First...make 250 cookies! I used my favorite recipe (I think it was in a cook book I got as a wedding shower gift from Barbara Terrill...Betty Crocker's Cooking for Two):
Make this recipe 10 times (two at a time...don't try to make a bigger batch because the recipe doesn't work as well)
1 1/2 C sifted powdered sugar
1 C butter
1 t vanilla
1/2 t almond flavoring
2 1/2 C flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cream of tartar
This makes a REALLY soft dough...but don't add more flour or the cookies aren't as tender. Roll 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters...I used the 4" flower from the Wilton set below: bake at 350 only 7-9 minutes.
So I made all of these a couple of weeks ago and put them in the freezer.
Then a few days before our dinner I started pulling them out of the freezer and glazing them with Petit Four frosting:
9 C sifted powdered sugar
1/2 C light Karo syrup
1/2 C warm water
1 t almond flavoring
Mix OVER hot water (use a double boiler or set up a pan inside a pan as I did). Put each cookie on the wire rack and quickly pour 1/3 C glaze over, coating the entire cookie...you will have to hold the rack and tip it a bit to coax the glaze over all the edges. If the glaze gets thick as you are working, add a little more water.
Immediately, while glaze is still moist, sprinkle with white sanding sugar or sparkling sugar...if you forget the sugar (as I did at first) you can spray a TINY bit with warm water to moisten the glaze and then sprinkle on the sugar.
Then using a fork, carefully lift the cookie off the wire rack (and wipe off any drippy edges) and place on foil to completely dry.
I let them sit out several hours until thoroughly hardened, then stacked four deep in gift boxes(that I got at the Container Store) with foil between the layers. At this point I put them back in the freezer...
After three days (a couple hours at a time), I had them all glazed, added Royal Frosting blue flowers (to look like Forget-Me-Nots) with yellow centers...I used "Delphinium Blue" to match our table squares perfectly...
On Thursday (the day of our dinner) I made two trips to the Stake Center to transport them as I couldn't put them all in one layer in the back of my car...I didn't want to risk stacking the trays/boxes...
Here they are...serving as both dessert and table decoration...a lot of work, but they worked out well for our dinner!