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dots! …. cookies and favor box

This is a great and easy way to use up leftover dough and frosting. You can make and decorate these cookies, let dry overnight, and freeze in a baggie to use as needed. I do hope you find cutting out cookies therapeutic, though, as the task can become tedious. Use flour generously on your work surface and the cutter. Also, I have plenty of frosting bags already prepared on hand, but if you don’t want to go through the effort of preparing bags just to make dots, you can just put dyed frosting in ziplocs and cut a small hole at the corner.

I was inspired by the blog, mushy, to create my own little pillow box. (See her post here, and my post on her post at my other blog, here. Was that confusing?) I found the template online and added the circles myself.

how to make cookie dots

you will need:
1/2 ” circle fondant cutter
food coloring (any desired colors, I use
Americolor soft gel pastes)
1 disposable frosting bag, coupler, rubberband and size “4”
tip for each color OR
1 ziploc with the corner snipped (don’t snip too much) for ea
ch color

to package, you will need:
color printer
8 1/2 x 11″ thick, cardstock or photo paper

small cellophane favor bags
craft knife or Xacto knife
craft glue

*fondant cutters are found at most major craft stores, as are the rest of the supplies, though Americolor food coloring is primarily found in specialty stores and online.

step one: bake your cookies
On a floured surface, roll out your chilled dough about 3/8″ thick and use the fondant cutter to cut out your dots. Bake about 7 minutes according to recipe directions. Let cool.

step two: decorate your cookies
Make a frosting bag with 4 tip or use a ziploc for each color frosting. Tie closed with a rubber band. Pipe a dot on each cookie. This works best if you pick up and hold each cookie with the forefinger and thumb of your non-dominant hand while piping with your dominant hand. The cookies are so light they move around the tray otherwise. Let dry overnight.

step three: package your cookies
Put dots in a small favor bag, fold over the edge (you can use a sticker to close if preferred), and put in a pillow box or any container. The favor bag is important because the oils from the cookie will stain paper containers!

To make the pillow box, print the template (pdf found here, and also at the end of this post). Each sheet makes 2 boxes. Cut out each along the outside lines. Lightly and precisely score the black lines on the inside of the shape with a craft knife. This is to make folding easier. Fold along the tab line along the right side of the box and the middle. Glue the box together along the tab line. Hold closed until dry. Puff open and fold in curved ends.

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  1. Posted February 8, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    I love it! Another one I will definitely be trying…thanks.

  2. Posted February 8, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Cute cookies! and very cute little box to print out!

  3. Posted February 9, 2009 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    A really good idea and very creative with the pillow box :)

  4. Posted February 9, 2009 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    I love dots! especially all those colours you’ve employed!

  5. Posted February 9, 2009 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    So adorable!

  6. Posted February 9, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank you everyone!meaghan

  7. Posted February 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    What fun are these. I love the packaging also. A perfect gift!

  8. Posted February 10, 2009 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    TOO CUTE!!

  9. Posted February 12, 2009 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    very cute!

  10. Posted February 13, 2009 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    Just found your site and I am in love. :)

  11. Posted February 14, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to the new folks, too!

  12. Posted February 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    oooh i love dots, my signature in all my quilts. thanks for the recipe, tho i am not known for my cooking ability but they are fun to look at!

  13. Posted February 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Adorable! I could totally see popping these into my mouth… over and over and over! LOL

  14. Posted February 22, 2009 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    The best! very nice cookies and i really the packaging.Great Job! I’ll keep coming back.

  15. Posted February 24, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    I love your blog!!! Your cookies are the BEST!

  16. Posted March 13, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    these look fun thanks for sharing we are making these today!

  17. Posted March 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Hi via the crafty crow! I love your blog and will check back often!

  18. Posted March 16, 2009 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    Found you by way of the crafty crow – these are so adorable – I will definitely give them a try

  19. Posted March 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea!! I’m so glad I found your blog (via Crafty Crow). I love baking and making cookies, so yours is my kind of blog.

  20. Posted March 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Thank you to all for your wonderful comments! (And a thanks to the crafty crow…I’ve gotten a lot of traffic from this great blog. I added them to my blog roll, so everyone who hasn’t heard of them, I recommend checking them out.)

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