Monday, January 28, 2013

Play Food

Play food

I made some tiny sugar cookie sugar cookies for you.


Yes, I love little and I kinda like to play with my food… But I’m sure you know that about me by now.

And you probably know that I made more than just baby cookies.

They’re cute on their own, but I really needed them to put on display.

Cookie Stands

On these 3-tier sugar cookie dessert stands I made.

EEek! Cookies on cookies. Key-ute.

Making Sugar Cookies

I love sugar cookies since they require a few basic ingredients that I almost always have on hand.

They can be baked in no time – especially with the recipe I’ve been using from my friend Bridget at Bake at 350. It’s been my go-to recipe lately. I love hers because nothing has to be set out to room temperature. And her dough doesn’t need to be chilled before rolling either. Equals Awesome! I hate waiting. So I love this recipe. When the dough comes together it will be crumbly, but don’t worry. Just grab it and knead it a bit and it’s ready to roll and cut. And it lifts beautifully, too.

Here’s Bridget’s recipe for sugar cookies and royal icing on some peppermint cookies I made a few weeks ago. And here is the recipe on her site.

But even better, Bridget has a Cookie Decorating book out. And I’m giving one away at the end of this post. YAY!

Decorating Cookies

Actually, I’m giving away a signed copy of her book, Decorating Cookies. Easy to understand instructions with tons of adorable cookie decorating ideas. You’ll love it.

Skip on down to the bottom if you want to enter. Wheee!

Or if you want to see how I made my cookies stand, then keep on reading. These aren’t in Bridget’s book… I was just inspired by her cookie creations and love for decorating and wanted to share it with you since I love using her recipe.

Hope you like them Bridget! P.S. I need a piping boot camp. I don’t know how you do it.

Rolling Pin

Roll your cookie dough out nice and flat. I used these rubber dough bands to make sure the thickness was even when I rolled.

Cookie Dough

Then cut out circles in graduating sizes. I used 3 7/8, 3, 2 5/8 and 2 1/4 inch sizes.

Cookie Dough

Before you bake, use a plastic drinking straw to remove the centers of each cookie. The straw collects the dough in the center. Convenient.

Freeze the cut shapes for about 10 minutes to help the dough avoid spreading and then bake.

And when they come out of the oven, use the straw again to make sure the holes stay the same size.


Use the dough scraps and tiny cutters to cut out shapes for your desserts to go on display.

A piping tip like the one on the right will make circles with rounded tops since the tip is cone-shaped.

Makes great mini macarons or whoopie pies. Just tap the tip on the counter to release the dough.

Cookie Dough Shapes

Lots of little shapes.

Cookie Cutters

Assorted shapes – around 1 inch wide.

Tiny alphabet cutters. XOXO

Graduated ovals – plain on one side and crinkled on the other.

And my favorite – I can’t live without – graduated circle cutters that I used to make the stands.

Graduated Cookie Shapes

You’ll want to use four different sizes to make the 3-tier stands.

Note: For the chocolate cookies, I swapped out 1/2 flour for 1/2 cup cocoa and used all vanilla extract in Bridget’s recipe.


After they are baked and cooled, and then comes the piping. This always goes smoother in my head than when I actually start piping.

Pipe first with outline icing and then fill with flood icing.

However for these I ended up using a royal icing consistency somewhere in between and piped and filled with the same consistency.


Ugh – wonky lines. Not what I’d hoped.

So after I filled and before the icing set completely, I piped dots all the way around. Camouflage it.

Much better.

Let cookies dry overnight. And after all the cookie decorating save leftover royal icing in an airtight container or in the piping bag with the ends tied off and cap closed for finishing up the project the next day.

Now comes the fun part.


Ice the cakes and decorate!

Easy details for major impact.

Luster Dust

Oh and those macarons, try painting them with a little luster dust.

Just mix some of the powder with a small amount of clear extract and you can paint right on the cookies.


Play food

Pretty dang cute!

Cookie Dessert Stands

And even cuter on display.

These were surprisingly easy to make stand up.

Cookie Sticks

Start with using cookie sticks for the support. These are bigger than the lollipop sticks I usually use for cake pops (lower right).

