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.


Christina said...

I just spent the weekend relaxing with my hubby. We only see each other on weekends due to jobs in different states, so we do this most weekends. :)

January 28, 2013 06:45 AM
Carly Tims said...

It was Australia Day on Saturday the 26th. I made Australian themed Whoppie pies. Vanilla whoopie pies with buttercream icing. I then poured green icing over the top and made yellow kangaroos for decoration! Very Australian!! So cute!
They were a massive hit!

January 28, 2013 06:47 AM
Sandi said...

Had a long weekend, thanks to sleet and ice on Friday! Did some cooking with my boys!

January 28, 2013 06:48 AM
Jayne said...

I went shopping with Mom and Aunt. It was a great girl’s day out.

January 28, 2013 06:48 AM
Sharon S. said...

Did absolutely nothing this weekend….down with the flu! But these pics are making me sooooo want to try this out! So stinking CUTE!!

January 28, 2013 06:50 AM
Debbie W said...

I finished reading JK Rowlings new book so I could return it to the library before my flight to Dallas, TX. Sunday got to get together with an old friend that I don’t get to see enough. Still here in TX for 3 more days for work.

January 28, 2013 06:51 AM
Tara said...

So cute and can’t wait to try! This weekend I unpacked and put away my kitchen contents into to newly installed cabinets. Now I just need counters and my ovens. Been without my kitchen since we were flooded by Sandy and CANNOT wait to bake again…. Hoping to be able to bake by Valentines day!

January 28, 2013 06:52 AM
Shoshana said...

I baked, of course!

January 28, 2013 06:54 AM
Kristen M said...

I tried my hand at some Greek Yogurt Dinner Rolls and planned out my cupcake menu for a big reception at our church!

January 28, 2013 06:55 AM
Alexa said...

Love your cookies!

This weekend was all about work, so now I’m free to play with my baby girl :)

January 28, 2013 06:57 AM
Southern Gal said...

I kept my youngest granddaughter (6mo.) while her parents went on a getaway trip. AND I cut out my first quilt attempt!

I use Bridget’s sugar cookie recipe. I haven’t gotten the knack of the icing yet, but I’m working on it! Thanks.

January 28, 2013 06:58 AM
Vanessa Platto said...

These cookies are adorable!!!! Love love love them! This weekend I made a Dora cake for my 2 year old granddaughter. Her family (my son, his wife, and new baby sister in March) are missionaries in Africa and are home on furlough. I didn’t get to make her 1st birthday cake and was thrilled to be able to make this one! I’d love to have this book to make more cookies for her and my other two grandkids! Pick me, pick me, pick me!!!!! ;)

January 28, 2013 06:58 AM
Michelle Vandergrift said...

Basket Bingo for the kids’ school & birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s. WooHoo!

January 28, 2013 06:58 AM
Alicia said...

These are amazing!!!! I just said this weekend I wanted to learn to do sugar cookies and learn to decorate like a pro. Here’s my chance :-). I helped with an EPIC baby shower…ROCK a bye baby for some friends. Then worked on fundraising ideas for Relay for Life and for a dear friend who just had an organ transplant :-) AND surfed the web for American Girl ideas for my daughter and myself (ps these would be AMAZING for an AG party ;-) )

January 28, 2013 07:01 AM
Jenny said...

I had my partner round for the first time in a while, and we baked chocolate and jam filled chocolate cupcakes, and ate them all in one evening. Oops. Then we made toffee ice cream bread and had that with bananas and cream.

January 28, 2013 07:01 AM
Denise Medeiros said...

These are absolutely adorable!! We spent the weekend snuggled up on the couch and had a Disney princess movie marathon with our three girls.

January 28, 2013 07:02 AM
Raye Ann Holewinski said...

The cookie cookie stands are too cute! My nephew is in the military & is coming home this month! I’ll have to make these for his party!

This weekend we were @ the “First Lego League” Robotics state meet with my 11 year old who competed in her first year of robotics this year with her 5th grade team mates!!!! Lots of fun & great learning experience for the kiddos!!

January 28, 2013 07:03 AM
Desiree said...

Spent weekend with kids

January 28, 2013 07:03 AM
Crystal said...

Awesome! I saw a friend I’ve been missing and got some under cabinet lighting for my baking area.

January 28, 2013 07:05 AM
Jennifer Schmitt said...

Cute cookies! I helped my daughter and her friends prepare 100 meals for guests at the Ronald McDonald House. Great fun!

January 28, 2013 07:06 AM
Heather said...

I read a book, baked a cake and started potty training my two year old :)

January 28, 2013 07:07 AM
Holly j said...

I went to Missouri and to a huge outlet mall shopping!

January 28, 2013 07:07 AM
Mollie said...

