Easy Firework Cookies for the 4th!

There is still time left to put together cookie pops before the 4th of July weekend! So fun. So easy. So festive! I posted a tiny tutorial on my Facebook page yesterday, but wanted to give you more details about it. Follow along!

Easy firework cookies by Melissa Joy

I used a pointy scalloped cookie cutter (is that what you’d call it?) for these, but any round or flower cookie cutter could work. Ice your favorite baked cookies in white royal icing and let dry fully…overnight is best.

1. With food writers, draw slightly curved lines in blue and red, radiating from the center. *I chose the Americolor brand this time.

2. Create the same curved lines with red and blue icing in between your drawn lines. *I used snack size ziplocs to pipe this icing. Just cut off the tiniest part of the corner and you’re good to go!

3. Grab different sizes of star sprinkles. Place the largest star you have in the middle and accent with smaller stars around the rest of the cookie, adhering the stars with a dot of RI.

4. Add a few tiny dots of red and blue RI in the spots that need a little more detail.

5. The firework cookies are fine decorated just as they are, but if you’ve snagged something like these adorable stars and stripes straws (darn you, Target dollar bin), continue to this next step! Squirt a blob of icing on the back of your pretty cookies. Flatten one end of the straw first (I don’t know if this makes a difference in getting the straw to stick, but for some reason, I just do it.) and squish the straw into the icing. Let dry for several hours until hardened.

Easy Firework Cookie Pops -by Melissa Joy Cookies

Easy firework cookie pops done and ready to enjoy!

These are so simple. No doubt the kids can decorate them for you. Keeping them busy will give you more time to get ready for all your other 4th of July rituals!

Have a wonderful Independence Day weekend everyone!

Easy Flower Cookie Platter

Ever since I created and posted this flower cookie platter, I’ve had lots questions regarding it. It’s so easy, you guys, and the design came to me at the last minute. I don’t know how or why this works, but in this case it did! Due to all of your inquiries (thanks for asking!), I wrote up a tutorial to hopefully answer your questions.

Simple Flower Cookie Platter-Teacher Appreciation by Melissa Joy Cookies

I initially created this set for teacher appreciation week, but it could be easily adapted to fulfill any gathering of hungry cookie monsters. It’s a quick design capable of feeding a lot of people, and when your pressed for time to create something lovely, this easy flower platter can be the perfect solution!

Flower Cookie Platter for Retirement Party by Melissa Joy

The most frequently asked question I received was what cookie cutter did I used for the petals. They are pictured below: a large, 3.25 inch tear drop and a mini, 2 inch tear drop. The platter’s center cookies were made with a 1.5 inch and 2 inch scalloped round cutter (but any round would do), and a few accent cookies created with a 3 inch leaf cutter.

Flower Cookie Cutters Needed

I knew that I wanted the design to have an ombré effect, so I started with 3/4 cup of royal icing in a dark shade and flooded it on about 10 mini tear drop cookies. Half of the mini iced cookies I sprinkled with sanding sugar and half I left without.

After the mini cookies were complete, I added a 1/4 cup white RI to the color I had left in my pastry bag to get a lighter shade, and decorated 8 to 10 of the large tear drop cookies. Again, half of the large cookies I sprinkled with sanding sugar and half I detailed using a simple swirl (*save a bit of your darkest icing for the swirl!). I continued with a white RI addition to the remaining color after each group of 8 to 10 cookies, in order to create that ombré look once the cookie platter was assembled.

tear drop cookies

I also made the flower’s center cookies in yellow, as well as a few green leaves for accents using sanding sugar, nonpareils and a simple swirl, to add a variety of textures.

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Let the whole set of decorated cookies dry overnight.

When ready, I arranged the individual cookies starting with the outside petals first and worked my way in towards the center. It takes a bit of patience, stacking and messing around with the cookies to get them just right, but you will be so happy with the result!

Flower Cookie platter - Retirement Party by Melissa Joy

For this particular platter, I used approximately 60 cookies. It’s just as easy to arrange a flower set on two smaller plates using 30 cookies each, but I guess it just depends on what you need. I also added a 5 inch plaque cookie to these sets, because I like to bust out Mabel, my kopykake projector, and get some piping practice in!