The sticks should be about 6 inches tall for the stands. Buy the 6 inch sticks or cut down the 8 inch.

Use a cookie stick to gently twist through each cookie opening to make sure it goes through before building.

And make sure your cookie icing is completely dry and set from the day before.


Sugar Cookie Stands

  1. Start with the smallest cookie shape. It should not be iced. Place on a flat surface and then insert the cookie stick. Slide the largest iced cookie on top. Having two cookies on the bottom will give you more support and keep the stick straight.
  2. Cut striped straws into 1 1/2 inch sections. Slide one straw piece over the stick and push to the bottom as a spacer/ledge.
  3. Slide second largest iced cookie on stick until it stops at the straw. Then slide another straw piece on top.
  4. Slide last cookie on top until it stops at the straw. Then slide one more straw piece on the very top. Wrap a piece of washi tape around the straw and cut out a triangle for a cute flag topper.
  5. Note: Not shown. Use the leftover royal icing to pipe in between the two bottom cookies and pipe dots around the centers of each tier to help secure the cookies in place as you build. Attach the desserts to the tiers with royal icing too. Then let dry and don’t move for a few hours. I skipped this step because I wanted to get right to taking pictures.

Sugar Cookie Dessert Stands

There you have it four cookies for 3-tier stands. Bridget’s recipe will make four stands with enough cookies to decorate.

And these can be totally scaled back? Two tiers? Just a cookie plate? Just the tiny cookies? Only one cookie shape? Choose how you want to play.

Cookie Stands

They’d be super fun and totally stand out for Valentine’s Day, for a dessert party or even party favors.



Now for the giveaway!

Decorating Cookies

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Bridget’s book, Decorating Cookies.

  • Just answer the following question and leave your response in the comments section on this blog post.
  • What did you do this weekend? Something fun I hope. I made a bunch of cookies : )
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Sorry, Time’s Up. Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be picked at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening on this post.

Good Luck!


Thank you all so much for the sweet words on the cookie stands. I really appreciate it. And now for the winner of Bridget’s book.

It’s comment #917 – Becky P! Congratulations and have fun decorating cookies. And swimming too.


Olivia Zhang said...

This weekend I went skating outdoors with my family. It was so nice and enjoyable, even in harsh weather!

January 29, 2013 09:51 PM
HeatherT said...

I had a relaxing weekend hanging out at home with the kiddos. Maybe next weekend we will have some fun making some cookies. =)

January 29, 2013 09:57 PM
Heather H. said...

I went to dinner and a movie with friends and prepared for my spring semester classes to begin!

January 29, 2013 09:59 PM
Sam S. said...

I made one of my best friends a birthday gift! <3

January 29, 2013 10:00 PM
Melissa said...

I did my homework (lol, I know – not fun at all). But afterwards, I rewarded myself by trying to learn how to make macarons for the first time. Let’s just say it was an interesting experience! I wasn’t sure how to incorporate flavors into the macaron (whether to use liquid or powder).. and might I add, I was trying to be a little experimental in that department too. Haha.

January 29, 2013 10:04 PM
Amy said...

My 7 year old step-daughter and I made some chocolate cupcakes with purple “flower” icing! We had a BLAST!!!

P.S. Your cuteness never ceases to amaze me!!!

January 29, 2013 10:13 PM
Juliana said...

I absolutely love these – too cute and exactly the type of thing I want to make next. :)
And I wrote! I’m writing a book and so into it that I can hardly pull myself away!

January 29, 2013 10:14 PM
Kelsey said...

We stayed home and relaxed with our kiddo

January 29, 2013 10:18 PM
KatD said...

we went to the park with my daughter and her cousins.

January 29, 2013 10:23 PM
Karen E said...

Those are adorable! I celebrated my mom’s birthday this weekend :) She’s the best!

January 29, 2013 10:27 PM
Meredith said...

Love these!

I took my daughter to see the circus for the first time (first time for me too!)

January 29, 2013 10:39 PM
Richelle Murray said...

This weekend, I got three things done from my To Do list and I made brownies.

January 29, 2013 10:41 PM
Wil Acev said...

This weekend I was with my family enyoying life and love. Family’s love is a blessing.

