Wednesday, February 3, 2010

And the winner is…

Movie Award Cookies

The Oscars are coming in March and it’s going to be exciting this year. So who’s your pick for best picture? Me? I don’t know yet. I’ve got to catch up on some of these and quick so I can decide. Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the Air. Tough choices.

While I am indecisive, how about a little Cookie Award how-to?

The cookies are pretty easy to make and stand up as statues. (Recipe below.) You just need to set aside some time before the big night. You can make the cookies one day and decorate them on another to spread out the work.

Roll sugar cookie dough between two pieces of parchment paper and you won’t need to flour your surface.

Cut out one award and one circle shape for each standing cookie. Use a sharp edge to cut a section out of the middle of each round cookie. It should be slightly wider than the bottom of your statue cutter so that when the cookie bakes and spreads a little, there will be a pretty snug fit.


Bake the cookies in batches for about 10 minutes each.


If the slots on the round cookies start to narrow, go ahead and recut the straight edge while the cookies are still warm. Then you can remove the scraps easily without hurting the cookies.

Award Cutter

You should have enough dough to make 15 large cookie award statues with bases.


When you have all your pieces, place each statue into a cookie base and score the bottom with a toothpick.

This is so you have a guide and so you don’t accidentally pipe your royal icing down too far.


After you make and tint the royal icing, pipe the outlines of the cookie statues.


Then add a little water to the remaining icing to create the “flooding” consistency.

Fill in each of the outlines. You can sprinkle them with gold sanding sugar as seen above or …


… let the icing dry completely for several hours and paint them to look metallic.

Super Gold Luster Dust

You can use a product called luster dust. It’s a powder that you can add a tiny bit of extract to and mix it together and then simply paint on the surface of the royal icing.


You can also paint directly on the cookie bases with the luster dust to give the actual cookies a metallic look.

Once the statues are dry, make some more royal icing and tint it black. Pipe outlines around all the circle bases. Pipe some of the royal icing on the bottom of each cookie statue and place in the slot. Let the cookies stand up straight to dry. The royal icing will act as a glue. If the cookie needs help to balance, you can prop it up with a toothpick. When stable, add a little water to the black royal icing and flood the inside with color. Let dry completely before moving.


For presentation, you can print out these small signs on heavyweight card stock paper. Place in front of each cookie for extra pizazz.

Movie Award Cookies

Red carpet ready.


Here they are all glittered up with gold sanding sugar.

And the winner is…

And here’s what the cookies look like painted with gold luster dust. Pretty.

Movie Award Cookies

Feel free to use your own favorite sugar cookie recipe if you like and use the decorating and assembly instructions below or use this sugar cookie recipe.

Awards Night Sugar Cookies
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 sticks salted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons almond extract
Statue cookie cutter
Round cookie cutter

  • Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer.
  • Add eggs and extract mixing until well blended.
  • Add flour in several additions with your mixer speed on low.
  • Scraping the bowl in between each addition.
  • When the dough is thoroughly blended, separate it into three-four sections.
  • Flatten each section slightly into a disc shape. Cover in plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Unwrap one of the dough discs and place between two sheets of parchment paper.
  • Use a rolling pin with rubber spacers attached to help you achieve thick, evenly baked cookies sturdy enough for standing.
  • Remove the top sheet of parchment paper and use a statue cutter and a round cutter to cut shapes for each cookie award.
  • Then cut an opening in the middle of the round cookie and remove the excess dough from the center.
  • The openings should be slightly larger than the cookie cutter bottom.
  • Leave the cut cookie shapes on the bottom sheet of parchment paper and transfer to your baking sheet.
  • Repeat rolling and cutting cookie pairs until your baking sheet is full. Bake cookies for about 10 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.
  • When you remove from the oven, you may need to recut the slots on the cookie bases after baking to maintain straight edges. Do this while the cookies are still warm.
  • Repeat with more cut cookies using a second baking sheet while allowing the first cookie sheet to cool. Repeat until all of the dough discs are used. Reuse and roll the scraps to make sure you get enough cookies.
  • Let cool completely. When cool, pair up the cookie award pieces and make sure the statues fit into the base. Score the bottom of the cookie statue to use as a guide for piping your royal icing.
  • Makes 15 cookie statues and 15 cookie circles.

