Whether you need graduation cookies for a college graduation, a high school graduation, or even a kindergarten celebration, these sugar cookies decorated with royal icing are perfect for your special occasion. Graduation caps, diplomas, and decorative cookies in white with gold luster or use your school colors!
Graduation cookies would be the perfect addition to your graduation party. Keep the cookies plain or add some color to the hat or the tassel. Customize the graduation cookies with a name or the year. Starting with this set of cookie cutters that I found online makes the shapes come to life. I used the graduation cap and diploma for this batch of graduation cookies and look forward to trying some of the other shapes in the package- the medal, the owl, and the graduation gown all have great possibilities too.
Here’s a video showing the step by step for the white cookies. Decorating takes time so I sped the video up to double speed and, even so, my decorating steps look slow to me. Cautious and careful is a better description. In the end these are simply graduation cookies made for eating so don’t sweat the small mistakes. Give it a try!
Step by Step Photos for Decorating Graduation Cookies
Once you’ve baked your sugar cookies it is time to decorate. Start by sketching out ideas for colors and designs, as well as the order you will add your layers of icing. It’s better to plan ahead rather than to get stuck midday through without knowing what your end goal will be.
First outline the top of the cap. I find it helps to do this in two stages– the top and the sides. Fill in the top then let it dry for a few minutes before continuing. Wilton number 2 tip is my preference for outlining then I use a larger tip (or in this case just a squeeze bottle) and a thinned out icing to fill the spaces.
Continue to fill the sides of the cap. I like how the two parts stay segmented when you wait a few minutes for the top of the cap to dry. It helps the next step so that you can see the separation.
Let the icing dry again for about 10-15 minutes then outline the top of the cap again. This steps add a bit of definition to the top of the cap, although it isn’t necessary so skip it if you wish.
Now add a circle in the middle of the top of the cap and add a circle for the tassel. Wilton number 2 tip works well here still.
Here is where I switch to a smaller icing tip. Use a Wilton number 1 for the step of drawing the string from the center circle to the edge and then to the tassel. Add fringe to the tassel too.
Keep it simple with all white graduation cookies or add a bit of shine with gold luster (spelled luster or lustre). Which color scheme do you prefer? Incorporating your school colors is a great way to add school spirit to these graduation cookies. All black graduation caps are traditional as well.
Gold Luster Dust
Luster dust is new to me. I found this gold luster online and it was easy to use. Simply add a few drops of vodka to a small bit of the gold dust. Mix well. You’ll know you’ve added enough liquid when the dust is no longer grainy. The vodka evaporates and will not remain on your cookies. Only the pretty shimmer of gold remains. Use a food-safe paint brush to carefully layer on the gold luster.
Are you ready to try your hand at more royal icing decorated cookies? Here are some good ideas:
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