January 29, 2013 10:49 PM
Cheyenne said...

Oh, I did hot yoga for the first time this weekend! I have never sweat so much in my LIFE, oh my goodness.

And these little cookie cake stands are to die for!

January 29, 2013 11:02 PM
Beth R said...

Celebrated my son’s birthday.

January 29, 2013 11:08 PM
krystal said...

i had a great weekend short shift at work, the rest of time to spend with my seven year old. went shopping for a birthday present for his little buddie, then lots of time playing with rc monster truck, and i snuck in some reading time for myself.

January 29, 2013 11:12 PM
Alicia said...

I went to my friend’s baby shower. It was really fun!

January 29, 2013 11:13 PM
Sabrina said...

That book looks way too fun. This weekend I did some deep cleaning and played with my little boy.

January 29, 2013 11:27 PM
Katy Potaty said...

Oooh, they are just the sweetest, I want to squeal!

This weekend, I baked brownies and hung out with my husband. A pretty normal weekend, actually!

January 29, 2013 11:28 PM
Sarah said...

Nothing. Which was exactly what I wanted!

January 29, 2013 11:36 PM
Jodi said...

I made some sugar cookies in preparation for serious Valentine’s goodies to take to my work, sissy’s work, and hubby’s work!

January 29, 2013 11:42 PM
Yvonne said...

Love your work :)
I went on a mushroom hike with my daughter.

January 29, 2013 11:45 PM
Kim Hubbell said...

We made chocolate chip cookies this weekend. After seeing these cuties, I’m thinking sugar cookies are on tap for the upcoming one!

January 29, 2013 11:49 PM
Fabelicious said...

This is freakin’ adorable! hmmm…what did I do last weeken? Had a dentist appointment with my son, Saturday morning, then French class for me in the afternoon. Sunday, went to piano class with my dd and went shopping afterwards.

January 29, 2013 11:50 PM
Alison Mc said...

Obsessed over your blog, went to Ikea, and pilaaahtes

January 29, 2013 11:54 PM
Michele said...

I rode my horse, marveled at your cookies, went to the rodeo, thought about making the cookies and stand, went dancing, looked at you web page again, went to dinner with friends, told them about the cookies & your website… Spent the rest of Sunday trying to gain the confidence to actually take the plunge and DO IT!

January 30, 2013 12:03 AM
Yvette Navarro said...

So cute! I spent this weekend planning my husband’s 45th birthday party. So fun!

January 30, 2013 12:15 AM
Andrea Aguirre said...

oh god, those look amazing! I just stayed home, and made vanilla and red velvet cupcakes, they were delicious!

January 30, 2013 12:18 AM
Donna said...

This weekend I baked vanilla cupcakes filled with edible cookie dough! They were amazing :)

January 30, 2013 12:22 AM
Anastasha said...

Tiny things are so cute! This weekend I got to see a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time.

January 30, 2013 12:22 AM
Mati said...

This weekend I made basketball cake bites (on their way to Indiana right now), worked on a friend’s belated birthday choco cupcakes w/ choc whipped cream (she’s addicted), and started planning my daughter’s Hello Kitty birthday party (your Hello Kitty pops were my first ever cake pops). Tonight I think I’ll dream of cookies on stands and new cookie cutters…thank you!

January 30, 2013 12:23 AM
Joan said...

they are lovely! such cute tiny sweets…great idea for my son’s 1st birthday next month…thanks for your brilliant ideas,..

last weekend, i baked (with my 6yr old son) my sister’s favorite moist dark chocolate cake frosted with chocolate icing,. she just loves it and my husband too which I really love doing again and again… making them love me more… a blessed day ahead and more ideas helping us newbies…thanks

January 30, 2013 12:32 AM
Nina said...

Those teeny cookies are so cute!
On Saturday I played paintball for the first time (and got a big bruise on my arm).
On Sunday I participated in a 10K run. SO MUCH FUN!

January 30, 2013 12:38 AM
Delvene said...

These are too darn cute!!! I have some cookie baking in my weekend plans- gifts for a friend, you just added to my inspiration…. hmmm what else to do!

January 30, 2013 12:47 AM
Esther Slootweg said...

