Easy Poinsettia Platter

The holiday season means many things to me.  It’s a time of peace and goodwill, precious moments with family and friends, and lots of sweets and treats.  The holiday season also means that I will be super duper busy, so I’m always looking for cute cookie ideas that can be made in a hurry.

These easy poinsettia platters were the next logical step after my Thanksgiving Turkey platter. Using the same leaf cutter and a simple flower I arranged the cookies in the shape of this classic Christmas flower.

Making this type of platter requires a bit of pre-planning but it’s really easy to do.  To begin, use your cutters to guesstimate how many cookies you will need.  Bake a few more than you think you’ll need just in case.  It’s better to have too many than not enough.

Once the cookies are baked and cooled lay them out before decorating to get an idea of how the final arrangement will look.  Next, transfer the cookies back to the cookie sheet in an organized fashion and decorate as simply as possible.

When you’re ready to put everything together start by layering a cake doily and a bit of plastic wrap on a round platter or cake plate to keep the cookies in place.

Next, arrange the cookies around the edges building each layer until the platter is full.  I added a few leaves as fillers, but this is optional.

Finally, add the center cookie.  I used a simple flower cookie decorated with gold sugar pearls, but you can choose anything you like.

With minimal time and effort you can create a showstopping platter worthy of the most elegant holiday dessert table.  This color palette would work well for these cookies, but they’d also look amazing in shimmery silver and blue.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.

I hope this idea makes its way onto your Christmas baking list.

Happy holidays!

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    Maz says:

    Amazing Idea!! Definately making this and your Turkey for the holidays!!!

    All I need now is the cookie cutter. Where do you find the best selection of cookie cutters? Where did you get the leaf cutter… It’s such a simple shape and I can’t seem to find it anywhere and the one I made looks pathetic.

    As far as theissues 41 is having I am not seeing any problems.

    Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!!

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      Sweet Sugar Belle says:

      Try Hobby Lobby or Michaels. one of them was a gift from a friend from Australia so it may be harder to find.

      • Dewi says:

        Both cards are absolutely stnnuing Mina… but what else can we expect from you but perfection?? LOL! We’re so used to it!HugsChristine xPS Couldn’t you just put a duff one in every now and again to make the rest of us feel just slightly better?? LOL!

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    Kathy Russell says:

    WOW! Looks incredible! I would love to try that. Just need to find the cutters! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Maxe says:

    Could you tell us how long the leaf cutter is and what size plate you used?? That info will help a great deal in finding the leaf cutter and assembling the poinsettia.

    Thank you so much.

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    Kaye Dudzinski says:

    Love this! What kind of cookie recipe and frosting did you make with this? Thanks

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    Thanks for the simple, yet elegant, idea!

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    Stephanie says:

    These are gorgeous. I think I may do the smaller ones as teacher gifts
    Since money is tight! Thank you!!!

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    mari says:

    Tried, fantastic idea! Thanck you!

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    Stephanie says:

    What do you use to make red? I used 3 ounces of Wilton no taste red and it came out pink. I ended up scrapping it, and going with off white which came out beautiful. but what’s your method??

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    Becky Solorzano says:

    I love this idea of the Cookie Platters – thanks so much for posting these fantastic photos, very inspiring!

    For everyone looking for the Leaf Cookie Cutters, I found something very similar here:



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