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Graduation Time! free printable owl gift bags AND a cookie cutter GIVEAWAY!!

 

UPDATE! Yay to Michelle, Sue, Pat, Cynthia and Jennifer! (aka. comment numbers 81, 69, 56, 1, and 60 that random.org chose) They won the cookie cutters!! More giveaways ahead, I guarantee. And I’m trying to keep things worldwide as much as I can. Bonus, there’s a winner outside the US in this bunch!

 

Do you have any graduations coming up? Nowadays, every academic milestone is celebrated as a graduation, so I’m guessing many of you do. Kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, grad school… so many chances to graduate. Wow, under those conditions, I should’ve had seven graduation parties by now (um, overeducated/underemployed situation here).

 

This graduation season, I teamed up with Carla over at Party Planning Center. She has mad printable skills and she created this adorable owl printable, for FREE!  Just print, cut out, glue together, and fill with treats for your favorite grad. I made cookies, of course. To fill the owls, package the cookies in cello bags from the craft store, pop in the containers with or without tissue paper, then if you like, punch a couple holes at the top of the owl and close with a matching ribbon.  For the link to Carla’s FREE owl favor printable, CLICK HERE. I love how Carla dresses up the owls with cello, tissue and bow ties in different school colors. (SEE MORE HERE.)

 

 

For my cookies, I made some owls and diploma cookies, and to keep it even simpler, I just made some plain circles with icing to match the patterns on the owl. These circle cookie bites are handy dandy to match any school colors. They would be great to pair with some diploma or graduation hat cookies. Wait, you don’t have diploma or graduation hat cookie cutters? Scroll to the end for the giveaway. I’m giving away a set of diploma and graduation hat cutters to FIVE winners.

 

 

To make polka dot and stripe cookie bites

 

you will need:*

cookie dough

royal icing

circle cookie cutter

food coloring

disposable decorating bags

couplers

size “3” decorating tips

rubber bands

 

*Find the cookie cutter (probably part of a set), decorating bags, couplers and tips in the craft store.  You’ll need one bag, coupler and tip for each color you choose. For food coloring, I prefer Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Orange used here, but you may use any colors for your grad). Find basic cookie decorating instructions HERE.

 

what to do:

Prepare your cookie dough, chill, roll out, cut out circles and bake according to the recipe. Let cool completely. Prepare icing according to the recipe. Divide and tint your preferred colors. Thin the icing a bit with water, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, so that it’s thinner than a stiff, outline consistency, but a bit thicker than a runnier flooding consistency. Try the ten-second rule: Overturn a spoonful and the drizzles should disappear into the icing in ten seconds. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with the icing and close tightly with rubber bands. To decorate cookies, outline cookies with a color of icing and let set about ten minutes. Fill a cookie with the same color icing by piping back and forth. Immediately pipe dots or stripes on top with another color. Let the cookies dry very well before packaging, at least overnight.

 

 

And now, the GIVEAWAY!!

 

for a chance to win a set of diploma and graduation cap cookie cutters

leave a comment here before

Sunday, April 29,  2012, midnight, EST

FIVE (5) winners will be randomly chosen

(diploma is four inches long, the cap is four and a half inches across)

winners have 48 hours to reply after being notified before another winner is drawn

contest worldwide

Don’t forget to make owl gift bags to fill with your cookies!!

UPDATE: Sorry folks! The links to the printables over at Party Planning Center are updated!!

 

 

 

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98 Comments

  1. Cynthia R
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    The cookies and the owl bags are adorable!

  2. Kris Reynolds
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Oh Wow!!! These would be perfect! My son is graduating in June and I am starting to plan for his party. What a fun addition these would be.

  3. Heather
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    These are SO cute!! My son is only in kindergarten (and I hope there isn’t a graduation!) but I know I could put these to good use :)

  4. Katie
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Love owl cookies:))

  5. NANCY
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    That is a wonderful and super cute idea! I have a Senior and would love to make these for his friends!

  6. Kara
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Those Little Cookies and Bags Would Be a Hoot At My Little Brothers Graduation Party!!! :)

  7. Khandra Henderson
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    The matching cookies with the owl bags are sooo adorable, and those cutters look great.

  8. Karina
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    there so cute. I hope I can get one!

  9. Jen
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    I would love to make these for my nephew.

  10. Tim
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    My wife would love these for our son and nephew who both graduate this year.

