Making Plastic Cookie Templates

Maybe the reason that I am so into the fourth of July is this drought.  Did you know that there will be no annual firework show here this year?  It’s really a bummer.  So, since I’m going to miss that fun, I came up with the next best thing…

Yes, those are exactly what you think they are.  We used to call them bottle rockets, but without a bottle, I guess it’s right back to rockets.

I’ve had this cookie in my head for a long time, and finally, after two years I got it done!

I didn’t have a cutter that would work, so I made my own.  This is one of my favorite things to do because it’s inexpensive, easy, and durable.

To make a plastic template you need scissors, paper, the lid from a disposable plastic container, and a permanant marker.

The next part is easy. Sketch the design onto paper with a pencil or marker.  It’s okay if it’s scratchy or imperfect because the scissors will straighten out the sides.  Next, cut out the picture and use it as a  template to draw the design onto the plastic lid.  Finally, cut out the picture you drew, wash it, and it’s ready to use.

I’ve pictured the steps below.

To cut the cookies, set the template on top of  rolled out dough and use a sharp paring knife to cut out the design.

Insert a bamboo party pick into the cookie and bake.  you will also need to bake some small stars for the sparkle.  Let the cookies cool completely befor decorating.

To decorate these cookies you will need:

  • black piping icing, #2 tip
  • red. white, blue, yellow, and orange flood icing
  • disco dust {optional}

Begin by outlining the cookies in black.  Then follow the steps below, filling section by section,  giving each one a little time to set between additions. At this point the rockets must dry completely.

In the meantime,  work on the sparkles.  Be sure to have a few toothpicks handy. Outline them in black, and let  dry.  Next, use orange and yellow flood icing to make rings inside the outline.  Drag a toothpick from the center of the sparkle out, to make it look like it’s “exploding”.  Then, to give them a little sparkle, sprinkle them with disco dust.  Let both pieces dry overnight.

The next day, attach the sparkles to the end of the rockets using black royal icing.  I forgot to use black the first time. Those were cute, but I think the little black fuse is a defining detail.

When they are dry, they are ready to eat!

If you don’t want to do all that construction, Copper Gifts now makes this design in a cutter.  I LOVE mine and already have several alternate plans for it!

You can do a little line of them or a big jumble.

They will  definitely be a  family fave!

 Keep visiting me for more fun every day!

Happy decorating!

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  1. 41
    nikki says:

    awesome job. i want to make these cookies!

    maybe my mind is in the gutter, but has anyone ever seen the movie death to smoochy? this cookie reminds me of that scene where they’re taping the smoochy show and it goes, “ITS…….A……..ROCKETSHIP!!!!”

    HAHAHA if you’ve seen it you know what im talking about!

  2. 42
    Jessica says:


    I love visiting your blog for cookie inspiration! You already know this, but you have an incredible gift : ) This post inspired me to attempt to make these adorable rocket cookies….and I did! You can visit my post to see them {where I of course, credited you as the source for the idea!}. Happy 4th of July!!


  3. 43

    Sweet Sugarbelle, you are so awesome! I always get excited when I see a new post from you because I know it’ll be something totally creative, beautifully-executed and inspiring! I loved these fun rocket cookies so much that I featured them on my own site. I hope you’ll check it out!

    Happy Fourth!


  4. 44
    Molli says:

    My kids loved these so I made some last night along with the round flags you made. I love your website I check it for new ideas everyday,

  5. 45
    Deborah says:

    I’d be so bummed to not get to see a fireworks show!! But these cookies would surely help to make up for it – so cute!!

  6. 46
    Morgan says:

    I found your site on accident and completely fell in love with your designs……sooooooo awesome……makes me wanna run out and start decorating cookies!!!

  7. 47

    You know what I love about you? Well so many things – but I love how thrifty you are!! :) Beautiful deisgn Callye

  8. 48
    Mindy Day says:

    Love, love LOVE your work!
    Any suggestions for what to do with cookies and icing in this heat and humidity. My cookies are “soggy” not crispy. I have tried everything – rice, silica gel….
    Any hints will be appreciated.
    THANKS for the inspiration!

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    cupcakes forever says:



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