This are wat to cut ;-) love them!
This weekend i made a 3D cookie birdhouse house just for fun

January 30, 2013 12:52 AM
Melinda said...

I dragged my 3- and 5-year old on an hour and a half car ride to watch the old Peter Pan cartoon on the big screen in a renovated 1920s theater. A fun adventure!!

January 30, 2013 12:57 AM
Fee said...

Oh, your cookies are just too cute! I spent the weekend having a roast with my family – catching up on everyone’s adventures over the past week x

January 30, 2013 01:24 AM
jennifer said...

The cookie stands with mini cookies are UBER cute!!! I caught a cold and read lots of books this past weekend. Oh, and watched the rain pour down. It was a wonderful weekend just to stay inside.

January 30, 2013 01:54 AM
Daniela said...

this looks fantastic

January 30, 2013 02:03 AM
SewBertie said...

Stunning biscuit cake stands, what a great idea. This weekend we hung out with friends eating & chatting whilst the kids played nicely together.

January 30, 2013 02:20 AM
Natasha Lavin said...

Wow i love this idea ! Definitely going to try it ! :) I spent the weekend at the beach with my baby girl. and made banoffee pie ! Was delicious.

January 30, 2013 02:22 AM
Sophie said...

It was my brothers birthday, so we went karting then we played three games of laser tag in the dark. We also went to a Chinese restaurant, so I tried something new, not sure what it was but it was good

January 30, 2013 02:30 AM
francine said...

i went to my first wilton cake decorating class and i loved it!! cant wait for the next one im new to the bake world ;)

cheers! <3

January 30, 2013 03:08 AM
Princess KeyRey said...

Watched Detroit Metal City and played Ico with my boyfriend. DMC was great, but we haven’t beaten Ico yet.

January 30, 2013 03:11 AM
Amber said...

I worked……and played with my daughter. (only the last part was fun!) haha

January 30, 2013 03:12 AM
Christina said...

We were snowed/iced in this past weekend, so we made kettle corn and watched Toy Story 2.

Love this recipe/cookie stand idea. So cute!

January 30, 2013 03:50 AM
Mikkey said...

It was Australia Day. We celebrated by having an Australian style bbq

January 30, 2013 03:50 AM
Lilou said...

Hello, super blog je viens de connaître et j’en suis ravie
Ce week-end j’ai fais des pâtisseries tel que des tartes aux pommes, des ornais, galette des rois j’adore cuisiner et dotant plus la pâtisseries mais ce que je découvre sur ton blog est merveilleux super décoration de gâteau c’est véniel et je recommande ton blog

January 30, 2013 04:23 AM
Claire said...

Awww these are brilliant! I worked all of the weekend but this weekend im going to a cake pop class, far more exciting!!

January 30, 2013 04:26 AM
Malin said...

So adorable! I wish my hands weren’t so shaky all the time, I could never pipe such small cookies without getting frosting everywhere! I’d have to make bigger versions. :P

This weekend I did.. well, too much. I got sick last thursday and should’ve just stayed at home and rested. Instead I went out with my friends, which only made me sicker. So, apart from the going out, I’ve been a coughing, pleghmy mess. And that’s too much info, I suppose. :P

January 30, 2013 05:01 AM
Jennifer Quach said...

YOU ARE A GENIUS BY THE WAY!! well last weekend I went down to my lake house with my extended family and we had a lot of fun outside fishing, relaxing and my favourite COOKING, ready to celebrate Australia day!

January 30, 2013 05:19 AM
Bettina said...

Oh they look amazing!!! Would love to have a whole weekend just making miniature cookies… This weekend I went to a course in canvaswork embroidery – almost as fin as baking :)

January 30, 2013 05:42 AM
Lauri said...

I went to a local farmers market and then to Goodwill and found a rooster weathervane for $9. Cute!

January 30, 2013 06:17 AM
Leanna R said...

I picked out tie for a bathroom remodel. It will very nice for my handicapped hubby when it is finished. The house is a mess now so I didn’t bake, but the construction workers got some cookies from the freezer.

January 30, 2013 06:57 AM
SUE KUJAWA said...

