Truffula Tree Cookies

Anyone who decorates cookies knows the difficulties in making a character cookie. You get those eyes or ears just the slightest bit off and it can look like some deranged mutant, as opposed to the sweet creature it was supposed to resemble. Some people are super good at characters and way more brave than I to tackle it. I choose to take the less stressful route. There can always be something in a theme that can get the point across, and I am pretty eager to find it!

Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat cookie by melissa joy

When I was first asked to bring cookies for our niece’s baby shower that was Dr. Seuss themed, my first thought was to make The Cat in the Hat. Or Thing 1 and Thing 2. They all have eyeballs. That was out. The invite had images from The Lorax, so I brainstormed. Maybe the Lorax himself? More eyeballs…but the trees. The Truffula Trees! No facial features. Fun colors. Still Seussical. That I could handle.

Dr. Seuss The Lorax Truffula Trees Cookies by Melissa Joy Cookies

Armed with our copy of The Lorax and the invite by my side, I started by freehand piping the black lines of the tops of the trees on a round cookie.


Next I flooded them with the distinctive Truffula Tree colors. The trunks were made by shaping rectangles with a little curve before baking. Again, I lined them with black icing and filled in with yellow frosting. After they had dried overnight, I added the details with a FooDoodler marker. These food markers are the best and couldn’t be easier or more perfect for Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree cookies!


Then taking a slightly different route, I made some royal icing transfers. Basically, you pipe the icing design on wax paper, let it dry overnight, peel off, and place on your cookie. This is a great method if you are worried about screw-ups when piping directly on a cookie. You can make bunches of transfers, use the best ones, and move them around your blank canvas until you get a design you like. Simply “glue” the transfers in place with a dab of icing.


I forgot to make tree trunk transfers, so piped them on, let them dry, and added the details with the food writer. That little dot of icing at the top will give height to the tree tuft transfer. Wow, more tongue twisters. Must be all this Seuss talk…

truffula tree cookies

truffula tree cookies

Transfers give the cookies fun dimension too!

The Lorax Truffula Tree Cookies by Melissa Joy

I wanted to make these a little more personal for the baby shower, so I added the baby’s name. Lucky for me, the parents-to-be have her name picked out and aren’t afraid to share it with the world before she arrives! Here are a few options I have for displaying the cookies for the party.

Dr. Suess Lorax Baby Shower Cookies by Melissa Joy

Dr. Seuss Baby Shower Cookies by Melissa Joy

Dr. Seuss Truffula Trees Baby Shower Cookies by Melissa Joy

Coincidentally, we celebrate the work of Theodor Seuss Geisel every March 2nd, his birthday, as Read Across America Day. These cookies couldn’t have come at a better time for a tribute to him as well.

Dr. Seuss Truffula Tree cookies by Melissa Joy

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! I love your thick, black lined illustrations, your bright yet muted colors, and your crazy made up names that have become part of our everyday language. But mostly, I love your messages. Honest, simple, and true, for youngsters and for those adults who read to them. Thank you, Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss Cookies by Melissa Joy Cookies

This post linked to: Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

16 thoughts on “Truffula Tree Cookies

  1. I LOVE these! So sorry I won’t be able to attend Ava’s shower. I’m sure it will be so much fun and we will be thinking about everyone tomorrow. As usual, Missy, you are the master!

  2. Someday I’d like to take you out to lunch and chat! Please, no stalking here (don’t have a clue if we even are in the same part of the US); I’m just impressed/intrigued with how you think and create. So much is about the process… Keep up the fantastic work! Thanks for the inspirations!

    • You are so funny! I am in Wisconsin, and I you are somewhere warm, I’ll come visit YOU! Thanks for all your nice words…your work is wonderful as well! Thanks for commenting and following along on my cookie adventures!

  3. LOVE these. The dimension with the transfers really makes these unique, and since I am SO with you on the eyes thing, I’ll be remembering this if I ever need to go the Seuss route! You are brilliant!!!

    • Truthfully, the overlap had me a little worried. It was a good thing I didn’t have to ship them, as I originally was going to have to do. They never would have made it in one piece! Hand delivered is always better anyway. 🙂

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