Standing Graduate Cookies

It’s graduation time again and as usual I’m up to my eyeballs in cookies.  To keep things a interesting I try to come up with ways to change the cookies up each year.

Standing Graduate Cookie Cutter

This year I used a teensie tiny squished square from this set to turn my Karen’s Cookies boy and girl into graduates {and a diploma, but I forgot to take pics before they left me} .

Standing Graduate Cookies

If you don’t have the exact cutters I do, no worries.  With a little imagination you can make several cutters work!

Standing Graduate Cookie Cutters

Since I usually try to avoid highly detailed cookie tutorials, here’s a quick breakdown of the decorating process.

Graduate Cookies

The details took the longest.  Different strokes for different folks but here’s the route I took:

  1. Use 20-second icing to make a diploma
  2. Use 20-second icing for hands
  3. White piping icing and a #44 tip makes a nice collar {a #3 works fine if you don’t have a #44}
  4. Use a #13 tip and stiff-ish brown icing for hair
  5. Use black 20-second icing for eyes
  6. Add tassel strings with a #1.5 tip
  7. Add gown and hat details with a #2 tip
  8. Use a #13 tip to make tassels

Graduating Student Cookie

My graduates are speechless but you could add a smile if you like…or a frown.  These little guys might not be so happy if they knew that their destiny is to be eaten!

Graduation Cookies

This year I have a little graduate of my own.  I think he outshines the cookies.  But then again, I’m a little biased.

Caleb Graduation

Graduate cookies for the graduate.  What a wonderful treat!

Graduate Cookies 2

You can use a “smooshed” square cutter to add graduation caps to any of these cookie designs:

For more graduation cookie ideas check out these posts:

I hope everyone can find a little peace this week.  My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes.


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  1. 21
    Milena D. says:

    Hi Caylee,

    God bless!!!
    Milena :-)

  2. 22

    Your baby is so cute. Such a great picture. I think graduation cookies are so boring but you always make them look great. I have one cake and one set of cookies to make this year and believe me I will be referencing your sets of cookies.

  3. 23

    These are darling! I have a graduate myself in 2 weeks! I can remember when he looked like yours. Aww. So cute! I might have to have you make some for me. 😉

  4. 24
    Sherrene says:

    I’m going to try these this week! Thanks again for such a GREAT tutorial! You really are THE source for cookie decorating. I come back here over and over again. You have such a way of demystifying things and breaking down overwhelming concepts into doable projects. Thank you for sharing all your talent and cookie knowledge! :)

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    M.Hall says:

    I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your website! Your recipes and tips saved me so much time and money. The color flow decorations (Wilton recipe) for my daughter’s Monster High birthday cake were very close to making it a disaster, but your royal icing recipe saved it! And it’s about to save me while making my Father-in-law’s cake decorations too. The tutorials, tips, videos and comments are awesome and so helpful. Keep up the amazing work. You’re a true inspiration for me. Thanks!!


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