Royal Icing for Statues
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons meringue powder
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • Combine all the ingredients using an electric mixer. Beat for several minutes until thoroughly combined.
  • Add icing color until you achieve the desired shade. These were decorated using buttercup yellow form Wilton.
  • Immediately cover the royal icing so it doesn’t dry out. Bowls with lids are great to have on hand.
  • Prepare a decorator bag fitted with a #3 tip. Place about 1/3 of the royal icing in the bag. Cover the remaining 2/3 of icing while you pipe the outline of the cookie statues in yellow.
  • Reuse any icing that is left in the bag and combine it with the remaining royal icing that you have covered in the bowl. Add a few drops of water and stir until the icing becomes more fluid. “Flood” or fill the inside of your piped statues with the royal icing.
  • You can sprinkle the tops with gold sanding sugar while the icing is still wet.
  • Or let the icing completely dry for a few hours and then paint them with luster dust to give them a metallic look. Place a small amount of super gold luster dust in a bowl. Add a few drops of clear extract (it evaporates quickly) and mix until the powder dissolves. Paint on the mixture with a brush and let dry.

Royal Icing for Circles
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons meringue powder
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoons lemon juice

  • Use the same mixing instructions above, using black icing color to tint.
  • Immediately cover the royal icing so it doesn’t dry out.
  • Prepare a decorator bag fitted with a #3 tip. Place about 1/3 of the royal icing in the bag. Cover the remaining 2/3 of icing while you pipe the outline of the cookie bases in black.
  • Then pipe more royal icing on to the bottom of each statue and insert into the opening of each circle cookie base. The royal icing will act as a glue as it dries.
  • You can use a toothpick to help prop up the statues if necessary. Place one end on the cookie base and the other against the back of the cookie statue.
  • Add a few drops of water to the remaining black royal icing and stir until the icing becomes more fluid. “Flood” or fill the inside of your piped circles.
  • Let the icing completely dry for a several hours.

Statue cookie cutters can be found at The one used for these cookies is 6.5 inches tall and about 2.25 inches wide at the bottom. Use any round cookie cutter that is wider than the statue cutter bottom. The one used here is about 3 inches wide.

UPDATE: The statue cutter is no longer available, but you can make the project using this Mummy Cutter. It’s slightly smaller and the base is a bit different, but the concept will still work.

This movie award recipe sponsored by Hyundai and over the next few weeks, you’ll find more recipes here… Should be fun.

gibsongal said...

So cute and clever…as always!

February 3, 2010 11:47 PM
Tina said...


February 3, 2010 11:59 PM
Kate said...

I’m currently planning my Oscar party and these will be PERFECT!!! Thanks for the great ideas!

February 4, 2010 12:01 AM
natalia winny said...

many thumbs for this cake!! awesome!!!!

February 4, 2010 12:04 AM
Tawny said...

wow you are AWESOME

February 4, 2010 12:08 AM
Siobhan said...

You are just too adorable for words anymore!

February 4, 2010 12:10 AM
Sue said...

I wish I was having a party. I would so make these and award them to my guests.

February 4, 2010 12:20 AM
Kathy C. said...

As always, your ideas are AWESOME! ;-)

February 4, 2010 12:23 AM
Gina Castro said...

I hope YOU win, you deserve it! Found your page via the weblog award while voting glad I did, I would have never found your lovely page otherwise.

February 4, 2010 12:24 AM
Heather said...

These are just too darn cute. I am not really into the Oscars BUT this would be just adorable for a Movie themed birthday party!!!

February 4, 2010 12:27 AM
Chaitali said...

This is fabulous! You are so creative!

February 4, 2010 12:27 AM
Diane {} said...

They look Fantastic!

February 4, 2010 12:28 AM
Sue said...

Love it, love it, love it!!!

February 4, 2010 12:29 AM
So Spiffy said...

WOW.. rella.. lurv them…. Thanks for the link to the site as well.. I found some fab goodies over there…. I wish I had just half of the patience that you hone.

February 4, 2010 12:36 AM
Lori said...

These are really cute. I love the idea of the squirt bottle ~ this is a new one for me.

February 4, 2010 12:38 AM
Leesa in France said...

Unbelievable! Who’d have thought they’d make cookie cutters for the Oscars!! I LOVE it!! You are so talented, Bakerella.. and your must have a ton on patience!!! They turned out beautifully!

February 4, 2010 12:44 AM
Jeanee said...

OMG, they look great! That seems like so much work though… The Oscar goes to YOU!!!

February 4, 2010 12:49 AM
Amy said...

These are amazing!

February 4, 2010 12:56 AM
Amy said...

O..M..G!!! These are so cute! I am definitely going to have to make these for my Oscar party! Brilliant!!

February 4, 2010 01:09 AM
Emily said...

I’m not sure I’d have the patience to make these but I know I’d have no problem eating them! I think we should petition for a new category: “Best Edible Award.” You’d win it hands down!

