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.


Sindhu said...

Those cookies r adorable!!! What an idea :) I just hung out with my 3 mon old lil guy :)

January 28, 2013 09:44 AM
Pamela Goldych said...

I went to an early movie and then dinner with my husband and some good friends… home before the snow. Yay!! I managed to get in some cleaning but the Christmas Decorations are still waiting to be packed away….maybe next weekend. My most favorite part was whipping up some cake pops, well got them started…all shaped waiting to be dipped and decorated hoping to do that tonight. My daughter gave me your Christmas Cake Pop book so I want to try a few of your designs even though the season is over. Still fun to play and try things out and my husband does not mind being the ginnypig either!!

January 28, 2013 09:44 AM
Karen Lynch said...

Went to WS and enjoyed their techinque class on Morrocan food then since it was near sixty in January (v. unusual for KS) we took the pups for a long walk, dinner with family, and watched Downton Abbey with DH (yes he actually enjoys it, though it took him beginning of season 3 to get on board, thank goodness the library dvds got him up to speed).

January 28, 2013 09:45 AM
Amanda Neadow said...

I spent the weekend baking cakes! Cinderella & Mickey Mouse. Then spent lots of time with my family :)

Love the cookies!!

January 28, 2013 09:46 AM
melissa b said...

Went to a birthday party for a 1 year old, hung out with family and had friends over for dinner. It was great.

January 28, 2013 09:48 AM
Charlemagne Prokopyshyn said...

oh i love these biscuits! soo cute! I love that they are mini biscuits on normal biscuits that look like cake stands! and so many wonderful details. you’re so clever!

This weekend I set up a facebook page and website in German for gluten free baking and cooking to help raise awareness over here in Germany. I already have a blog and facebook page in English for my American and English friends about gluten free baking but I figured living in Germany I should practice my German and see about getting in on the coeliac / gf baking scene here! :)

January 28, 2013 09:49 AM
Auntie Em said...

I baked fresh bread (yum!) and played card games with my hubby. Good way to spend a frozen January weekend!

January 28, 2013 09:50 AM
anna said...

I did a lot, but the best was all the moments I just sat and enjoyed the pouring rain… going on three days of rain here in AZ is pretty unusual. And super awesome.

January 28, 2013 09:50 AM
Annie said...

I made a nice chocolate cake for my daughter and her friends this weekend. i love baking:)

January 28, 2013 09:51 AM
Maria said...

What a cute idea !!!
Went to the GA Aquarium with my family!

January 28, 2013 09:51 AM
Miss Rachel P. said...

How cute! I love making and decorating cookies but I’ve yet to do anything 3-D/free form yet. :) Love Bridget and her website!

I made a “grand” meal for the family with trying a couple new recipes and they both turned out pretty well. My favorite was the crockpot apple dump cake – YUMMY! ;) Perfect for a snowy day. Then I watched some old tv shows with my siblings.

January 28, 2013 09:51 AM
Jaime said...

I worked – and napped!

January 28, 2013 09:51 AM
ellen said...

baked a 70th birthday cake and then took the rest of the weekend off for R&R with a girlfriend it was awesome!!

January 28, 2013 09:52 AM
Jac Ryan said...

I perfected my Snickerdoodle recipe and made cookies for my husband to take to his team at work this morning.

Question – can you elaborate or demonstrate sometime painting with luster dust. I’ve never have been able to figure this out. Thanks

January 28, 2013 09:53 AM
Marcia said...

I went out with friends to elaborate a store project :)

January 28, 2013 09:54 AM
Christine said...

I baked strawberry cheesecake cupcakes, chocolate pixies, meringue and red velvet cupcakes for my niece’s 1st poodles-in-paris-themed birthday party.

January 28, 2013 09:54 AM
Melissa Poling said...

I stayed in bed with a migraine. :( But *this* weekend Is my grandmother’s birthday, so I’ll be baking- YAY!

January 28, 2013 09:55 AM
Jackie said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I read this weekend and laid around the house!

January 28, 2013 09:55 AM
Carla said...

I went to a wine tasting party! Fun!

January 28, 2013 09:55 AM
Mera Tucker said...

Now those are really adorable! I started working on 200 up-side-down hearts for some non-valentine Valentine’s Day cookies. They are for an event & the customer gets what the customer wants! ;o)

January 28, 2013 09:57 AM
Sheila Mom to Seven said...

I would LOVE to win this book, thanks!
This past weekend, I did laundry, played games with the family, had a date with my husband, and watched the Pro Bowl.

January 28, 2013 09:57 AM
Ruth A. said...

I spent the weekend packing. We are heading to California for Winter getaway!

January 28, 2013 09:57 AM
may said...

looked up new baking recipes this weekend.

love your work btw. everything is always so adorable. :)

January 28, 2013 09:58 AM
Su Murillo said...

