On to the plate

Experimenting with flavours, colours and style of food served at our place



I had been aiming to make poppies for cookies this weekend when Mum asked if I could make some for her work.

Sure. How many I asked, thinking everyone was taking a plate. 30 was the reply. 30 wasn’t a problem, that’s one batch of cookie dough. And I hoped I could pull off 30 fondant poppies.

Fondant poppy

I enjoyed all aspects of making the cookies and decorating them.

I started out with the usual vanilla cookie recipe from Bridget of Bake at 350.

But I jazzed it up and changed a thing or two.

These are those changes:

  • Cut the baking powder from 2 tsp to 1 tsp
  • Added 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon Lorann Caramel flavour
  • Added a pinch of salt
  • Added 1 Tbs brown sugar

I also changed the method and did the chill/freeze thing that I mentioned in the Chocolate Sugar Cookie recipe.

It made a difference. While the cookies haven’t spread all that much, they shape does tend to move a little and soften. But not this time. Look:

Neat and tidy edges

The shapes cut much more cleanly having rolled the dough and chilled it before cutting the shapes out.

I know this isn’t the same shape, but you can get a feel for how much spreading the cookies did while baking.

Minimal spread

Hardly any spread. And the shape still looks neat.

I am now a convert of the chill/freeze method. So long as I’ve got enough space in the fridge for a sandwich tin. I guess I’ll always have to bake these before I bake bread. Once the bread is baked the freezer drawer is chocka.

Here’s the different varieties I made, using the Chocolate and Vanilla/Caramel cookies, and the Fondant and Royal Icing poppies.

Poppy varieties

All that’s left to do of the 30 cookies for Mum’s work is to attach them with the green stem that’s yet to be piped. I’m a bit reluctant to do that until tomorrow because I’m not overly cautious about how dry the royal icing is after my Fern cookies ended up smooshed in the container.

Everything is good to go though and it wont take more than 5 minutes for those last finishing touches.

I’m glad I’m not having to take them, with the poppies being more life-like they wont sit nice and flat in a container. I do hope they’ll behave.

Poppy portrait

Plate of poppies


4 thoughts on “Poppies

  1. What beautiful cookes, so simply elegant. A fitting tribute for Anzac day – nothing but the best in remembrance of our hero soldiers. Your poppies are gorgeous. Can you please email me the details of your mould. Thanks

  2. I also love the oval cutter! Doubly elegant!

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