiful at her shower and I can envision what a stunning bride she will be.  She is a lovely girl with a very engaging personality and a great match for Matthew’s outgoing disposition.  Both of them have smiles that literally light up a room!

Andrea’s theme is that of a Winter Wonderland and I decided that I would bring her some decorated cookies when I attended the shower.  As their wedding is only four days before Christmas I chose to use my holly cookie cutter and created a pair of holly leaves for her.

Holly Leaves Wedding Shower Cookies for Winter themed Wedding

Following are the steps I followed to create and decorate these cookies.

Once your dough is prepared you need to cut out all the holly leaves.  Then, using the cutter I cut into the side of some of the leaves and joined a full leave to them.  Press lightly together and they will be permanently join together as they bake.

Cutting Out One Holly Leaf Cookie to Fit Into Another Holly Leaf

Once baked and cooled, I piped and flooded the cookies with white royal icing.

Holly Wedding Shower Cookies Partially Flooded

Holly Winter Wedding Bridal Shower Cookies Fully Flooded

Once the royal icing had been left to dry overnight, I covered each cookie with white luster dust (mixed with a little bit of vodka) by brushing the luster dust over the cookies with a small paintbrush.  Regrettably, the picture below does not show the luster dust very prominently.

Holly Winter Wedding Bridal Shower Cookies Brushed with White Luster Dust

The next step was to add the initials for Matthew and Andrea and then pipe around the holly leaves with dark green piping icing .

Holly Winter Wedding Bridal Shower Cookies Piped with Green Icing

I then used red piping icing to add some holly berries and while they dried, I brushed the white lustre dust over the initials.

Holly Berries added to Holly Winter Wedding themed Bridal Shower cookies.

To complete the pair of holly leaves I brushed the green border and the berries with light corn syrup and added green sanding sugar to the border and red sanding sugar to the berries.

Green and Red Sanding Sugar Added to Holly Winter Wedding Themed Bridal Shower Cookies

A few weeks after the shower, Andrea called me and I’m very flattered and honoured to tell you that she has contracted me to create Wedding Favor Cookies for her guests.  We discussed design ideas based on her Winter Wonderland theme and her colours and she has approved a final design.  I hope to share them with you in a few weeks…once we get home from the wedding and celebrating Christmas!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Hani/Haniela's November 30, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Hello Paula!

This are so pretty, love this idea!

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Paula December 1, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Thank you dear Hani!

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Sharon November 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm

What a special gift to take to the shower…and how sweet to be asked to make more for such an important day! I hope the day is perfect for you all!

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Paula December 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Hi Sharon ~ I was so touched that Andrea entrusted me to make her wedding favours. It’s quite an honour for me and so special to not only attend their wedding but to also be this special little part of their celebration as well.

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The Partiologist November 30, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Oh Paul, these must have been the highlight of the shower…they are gorgeous and now I can’t wait to see what you’ll do for the wedding!

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Paula December 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I’ll be starting the wedding cookies soon and I promise to post later. Thanks for your sweet words about the shower cookies.

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen December 1, 2013 at 7:31 am

I’ve always loved the idea of a Christmas wedding. These cookies are the perfect match for that. So pretty. I love how you added their initials too. How very thoughtful of you!

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Paula December 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Thank you Renee. We are so looking forward to attending this wedding. They are such a cute couple and truly lovely people.

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Barbara | Creative Culinary December 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

Aren’t they the lucky ones! I think people really treasure those gifts we make from the heart and your cookies are simply beautiful Paula.

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Paula December 1, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Thanks so much Barb. I agree with you, gifts made from the heart with loving hands are special treasures for sure. I love receiving home-made gifts and I love giving them.

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Gail December 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

Paula, these are SO elegant! Just beautiful!!!

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Paula December 1, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Thank you Gail. I appreciate your kind words very much.

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Adri December 1, 2013 at 11:02 am

Oh my, what a lucky couple to have you to make such gorgeous cookies! I love this!

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Paula December 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Hello Adri! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave your lovely comment :)

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles December 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I’ve only been to a couple of winter weddings, but they were so very special. So unique and beautiful in a snowy setting. I’m sure your cookies were a blessing on your niece’s special day.

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Joan - My Cookie Clinic December 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Paula, I think you’ll soon be Andrea’s favorite new aunt! How touched you must have been when she requested your lovely cookies for the wedding. I can’t wait to see them. Have a wonderful time at the wedding and enjoy the holiday season.

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Jacquee December 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm

What a perfect idea for a winter themed shower – even a wedding! These are lovely, Paula and I always appreciate your step-by-step pictorials.

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Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie December 9, 2013 at 10:51 am

What lovely cookies!

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Lora December 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm

So lovely and elegant. Love the initials.

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