Graduation Cookies

Graduation Cookies

Looking for a fun cookie-baking project to celebrate graduation? You're in luck! This basic sugar-cookie dough is perfect for rolling and cutting into Graduation caps and gowns. For variety, try different shapes and sizes. We offer graduation caps, gowns, diplomas, and stars. If you like, reduce the vanilla to 1/2 teaspoon and add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. To decorate, use our Royal Icing recipe.
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10 minutes
30 minutes
Graduation Cookies
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 2/3 cups Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour, Sifted
Cream together:
Butter and Sugar

Beat in:

Sifted Flour

Mix until all ingredients are well blended. Chill dough 3-4 hours before rolling, so the dough is easy to roll, and won't spread during baking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4" thick and cut with your favorite Ann Clark Graduation cookie cutters, then transfer cookies onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or silicone liners. Bake about 8-10 minutes or until lightly colored. Let cookies cool slightly on a cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Add school colors with Royal Icing (from our recipes) To draw fine lines on a graduation cap, fill a piping bag with frosting. If you don't have a piping bag, you can spoon the icing into a zip-lock bag and snip a small hole in one corner with scissors. If air bubbles appear in the frosting, use a toothpick to smooth out the surface before it dries. You can also top the wet icing with sugar sprinkles if you like.

Enjoy and let the cookie commencement begin!

Decorate the Graduation Cap Cookie in Four Easy Steps [video]