February 4, 2010 01:16 AM
Shannon said...

Thats how you use luster dust!! I have two small containers and tend to just mix it in the frosting itself thinking it makes it shinier…
I am going to have some shiny cookies soon.

February 4, 2010 01:19 AM
Wow said...

so cute!! ^0^ I really love this guys!
Thanks for your reciepe, wow~~

February 4, 2010 02:49 AM
Bing said...

Wow.. you are incredibly creative! I’m so impressed!

February 4, 2010 02:57 AM
kath said...

Holy crap! Now I think you’re insane! These are incredible! I will NEVER have the patience (so that also means I will always look up to you, on the plus side of all this insanity talk)!

Great work!

February 4, 2010 03:09 AM
morgana said...

:o :o :o :o


You never stop suprising me. Even when I think it is imposible, you do it. MASTER!!!!

February 4, 2010 03:21 AM
natalia said...

Awesome, as always! Greetings from Spain!

February 4, 2010 04:09 AM
Maryam ALAwadhi said...

So cute and clever…as always!
amazing>>>adorable :)

February 4, 2010 04:46 AM
sugar plum said...

This is absolutely delighfull…u come up with the bestest cutest pinky promise creations and share ’em all with us too….i sure am going to give these a try …a little differently yea but i sure am….

February 4, 2010 04:52 AM
Helen said...

Oh I LOVE these! I’m a film journalist for a mag called Empire in the UK (world’s biggest film magazine, fact fans!) and I’d love to make these for Oscar night. For us, that starts about 1am, and sees five or six of us in the office all night live-blogging and reporting on the event and, er, eating lots of junk. I was thinking of making some cookies this year and these would be PERFECT. Do you know where I can get these cutters? I’ve googled it but everywhere’s saying they don’t stock them any more.

February 4, 2010 05:46 AM
A Cupcake For Moose said...

How creative and super pretty with the gold variations! Nicely done Bakerella!

February 4, 2010 06:06 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

Cutest cookies ever! Perfect for Oscar’s parties. :)

February 4, 2010 06:12 AM
Lisa said...

You have the best ideas. I never would have thought of this! So cute!

February 4, 2010 06:22 AM
The Speeding Turtle said...

They look fantastic! I love how they stand up.
And I can’t wait to see what movies win! I’m rooting for Avatar. :D

February 4, 2010 06:22 AM
linda said...

dear bakerella,
you are the best & so clever & talented!
these are truly “beyond!”
did you see avatar…you must so your creative juices can “flow.”
cannot wait for other related posts.
made your cake pops for super bowl…will frost on sunday & use sprinkles of to both teams colors as added touch.

have fun & see you @ the oscars!!

February 4, 2010 06:45 AM
Sandra - If it comes in pink said...

That’s so cute:) I just made some cupcakes, pink and sparkling =)

February 4, 2010 06:47 AM
Marsha said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! What is the mouthfeel of the frosting once it’s dried? Is it really hard and brittle or just firm?

February 4, 2010 07:41 AM
Amberli said...

Oh Bakerella, you are just fantastic! I have been following you for almost a year now and I love trying to make your creations. I really, really look forward to your posts eash week. Thank you so much for sharing :)

February 4, 2010 07:52 AM
brandy said...

Wow! Can i come to your grammy party! Those cookies are amazing and i love how each catergory has their own cookie. :D These are amazing! Thanks for sharing. :D

February 4, 2010 08:12 AM
Terri A. said...

You are amazing! you should submit this to the Oscar people (not sure who that is!), they would LOVE these!

February 4, 2010 08:26 AM
Brittany Elise said...

These are too cute! I love the sparkle!

February 4, 2010 08:27 AM
leslie said...

You never cease to amaze me!!!!!!! :-D
LOVE these!


February 4, 2010 08:28 AM
Cee Cole said...

What a talent you are! Thank you!

February 4, 2010 08:30 AM
Sheila said...

I’m with Leslie up there, I just get all excited when I see you’ve posted! These are so fun……and seriously I hope someone snags you to do their Oscar Party . Or better yet Foodnetwork needs to start a new show for you or something! Step aside Aceof Cakes here comes Bakerella…

February 4, 2010 08:36 AM
Heather said...

How fun! :)

February 4, 2010 08:53 AM
Jamie said...

adorable! I’m not really into awards shows, but I am definitely into these cookies!

February 4, 2010 09:18 AM
Krystle Thorn said...

Too cute!

February 4, 2010 09:24 AM
Samara Link said...

Seriously. Could you be anymore amazing? I don’t think so.