I made cupcakes!!!
Caramel apple and Orange and Blue Berry and then went to dinner with the hubster :)

January 28, 2013 09:58 AM
Aimee said...

You are a genius.. love everything.. I need to start learning how to do this sugar cookies, specially if I am deciding on opening my business on small desserts..

January 28, 2013 09:59 AM
Nancy said...

Very productive weekend, cleaned the house, attended my son’s basketball game and the boys had friends over for a sleepover!

January 28, 2013 09:59 AM
annabelle said...

I spent the whole weekend reading, just bliss

January 28, 2013 10:00 AM
The Ferret said...

I spent time with friends and ate delicious sweet cream ice cream.

January 28, 2013 10:00 AM
Rene Workman said...

I was house/ dog sitting for a friend…. gonna have to catch up on my baking when I get home!

Thanks Bakerella, and I recognize those cutters! Williams-Sonoma!

January 28, 2013 10:01 AM
Massiel Pimentel said...

Cute little cookies!!! Love them ?
This weekend I went to the movies on saturday and on sunday morning I went to IHop for breakfast.

January 28, 2013 10:01 AM
Kim said...

My sweet baby girl had to have mouth surgery on Friday, so I spent my weekend playing nurse and making sure she had everything she needed! :-)

January 28, 2013 10:02 AM
Mary Radtke said...

Cleaned the house a bit, watched TV & played with the kiddos. Nothing exciting but it was still great.

January 28, 2013 10:02 AM
Jane Montpetit said...

This weekend just blew by! It was cold nasty weather here, so I decided to finally take the time to try a new donut recipe, lol…Well I ended up making orange glazed carrot cake donuts, and they were soooo good that I ended up making “a few” more than I had after doing up all the dishes I had dirtied, I went out in the cold weather that I was avoiding and delivered donuts to all my neighbors, family and friends!!!

January 28, 2013 10:02 AM
Lorie said...

I did some shopping with my sister :) I love these miniature display of treats! I adore mini things!

January 28, 2013 10:02 AM
guadalupe said...

love it!

January 28, 2013 10:03 AM
Rosy Patino said...

I babysat my nieces and nephews!!! It was alot of fun!

January 28, 2013 10:04 AM
Lauren DiMaggio said...

Thanks so much for the cute ideas. This weekend I made a three layered lemon cake for my mom’s birthday. Hope you had a great one!

January 28, 2013 10:04 AM
Azyan Z said...

Last weekend, I brought my students out for a training. It was all about the outdoors…

January 28, 2013 10:05 AM
Kellee said...

I got to try a few new recipes this weekend! And I pinned a bunch of Valentine cookies I want to make.

Definitely trying these out this week! Thanks for the great pictures and directions.

January 28, 2013 10:05 AM
Christy said...

My husband and I both fell in love with the same dog and almost convinced ourselves to adopt him, and then realized that we are trying to get pregnant and now’s not the time to get a dog. :( I’m still bummed.

January 28, 2013 10:05 AM
tammy said...

I made chicken pie and knitted hats!

January 28, 2013 10:06 AM
Rena said...

I went shopping with my mother in law yesterday-doesn’t sound fun but it actually was and got some great stuff! Also watched pitch perfect-adorable movie!

January 28, 2013 10:06 AM
Miranda Villarreal said...

I had a wonderful weekend! Friday was my birthday! I had birthday breakfast, got a FREE birthday car wash, birthday dinner at the Melting Pot (my fav). Then Saturday, my family came to visit for a belated birthday lunch. And Sunday, I was just plain lazy. I hope I win this book.

January 28, 2013 10:07 AM
jennifer said...

w e had our sons first pinewood derby! then we made peanutbutter balls for church!

January 28, 2013 10:07 AM
Missie said...

I went to the supper dance and Ball for the Mardi Gras parade that I will ride in on Feb. 1. Had a great time with friends. then on Sunday cooked dinner for the family and made a White Chocolate Ameratto Cake. I have to do some baking every weekend.

January 28, 2013 10:07 AM
Deborah said...

Love the cookies on a cookie display! Too Cute! This weekend I had all sorts of creative plans, both cooking and crafting–but I spent it sick and in bed instead! I was totally bummed out that I felt too bad to do all of the fun things I had planned on.

January 28, 2013 10:09 AM
Angela J said...

Those tiny chocolate cakes are adorable!!!

I went to my parents house and really enjoyed relaxing with them, my sister and my baby nephew :-)

January 28, 2013 10:10 AM
Lisa @hoopla palooza said...

oh . em. gee. these cookies are waaaaaaay over the top adorable! i actually want one to varnish and keep forever! we had a bday party for my son over the weekend-but this weekend i will spend just staring at these cookies…

January 28, 2013 10:10 AM
Linda said...

