When I saw the idea of flower pot cookies on Pinterest, I knew I’d eventually end up giving it a try! I didn’t have high hopes in all honesty. I thought there was a slim chance they might look cute but be huge Pinterest-fail / a waste of time. But who am I kidding: I am a bit too twee, and baking’s my favourite hobby (Besides reading. I’ve always counted reading as a hobby- although someone told me lately that reading “can’t be a pastime.”) so I gave them a go. Warning: they’re a bit messy to eat.
(Adapted from The Gunny Sack)
(For cookie pots)
Approximately 16 oz of cookie dough. The original recipe used Pilsbury’s plain sugar cookie dough. I used my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s from scratch but it’s fairly straight forward and delicious enough to be worth the extra effort.
(For chocolate ganache)
1 cup dark chocolate chunks
1/2 cup heavy cream
8-10 finely crushed Oreos
paper or wafer flowers (Wafer flowers are edible- which is what I’ve used.)
Preheat oven to 375 F. If you’re making your dough from scratch do it ahead of time, as it probably needed time to chill in the fridge. Grease your cupcake tin lightly and put about 1 tablespoon of dough into each cup. Make an indentation in the middle with your thumb and gently build up the dough cup.
Bake for about 12 minutes (or until golden brown). I found that you want to wait until they are completely cooled to try removing them from the tins. I ran a teaspoon around each cup after they’d cooled and they popped cleanly out. Set aside on a wire rack.
Make your ganache by bringing your heavy cream to boil. Add your chocolate to a heatproof bowl. Once the cream is heated, pour it over the chocolate and allow it to sit for a minute or two before you start stirring. Then stir until smooth. Allow the ganache to cool for about 10 minutes before spooning it into your cookie cups.
While your ganache is cooling crush your Oreos and assemble your flowers. I just snipped toothpicks off at the height I desired and gently pushed them through the back of the wafer flowers.
Finish your cookie pots by topping the ganache with crushed Oreos (the dirt) and by planting your flowers.