February 4, 2010 09:32 AM
Midwestern Housewife said...

WOW. Just wow.

February 4, 2010 09:36 AM
Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

Oh my word! I can’t bake to save my life, yet I LOVE seeing all of your creations. I don’t know how you do it!

February 4, 2010 09:37 AM
Whatever DeeDee Wants said...

You did it again! You always make the cutest creations!

February 4, 2010 09:38 AM
Lisa said...

You couldn’t have posted this at a more perfect time. We have an Oscar’s Party every year and I’m always in charge of the dessert portion of the meal. While my dessert will have to be related to the movie I’m assigned I will also be making these.

February 4, 2010 09:43 AM
3 Baking Sheets said...

If there was an award for “Best Bakestress”, you’d need a list of people you want to thank handy.

February 4, 2010 10:12 AM
Emily said...

I am totally picturing an Oscar Party where everyone predicts the winners. And then whomever picks correctly wins a statue cookie and gets to make an acceptance speech.

February 4, 2010 10:39 AM
Roberta said...

These cookies are great. Thanks so much for the idea and the recipes.

February 4, 2010 10:42 AM
Elizabeth said...

Simply put: these are amazing. You never cease to delight!

February 4, 2010 10:45 AM
Cheryl B. said...

A friend of mine has made similar statues by taking Keebler Elf Cookies (which “my boys” use to refer to as ‘man cookies’), and by using piped icing, attached them to simi flat store bought sugar cookies. She claims that their not being gold colored doesn’t affect their taste at all ;-p

So, what gown, accessories, and hair do are you wearing for the big event this year? chuckle, chuckle.

February 4, 2010 10:46 AM
Lori said...

You amaze me with your creations! The wheels in your brain must always be churning coming up with these brilliant and original ideas! I, too can’t wait for your next post!

February 4, 2010 10:54 AM
Jamie Johnson said...

Adorable! Now I just need to have an Oscars Party so I can make them!

February 4, 2010 10:57 AM
cwcakes said...

Never posted here before but I must confess you are my favorite blog to visit now out of the whole wide net!! Plus I think you must not be too far away. I’m two hours south of Atlanta. Would love to meet you one day. If you ever go on a cake cruise please post/e-mail that you are. I can see you would be a blast to get to know. :)

February 4, 2010 11:02 AM
Danielle said...

These are gorgeous!!!!!!!!

I want to make them!!!

BTW, where did you find the circle cookie cutter you have? The white with the fluted and straight edge? I have been trying to find them with no luck!

February 4, 2010 11:28 AM
Anna said...

Bakerella, could you possibly be any cuter?

The answer is no, you could not. :)

February 4, 2010 11:29 AM
Sabrina said...

so stinking cute. i may just host a Oscar Party just so i can make these :)

February 4, 2010 11:44 AM
Lyndsay said...

So cute! I LOVE piping and flooding! I just made Valentine Heart cookies for the teachers at my school. I dropped them off in the lounge this morning and an hour later they were almost gone!

I’m an Avatar fan, by the way. Now some Avatar cookies would look so cool! How would you make glow-in-the-dark icing???

February 4, 2010 11:58 AM
Christine said...

wow i can’t believe you havent seen UP yet! it’s such a perfectly heart warming movie.

February 4, 2010 12:11 PM
Rae said...

Dear Bella Ella,
I’d rather have a cookie than an Oscar anyway! I LOVE Up. Avatar was great but it made me so sick in 3-D that I missed a lot of it!
Mation-Sick Mama in NE

February 4, 2010 12:15 PM
Amelie said...

Oh this is so adorable.

February 4, 2010 12:22 PM
Cindy said...

I love your work–you make it look so easy! I am lucky if I get some Christmas and Valentines cookies decorated (the hearts are already mixed, cut and baked, ready for frosting which is where I have trouble).
Thanks for the great ideas.

February 4, 2010 12:35 PM
Maybe said...

You always come up with funny ideas and this one is a perfect example !

February 4, 2010 12:41 PM
Kari said...

Where can you buy the luster dust? I’m planning on making cookies for the super bowl (horseshoes and fleur de lis) and wanted gold (as opposed to just yellow) for the Saints.

February 4, 2010 01:12 PM
Lauren said...

WOW! Those are amazing…your creativity is endless!

February 4, 2010 01:22 PM
Julie in Edmonds said...

How fun! Those look fantastic.

February 4, 2010 01:23 PM
Lisa said...

Outstanding. Absolutely amazing, as always!

February 4, 2010 01:24 PM
amanda79 said...

WOW…the things you come up with are amazing…where do you find the time to do all of this?!

