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.

Danielle S said...

wow. everytime my “top sites” window tells me you have something new on your website, i’m never disappointed! these are so great. I love the colored sugar–it gives it that extra pizzazz.

February 4, 2010 07:11 PM
Bibi said...

I’m dying to make those. I loved them! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

Going to store to buy them now, and I hope they arrive before the ceremony in Brazil.
But I was thinking about make circles with dark chocolate. What do you think?

February 4, 2010 07:11 PM
Jay said...

Look at you practicing your piping and flooding. They look great and you keep surprising me.

BTW – The Hurt Locker is a great movie. Finally, a war movie without all the blood, guts and violence. A must see for men and woman alike.

Avatar was good, but not a must see to me. I did enjoy UP and The Blind Side. Up in the Air was depressing, but good and there is no way I’m ever going to see Inglorious Bastards. It was enough just listening to it while my husband watched and I made oreo cupcakes.

There are my movie reviews. Your baking and creativity is better than all of them.

February 4, 2010 08:27 PM
Amy said...

perfect for an Oscar party! Great idea!

February 4, 2010 09:42 PM
A Girl With A Flower said...

OK first of I have to say YOU ARE SUPER AWESOME! No, really! I’ve been visiting your site for a while now and I normally don’t feel too much of an urge to comment on other blogs, but you really take the cake. I mean literally. You are like my virtual mentor. I am not able to completely pursue my passion yet, but every time I need a little creative inspiration I know I can come here and you always make me smile. For that I want to Thank You a billion times over! Thank you for sharing your wonderful gifts with all of us!

February 4, 2010 11:39 PM
Lyra Repplinger said...

Why can’t I be you Bakerella?

February 5, 2010 12:05 AM
Tiffany said...

A-mazing. Do you copy these ideas from somewhere or just dream them up while the rest of us are sleeping!? Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. These are darling.

February 5, 2010 12:12 AM
Ivy said...

Love these! So cute!!!

February 5, 2010 12:57 AM
Jordan - Polkadot Prints said...

Best cookie award! Very clever…

February 5, 2010 01:33 AM
emily said...

These are too amazing for words!

February 5, 2010 01:58 AM
Kimberly Myers-Schuh said...

How cute are these. Wow great idea. You have to take a look at what my girlfriend did, she is at she loves to do all different kinds of cookies and designs.

February 5, 2010 06:51 AM
Patty said...

Ooh, those are wonderful! By the way, I believe it is A Single Man, and not A Serious Man. :)

February 5, 2010 07:59 AM
peachkins said...

amazing! just always..

February 5, 2010 08:34 AM
daisyduck said...

Maybe you have a little too much time on your hands……..

February 5, 2010 08:55 AM
spchil said...

ok ok ok you win hands down!!!

February 5, 2010 10:34 AM
Lorie said...

Okay so can those BE any CUTER! I can’t stand it! Their so cute! Great skills Bakerella! I love what you do and you’re stupendously creative!

February 5, 2010 11:42 AM
Susan said...

I love these and the popcorn brownies!! Now I really need to have a party!

February 5, 2010 11:57 AM
UnheardNerd said...

These are fantastic. You’re my new hero for the idea!

February 5, 2010 12:13 PM
Katie said...

These are adorable!! You did such a great job!

February 5, 2010 12:37 PM
Lori said...

I wish I were half as creative as you! Wow!

February 5, 2010 02:24 PM
Christiana said...

Absolutely fabulous!!! These are the best cookies for an event like the oscars, so festive! I recently just started my own blog and was hoping you could take a look at it and let me know what you think!


February 5, 2010 05:26 PM
Ashee said...

Oh. My. God.

Why aren’t we neighbours?! xD

Those look amazing! Man, I love your blog, even though I can’t bake to save my life.

Also, I really hope Up wins in every category! Favourite movie of the year, for sure :)

February 5, 2010 05:39 PM
Mackenzie @ The Caramel Cookie said...

Those are so cute! How creative!!

February 5, 2010 06:19 PM
Rena said...

I think you are amazing! These are the cutest ever!

February 5, 2010 07:43 PM
Jackie L. said...

Just when I think I’ve seen it all, you never fail to disappoint !

February 5, 2010 10:52 PM
Della said...

These are so amazing!

February 5, 2010 11:35 PM
Heather said...

We have an extemely competitive Oscar picks contest every year with family. In fact, you must be invited to participate. The winner gets a painted Mrs. Butterworth jar every that comes in it’s own case lined in red velvet. We keep score and go all out! You are officially invited with these cookies, we all voted you in to compete with us!

February 5, 2010 11:52 PM
CC said...