I went shopping for some craft supplies and then my parents and I went to see the play my sister designed costumes for (she’s a theatre technology major in college). Then yesterday I crocheted a hat.

January 28, 2013 07:07 AM
Daniele said...

I spent my weekend on a sunny beach! Lovely cookies!

January 28, 2013 07:08 AM
Stacy L said...

These are adorable! This weekend I stayed home a lot and baked things to give away. My favorite activity!

January 28, 2013 07:08 AM
Ashley said...

I worked on my taxes and went estate sale shopping,

January 28, 2013 07:08 AM
Monie said...

I’ve been ‘in bed’ sick for almost a month. Missed all of Christmas and most of January with back-to-back illnesses, SO, I spent the weekend starting to excavate my house! It will probably take me almost a month to get caught up with laundry, ironing, cleaning, etc…and then there’s the mountain of mail to go through…yikes. I’m feeling so much better now…but the work ahead in restoring ‘normal’ to my home almost makes me want to go straight back to bed! :O On a happier note, your creativity and artistry never fails to delight and amaze me. Your tiny cookies and cookie stands are brilliant and lovely! Bravo!!!

January 28, 2013 07:08 AM
Sharon said...

I absolutely love these cookies, I always use my moms sugar cookie recipe but like you, hate waiting for the dough to get cold. I will be trying this one.
This weekend my son and his family came over Saturday morning with all the breakfast fixings and made me breakfast. Then stayed the night and I did the breakfast Sunday. Very enjoyable family time.

January 28, 2013 07:09 AM
Adi said...

Wow I love this post … Defenetly gona try it !
This weekend I made two hello kitty cakes :)

January 28, 2013 07:10 AM
Bev schairer said...

Went to the wedding of my daughter’s best friend since second grade. Lovely!

January 28, 2013 07:11 AM
Bella C. said...

I went to Charleston, Soutg Carolina to visit my family. Those little cookies are just to cute!

January 28, 2013 07:12 AM
jenni said...

We had a national cheer competition saturday and sunday!

January 28, 2013 07:13 AM
abby said...

this weekend i caught up with my DVR

January 28, 2013 07:15 AM
Becky said...

Such adorable cookies! I had 2 birthday cakes due Saturday then spent time with family Sunday. Good weekend but went by way too fast!

January 28, 2013 07:15 AM
Judy S. said...

Weekends are usually reserved for cleaning in my house. But this weekend hubby surprised me with a night in the town!

January 28, 2013 07:15 AM
Shelly Cobb said...

These are adorable!!! This weekend I had an awesome date night with all 3 of my favorite fella’s…my hubby, my 3 yr old little boy and my daddy. Our date night was watching Monster Trucks!! We all had a blast!!! After the show we drove to a park downtown and enjoyed a beautiful view of a local river from a suspended bridge. I was totally grateful for this time with my family.

January 28, 2013 07:17 AM
tammy d. said...

My back went out so it was a weekend of muscle relaxers for me. :-(

January 28, 2013 07:17 AM
Sallie said...

These are adorable!! This weekend, I was lucky enough to spend Saturday with my husband (a rare thing lately!) – we went to Ikea (heaven!), ate BBQ, and lounged around. Sunday I decorated for Valentine’s Day and bought supplies to start baking! :)

January 28, 2013 07:18 AM
Lily said...

Sadly, I didn’t bake. I watched a few episodes of Warehouse 13 though, but I was so busy!!

January 28, 2013 07:18 AM
Madi said...

I went to a soup and chili supper at my church, and I also went to the mall. It was cool ; )

January 28, 2013 07:19 AM
Jennifer said...

I stayed home and planned out my cakes for this week!

January 28, 2013 07:19 AM
JanisL said...

I finished up cutting out doilies for student Valentine bags, straightened up my craft room, and started making treat bags and banners for an upcoming b’day party. Too cold to go anywhere.

January 28, 2013 07:20 AM
Cristina said...

These are fantastic!! I baked some cookies with my 3 sons this weekend. Super fun!

January 28, 2013 07:21 AM
georgia said...

so smart and also beautiful!!!!

January 28, 2013 07:21 AM
Patty said...

I made a bacon cheeseburger and French fries 3D cake for my son’s birthday celebration. It was really fun and he loved it! My new obsession is cookie decorating…added to my current ones of cake pops and cake decorating :) Thanks for the super cute inspiration.

January 28, 2013 07:22 AM
Patty S said...

I had to work this weekend, so no fun projects, but today will be a different story.

January 28, 2013 07:22 AM
Jessica McCann said...

I actually made cookies this weekend too! Nothing like those tiny cuties though!

January 28, 2013 07:23 AM
Abby said...

I went to Washington DC with a few friends!!!!!