  11. Kathryn
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    SO cute! These would be perfect for my sister’s graduation! :)

  12. Carole Resnick
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    So Cute!! Wish I had a graduate

  13. Carole Resnick
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    So Cute!! Wish I had a graduate

  14. Anik
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Wow these are sooo cute!!! If I win I’m going to find a small accomplishment I can “graduate” from, just for an excuse to use the cutters ;)

  15. Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Alma
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Love the cookie cutters! I bet the owl could be made out of cookie too.

  17. Diane
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Love these these are cute will be attempting to make some for my b’day on Saturday 4/28

  18. Diane
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Where did you buy these cutters, please?

  19. Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Oh this would be an awesome birthday present :) I have been on a collecting spree of cookie cutters!

  20. jane
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    very cute…i like to orange and yellow on the owl.

  21. Maren
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    The Owls (cookies & bags) are just adorable! It’s a pity that they just fit for PhD graduations over here, ’cause we don’t use the hats on the other occasions….

  22. Lynn
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Cute! I’ve been looking for these cutters for a co-workers daughter.

  23. MommaMary
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Another outstanding giveaway!

  24. Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Nice cookies. Thanks for the chance.
    Hugs

  25. Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Owls are super cute! Your cookie owl is adorable! Hope I win those cookie cutters :))

  26. William Thim
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    My son is graduating high school this year, would love to win the prize.

  27. Alice
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    This is so cute. My granddaughter is graduating from PreK in June and I think this would be a nice touch to her party. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    I’m graduating on May 11th from grad school (YAY!) So Please, feel free to send me some COOKIES :)

    OH. this giveaway is for the cookie cutters… hmmm. I guess you could send me the cutters, but there is no way I’d be able to make cute cookies like you, so just send me both ;)

  29. Vaia
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    WOW! I love owls! My best friend is graduating college this June and she loves owls too. What a great idea. I love all your recipes and tips. Keep them coming plz!

  30. Shannon Baas
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I have 2 nieces graduating in May that these would be perfect for.

  31. Kelly Warnick
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I have been looking through ideas for my daughters upcoming graduation for 2 mos now and I think she would love these cookies on her dessert bar. They are adorable:)

  32. Kelly Warnick
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I have been looking through ideas for my daughters upcoming high school graduation and I really think she would love these cookies on her dessert bar. They are adorable:)

  33. donna
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Very cute. I would love to add these cutters to my collection :)

  34. susie
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Love this giveaway. The owl is adorable. I would love to win the cookie cutters for my daughter’s graduation.

  35. San
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Love those cookies!

  36. cguard
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    My daughter graduates high schoolin a month and I have been trying to figure out a special thank you treat to take all the teachers at our small school. Th hats and diplomas would be perfect in Red Black and White (our colors)

  37. Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    i love the colors on your cookies!

  38. Teresa
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Great giveaway

    Greetings from Spain

  39. ahD
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Hello! This cookie cutters look really cute! I won’t be graduating anytime soon, but it would be great when the time is near!

  40. Kim J.
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    How cute! I have been researching ideas on what I could do for my daughter who graduates this year.

  41. Cecily
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    The owls are so cute. I would love to make graduation cookies. Thanks for the giveaway.

  42. Tziona
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Adorable cookies and giveaway!

  43. Melody B
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    These would be so cute to make for my son’s kindergarten graduation.

  44. Sar Tann
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Everything is so cute… But the gift bag link isn’t working. :(

  45. Jolee
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much. These are adorable!!!!

  46. Teri
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    These would be perfect for my son’s graduation this year–and to add to my cutter collection! Fun, Fun, Fun!

  47. Teri
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Sar Tann, try the “adorable owl printable” link in the second paragraph. I couldn’t get it from the bottom link, but had no problem with the “adorable owl printable” link near the top. Good luck. :-)

  48. Kim
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    How adorable. Fun

  49. jennifer
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    how fun!! cute

  50. Posted April 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    HOORAY! It’s great to be in such good company- over-educated/under-employed sugar fanatics! Anyhow, would love to win the cutters! Although I haven’t had requests for graduation sweets yet, it’s still early. And the printouts are stupendous… Thanks for another awesome giveaway!

  51. Jennifer
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Cute cutters, thanks for the chance!

  52. Becky Smith
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    I love owls! Super cute cookies too! I would love to win, my nieces and nephews school mascot is an owl!

