How to make Graduation Hat Cookies {Guest Post}

    Posted by  ·  May 26, 2012
    Hello graduates and Skip to My Lou readers! I’m so excited to share some graduation cap cookies with you today! Making cookies is one of my favorite ways to spend my “hobby time” and for sure my favorite gift to give for special events! So if you know a preschool, Kindergarten, high school, or college graduate you’re in luck!



    My sugar cookies and royal icing recipes over on my blog, so if you’re a beginner, check out that post. This time of year, graduation cookie cutters are all over craft stores and cake supply stores. I rolled out my dough and used the one that came in this Wilton pack.



    How to decorate Sugar Cookies


    Now, if you read the cookie basics post, you will understand that you can thin royal icing out with a little water to make different consistencies. We are going to need a stiff (30 second or more) and thin consistency (about 8 second) in the same color. I love using the squeeze bottles, because for me, they are really manageable.



    You start by outlining your “hat” with the thicker icing.



    Then immediately “fill” with the thinner consistency icing. You can use the tip of the bottle to spread it around. Then, if you see any air bubbles, pop them with a toothpick!



    This layer of frosting will take about 12 hours to dry completely, but you can frost your detail on top after about 2 hours. You will use the same, thick consistency frosting to outline the hat. When you let the base layer dry, then frost on top, it creates dimension.



    You will use the thick consistency icing to make the tassel. I showed here how I did a few lines, then let it dry, then a few more lines, etc. Then you will make one more dot of color as the button that holds the tassel on.



    You can see the final product here. If you notice a little variegation in the blue, it is because dark colors of royal icing can often take 24 hours to reach their full color. Patience is a virtue in cookie making!



    If you draw a few lines, then come back to it here and there, you will get a nice 3D effect with your tassel. Drying between lines is the key to tassel success!



    I always say that cellophane and ribbon makes everything better, so why not wrap them up as a little favor? I made these tags for my cookie gifts and you can download them too!



    Just click here to download the two graduation tags.



    Thanks so much to Cindy for letting me share some cookie love with you today! You are welcome to check out my cookies and other DIY goodies on over on anytime!


    Leave a Comment


    1. Rosie
      Monday, May 27th, 2013
      Awesome cookie tutorial. Thanks a million!!!!
    2. Clarisse
      Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
      Great tutorial and I love the tassel tips thanks. Super cute
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    4. debbie jacobson
      Friday, June 1st, 2012
      where do i get the bottles. can find large ones but not small ones.
    5. debbie jacobson
      Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
      still unable to download graduation tags. could really use them by the weekend. Do u know when this will be fixed?
    6. Ashalia
      Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
      Love these and love "BEE in our Bonnet"! :)
    7. Debra Kapellakis
      Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
      The tassles look almost real!
    8. Sharon
      Saturday, May 26th, 2012
      Would love to print the "go grad" tags, but the link didn't work...please help! (the link goes to "an apple for the teacher" instead. Thank you!
      • Saturday, May 26th, 2012
        Working on the printable, we will get it fixed.
    9. Ruth S.
      Saturday, May 26th, 2012
      The link to download the graduation tags connected to an apple for the teacher tag instead.