February 4, 2010 01:28 PM
jolyn said...

these are pretty darn cool…..

February 4, 2010 01:44 PM
Seanna Lea said...

Wow. One of my friends is an actress, and she would completely go ga ga over Oscar statue cookies! I will have to get this cookie cutter and make these for the big event!

February 4, 2010 01:44 PM
Traci K said...

So cute! Was District 9 reallly nominated for best picture? I almost walked out…and I’ve never felt like walking out of a movie before. I also know a couple who did walk out and got their money back. That movie was completely misrepresented in it’s marketing and was unbelievably and unnecessarily gory. Ugh. Okay, I’m off my high horse. I love these cookies and they almost make me want to have an Oscar Party. Almost.

February 4, 2010 02:03 PM
Jamie said...

Once again you out did yourself. You should get the Oscar.

February 4, 2010 02:05 PM
Married to an Aussie in OK said...

Wow… whoda thunk there was an Oscar-shaped cookie cutter?? That’s too cute. If I hadn’t promised my hubby cake pops in his near future, I’d be making these!

February 4, 2010 02:15 PM
Liz said...


February 4, 2010 02:18 PM
Krista said...

I’m am on my 3rd day of watching the Oscar nominated films, after today, I will have seen 5 of the movies. I am an Oscar nut case, so this is a perfect post for me! Thanks for sharing! I would love to make these, but unfortunately, I will be leaving on a cruise on March 7 ; ) Do you think the cruise will have something fun and festive like these adorable cookies? I hope so!

February 4, 2010 02:33 PM
sharon said...

What an amazingly cute idea! The Oscars should pay you to make some of these for one of those posh celebrity parties.

February 4, 2010 02:49 PM
The Newlywed Chefette said...

These are fantastic! Just too cool! I think I may need to have an Oscar party, JUST so I have an excuse to make them!

February 4, 2010 03:33 PM
Amanda said...

Those look beautiful!! I think thats my recipe you are using for the sugar cookies… its one of my favorites ever!


February 4, 2010 03:58 PM
Linda said...

You must have so much fun in your kitchen. These look great!

February 4, 2010 04:01 PM
Domestic Diva said...

Okay – the oreo truffle footballs made me want to have a Superbowl party and these DEFINITELY make me want to have an Oscar party!!! So cute Bakerella, you are amazing!

February 4, 2010 04:02 PM
Bakingwithoutabox said...

These are great! I always have trouble with the 3D but maybe it’ll work this time. Very creative. And as always great photographer and terrific use of the shots in the writing.

February 4, 2010 04:16 PM
shelly (cookies and cups) said...

very cool! I wish I was having an oscars party!

February 4, 2010 04:25 PM
Melissa said...

Love it! You are so creative Bakerella! Love the originality.

February 4, 2010 04:40 PM
BJ said...

These are outrageously awesome! I haven’t baked in ages, but after seeing your site, I’m inspired to start again.!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

February 4, 2010 04:41 PM
N said...

those are absolutely stunning.

February 4, 2010 04:57 PM
KathyS said...

Wow, those are awesome. I wish I would have know about these cookies when our girlscout troop did Night at the Oscars. Thanks for sharing.

February 4, 2010 05:15 PM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Oh what a fabulous idea! Your cookies look amazing and I love your clear and easy to follow tuturial! You never cease to amaze me with everything you do!
And the Oscar goes to… Bakerella!

February 4, 2010 05:26 PM
Georgia.Pellegrini said...

I personally would be happier with one of these than the real thing.

February 4, 2010 05:41 PM
Lisa said...

Impressive is definatly an understatement. I’d love to be a guest as your house on Oscar night!

February 4, 2010 06:14 PM
Landa said...

CUTE! I have this cutter from a previous project. Must try!

February 4, 2010 06:23 PM
Magdalena Vargas said...

WOW you are so amazing !!!! Plus you make it seem so easy lol : )

February 4, 2010 06:33 PM
{A} (12 y.o. asiring baker) said...

Good idea!!

February 4, 2010 06:46 PM
darlingbeatrice said...

Brilliant! You are so fabulously creative!

February 4, 2010 06:58 PM
meaghan (chic cookies) said...

SO fabulous! Brought me back to Oscar season at the cookie store where I decorated. We’ve made hundreds (nay, thousands?) of this guy over the years! I think I can draw him blindfolded. I’ll be sure to post on my edible crafts column! (

February 4, 2010 07:03 PM
Pam said...

Bravo! Bravo! You continue to out do yourself every time.

February 4, 2010 07:03 PM
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