Teacher Appreciation Flower Cookie Platter by Melissa Joy

This flower cookie platter is so versatile! It could be used for lots of occasions…baby showers, wedding showers, family reunions…any group would love be on the receiving end, don’t you think?

If you have any more questions or there is something I’ve missed, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

Happy baking!

Shirt and Necktie Cookies for Father’s Day

Nothing like a little last minute idea for Father’s Day cookies! If it’s a bit too late to create your own, save these guys for next year (you can pin it here!)….or make a paper version. Cards like these would be just as cute, but not quite as delicious.

Father's Day Tie Cookies by Melissa Joy Cookies

This cookie concept came from another Father’s Day cookie design, these shirt and tie cookies, I made a while back. Because I still love them, I wanted to give ’em an update and get the kids involved. A bit of leftover dough this week was all I needed to make a nice set for good ol’ Dad.

Father's Day Shirt and Tie Cookies

For this new shirt and necktie cookie version, I used a small, 3 x 1 inch tie cutter and a large, 3 x 4.5 inch rectangle cutter. Once the cookies were baked and cooled, I flooded them with white royal icing and let them dry overnight.

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Depending on how many kids you’ve got and how into crafting they are, this next decorating step can take a total of about 5 minutes. Hand them bunch of food markers and let them color the tiny tie cookies to their heart’s content.

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They could draw details on the shirt as well, but they will probably want to get back to playing video games outside. It is summer break, after all…

Father's Day Shirt and Tie Cookie How-To by Melissa Joy

The number of shirt and ties you make is up to you. Arrange them as you see fit and they are ready for giving!

Father's Day Shirt & Tie Cookies by Melissa Joy

Have a relaxing Father’s Day, Daddies! May the only shirt and tie you have to see this Sunday, are the ones you can dunk in your coffee and eat. <3

Tie Cookies for Father's Day

Football and Baseball Valentine Cookies

It’s #teamallboy over here, so sometimes the cutesy valentines don’t cut it. By setting aside the pale pink icing for a minute or two, I’ve come up with a sports themed valentine set for those athletic kiddos and the sweet sayings to match!

Sports Valentine Collage

Here is a quick rundown on how to make these football and baseball valentine cookies, if you’d like to create some for your little sport!

For the football valentine, I started with a large, 4 inch heart cookie. Using a football cutter as a guide, I traced its shape onto my cookie at two different angles.

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Next pipe over the marked lines with a thick, brown icing. Flood the footballs with a looser consistency of brown, waiting a bit between the two, so the icing will stay segmented.

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Once the icing has dried, add stitching details. Make a line down the center in white and pipe little hearts. I couldn’t decide which I liked better, only one heart in red or the lot of them, so I made cookies using each technique.

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Football valentine cookies…touchdown!

football valentine cookies-You're a Catch, Valentine!-by melissa joy cookies

The other football themed valentine cookie was made with the same large, heart shape. I don’t have a breakdown of photos showing how I created them (my bad), but they are pretty self-explanatory.

Start with a green base coat and let set. Outline the heart using the same green icing.  Pipe your “plays”, making sure to add “XOXO” and hearts in the correct positions. Next draw directional arrows with an edible marker. I used the FooDoodler brand for these because they have a nice fine tip.

Football Valentine by Melissa Joy CookiesFootball Valentine by Melissa Joy Cookies

Another football valentine cookie…score!

Football Valentine Cookie-I'm making a play for you, Valentine!-By Melissa Joy Cookies

And finally, a baseball valentine cookie. I’ve been saving this idea since last year and it couldn’t be easier!

Ice a round cookie in white. Once it is fully dry, make curved lines using a red FooDoodler. The lines will act as a guide for the heart shaped stitching. Remember that a stiffer icing for details will hold its shape better, especially for these tiny hearts.

Baseball Valentine Cookie How To

Baseball valentine cookies…home run!

Baseball Valentine Cookies-You're an All-Star, Valentine!-by Melissa Joy Cookies

My plan now is to have my dear, sweet husband create printable bag toppers to go with these sporty valentine cookies, which will make them perfect for classroom treats. Let’s talk him into that so I can share with you here, shall we? ;)

Valentine cookies for the sports lover…it’s definitely a WIN!

(This post linked to Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons)

Proclaim Your Love with Cookie Prose!

