Flowers and jelly beans… two sure signs that spring is here!
Of course these aren’t just any flowers, or just any jelly beans… I created these “sweet” flowers with Jelly Belly jelly beans!
And what’s better than a cookie topped with Jelly Belly beans? How about cookies topped AND filled with Jelly Belly jelly beans!
These Jelly Belly Cookie Boxes are so colorful and fun, they’d be perfect for Easter, a ladies tea, or any spring celebration!
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you already know I love making cookie boxes! I’ve created different designs for most every holiday, and these are my new favorite! The colorful Spring Jewel mix from Jelly Belly created the perfect inspiration for these spring cookie boxes!
Ready to make some pretty cookies?
Let’s get started!
1.) A batch of cookies made with my Sugar Cookie Recipe.
2.) Two circle cookie cutters, one about 3/4″ smaller in diameter than the other. I used cutters that were 2.5″ and 1.75″ in diameter. For each finished cookie box you’ll need 4 cookies. One batch of dough will make about 5 finished cookie boxes using the same dimensions I’ve used.
3.) A batch of Royal Icing.
4.) Jelly Belly jelly beans to decorate the tops of the cookie boxes, and fill them. For the flowers shown, I used Jewel Sour Lemon, Jewel Sour Apple and Jewel Orange Jelly Belly jelly beans.
Bake the cookies – Prepare cookie dough (as directed in the recipe linked above), then cut out circles using your larger circle cutter. For each finished cookie box you’ll need 4 circle cookies. I used a 2.5″ cookie cutter, but feel free to adjust the size as you wish. Bake the cookies WHOLE (do not cut out the centers until after the cookies are baked). As soon as the cookies are baked and you have removed them from the oven (but they are still hot) use the smaller circle to cut into the center of HALF of your cookies. Cut through the dough with the smaller cutter, but do not touch the cookies (leave the cutout center in place). Allow the cookies to cool a minute or two on the baking sheet, then use a spatula to carefully move the cookies, with the cutout intact, onto the cooling rack. Once the cookies have cooled fully, THEN remove the inner circle. You may need to use the smaller cutter to make sure the inner circle is cut cleanly through.
Once you have each of the piece you need, set them together in sets with one whole cookies as the bottom of the “cookie box”, then add two rings and then you’ll need one whole cookie as the top (pictured below)
Decorate the cookies – Decorate the cookie tops with royal icing as desired. I colored my icing light blue. Outline and then fill in with the blue icing (or a color of your choice), then allow to fully dry, at least 4-8 hours.
While you wait on the icing to dry, prepare the Jelly Belly “flowers”. I created these same kind of flowers for my Jelly Belly Flower Cake, so hop on over to that post for step by step photos on how to make the flowers and leaves.
Cut the Jelly Belly beans (as show in the Jelly Belly Flower Cake post) and set the candies together on your work surface in the same way you plan to assemble then on the cookies. For the Jelly Belly flowers I made in the cake post I “glued” the candies together with royal icing so I could quickly assemble the finished cake. For these cookies, there is no need to glue the flowers together ahead of time. Simply cut the candies as needed, and set aside. Once the base icing on the cookies is fully dry, use royal icing to attach each “flower petal” (Jelly Belly halves) directly to the iced cookie.
If desired, after you’ve added the flower and leaves to the cookies, add a simple dotted border (I used white icing) to finish off the look.
I chose a simple and elegant look by creating the same daisy-like flower on each cookie. Feel free to create flowers in a mixture of colors.
Wouldn’t these Jelly Belly Cookie Boxes look amazing as place settings on your Easter table? They’d be perfect for a garden party, tea party, or any spring celebration!
Be sure to visit Jelly Belly to stock up on these pretty spring jelly beans!
Love Jelly Belly jelly beans? Here are a couple more beautiful and creative ideas from friends…
Jelly Bean Fudge – from Shugary Sweets
Feather Her Nest Baby Shower, with adorable birds nest cupcakes – from Creative Juice