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Graduation Cap Sugar Cookies

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Serves 24 | Prep Time 30 | Cook Time 10

Why I Love This Recipe

The tradition of wearing a cap and gown at graduation ceremonies dates back to the 12th century at the University of Cambridge, where scholars were required to wear long robes and hoods to keep warm in the unheated buildings.

Ingredients You'll Need

1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups (345g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 batch royal icing (for decorating), divided


In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until well combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until a dough forms.

Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion of the chilled dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Use a graduation cap-shaped cookie cutter to cut out shapes, and place them about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the cookies are completely cooled, decorate with royal icing. Use different colors and piping tips to create the graduation cap design, tassels, and any other details.

Allow the icing to set completely before serving or storing the cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Pairs Well With

A refreshing glass of lemonade or iced tea to celebrate the sweet achievement of graduation.

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