I love coming by this site to see what’s new– and I am never disappointed. These cookies are a great idea!

February 6, 2010 12:34 AM
mel said...

How cute!! I’ve just recently discovered your site and you’re absolutely creative! No wonder you have such a following :)

February 6, 2010 03:41 AM
wince said...

omg!! you are so creative :D

February 6, 2010 05:49 AM
Cerise said...

Those are fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

February 6, 2010 08:22 AM
Leslie said...

These are cute but I was hoping for some cute Superbowl Sunday treat. Very disappointing.

February 6, 2010 08:24 AM
Recipe Rise said...

Awesome!!! You are so creative!!! I get so excited each week to see what you next creation will be…keep them coming!

February 6, 2010 09:38 AM
tami said...

that is too adorable!

February 6, 2010 10:39 AM
Nancy J. said...

Man I wish we were neighbors. I bet a lot of people say this, but I know we would make great friends. Ever had thoughts of moving to Utah? Anyway I saw the Blind Side last night, such a great movie, I loved it so I’m pulling for Miss Sandra.

February 6, 2010 11:29 AM
Miss T said...

These are so cute! You are extremely creative!

February 6, 2010 12:44 PM
Pampered Sweet Tooth said...

Thank you for the tasty inspiration to have an Oscar party. I can not wait. Hmm… I wonder what other sweet treats will go on the dessert table.

February 6, 2010 01:37 PM
Meal Plan Mom (Brenda) said...

So who would have thought they made Oscar shaped cookie cutters!? Totally super cute–they’ve almost inspired me to host an Oscar party–or at least get myself invited to one so I can wow my friends with these cookies!

February 6, 2010 10:32 PM
Kimberly said...

Just found your blog and I love everything!!!

February 7, 2010 12:03 AM
Kaci said...

OMG. Cutest thing I’ve ever seen!! We have a pretty awesome Oscar party every year….party or not, I’m making these. SO CUTE!!

February 8, 2010 02:48 AM
Emilie said...

This blog is amazing, it is full of treasures. All those ideas you have, it’s so inspiring and also very pleasant to read your instructions.
Keep it up!

February 8, 2010 03:09 AM
Pennies on a Platter said...

I love that I can make myself a trophy, and eat it too! :)

February 8, 2010 11:39 PM
Sandy said...

Wow Bakerella, you are seriously soo amazing! I love seeing all your crafts all the time!! I loved Avatar but I haven’t really seen a lot of the other movies so I may be biased.

February 9, 2010 10:27 PM
ann parkhurst said...

love your blog always so cute

February 10, 2010 07:32 PM
Lisa said...

I have never used luster dust before. How many Oscar statue cookies can one plan to paint using one of the tubs of luster dust? I am planning to paint on top of the frosting.

Also, do you think any ornamental frosting recipe would harden adequately? I have one from my old Home and Gardens that has butter and is super tasty so I’d love to use that.

February 23, 2010 06:25 PM
Jenn Post said...

You are so clever it is actually a little bit painfull to visit your site sometimes!(but the good kind of painfull!) I am totally borrowing your idea for the Up cupcakes, love it! Thanks for sharing, keep being your brilliant self!

March 4, 2010 12:06 PM
Jolette said...

These are marvellous! Although I don’t think I’ll really appreciate them that much while I’m watching the Oscars… I tend to mechanically stuff cookies into my mouth when I’m nervous (no matter how beautiful they are).

March 5, 2010 05:00 AM
maura said...

the attached website does not sell a statue cookie cutter.Where can I get one?

March 5, 2010 01:01 PM
Rachel said...

I cannot seem to find the cookie cutter anywhere (including the link in the post)… any ideas on where else to look for it? Thanks!

March 8, 2010 10:32 PM
Candace said...

I got my cookie cutter from the link provided including some gold flaked decortive sugar and made these for an Oscar party we had at work. They were a huge hit. I made 4 of the standing cookies and then laid the rest out on a platter. I’ll start earlier next year so I can make more of the standing cookies. Such a cute idea!

March 22, 2010 07:58 PM
Mark said...

can’t find this cookie cutter on the site anymore…any other places to get this one?

March 30, 2010 07:22 PM
Lynne said...

I emailed to ask about the statue cookie cutter, and they said they had received a cease-and-desist letter from “the Academy” and had to remove it! Such a bummer.

April 1, 2010 08:32 PM
Natalie said...

These are too cute!

But where on earth did you find that cookie cutter? It is perfect!

January 1, 2011 03:52 PM
Ria said...


