Nerdy Graduate Cookies

Every year it gets tougher and tougher to come up with fresh graduation cookie ideas, so, this year I didn’t.  This fresh take on last year’s standing graduates are simple, sweet, and created with cutters you probably already have.

Nerdy Graduate CookieThe cookie shape is my favorite snowman cutter combined with a small square.

Begin by cutting the squares in half diagonally as pictured below.

Graduate Cookies 3Next, use the square to cut a triangular notch out of the snowman cookie and gently nestle the two pieces together.  When piecing, make sure as much surface area as possible is touching.  This will help to ensure the cookie does not fall apart after baking.

Graduate Cookie CutterWhen the cookies are completely cool, they’re ready to decorate.  You will need:

  • Blue piping and 20-second icing
  • Brown piping and 20-second icing for hair
  • Fleshtone 20-second icing
  • Gray 20-second icing

And a small amount of:

  • White piping 20-second icing
  • Stiff-ish yellow piping icing
  • Black piping icing

To decorate, use 20-second icing to complete the steps below:

  1. Add a hat
  2. Add hair {change up the color and hairline to personalize}
  3. Flood the face
  4. Add a collar Graduate Cookies 1
  5. Flood the gown
  6. Add one leg and a diploma
  7. After a bit of drying time add a second leg and hand over the diploma
  8. Add the other hand, diploma ribbon, and shoes.

Graduate Cookies 2I used this free printable template and a projector to pipe nerdy glasses.  If you don’t have a Kopykake, royal icing transfers work just as well.  To learn more about transfers, click here.

Nerdy Graduation Cookies“Clean-up” the cookie with a few final details.

  1. Use blue piping icing to add a top button and to outline the cap and gown
  2. Pipe a tassel with yellow piping icing {I used a #13 tip for the tassel detail}
  3. Add eyes
  4. Add a little tape to the glasses
  5. Pipe the hair detail

Standing Graduate CookieThese sweet little graduates are a nice size and look great alone or mixed with coordinating cookies.

Graduate CookiesFor more graduation cookie ideas, check out the following posts:

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  1. 11

    Love these! The arm positions in this design just nails the feeling of graduating. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  2. 12
    Christine Shen - Sugar Cravings says:

    Callye this little guy is TOO CUTE!!! I love all of your “nerdy” cookies!!! :)

  3. 13
    Giselle says:

    These little graduate cookies are so cute.

  4. 14
    Marlyn says:

    Really what a cutie, I love him

    • 14.1
      Sweet Sugar Belle says:

      That’s supposed to be my cousin cookie-fied. He skipped a grade, LOL, so he really truly is a nerd…or a genius, LOL!

  5. 15
    Kristy says:

    These are so adorable! Your so very talented. I looked in you FAQ’s and saw the link where you get your fonts for the Kopykake but where to you get pictures, like the glasses? I bought the Kopykake from seeing what you do with it but I just can’t seem to find the templates like you show. Thanks!

    • 15.1
      Sweet Sugar Belle says:

      Sometimes I make them, sometimes I have someone else make them, and I also Google a LOT. Someone made the glasses for me. Hope that helps!

  6. 16
    Lorna says:

    Love all your cookies
    Would also love to see the soccer ball tutorial, they are so difficult to make look cute

  7. 17
    Suzanne says:

    Stop it!!! you are amazing!!!!!!!!!!! I love the use of that fattie snowman I probably have 5 of those cutters. Nice to know it works with the big headed characters I love so much. Another great episode of “why you were napping!’ Why didn’t I see these sooner. My kindergarten graduation cookie was LAME!!!!
    This is so so so fun!!!
    Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us!

    • 17.1
      Sweet Sugar Belle says:

      IT makes me smile when you visit. Keep all your fatty snowmen. I don’t care much for him as a snowman, but you can make so many other amazing cookies with him!


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