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 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


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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  1. Kris Reynolds says

    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.

  2. Heather says

    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 :)

  3. Anik says

    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 😉

  4. Maren says

    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….

  5. Alice says

    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.

  6. says

    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 😉

  7. Vaia says

    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!

  8. Kelly Warnick says

    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:)

  9. Kelly Warnick says

    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:)

  10. susie says

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

  11. cguard says

    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)

  12. ahD says

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

  13. Teri says

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

  14. Teri says

    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. :-)

  15. says

    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!

  16. Becky Smith says

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

  17. amy* says

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

  18. Pat K says

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

  19. jennifer says

    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!!

  20. says

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

  21. Naz says

    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.

  22. smfsprout says

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

  23. Danielle H. says

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

  24. Dusana says

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

  25. nancy says

    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.

    • meaghanmountford says

      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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