cute graduation cookies decorated with modeling chocolate smiley faces and blue candy clay grad caps with gold tassels
Graduation Cookies
Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

Cute smiley face graduate cookies decorated with modeling chocolate make great desserts for your graduation party.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: graduation cookies
Servings: 12
Author: Beth
Cookie Dough:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour plus more if needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter softened slightly
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Modeling Chocolate:
  • 16 ounces white chocolate
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup plus more if needed
  • food coloring flesh tone and other color for your grad caps
Cookie Dough:
  1. Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Stir in egg, vanilla, and almond extract.
  5. Add dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
  6. If the dough is sticky, add a small amount of flour.
  7. Roll out cookie dough, on a floured surface, to about 1/8th inch thickness.

  8. Cut twelve 3 inch circles out of the cookie dough.
  9. Cut out twelve diamond shaped grad caps out of the dough.
  10. Use the same diamond shaped cookie cutter to cut a triangle shaped notch out of the circle of dough.
  11. Then brush two long edges of the diamond shaped dough and insert it into the notch in the circle of dough.
  12. Use your finger to press the seams together.
Modeling Chocolate:
  1. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of white modeling chocolate to color to make the tassels.
  2. Color about 2/3 of the white modeling chocolate using flesh tone food coloring.
  3. Color the rest using whatever color you want to make your grad caps.
  4. Let the colored modeling chocolate rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  5. Roll the flesh tone modeling chocolate out to about 1/16th inch thickness.
  6. Cut out twelve 3 inch circles.
  7. Then roll out the blue modeling chocolate to the same thickness.
  8. Cut out twelve diamond shaped grad caps.
  9. Use that same diamond cutter to cut a triangle shaped notch from each circle.
  10. Brush a light coating of corn syrup over a cookie.
  11. Place the circle and the diamond over the cookie pressing the seams together.
  12. Repeat.
  13. Color your modeling chocolate appropriately for your tassels.
  14. Roll the modeling chocolate into a tube.
  15. Insert into the barrel of a clay extruder.
  16. Attach a single hole disc and screw on the cap.
  17. Push the chocolate clay through the extruder to create a single strand then cut it into twelve 1-inch pieces for the top section of the tassel.
  18. Brush a dot of corn syrup in the center of each grad cap.
  19. Attach the single strand to the corn syrup.
  20. Then attach a multi-hole disc to the extruder.
  21. Push the candy clay through the multi-hole disc to make lots of little strands.
  22. Cut the strands at about 3/4 of an inch.
  23. Pinch together the strands on one end and attach it to the single strand using corn syrup.
  24. Pinch off a small piece of modeling chocolate that matches your grad cap and roll it into a ball and flatten it in the center of the grad cap over the end of the single strand.