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Graduation Cookie Party Favors

Updated on March 9, 2014

Preparing for Graduation

Graduation is either one of the most exciting days of one’s life or one of the most traumatic. If it’s yours, it is a day to celebrate what you’ve done and what you hope to accomplish.

If it’s your child, you are a big teary mess as your baby walks across the stage. Whether she’s graduating from college or kindergarten, it is an emotional moment and one definitely worthy of a party!

Cookies make the perfect graduation favors and are appropriate for any age; even those new college grads still love chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and sugar cookies. Here are a few ideas for graduation cookie party favors.

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Quick & Easy

If you’re pressed for time, or would rather be enjoying graduation activities instead of being in the kitchen, there is a quick and fast way to make your grad some great treats. Simply invest in an inexpensive set of graduation-themed cookie cutters.

These are available at craft stores and online; common shapes are mortar boards and tassels, scrolled diplomas, girls/boys in caps and gowns, and regular or shooting stars.

If you don’t want to purchase anything, see if you have a star cutter lying around as these are common in many cutter sets.


Get Creative

Whip up a batch of your favorite sugar cookie recipe and cut out your shapes.

Remember, chilling the dough both before and after cutting helps prevent them from spreading.

After your graduation cookies have cooled, use icing, sprinkles, and edible markers to embellish them.

If you don’t have cookie cutters, use food coloring to tint the sugar cookie dough in your grad’s school colors.

If you want to get really crafty, attempt to sculpture fondant into shapes of grad caps, or the graduate's hobbies.


Predict Their Futures

Here is another idea that will be quick – as long as you plan ahead a little. Order or buy fortune cookies. They may be available in your grocery store, and you can find them inexpensively online.

To dress them up, dip them in melted chocolate and sprinkle with candy bits, sprinkles, confectioner’s sugar, or white chocolate.

If you have more time, you can make your own fortune cookies with customized fortunes for your grad. In either case, it is a cute idea for grads wondering “what’s next!”


Older Graduates

For older children and grads, it’s all about presentation. They may not want a grad-shaped cookie as much as they want their favorite delicious treat, so dress it up a bit.

Buy a package of paper CD sleeves (very inexpensive online). Make a batch or two of oversized chocolate chip, chocolate fudge, oatmeal, or white chocolate macadamia.

Write a message on the CD sleeve or attach a tag – “Class of 20__,” “One Smart Cookie,” or simply, “Congratulations!”

When the gourmet cookies have cooled, slide one each into a sleeve and tape closed.

Give Guests Options

Why not let party guests choose their own favor? Buy some Chinese takeout-style boxes from a craft store or online (these are inexpensive and fun). Make several varieties of cookies and put them in graduation cookie baskets for guests to choose from.

They can fit a few cookies in their box, and you don’t have to worry about individually packaging each favor. If you want to tie it more to a graduation theme, you can purchase boxes in your grad’s school colors or write messages on the boxes.


Younger Graduates

If your child is in elementary school, a cute idea is to make a milk-carton style box for cookies. You remember drinking milk from those waxy cartons, don’t you? It’s easy when you download the template from TheSweetestOccasion. You simply cut and fold where indicated to make your boxes, and then you can add a few cookies. It is a great favor for younger kids – and probably many older ones!

As graduation approaches, make sure you do not forget the two essentials: fresh, delicious cookie favors and a box of tissues.

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    • Nicole S profile image

      Nicole S Hanson 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Cookies are awesome party ideas. They're a nice snack to take home, and it's something that the guests will enjoy instead of throw away. Nice hub here!

    • janices7 profile image

      Janice S 5 years ago

      Great ideas! Love the cupcakes.