I gave a fun baby shower brunch. Just yummy food and chatting. Those are the cutest things ever. You amaze me.

January 28, 2013 10:10 AM
Nadia said...

Spent time with my cute little baby and bought myself an iPad – I finally have one and the Bakerella website looks great on it : )

January 28, 2013 10:11 AM
Patti said...

cleaned the house for a potluck we hosted, made a batch of bad cookies… I need this book!!!!

January 28, 2013 10:12 AM
whitney said...

I’d love to win that!

We spent some family time. And I got a new phone! Also did some couponing :-)

January 28, 2013 10:13 AM
christin said...

We had a movie night at our house Friday night and visited family Saturday, Sunday was church, lunch and a nap! Had an awesome time with my husband and 2 small children.

January 28, 2013 10:14 AM
Megan E said...

These are adorable!! I need more time in the day to have time to play in the kitchen!

We went shopping .. found a new bedroom set and finally got our android pad that we had been putting off forever.
Then we cleaned up the bedrrom to take pictures of the old bedroom set to sell..
and made Cici Macaroni (my husbands family recipe)!! MMM good!

January 28, 2013 10:14 AM
Tiffanie said...

The usual mom things on Saturday and on Sunday we stayed in our PJs all day and watched movies and I knit. So needed that after a busy week.

January 28, 2013 10:14 AM
Jamie Harrison said...

I deep cleaned and organized my house. The only left is the filing cabinet… next weekend I will tackle that. :)

January 28, 2013 10:15 AM
Jenny Snortheim said...

This weekend I got together with my cousins and their children. We went bowling and pigged out on pizza, then in the evening just the adults got together! It was so much fun!

January 28, 2013 10:16 AM
HeatherK said...

I made Valentine and St Patrick Day cards. Trying to stay ahead of the game. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 28, 2013 10:16 AM
Mallory Frost said...

These are absolutely adorable! What a fantastic idea!!

I made some great homemade chicken parmigiana for a friend this weekend — but would have rather been baking, like you! This looks like it was really fun to make :)

January 28, 2013 10:18 AM
Jo said...

I decorated cakes

January 28, 2013 10:18 AM
Mariana said...

Your work is wonderful! This weekend I went to the Zumba Party and had a nice day out with family at the national preserve.

January 28, 2013 10:19 AM
Rhonda said...

I spent time with my wonderful little family–making meals, running errands, church-filled Sunday, naps. :-)

January 28, 2013 10:19 AM
Nina Escamilla said...

Does mini cookies look so delicious!!!

I made a big cookie this Sunday for a birthday girl, it was one of her best gifts that she received…

I love baking!!!! :)

January 28, 2013 10:19 AM
Ilana said...

I went to my youngest daughter’s basketball game.

January 28, 2013 10:20 AM
Adrianne said...

Your cookies are adorable. What is it about miniature treats that I can’t resist?! I made chocolate doughnuts over the weekend…success!

January 28, 2013 10:20 AM
Connie Harrell said...

So cute! I worked on perfecting my cake shots…. Both adult versions and kid friendly ones. :)

January 28, 2013 10:21 AM
Chris said...

Adorable! This weekend I shopped around for vanities for a bathroom reno. Woulda rather been baking sugar cookies!

January 28, 2013 10:22 AM
SharyB said...

I made a Leprechaun climbing up a wedding cake to get his pot of gold (without a rainbow) as per the bride’s request..
THANK YOU to all you wonderful creative bloggers…as a nwebie I would never have managed otherwise….
We live in the middle of nowhere too.
love to you all

January 28, 2013 10:23 AM
Kirsten said...

Unfortunately, I had to study all weekend for my exams that ended up getting postponed due to snow! But I am very excited to celebrate later this week by making some beautiful sugar cookies!

January 28, 2013 10:23 AM
Rona said...

Ha! I actually made Mardi Gras sugar cookies :)

January 28, 2013 10:26 AM
Laura said...

I spent the weekend catching up with a friend over a cup of coffee

January 28, 2013 10:26 AM
Vicky said...

We celebrated my nephew’s 3rd birthday.

January 28, 2013 10:26 AM
Lauri said...

Celebrated my nephew’s 1st birthday. Those cookies are the cutest thing I have ever seen. You are so creative and talented. Thanks for sharing with us.

January 28, 2013 10:26 AM
Doretta Smith said...

Love the cookies!! I spent the weekend cleaning the house and went to my daughter’s basketball games. Went to church on Sunday and watched a few movies. Had a great weekend with my family.

January 28, 2013 10:27 AM
Courtney Whitmore said...

