How to make Graduation Hat Cookies

    Posted by  ·  May 16, 2018

    Let me show you how to make graduation hat cookies.  You don’t have to order your cookies you can make them yourself! So if you know a preschool, Kindergarten, high school, or college graduate you’re in luck these sugar cookies will be a perfect addition to your celebrations.

     

    two graduation hat cookies on a plate

    Sugar Cookie Decorating Tips and Resources

    • sugar cookies and royal icing recipes  and tips and tricks
    • graduation cookie cutters can be found at craft stores or baking supply stores
    • If you want to put your cookies on a stick, roll them out nice and thick, cut them out, then put them on your pan.  Chill them on the pan for about 20 min or so.  Take them out and insert the stick, centered in the thickness of the cookie.  Chilling them will keep them from distorting when you put the stick in.
    • Put a toothpick in the top of the frosting squeeze bottles to keep them from getting .clogged and dried out.   Remember how fast royal icing dries.   
    • Bubbles in your frosting are the enemy to smooth cookies.  After you fill a cookie with royal icing, you will notice slight bumps.  Take a toothpick and pop em!  But do this right away!  As it starts to dry, it will leave a mark that won’t smooth over.

     

    graduation cap sugar cookies

    How to decorate Graduation Hat Sugar Cookies

    First 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 seconds) in the same color. I love using the squeeze bottles because, for me, they are really manageable.

     

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

     

    outline graduation cap cookie

     

    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!

     

    step by step how to decorate cookies

     

    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.

     

    how to frost graduation hat cookies

     

    You will use the thick consistency icing to make the tassel. I do 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.

     

    graduation hat cookies with tassels

     

    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!

     

    blue graduation cap cookies

     

    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!

     

    black graduation hat cookies

     

    Cellophane and ribbon make everything better, so why not wrap them up for a little favor? I made these tags for my cookie gifts and you can download them too!

     

    wappred graduation cookies with gift tag

     

    Here are graduation tags for you to use!
    Go Grad Gift Tags

     

    printable graduation tag

     

    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 beeinourbonnet.com anytime!

     


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    1. Thursday, April 5th, 2018
      I tried my best to recreate these but they did not come out as nearly as pretty as yours! I ended up buying my graduation cookies from smileycookie.com instead-- super easy & they are baked fresh just like at home!
    2. Rosie
      Monday, May 27th, 2013
      Awesome cookie tutorial. Thanks a million!!!!
    3. Clarisse
      Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
      Great tutorial and I love the tassel tips thanks. Super cute
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    5. debbie jacobson
      Friday, June 1st, 2012
      where do i get the bottles. can find large ones but not small ones.
    6. 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?
    7. Ashalia
      Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
      Love these and love "BEE in our Bonnet"! :)
    8. Debra Kapellakis
      Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
      The tassles look almost real!
    9. 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.
    10. Ruth S.
      Saturday, May 26th, 2012
      The link to download the graduation tags connected to an apple for the teacher tag instead.