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I love to come up with cookie games. It all started with these Valentine domino cookies, which led to several cookie tic-tac-toe sets in various themes (find them all using the search on my “about” page). Oh, I haven’t abandoned the joy of my tic-tac-toes, but I wanted to come up with something different this Valentine’s Day. It’s such fun to give cookies that require a bit of play!

Cookie Tiles for Valentine's Day by Melissa Joy

This year I created cookie word tiles for my little Valentines so they could make cookie poetry…and then eat them, of course.

Cookie Poetry for Valentine's Day by Melissa Joy Cookies

The process isn’t too difficult. I started with my new favorite cookie cutter by Truly Madly Plastics, measuring 1.5 inches x 5 inches, and divided up my dough using another straight edged cutter to make 24 mini rectangles and squares.

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Once the cookies are baked, ice the shapes with colors of your choice. I went a little non-traditional for Valentine’s Day by making a few light green and blue. After the base sets up, pipe words of love and admiration that will eventually make sentences. This could be done even easier by using food safe markers on the dried cookies, but I love to get out Mabel the KopyKake and practice my piping.

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To dress up each cookie, I decided to add a small heart sprinkle to each tile. Just adhere them with a dot of RI.

tile cookies with sprinkles

These are the words I chose to put on my cookies. You can easily personalize them to your liking!

Cookie Poetry Tiles for Valentine's Day by Melissa Joy

After all are complete, share your treats and start drafting your Cookie Poetry! I had more fun creating sentences of love for my lovelies, than they did. That is usually the case. Mom=Big Kid.

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May your Valentine’s Day be full of love, joy, and as always, lots of sweets! <3

Valentine's Day Cookie Tiles by Melissa Joy

Figgy Pudding Cookies

I have never eaten figgy pudding, nor do I exactly know what it is. I know the Muppets sang about it. Does that count?

figgy pudding cookies by melissa joy

All I know is that I wanted to make a cookie version when I came across some darling felt figgy pudding ornaments on Pinterest. To clarify, these are cookies that look like figgy pudding, not taste like it. They are soft gingerbread. Mmmmm, gingerbread….does figgy pudding taste like gingerbread?

figgy pudding gingerbread by melissa joy

It’s a simple design that started with a skull cutter, which a cookie friend insisted I own. Why own this cutter? Because it’s so darn versatile! It can make figgy pudding cookies! Who knew! Well, she probably knew…she’s amazing like that.

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First outline and flood the icing portion of the pudding.

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I didn’t know which I’d like better; a sanding sugar version or a non-sugared version, so I did both. You should add the sanding sugar while the icing is still wet, if you go that route.

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After that sets up, add brown “pudding” and leaves or holly greens to the top. My first idea was to create berries with icing and sugar, as shown…

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But then I realized I could make things even easier by using red M&M’s. I used minis here because I had them in the pantry. Adhere them with icing and you’ve got instant decoration. Gumdrops would also be an excellent choice for berries because of their sparkle, and who wouldn’t love a little sparkle with their Christmas pudding! I finished up the detailing with my trusty FooDoodlers.

Figgy Pudding Cookie How-To by Melissa Joy

Now, how easy is that?!

figgy christmas pudding cookies by melissa joy

Do you partake in figgy pudding? Or Christmas pudding? Are they the same thing? Man, I better do my baking homework…right after I eat a few these.

Christmas Tree Farm Cookies

As soon as I spied these straws, I knew exactly what I would make with them. That was in August.

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Their wood grain immediately had me thinking Christmas tree farm and the idea eventually became a classroom treat!

christmas tree farm sign cookie

First gather up your little trees, any design you please…

Christmas Tree Cookies by Melissa Joy

I used my wonderful FooDoodlers to help with the details of the sign and the Christmas tree faces. Edible markers make things easy peasy!

Christmas Tree Farm Cookie How-To

To assemble the tree trunks, cut the straws in half and put a squirt of icing on the back of each cookie. While the icing is wet, stick the straw into it. Dry them over night to make sure the trunks stay put.

Christmas Tree Farm Cookie How-To

Personalizing the trees with each student’s name would be a great alternative to a face, but you know I can’t stay away from a sweet little face…so faces it is!

Christmas Tree Farm Cookie by Melissa Joy

I can’t wait to share these with my son’s class! Thankfully, he’s still young enough to need classroom treats. :)

Christmas Tree Farm Cookies by Melissa Joy

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