Homecoming Mum Cookies
Homecoming mums are a Texas tradition. They were so common where I grew up, I didn’t realize that mums are almost strictly a Texas thing.
What is a mum, you ask? Basically it’s an artificial flower stapled onto cardboard backing with ribbon and trinkets attached. In my case, a TON of ribbon and trinkets. Let me show you.
How about my date, er, I mean mum. Talk about Texas-sized! It was almost as big as me.
In Texas, homecoming is more than just an alumni-attended football game, it’s an event. There’s a pep rally, a parade, then afterward, a dance.
Traditionally, boys give their date a mum and they wear a matching garter. Unless you have no date, then your dad gets the mum…not that I know anything about not having a date.
Anywho, apparently, no one mentioned the garter thing to Tony, but since he’s a foreigner and remembered my mum, I let it slide. Here we are on our way to the dance. He sure cleans up nice, right?
The whole Texas homecoming mum phenomenon is almost too much to explain all at once, so it you want to learn more, click here or here. In the meantime, I made homecoming mum cookies.
Honestly, I’ve never been really liked this shooting star cutter, because to me it has always looked like a mum.
But you know that old saying, “If it looks like a dog, walks like a dog, and barks like a dog, then…”
Yeah, it’s a mum.
To make these cookies you will need:
- Stiff white piping and 20-second icing
- Blue piping and 20-second icing
- Red piping icing
Begin by using white 20-second icing to create a flower in the center of the cookie. Once it has set, use blue 20-second icing to flood the remainder of the cookie.
When the base is dry, add the details.
- Use a #2 tip to pipe a squiggly line onto the flower. Use a small leaf tip (#66) to pipe the white portion of the border then switch to a small star tip (#13) to add textured ribbons.
- Next, repeating the steps above, use a small leaf tip (#66) to pipe the red portion of the border, then switch to a #2 tip and add ribbon.
- Fill in the remaining space with blue ribbon.
Mum cookies go great with all things homecoming. For more festive cookie ideas, check out this post:
- How to Make a Cheerleader Cookie
- Decorated Football Player Cookie
- Homecoming Mum Cookies via Irma’s Desserts
Oh, and if you have a million questions about this crazy Texas tradition (and I know you do), just leave a comment, and I’ll do my best to answer!
That is crazy! I mean, they are big in Mississippi, but golly, you Texans take the cake! And your cookie was the perfect depiction!
You know your mum is too big, when it has to ride beside you in the parade because it might just drag you right off the truck!
Callye! I learn something new today about the Mum tradition in Texas. I have never heard these tradition before but it sound neat and Crazy. now I understand your cookie.
You really can’t ask for a better date 😉 But how could you not have a date?!? You’re smokin’ hot, mama!
We spent *hundreds* on our mums over the years!!! That was the weirdest thing we’d heard of when we transplanted to TX from MN. Love your mum cookie!
I absolutely love this post! I had no idea that they were quite that big! Great cookie too and thanks for teaching me about mums! :0)
I’m a Texas girl who went to HS in the awesome 80’s.
Sure brings back memories! 🙂
My niece went to HS in the 90’s & the mums had doubled
& trpled in size by then. Hers literally had to be tied around
her neck like a GIANT necklace & covered her entire torso!
We Texans surely live up to the saying “Go BIG or go home”!
BTW, you’re cookies are not only awesome they also bring
back great memories! 🙂
Love Homecoming and loved the mums we had in jr high and high school in Oklahoma. I moved to Minnesota after college. When I had kids and I sent my 1st to her 1st homecoming I asked if they were selling mums at school that week or if any of the parents were coordinating anything. She had no idea what I was talking about. I was so bummed. I love your cookies and I’ve learned a ton from you. Thank you for always sharing.
Wow, I guess my parents were right everything is big in Texas. We also have Homecoming Mums.
However we use real mums. Ours are usually white with a either a Black D or Red D attached in the center of the flower. We still have the homecoming parade with floats decorated by each class and then the Big Bonfire to announce the Homecoming Court. During half time of the football game the court is presented to the crowd. It is nice to know that other States still have these traditions. I am from a small town in Oregon. I always enjoy seeing your work you are a very talented lady. Thank you for taking the time to share your work with us. Rose
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Love the mum cookies. Brings back memories of high school. Totally loving your date. So hot!
Interesting! I’ve never heard of such a thing! Sounds like fun!
Love the photos and the story and tradition behind the mums. Makes perfect sense to me now why you just see mums when you look at that cookie cutter. Cute cookies too, almost as cute as you with that 10 gallon mum 🙂
SO VERY CUTE! I’ve never heard of this before either! We don’t have “mums” here in the Chicago suburbs!
I’ve been out of school for 13 years. Ahhh..I can almost smell the nostalgia! LoL! I can’t wait to make them for my girls!
The new generation of mums are definitely WAY cooler than they used to be! I saw some with the school colors mixed with zebra and neons, and they were gorgeous!
I just want to say….. those pictures are amazing. Your date is HOT! I bet you guys had a blast! LOL
Lol…he cleans up pretty nice, doesn’t he 😉
Oh my goodness…. takes me back to the mid 90’s and my oldest daughter in HS in Austin!!!! Loved it, thought it such a marvelous tradition for the gals. Thank you for the memories today!!! 😉
Ohhhh we have mums for homecoming here in Arkansas too GREAT BIG mums with lots of stuff attached.. never a teddy bear (everything is bigger in Texas).. but lots of stuff.. of course Arkansas is a neighbor and what I would call a sister state to Texas!
Wow! This brings nmback the memories! my school colors were purple and gold as well! You didn’t happen to go to Alvarado schools did you? LOL!
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