A Floral Theme Inspiration

When I was asked by Codi Lynn from Creative Wife and Joyful Worker to collaborate on something for her daughters floral theme first birthday, I immediately became inspired. I mean how could I not?! The possibilities of a floral theme just seemed endless. And the fact that I’ve yet to plan a girls party might have played a small part. Who am I kidding, that played a HUGE part! I could finally thumb through all my girly party ideas.
So after brainstorming some ideas, and talking it over with Codi, we settled on this fun and unique sugar cookie spin.  It was new to the both of us, and looked challenging enough to put to the test.
The pictures we found of the DIY pineapple flowers recipe were gorgeous, but was it actually attainable? You know what I’m talking about, those beautiful Pinterest desserts that usually end up in an epic #pinterestfail. A small deposit into the humble bank.


DIY Pineapple Flower Recipe


Much to my surprise, the DIY pineapple flowers recipe turned out great! And I’d even go as far to say it was relatively easy, as long as you follow these steps. You can find the original recipe here, although I think you will prefer the technique I came up with.
Floral theme pineapple cookies
 looking for more flowery inspiration? Check out Miss Evie Rose’s 1st Birthday Our Little Chickadee

DIY Pineapple Flowers Recipe

What you need:

  • cutting board
  • VERY sharp knife
  • 1/2 tsp spoon
  • baking sheets
  • parchment paper or nonstick mats
  • muffin tins
  • oven or dehydrator
  • pineapple
  • dessert of choice to decorate your beautiful pineapple flowers with


The first step in creating the DIY pineapple flowers recipe is to preheat your oven to 140 degrees Fahrenheit on convection mode. (this is the setting for the dehydrating mode on my oven) Or use a dehydrator if you have one.
Next, cut the rind off of your pineapple, making sure to not cut off too much of the fruit. (this would lead to a small pineapple flower)
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Cutting the Pineapple

After you have cut off the rind, you will see the little eyelets all over the outside of your pineapple. Use these as a marker of where to spoon out the pineapple. The half teaspoon worked great in my case. By turning it around the eyelet, it made a nice clean scoop. This is an important part, as it will give your pineapples a nice petal effect for the edge.
After you have gone around your entire pineapple, cutting out the eyelets, you want to start making slices. This is where you want a VERY sharp knife. You will be slicing the pineapple thin enough to were you can see the knife behind your cut like the image shown above. If you make them to thick, it will take longer for the pineapple flowers to dry and will result in the flowers not holding their shape as well. Practice makes perfect, and I’m sure you will be a pro by your last cut.



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Drying the Pineapple

Next, dry your pineapple flowers. Before placing the pineapple on your baking sheets (lined with parchment paper or non stick mats), please dry them with a paper towel. This eliminates extra juice, especially if it’s a very ripe pineapple.
(Tip: The original recipe had you baking the pineapple at 250F for an hour total. I found this method browned the edges to much, and I still needed to dry them quite a bit more after.)
Dehydrate your pineapple at 140F in convection mode or use a dehydrator. Set the timer for five hours. Make sure to flip your pineapple flowers half way through the drying process. After five hours, I noticed some of the thinly sliced pineapple flowers were reaching the dryness I was trying to achieve. At this stage, I placed all of the pineapple flowers in muffin tin so the edges could dry in a curved manner. This is the step that really forms them into dainty little pineapple flowers.
(Tip: The center will start to puff up like a the real center of a flower when its getting to the desired dryness.)
Continue to dry the pineapple flowers in one hour increments, taking out the pieces as they have finished drying. The majority should be done around the 7-8 hour mark. Some of my thinest finished at six hours, and my thickest pieces needed a total of ten hours.
When all DIY pineapple flowers are complete, place them back into the muffin tins to rest overnight. This should really help them hold their flower shape. Store them in an air tight container unit ready to use.
Tip: I placed mine in a small glass bowl resembling the shape of the muffin tin. I then stacked them on top of each other to fill the bowl.

Paired Perfectly on Raspberry Sugar Cookies

DIY pineapple flowers were then placed on raspberry sugar cookies dusted with powered sugar. Use melted white chocolate to secure pineapple flowers in place.
(Tip: Place a clean quarter on top of the sugar cookies before dusting with powdered sugar, you’ll be left with a bare spot to place the white chocolate and pineapple flower resulted in a good bond. The pineapple flowers will slide right off if the powdered sugar is covering the placement.)
I used my No Fail Sugar Cookies recipe and substituted the milk for raspberry juice and added 3/4 cups of raspberries to my dough. Make sure to add the raspberries at the very end, to have a nice swirl of color in your dough. To much mixing will result in a muddied color. Use the same method of rolling the dough in my sugar cookies recipe, but use extra flower when rolling it out as the added raspberries makes the dough extra sticky.


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 I ended up doubling the pineapple flowers on top of each other, using the white chocolate to secure them to the sugar cookies. I highly recommend using this tip, it seemed to add so much more texture and substance. 
Can you imagine more perfect cookies for a floral theme affair?
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DIY Pineapple Flower Recipe

See how Creative Wife and Joyful Worker created this easy DIY ballon garland for her daughter’s floral theme first birthday.

Floral Theme Event Details

host and stylist: Creative Wife and Joyful Worker
photography: Julie Christine Photography
venue: Highstreet Community Room
paperware: Joonie and Joe ; Heather and Gem
flowers: Confetti Floral
cakes: The Statement Cake
cupcakes & macarons: Hustons Cupcakery
marshmallows: Marsh & Mallow
floral pineapple cookie diy & copper hanger: GOLDNgrasses
floral party hats: Vintage Meadow
macrame backdrop: Forage and Lace
food: A Fusion of Health
photo booth/play mat: Gathre
wardrobe: Dear Loves Co. ; Isn’t She Lovely ; Petite Littles ; Minimoc


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  4. I did the pineapple cookies for my daughter’s Meet and Greet the Bride and Groom reception. I didn’t think I made them nearly as pretty, but once assembled they looked nice and I had a lot of compliments on them. I used fresh raspberries so I didn’t have the juice. Everyone loved the cookies! I also used a dehydrator so my flowers were not as curled up but still looked nice. The thinner ones were prettier, but even the thicker ones worked nice so don’t worry if you cut them thicker than you are trying for. I made the cookies a few days ahead of time and put them in the freezer and dried the fruit a few days before as well. Let the cookies warm up before using the powdered sugar. Enjoy!

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