Last week our school celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week with treating the staff to something special in their break room. I volunteered to bring cookies for Root Beer Float day because I was dying to try out this idea…
The staff has received a healthy dose of my creations the past two years and I worry they will grow tired of “that cookie lady”. It seems I’m continually carrying a blue bakery box into school. I tell the teachers they are my Melissa Joy quality control for new designs. They must not mind too much yet because the cookies, regardless of style, seem to disappear rather quickly. These root beer float cookies were no exception. Here’s a brief low down on how it all got done…
I had asked Jill of Custom Cookies by Jill where she had gotten her mug cutter and she sent it to me to borrow. Mind you, I have never met her, only admired and commented on her amazing work via the net. How awesome are cookie people?! Completely awesome! I was doubly thrilled I didn’t have to frankenstein the dough together to get a similar mug shape. Sixty cookies would be a LOT to do that way and I would end up very crabby.
I first started the cookies like this, with separate brown segments on the mug. I do like this version, but realized with letting the icing set between sections, it would take longer and I was short on time. I decided to do the rest in one solid section, vowing to use an food marker for details later, and that version looks like this.
Regardless the way you choose, the next few steps remain the same.
Can I just say, I LOVE paper straws. The excuse to use them with a cookie is always a bonus. I cut the ones I purchased into 4 equal lengths.
With a squirt of ivory icing, adhere the straw onto the cookie.
With that same ivory icing, fill in your “ice cream”, leaving it sort of bumpy.
Immediately add a sour cherry ball. Oh my, they are like the red jelly beans with a twist and may be a new favorite candy of mine. They also make the cutest cherry on top!
Once the ice cream part sets up, it’s time to add the “froth”. With the ivory icing, go squiggly along the edge of the mug and ice cream. Add sanding sugar for sparkle and contrast.
Let the whole cookie sit overnight if you make the drawn mug version. I used a brown FooDoodler to make the lines on mine. They are the best at making detailing a breeze.
Because I had to create around 100 cookies for the staff, I decided to balance out the floats with a simple cherry cookie. These were made using a raindrop cutter and could not have been easier to add to the set!
Cookies completed and teachers appreciated! I am not ashamed to say that I love the way these root beer float cookies turned out. I am itching to make them again and thinking that a family picnic or a neighborhood BBQ would be the perfect opportunity to do so. Summertime is fast approaching and with these cookies, I’ll be ready!
This post linked to: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Tidy Mom & featured on the Cookie Connection Saturday Spotlight
I love these SO MUCH, Melissa! So many cute details, and the cherry…eeeek! ADORABLE!
They are very Munchkin Munchies-esque aren’t they?! 🙂 Thanks Sue!
These turned out perfectly! Now you are going to have to get one of those cutters for yourself though. Shopping opportunity!
You said it! And maybe one for a friend… 😉
Really cute set!!! Like you said great for a summer picnic!!! Thanks for the idea!!–Katy
Thanks Katy! This spring has been not so spring like, so I am moving right on to summer!
Absolutely perfect and oh so cute! I love the mix of the two and the color combo. You are amazing! 🙂
Aw, Miss, thanks a bunch!
Fantastic! These cookies are so adorable and they tasted even better!!!
Thanks again for being so sweet to send me that mug to use! These couldn’t have been done with out your kindness!!!
These are adorable!!
Thanks so much, Terri!!! 🙂
These are positively perfect!! I love the addition of the cherries 🙂 Awesome work as always Melissa!!
Those cherries are so addicting. My son and I are hooked! Thanks for commenting!
Carolyn (CCsweets) I love these… So very creative and cute!
Thanks so much Carolyn! 🙂
i’m not a real big fan of root beer but i LOOOOOVE these cookies, cherries and all! 🙂
That’s funny because root beer is one of the only sodas I really like! 🙂 That homemade, non-fizzy kind. Along side a burger with the works. And fries. Yum. Now I’m hungry!
So awesome, Melissa! I never heard of or seen sour cherry balls before! I must hunt those down and try them for myself!
I am almost embarrassed to tell you where I found them…at a farm/hardware store! They have bags of random candy, without a stitch of natural ingredients in ’em. I just knew I’d find what I was looking for there. 🙂
So adorable. 🙂 Love them.
Holy cow! These are SO cute!! I absolutely love all the extra bits of love (sour ball, sparkling sugar, you name it)! I’ve been crazy busy and only got to see these now, but you’re kicking it up a notch girl! :0
So cute! What a fantastic idea! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.
I love these cookies. They are little works of art! Also, I wanted to let you know that that I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check it out here: http://abitofscrappygoodness.blogspot.com/2014/05/happy-memorial-day-weekend-to-my-us.html
Amazing cookies. I just want to reach out a grab a mug and eat the cherry on top!
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