My children have no concept of Thanksgiving. For as long as they've been alive, we've lived far from family. My oldest thinks that Thanksgiving means making turkeys out of cookies, candy and frosting. My middle child thinks it means meeting new friends. And my youngest child is still happy just living in the moment. She doesn't even realize her birthday is in 8 days. But for the first time in their little lives.... Thanksgiving is going to mean FAMILY. And food. Lots of food. AND -- I'm hosting it at my very own house! I'm so excited! And nervous. And of course, instead of worrying about the food or making sure I have enough chairs for everyone to sit on... I've been planning the centerpiece. And, I know this is going to be a bit of a shock for everyone... but it's going to be a COOKIE centerpiece. A cookie cornucopia, to be exact. It was actually a lot easier to construct than I thought it would be. Although, I will certainly do a few things differently when I make one for real in a few weeks. Here, let me walk you through it.
Vanilla 2.0 recipe with 1/2 cup extra flour added. One batch was just about perfect. And I also added some brown food coloring.) Cut out long strips of cookie dough. This is where I would make my first change. Start right up there on the very edge of the opening. The strips overlap as they go toward the tail (Is that what it is called?!) of the cornucopia. If you don't start at the edge... the strips will crack when you try to lift them up to slide more underneath. Plus... who starts in the middle? CRAZY PEOPLE. That's who. When I got to the underside of the opening, I just cut a big ol' triangle and plopped it under there. I'm lazy like that.
The Cookie Cutter Company's Design Ideas page if you want to see how I made the corn (from a surfboard cutter), the onion, the leaf, and the apple cookies. And come back next week to see how I made the rest of them.