I’m pretty sure my customer expected me to make royal icing covered cookies, but being I don’t have the patience or skill to pipe royal icing onto cookies, I opted instead to craft 3D graduation cap cookies filled with candy.
My experimentation with the recipe was quick and easy, I got the result I had hoped for in my first attempt. That doesn’t always happen, so I was thrilled. My customer was even more excited when I sent her a picture of the cookies.
Chocolate Graduation Cap Cookies (makes 12)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 -3/4 cup chocolate frosting
12 scoops (about a tablespoon each) of small candies like M&M Mini’s
2 1/2 inch square cookie cutters
In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar. Cream until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Combine cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Stir in to wet ingredients. Add flour and mix just until incorporated.
Cut out twelve 2 1/4 inch circles and twelve 2 1/2 inch squares, re-rolling dough as needed. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
Freeze cookie cups for 15 minutes, to ensure they will hold their shape well.