One Smart Cookie Graduation Cookies, 2019 version

One Smart Cookie Graduation Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net
Can you call something a tradition if you do it two years in a row? I'm starting a tradition, and this is year two. Since Jack was valedictorian of the very first graduating class of his high school, I thought it would be fun for him (*ahem, me?*) to give cookies to the valedictorian each subsequent year.

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One Smart Cookie Graduation Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net

But I digress. Cookies. We were talking cookies. Last year, I made this version. I did think those were cute...and they're fewer steps to make...I like these better. How can you not love graduation cap-wearing, glasses-sporting chocolate chip cookies???


One Smart Cookie Graduation Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net

You can obviously customize the cap and tassel to coordinate with the school. This blue shade is a combination of Americolor Electric and Royal Blue. I loooooove it.

I used two cookie cutters and pieced them together to make this shape. The glasses are made from a Sweet Sugarbelle template. (You'll need to make these at least a day ahead.) Let me walk you through it...



To make them, you'll need:

One Smart Cookie eyeglass template for royal icing transfers ♥ bakeat350.net

Print out the eyeglass template from Sweet Sugarbelle. Tape the template to an upside-down cookie sheet. Tape a sheet of waxed paper on top. 

One Smart Cookie eyeglass template for royal icing transfers ♥ bakeat350.net

Use the black icing and a #4 or 5 tip to outline the glasses. Let the outline sit for about an hour before filling. Thin the white icing with water a bit at a time, until a ribbon dropped back onto itself disappears in a count to 5-8 seconds. Fill in the glasses. Let the white icing set for about an hour. 

One Smart Cookie eyeglass template for royal icing transfers ♥ bakeat350.net

Use a #3 tip to add a black "eye" in the center of the glasses. Let these dry uncovered overnight. Once dry, use a very thin cookie spatula to ease the transfers off of the waxed paper. These can be made way ahead of time and stored in a container at room temperature. MAKE MORE THAN YOU NEED BECAUSE OF BREAKAGE.


how to make "smart cookie" cut-out cookies
For the cookies, cut out the circles and graduation caps from the cookie dough. Use the graduation cap to cut off the top of the circle. Fit the pieces together and freeze for 10 minutes before baking.

Outline the caps in blue (or whatever color you desire) using a #2 tip. Reserve some of this blue icing before thinning.

Outline the cookie part in warm brown.

Note: you do not have to follow the outlines of the cookie cutter exactly. I wanted the cookie to be rounded and have the tassel come to the side.

Thin the warm, chocolate brown, and blue icings with water, a bit at a time, until a ribbon of icing dropped back into the bowl disappears in a count of "one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two" or three. Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit for several minutes. Stir gently and transfer to squeeze bottles.

Fill in the outline of the cookie with the warm brown icing. Use a toothpick to guide the icing to the edges and pop any large air bubbles. Fill about 4-6 cookies at a time. Starting with the first cookie filled, drop dots of the chocolate brown icing on top. Use a toothpick to drag peaks out in different directions to make chocolate chip shapes.

One Smart Cookie Graduation Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net
Fill in the graduation caps with blue icing. Let the icing dry at least 30 minutes. Add the icing detail on the caps and the tassel with #2 tips. (I like a 1.5 tip for the tassel if you have one.)

One Smart Cookie eyeglass template for royal icing transfers ♥ bakeat350.net

One Smart Cookie Graduation Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net
After a couple of hours or the next day, add the eyeglasses transfers. Pipe a bit of piping consistency icing on the back of the glasses and lightly place onto the cookies. Use a #2 tip to add a smile in black.

One Smart Cookie Graduation Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net
Voila! Smart cookies for your smart cookies! 
I can't wait to make these again next year for year three of our tradition.


2 comments

  1. I love this tradition. These cookies are adorable!

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