Photo by Heather Baird
There are fresh-flower people and there are edible bouquet people, and then there are those of us who’d happily accept either treat (and might be hard-pressed to decide between the two). This super-easy DIY, inspired by the increasingly popular dried-flower trend, delivers the best of both worlds—in a presentation that’s perfect for Mother’s Day gift-giving.
All you need are a dozen or so store-bought macarons, a stash of lollipop sticks, and edible wafer paper printed with pansies (or whatever comparable bloom the recipient prefers), plus a few other incidental ingredients. Arranged with real greenery in a pretty planter, these pansy pops make a charming substitute for fresh flowers, and earn bonus points for cleverness and creativity.
Ready to get making? Read on.
You will need:
- 10–12 store-bought macarons
- 4 oz. melted candy wafers
- 10–12 ten-inch lollipop sticks
- 10–12 edible wafer-paper pansies
- Corn syrup
- Small art brush
- Small planter with plastic liner
- Floral foam
- Cellophane tape
- Nontoxic greenery and herbs, rinsed and air-dried
- Decorative stones, rinsed with hot water and air-dried
Step 1: Use a small knife to separate the two halves of the sandwiched macaron shells. Do this carefully, because macaron shells are fragile.
Step 2: If the macaron filling is soft, press a lollipop stick flat into its center. If the filling is too firm and resists the stick, place a small spoonful of melted candy wafers on top of the filling. Press the lollipop stick into the melted candy and give it a half-turn. Top with the remaining macaron shell.
Step 3: Place the macaron pops on a baking sheet and allow them to stand at room temperature until set, about 10 minutes.
Step 4: When the macarons have hardened in place, dip the art brush into the corn syrup and dab a small amount of syrup onto one side of a macaron pop.
Step 5: Place an edible wafer-paper pansy on top of the macaron, centering it over the dot of corn syrup. Hold the edible flower in position using gentle pressure for one minute. Place on the baking sheet to dry.
Step 6: Repeat with remaining macarons and flowers.
Step 7: Gather the flower pops, planter, foam, cellophane tape, herbs, and stones.
Step 8: Cut blocks of floral foam to fit a lined planter and position them inside.
Step 9: If you’ve chosen paper lollipop sticks, seal the bottom half of each one with cellophane tape to make the sticks waterproof.
Step 10: Insert the macaron pops into the floral foam, arranging them as desired.
Step 11: Insert greenery and herbs into the foam around the pops. If you’re using fresh cuttings, add water to the floral foam to keep the herbs and greenery alive and perky-looking until it’s time to present the arrangement.
Step 12: Add decorative pebbles to cover any exposed floral foam.
Step 13: If you’re making the bouquet in advance, cover each macaron pop with a cellophane wrapper and tie with pretty ribbon to keep the cookies fresh.
All photographs by Heather Baird.
Heather Baird is an accomplished painter and photographer, but her passion is creating eye-popping, mouthwatering desserts. She writes about her adventures in the world of creative dessert-making on her award-winning blog, SprinkleBakes. She is the author of the new desserts book, Sea Salt Sweet, and her previous baking book, SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire your Inner Artist was published in 2012. Heather lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her husband Mark and two mischievous pugs, Biscuit and Churro.