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:

Join The Discussion



  1. 1

    Cuter than cute – I love this little grad!

  2. 2

    Seriously, how do you figure this stuff out? You’re brilliant!

  3. 3

    Cutest use of the snowman cutter yet!! Oh my gosh, I love him Callye, and I love him most of all because his arms are outstretched as if to say, “hurray!” :) !!

  4. 4
    Alicia Cruz says:

    There super cute, I love all you do.

  5. 5
    Vicki Taylor says:


    These are just tooooo adorable!!!! Just the thought of using a snowman to make a graduate….would never in a zillion years occur ed to me!

  6. 6
    Claire says:

    Awwww, these are sooo cute! And clever! I’m always looking for ways I can make cookies by using different cookie cutters and taking out part of one to put in part of the other. You’re genius!

  7. 7
    Rafaela Petrilli says:

    Bom dia!
    Gostaria de comprar os materiais, receitas e corsntes,
    Como faço isso? Não falo inglês

  8. 8
    Sherrie says:

    Welcome Back Sugarbelle!!! Adorable as usual!

  9. 9
    cakespopscups says:

    Those are toooo cute. I love them!!!

  10. 10
    Axelle the french reader says:

    I’m still without breath, watching what you’re doing and the imagination you have.


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