  53. Posted April 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m getting ready to graduate college in a few weeks and am planning to make decorated sugar cookies for my graduation party next month – these would be perfect!

  54. amy*
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    These are wonderful! They would make a perfect addition to our graduate party.Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  55. Sara
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Super cute!!! would love to add these to my collection!

  56. Pat K
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    My nephew is graduating this year and these
    hat and diploma cookie cutters would be perfect for cookies to bring to the party!

  57. shelly
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    OMG!! Those are SOOOOOO cute!!!

  58. Jamin-a
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    I’d love to make these cookies for my graduation!!!

  59. Tatyana
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    I would love to have these cookie cutters. And I love your cookie ideas ;)

  60. jennifer
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    i just had somwone order some cap and diploma cookies but i dont have the cutters, wud be nice to add to my growing collection!!

  61. Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    Those Owls are cool.
    I Love them!!!
    I may have a chance :O) and get those cute cutters.
    Thanks

  62. Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing the free printables, they look really nice and what to say about the cutters… they are lovely,
    Thanks
    Rosa

  63. Posted April 27, 2012 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    What a nice idea!

  64. Naz
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    I love this idea!! Me and my friends are graduating this July. This would make an adorable graduation present for all my friends who are graduating with me.

  65. Posted April 27, 2012 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    So cute and would be perfect for my son’s graduation (Phd. from Duke)!! You’re never too old for cookies! Thanks for the giveaway.

  66. Callie
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Awesome! Thank you for the opportunity!

  67. Posted April 27, 2012 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    The owl looks super cute! My brother is graduating this year and these would be fab! :)

  68. Becky Jordan-Tracey
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Those cookies are adorable!

  69. Posted April 27, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    so cute! I cried like a baby for my son when he graduated from kinder garden, lord help me when he hits high school.

  70. Shannon D
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    so cute! Lots of graduates over here – it would keep me out of trouble for awhile at least.

  71. Posted April 27, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Very cute! Love the color combo you used.

  72. Brenda
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the chance to win the cookie cutters. They are so cute! Would love to win.

  73. smfsprout
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    These cookies cutters are just wonderful. And as noted, could be used and reused as the graduates progress through their education.

  74. Carmen
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    The owl and graduation cookies are cute!

  75. Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Love the owls – so cute!

  76. Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win this. My sister just got her PHD is is having a graduation party in June!

  77. Marcella
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Love it! Super cute ideas.

  78. Carmen
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    How cute are those owl cookies?! Thanks for the chance to win

  79. Posted April 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Great ideas…love the owl cookie. I was getting ready to order a grad cap and diploma cutter. Think I’ll cross my fingers and hope that I win! :)

  80. Posted April 28, 2012 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    cooookkkkkeeeyyyy. me want cookie!

  81. Posted April 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Oh I love how precious the owl looks! Great job with these, adorable :)

  82. Posted April 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Love these cookies! Hoping for those cutters.

  83. Posted April 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Love these cookies! Hoping for the cutters too. Thanks for the chance.

  84. Nicki G.
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Entering to win! Adorable cookies!

  85. Posted April 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    The owl cookie is the cutest ever!

  86. Posted April 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Those owls are adorable!

  87. Posted April 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Love these – I have an order for grad cookies coming up in June, these would be handy. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  88. Posted April 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I love how creative your are. Your cookies look amazing and the owls are too cute!

  89. Linda M
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Adorable! Love the color, would love to have. Thanks!

  90. Sue
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Such a cute idea for graduation time! Love the bright colors! Thank you for the chance to win!

  91. Rebecca R.
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    You make such cool cookies! Thanks for sharing them with us! =)

  92. Christina R.
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Cool! Thanks!

  93. Tia
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the clever ideas. We have a graduation to celebrate this year, and the owl theme is adorable!

  94. Katie Gallo
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I love the cookies and owl bags! Such good ideas.

  95. Danielle H.
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Oh, my sister is graduating from high school this year and my daughter from Kindergarten. These would be perfect!

  96. Dusana
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    With this set, I could make some cookies for my daughter who is graduating from Kindergarden. I love your cookies.

  97. nancy
    Posted May 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Just checking……Have you done the drawing yet? Just didn’t want to miss your email if I was one of the lucky ones. Thanks so much.

  98. meaghanmountford
    Posted May 3, 2012 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Hi Nancy, I did! At the top of this post I put an Update on the winners. More giveaways ahead though, and thanks so much for participating!

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