I went to the UT-BG basketball game. They are rivals. Great crowd, lots of fun. My team won!

January 30, 2013 06:58 AM
Beth said...

I would love to make these adorable cookies!! I watched my husband put a swingset together for the kiddos this past weekend.

January 30, 2013 06:59 AM
Lauren said...

What did I do this weekend? Well, we had friends children over to stay so we had a fun packed weekend. We went sledging in the snow and to the park and managed to spread all the toys across the entire house! Pretty large clean up operation on monday!

January 30, 2013 07:13 AM
Patti said...

Very clever! Love the cookie stands. This weekend we celebrated our daughter and son in law’s one year anniversary with a dinner party. It was fun to get together with both sides of the family

January 30, 2013 07:26 AM
Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing, love them!
This weekend we went on a minicruise to Newcastleand did a lot of sightseeing and (cookie) shopping there, it was fun :-)

January 30, 2013 07:30 AM
Jutta said...

Last weekend I decided to finally quit my job that is more draining than fun and makes me ill. That decision magically cured the sinusitis that had kept me in bed on Saturday and I got to enjoy a wonderful Sunday with my boyfriend. He cooked a wonderful dinner for us and I provided little cakes (that actually would look cute on the cookie stands as well) for dessert. My boss was a little shocked when I told him on Monday but knowing that I will soon have enough time and energy for baking and crafting is priceless. The cookie stands are definitely on my to-do list now :) Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas!

January 30, 2013 07:44 AM
Jennifer S. said...

These cookies are adorable!! I love the luster dust ones! I did cleaning this weekend which is not nearly as fun as making cookies. :(

January 30, 2013 08:14 AM
Nick @ Bakingbeardy said...

I went to see Lincoln, did some baking and caught up on sleep!

January 30, 2013 08:30 AM
Lisa said...

Those are soo cute! Definitely want to make them for valentines day!
This weekend I went shopping, just to come home empty handed! But hey, free exercise! At least then I don’t have to feel bad for indulging on ice tea and a bucketload of popcorn! :)

January 30, 2013 08:32 AM
Karen Irvine said...

Took the kids sand boarding, then kayaking at the beach

January 30, 2013 08:37 AM
Teresa S. said...

Adorable cookies!

I had a totally boring weekend. It was freezing and had snowed on Friday, so I did things inside. I read, worked on a scrapbook and watched hockey.

January 30, 2013 08:54 AM
Mandy said...

I cleaned the house. (Not so exciting.)

January 30, 2013 08:54 AM
Terri said...

These cookie look too cute to eat! Absolutely adorable!

January 30, 2013 08:57 AM
Angela said...

Extraordinary cookies.. This weekend I study with the kids and went to the ICES meeting..

January 30, 2013 08:58 AM
Teri said...

This weekend we enjoyed Saturday evening with our best friends and did a whole lot of nothing on Sunday. It was great to have a day to just relax.

January 30, 2013 09:00 AM
yanneris Genao said...

I love all things small! but this takes the cake. wow! this weekend a made a 1920′s inpired cake for my friend’s birthday party!!!

January 30, 2013 09:06 AM
Lydia said...

Made pancakes with my 3 year old

January 30, 2013 09:08 AM
Jessica T said...

This past weekend, I cleaned, de-cluttered a bit and then I worked on Sunday…eek. We did have friends over Saturday night and it made the weekend better than it sounds! ( :

January 30, 2013 09:08 AM
Heather said...

I was sick…but better now…making cookies today :)

January 30, 2013 09:19 AM
Angela said...

Lovely cookies.. This weekend I went to the ICES meeting in Puerto Rico

January 30, 2013 09:35 AM
Karen said...

We went to a 50th birthday party where the brother of the birthday boy played guitar and keyboard and sang covers all night…so fun! Plus delicious blueberry cobbler!

January 30, 2013 09:44 AM
Melanie said...

I love this project-so cute! This weekend I finished painting my kitchen which included moving & scrubbing my fridge. No fun, but I love the results. I have never used royal icing, but I’ve always wanted to try. I think I almost have myself convinced I can do it!

January 30, 2013 09:53 AM
Lisa Cornely said...