Oh.My.Word. SPEECHLESS! {amazing}

January 28, 2013 10:28 AM
Sandy w said...

I had my parents to dinner Saturday night. I spent a lot of time yesterday watching golf and knitting by a fire. Very relaxing!

January 28, 2013 10:29 AM
Barbie said...

Absolutely adorable cookie stands! Love Bake at 350 too!

IYB (International Young Basketball) tournament started on Saturday, so I spent the weekend with the family at my son’s basketball games.

Thanks for a chance to win!

January 28, 2013 10:30 AM
Jennifer M-S said...

Oh my cuteness! Such great ideas!

January 28, 2013 10:31 AM
Adrianne Miller said...

We dug ourselves out of the snow a few times! That’s Utah for you!

January 28, 2013 10:31 AM
Heather C said...

Spent the weekend with my girls.

January 28, 2013 10:32 AM
Rabecca said...

Love the tiny cookies!!

This weekend, I hosted an awesome game night, and got to puppy sit :) It was great!

January 28, 2013 10:32 AM
Shelly E said...

To be honest I had kinda a crummy weekend, My husband worked pretty much all weekend, my one year was sick and picky all weekend, and my preganant self was exhausted the entire time! But it snowed a lot and it was very pretty!

January 28, 2013 10:33 AM
Jessica said...

I threw a baby shower for one of my girlfriends, cleaned house and played with my 3 kids!

January 28, 2013 10:33 AM
Jodie Smith said...

I celebrated my 10th Wedding Anniversary! I had a replica of our wedding cake topper made and we went to dinner & the casino! It was a great weekend!

January 28, 2013 10:34 AM
Joan said...

I cleaned the entire house and then friends surprised us and came over..I was so happy my house was clean!! The next day I made some greek cookies my 90 year old aunts (2 of em) had showed me how to make. I love baking and have to get all their recipes so their legacy will live on :)

January 28, 2013 10:34 AM
Toni DeBenedictis said...

I had the family over for some hot soup, sandwiches and some ping pong!

Adorable cookies and display stands btw!

January 28, 2013 10:34 AM
Amber A. said...

I cleaned and spent some quality time with my daughters.

January 28, 2013 10:35 AM
Donna said...

Not necessarily fun, but I bought a new new mattress set. It is heaven!!!

And this might possibly be the cutest valentine cookie display ever! I am trying my hand at cookie decorating and would love the book. :)

January 28, 2013 10:35 AM
Jessica H said...

I made cookies too! They are for volunteers for a project I’m working on. They are not so pretty, but they are tasty.

January 28, 2013 10:35 AM
Chrish said...

Made a cake that looked like a Guinea pig on Saturday morning. Later, I took the cake to my grandson’s birthday party. Sunday, my daughter and I went to a book-signing. It was a very fun weekend!

January 28, 2013 10:36 AM
Lisa Weathers said...

The cookie stands are just adorable. I was finishing up a Dora cake for a little girls birthday. Can’t wait to try these. I have purchased the cake pop book and love it.

January 28, 2013 10:36 AM
Lisa J said...

This weekend I explored making bread for the first time and it worked. I’ve always been afraid of yeast, which is normally why I stick to cookies and cake pops!

January 28, 2013 10:36 AM
Veronica said...

Beautiful cookies!!! This weekend I went with my family to our beach house and celebrated my son 10 months! Took all the family and has a great time…

January 28, 2013 10:37 AM
Paula said...

These are adorable and just in time for Valentines Day! As for the weekend- I spent it on tearing down wallpaper. Now to the painting- the fun part!

January 28, 2013 10:39 AM
Amy said...

I hung out with my baby boy! He will be 6 months old tomorrow. I can’t wait until he is old enough to bake cookies with me :-)

January 28, 2013 10:40 AM
Lisa Pineda said...

I baked a few cakes for Cake Pops I’ll be making.


I hope to win!


January 28, 2013 10:40 AM
Penny said...

I love your teeny tiny cookies.
My granddaughters would love them.
This weekend I went to visit my friend on her birthday.
We always have fun together and lots of laughs.

January 28, 2013 10:40 AM
shikha said...

Loved the tutorial. This weekend I was planning for my upcoming cake:) and shopping with my family :)

January 28, 2013 10:40 AM
Juli V said...

I went to a wing war where a bunch of local restaurants competed to see who had the best wings. We got to try them all. It was fantastic!

January 28, 2013 10:40 AM
Joanie from NC said...

Those ittybitty cookies are adorkable!! This weekend we hunkered down Saturday to wait out the melting from Fridays ice storm. I cooked baked taters and a pkg of pork tenderloins. Suffered thru rough tar heel bball game saturday night. Sunday made a grocery store run. Thank you!

January 28, 2013 10:41 AM
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