January 28, 2013 07:24 AM
Shireen said...

these are too cute!!! my niece would LOVE them!!!

i was sick all weekend, so i rented all the episodes to date of the tv show elementary. i’m hooked!

January 28, 2013 07:24 AM
Adrienne said...

I sincerely wish this weekend had been more fun – but 2 sweet kids with bronchitis + ear infections + pinkeye – and my husband’s horrible man cold that he’s got – had me more than busy. Maybe the promise if cookie decorating soon could be the ticket to good health?

January 28, 2013 07:25 AM
Sarajane said...

Darling cookies! I love them!!!

January 28, 2013 07:27 AM
Maria said...

I baked 2 dozen heart shaped hazelnut macarons and filled them with Nutella!!! The best :)

January 28, 2013 07:27 AM
Esther said...

I baked a pound cake!! It was completely experimental – and while it turned out a little dry, it still tastes good!

January 28, 2013 07:28 AM
Lisa said...

I made my first decorated cookie this weekend! Yes I need practice, royal icing is up pain!

January 28, 2013 07:29 AM
Anonymous said...

Love! Those cookies are adorable. This weekend we were go, go, go! We first had a visit with our foster childs grandparents, then we had a baby shower. We also had birthday parties for my husbands grandma and my dad. Add in church and that was my weekend. Im ready for a nap!

January 28, 2013 07:30 AM
Cathy said...

Love these. I made chocolate cut outs like these you did but a bit bigger, decorated like chocolate candies and arranged in a box to present like a box of chocolates and practiced embroidery effect on some sugar cookies.

January 28, 2013 07:30 AM
Tina said...

I had a great birthday dinner with friends.

January 28, 2013 07:32 AM
chrysley said...

ate halo-halo with special langka and went to a local carnival with my babason! ;)

January 28, 2013 07:32 AM
kim t said...

Those cookies are too cute! You always have such cute ideas.I made some cinnamon Danish for the first time.

January 28, 2013 07:32 AM
Josee said...

This weekend I made some practice Valentine cookies in between driving my 2 kids to sports!

January 28, 2013 07:32 AM
Colleen said...

I made fondant Angry Birds for my son’s birthday cake. And then survived the birthday party where the cake was consumed. I may need a couple days to recover.

January 28, 2013 07:32 AM
Carolyn F said...

I made 49ers cookies for the superbowl. They have been my brother’s favorite team since childhood and they finally made it to the superbowl so I had to make cookies for him. BTW these are the cutest miniature cookies ever!!! I love it!

January 28, 2013 07:33 AM
Krys said...

We hung out with my sister and her family….so fun!

January 28, 2013 07:33 AM
josefina said...

I made valentine’s day cookies! getting on the mood…

January 28, 2013 07:33 AM
Viiriainen said...

I had a weekend full of parties – a luau, a going-away-party and to top things off in style, a Christmas party (yes, in January).

January 28, 2013 07:33 AM
Karmen said...

I made chocolate chip cookies for my boys and hubby… I love to bake!!!

January 28, 2013 07:35 AM
Ilyanna said...

Love this idea!!!!! it is soooo beautiful!!!!!

On the weekend I practiced for, and went to an interview for a position as a Pastry Chef with the Ritz! :)

January 28, 2013 07:36 AM
Dayo said...

Experimented with different flavors of tortilla,couldn’t help myself.Also made a filling for my chocolate hearts candy which I am off to finish making now.

January 28, 2013 07:36 AM
Samira said...

Incredible idea!!!

This weekend I did house shopping and bought some baking ingredients and indulged in a carrot cake freshly baked by my sister law

My 2 yr old son was taken out by his nan to pizza hit on Saturday which left me done quality time with my husband!!

Sunday prepared breakfast and done lovely chicken sandwiches for Monday so as I can take him to a chimdren’s centre for play and learning and hopefully get some cookie baking done!!

January 28, 2013 07:36 AM
Heather said...

These are absolutely FAB! Love seeing your creativity… ;-)

January 28, 2013 07:38 AM
Mockie said...

I attended a literature festival and got to hear some amazing writers discuss their work….fun! Really! =)

January 28, 2013 07:38 AM
casi wilson said...

Finalized the shopping list for Superbowl!!!

January 28, 2013 07:38 AM
Lily's Mom said...

I volunteered at my son’s Mock Trial tournament this weekend. The team did great — such a fun event. (But maybe not as fun as teeny, tiny cookies!!!!!)

January 28, 2013 07:39 AM
Emily said...

I baked a tart for our church chili cook off. These cookies are do adorable!

January 28, 2013 07:39 AM
Jan said...

Drove to Cincinnati to see my daughter and my sister. Great weekend!