This weekend I cooked dinners for the week (beef stew, chicken pot pie, shredded chicken, and chicken chili) and put them up in the freezer. During the week I only have to heat them up. I also baked some brownies. Nice relaxing weekend at home.

Love the tiny cookies. Super cute.

January 30, 2013 09:59 AM
Cécilia said...

I have made my first decorated cupcake sugar cookies ! Adorable :D

January 30, 2013 10:01 AM
Jenn said...

Made a dump truck cak e Saturday morning for a little boy turning 3 then spent all night Saturday having a Cougar Towm marathon! Laughed so hard my ribs hurt the next day.

January 30, 2013 10:05 AM
Marissa Ann said...

We celebrated our son’s 13 birthday. We ended up bowling and they had the best 80′s-90′s music blaring in there. I was singing with every song! so fun!

January 30, 2013 10:11 AM
Kat said...

I enjoyed time home with my baby boy before my maternity leave ends tomorrow. :(

January 30, 2013 10:33 AM
Javiera said...

i made a few hot cakes for my son :)

January 30, 2013 10:34 AM
Mary said...

Got to see my parents, it was such a treat since we live pretty far away from each other!

January 30, 2013 10:35 AM
Meg said...

Lasagna day at my mom’s!

January 30, 2013 10:41 AM
Jordan said...


This weekend I went to a concert for the first time in months, caught up with an old friend, and demonstrated my great value at work! It was a pretty great few days!

January 30, 2013 11:04 AM
Katie Meyer said...

Went swimming and fell in the pool! A nice indoor activity on a freezing cold Moscow weekend! Super cute post!

January 30, 2013 11:08 AM
Stacie said...

Love your site and would love the book. I was home preparing things for my son’s 5th birthday party. Made lots of yummy snacks including pigs n a blanket, homemade caramel corn, cheese ball, salami rolls and an ecclair cake! YUMMY. I need some new fresh ideas!!!!

January 30, 2013 11:13 AM
Kylie said...

My hubby and I took our daughters, Alice and Sophie, to the zoo!

January 30, 2013 11:21 AM
Mireya said...

I love your idea!!!! the are so cute….
This weekend I bake orange almond cake and also ice cream cup cakes in the cone with my daughter…..

January 30, 2013 11:34 AM
Jen said...

This weekend I had an After Christmas Christmas Party with my friends. I also spent time with two of my adorable nephews.

January 30, 2013 11:35 AM
Missy said...

I went to a wedding reception which I made the cake for!

January 30, 2013 11:45 AM
Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies said...

Oh, I love tiny cookies! And those cookie cake stands are a brilliant idea!

January 30, 2013 11:47 AM
lovetobake said...

Made a birthday cake for a special little girl. She wanted a horse themed cake as she’s taking equestrian lessons.

January 30, 2013 11:47 AM
Orna said...

I have never tried cookie decorating – but would love to try!

And my weekend was fun, in a way. I spent the first part of it with my family and went to the movies, which was very enjoyable. I had to work on a project for the rest of the weekend, but I got a lot of work done – so it was time well spent!

January 30, 2013 11:47 AM
Ali Bee said...

I got stuck in a snow storm on the motorway from 8pm – 3am. At 39 weeks pregnant I was a little nervous I might go into labour but all was ok and my husband and I had a memorable evening listening to Les Mis while people built snowmen in the middle of a 6 way highway.

January 30, 2013 11:51 AM
Sara said...

I went to see a live rockabilly band with a friend:)

January 30, 2013 11:54 AM
Amy said...

So cute!!! I love miniature things.

I went to a concert and visited my parents this weekend! :)

January 30, 2013 11:58 AM
GiseB said...

Had a weekend getaway with my hubby for his birthday! I can’t get over these, can’t stand the cuteness!

January 30, 2013 11:59 AM
C.B. said...

I made six dozen lemon cupcakes with lemon-cream cheese frosting for a friend’s special event…!

January 30, 2013 12:06 PM
Rosy p said...

they are beautiful!!!!!! Omg soooo cute can’t wait for my daughter to grow up lol

I spent my weekend going to indoor soccer games, booooo…

January 30, 2013 12:10 PM
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