I am a new reader to ur site and am also a newbie to baking as a hobby . I’m thinking of baking the award cookies for my brother’s birthday party. Had tried to go to the website that was given but unable to find it there. Do u have another link that u know that sells it or if u can provide a template of the statue? I am from Singapore by the way and the cookie cutters we have here is so limited.

Thank you!

January 15, 2011 08:02 AM
Meredith said...

I can’t find the cookie cutter anywhere.. can someone help me out???

February 6, 2011 02:16 PM
Rob Fort said...

Oh no!!!!! Tell me it’s not so. Just when I want to do these cookies for the Oscar this year, I can no longer find the cutter! Someone please help!

February 7, 2011 10:47 AM
melissa said...

These are so cute. Where did you get the cutter, I clicked on the link but I can’t find the oscar cutter.

February 11, 2011 05:43 PM
Allison said...

Hi, I cannot find the cookie cutter you used anywhere…not even on the website that you listed. Could you please help me?? Where can I find it??? Thanks!

February 13, 2011 09:45 PM
Eddie S said...

I wanted to make the Oscar Cookies & went to the site for the cookie cutter-they no longer carry it…see below the reply for

Last year we received a legal cease and desist order from the Academy Awards for the “Statue Cookie Cutter” that we used to make. We had to remove the product and all search words leading or suggesting the academy awards or “Oscar” from our website. We had to destroy our inventory, the pattern and sign papers that we would never make again. I’m sorry. :(

February 21, 2011 08:42 AM
Meauxjeaux said...

i’m so bummed…just saw this but the machine that owns the awards show has more than likely strong-armed and they no longer carry this super cool cutter. curses! what great cookies you made last year, tho. too cute.

February 22, 2011 12:14 AM
Claudia said...

wow!! loved it, great idea!!!

February 23, 2011 03:47 PM
Gavin Nordwall said...

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November 10, 2011 07:19 PM
monica said...

where can I purchase the cookie cutter? Do you know any one how would make it for me? (don’t have time)

February 7, 2012 11:43 AM
Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel said...

i know I’m a bit late, but I host a bit Oscars party each year and was just searching for Academy Award cookie cutters. I love this idea and I’m wondering exactly which mold you used. Is it the Mummy mold? There doesn’t seem to be a “statue” mold on the website you linked to.


February 17, 2012 08:53 AM
Pigtail Goddess said...

This is SUCH a cute idea, I LOVE IT! You are such an inspiration for me. Whenever I’m stuck in an un-creative mood, I visit your site and it sparks awesome ideas! Love you!

February 23, 2012 03:37 PM
Kathryn said...

loved the look try to make them and they turned out awful, I followed the recipe to the tee even did it twice and both times my cookies came out of the oven looking terrible, flakey, cracked, and try finding an oscar cookie cut … not easy

February 24, 2012 11:08 PM
kenley said...

I used the “mummy” cutter from CopperGifts and it works great!

February 25, 2012 02:35 PM
Anonymus said...

Such a great idea! My friend had a Movie/Academy Award theme party. This would have been the perfect thing to make as the awards!

March 18, 2012 04:23 PM
Isabela said...

Simply AMAZING!!!!! I wish I had your baking talent!

March 22, 2012 12:01 PM
reserve said...

Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is fantastic, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about And the winner is… .

March 28, 2012 12:18 AM
Marabous said...

Fantastic! So creative :)

March 30, 2012 09:54 AM
Katniss Everdeen said...

Wow. (:

April 12, 2012 03:02 AM
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May 24, 2012 03:49 AM
Sophie said...

We are gonna to be champion this sathurday and

June 7, 2012 08:53 AM
aysia xxx said...

i want to make these but they do sound complicated but such cool idea I’m 13 do u think i can make them???? xxxxx

June 9, 2012 03:48 PM
Emine said...

Wow… Awesome idea, awesome tutorial.

Greetings from The Netherlands.

(love your site, receipts, how to’s)


February 23, 2013 03:25 AM
Denise C. said...

I know this might seem crazy, as your cookies are ALL OVER THE INTERNET these days, but I wanted to tell you that I have added a place in my blog where I talk about this clever idea and how I used it for an Oscar Party. I have given you credit and also provided a link to this post.

Thank you so much for sharing this with the world.

January 22, 2014 12:51 PM
SaveOn said...

Hi There — Just stopped by to let you know we featured your cookies on our blog! Such a cute idea!

February 28, 2014 09:10 AM
Flaminia said...

Fantastic idea but where could I buy the Oscar-shaped sugar cookies cutter? I need it very urgent. Please could answer me
Thank you very much

September 12, 2014 07:09 AM
GRACE said...


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