January 28, 2013 07:39 AM
Rachel F said...

Unfortunately I did very little because I’ve been sick but I did manage to catch up on some Grey’s Anatomy episodes!

January 28, 2013 07:42 AM
JudyRB said...

No cookie baking this weekend. Spend Saturday at the Summit for our local ACS Relay For Life.

January 28, 2013 07:43 AM
Penny said...

I spent the weekend hanging out with the family.

January 28, 2013 07:44 AM
Marilyn said...

I stayed with my 90 year old MIL who broke her knee last week. I looked through cookbooks.

January 28, 2013 07:45 AM
Shannon Goldstein said...

I did laundry, went jogging, and researched ideas for a Skylanders birthday party.

Would love to make some of these cute cookie stands!

January 28, 2013 07:45 AM
melissab said...

I had family time with some close friends and family. Lots of laughing.

January 28, 2013 07:48 AM
Edie said...

Those cookies are so super cute! My weekend was pretty boring – we cleaned and went grocery shopping and dreamed of making cookies :-)

January 28, 2013 07:48 AM
Kati said...

So cute!!! Sadly this weekend I did a whole lot of nothing. I caught the flu!! It has not been fun.

January 28, 2013 07:48 AM
Kerry said...

I went to a Doctor Who convention in Florida and took my cat with me (to the hotel, not the con, hah). He did NOT pee all over the car like the last time I took him with me…progress.

January 28, 2013 07:49 AM
Tanya V. said...

We went to our daughters science fair at the high school. She won a first place ribbon, $25 and an opportunity to attend the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair in March.

January 28, 2013 07:49 AM
Amna Harb said...

I made upside down pineapple cake.. I had to be creative so I made it in a cupcake instead of regular one large cake and it turned out to be perfect :)

January 28, 2013 07:50 AM
Tessa said...

The cuteness factor for these is through the roof! My weekend was spent studying for a Microbiology exam. :( Not that fun, but these cookies definitely lifted my mood!

January 28, 2013 07:51 AM
cate said...

Spent the weekend making a silk flower arrangement for my mother-in-law for her birthday. It was fun. I did get to go the an exciting 8th grade basketball game too! Now it’s time to bake for the Superbowl! Maybe cookies?

January 28, 2013 07:51 AM
Carmen said...

Super cute! This weekend we put a new floor in our bathroom!

January 28, 2013 07:51 AM
Julie said...

This weekend I worked on my very own bakery…I have been an in home baker for about 5 years and have officially outgrown my kitchen and ready to move into an official bakery. Lots of work to do, but when I am not baking, I am working on the bakery. LOVE your stuff….you are a true inspiration!!

January 28, 2013 07:51 AM
Jennifer V. said...

Besides making brownie cookies, I went shopping for my 8 year old’s first suit. He wants to look extra dapper for his school pictures!

January 28, 2013 07:52 AM
Angie Sioh said...

Love the cookies, so do cute!
This weekend I made lots of cookie for Chinese New Year celebration.I am just thinking of making those cookies for a change from our traditional cookies.:)

January 28, 2013 07:53 AM
Betsy Kunz said...

I played a game of Sorry with my son and read some books to him. I love spending time with my family!

January 28, 2013 07:54 AM
Jacqueline said...

Absolutely love these and need to make them! I was at a pampered chef party buying more bakeware this weekend so I will have new baking sheets to bake these tiny little biscuits! Can’t wait. Love from Snowy Scotland!! Jac x

January 28, 2013 07:54 AM
Shannon said...

I have no recollection what I did on Saturday because asunday was spent caring for my sweet, sick 5-year-old. ::frowny face::

January 28, 2013 07:54 AM
Charleen B Elliott said...

This past weekend I went to work, a retirement party, painted a project I’m working on and had dinner at my mother-in-law’s house. It was a little bit of work and a little bit of play. Wish I would have had some time to bake. Those cookie tiers are adorable!!

January 28, 2013 07:54 AM
Dawn Glass said...

I made cinnamon streusel topped muffins. They came out moist and flavorful with the perfect amount of spice!

January 28, 2013 07:55 AM
Vicki H. said...

Besides work, I attended my daughter’s basketball tournament, so that was fun! Would have been more fun if they would have won!

January 28, 2013 07:55 AM
Denise Kinder said...

These cookies are so adorable !

I took my sister out for a crafting class , shopping and dinner this weekend. This was her first time out after being diagnosed with cancer , so it was extra special for us.

Good Luck to everyone who enters.

January 28, 2013 07:56 AM
Michelle said...

Those are adorable! I went to a wedding shower on Saturday afternoon, husband and I went out with some friends on Saturday night, and had a lazy Sunday. :)

January 28, 2013 07:56 AM
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