Confetti Graduation Cookies

This year, my niece Charli graduated from high school and I really wanted to surprise her with cookies.  Maybe it was the end of school parties, baseball games, graduation ceremonies, or having an extra kiddo at home, but lately I haven’t had a moment to spare.  So, what do you do when you’re short on time and need to make cookies?  You keep it simple.

Ahem, I see you rolling your eyes, but seriously, when you break it down this is a really simple platter.  Aside from the four eagle cookies the rest are pretty basic. The confetti swirl “filler” cookies are one of my favorites.  There there are no hand cutting or special cutters needed.  They’re made with a simple snowman cutter.

To make these cookies you will need:

Begin by outlining and flooding the cookies with white icing.  Let them dry overnight.

To make the swirl you have to work quickly.  Use green 20-second icing to make a loopy squiggle on the white base.  Use the lines of the snowman as your guide, but don’t worry about perfection.  Random is the name of this game.

When you’ve made the swirl immediately come back and widen parts of the lines like I did below.  I like to do either the top or bottom of each loop to give it that “ribbony” look.  Remember to WORK FAST!

Be sure to work down the entire length of the swirl.

These cookies look beautiful as is, or you could add a little sparkle with sanding sugar or disco dust.  Also, if you have bleeding problems, be sure to use and oscillating fan to dry your cookies.  It works!

To finish up, I added a few little dots to my confetti swirls to add interest {and to hide a few air bubbles I missed}.  See how well the snowmen cutters worked?

It seems like only yesterday Charli was a sweet wide eyed baby, and now she stands a head taller than me!  I’m so proud of her.  In four years I’m sure I’ll be making her another round of graduation cookies in purple in black.  I can’t wait!

For tips on decorating graduation cap and diploma cookies, click HERE.

Congratulations Charli and the Class of 2012!