Debutante Ball Gown Decorated Cookie

Preppy 101 asked me to make a cookie for a friend’s debutante celebration and I was thrilled! I thought the cookie cutter used for the “Betty Draper Party Dress” that is featured in my Give-Away would be perfect and I wanted to share a couple more decorating ideas with you.Click HERE to enter the give-away if you’d like.
It ends this Sunday after Mad Men. πŸ™‚debutante ballgown dress cookies
I began with my favorite Sugar Cookie and Royal Icing recipes.

In keeping with the tradition of the debutante’s white dress, I thought an all white cookie with petite white embellishments on the skirt would be nice.

There are 2 ways to outline a cookie. Outline before filling in the cookie with thinned icing or afterwards. Each gives you a different look. I chose to outline first to make a finished cookie with a softer look.

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Here’s a photo of Betty’s dress I made for the Mad Men Cookie post where I flooded first then drew my lines on set icing. I made the outline icing just a shade lighter than the dress color. It’s a good technique to use if you want a higher contrast.

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You can see outlining first then filling in gives a more subtle look.

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I then lightly dusted pearl luster powder over the dried icing to add a soft glow and with the flick of a brush, a few sparkles of edible glitter (Disco Dust in rainbow) to catch the light.

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The deb’s favorite colors are pink and green (I liked her instantly) so I incorporated the colors in the ribbon and packaging material as accents.

Mmmm, so many pretty ribbons to choose from.

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I have a pink and green collection and this is only part of it!

Which would you choose? πŸ™‚

For the decoration on the skirt, I experimented with two dots patterns. One was a simple 3 dot pattern like the original Betty cookie I made and the other was a scattered flower pattern with pearlized dragees placed in the center of the flowers on my tester cookie.

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I accentuated the waist of both dresses with ribbon but I didn’t want the ribbon to take away from the focus of the dress so I used a sheer polka dotted green color and tacked the ribbon in place with a spot of icing.

Adding some festive paper shred with some opalescence strands for the packaging brought in the pink color and is a nice background for the dress.

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To finish the cookie presentation, I tied the cello bag with a wider width, plain, sheer green ribbon that matched the polka dot ribbon in color and transparency.

One last thing I would do Miss P101, is to make a tag with your wonderful monogram program with the deb’s initials and slip it onto the tied ribbon. This would be a lovely and personal touch to add to your sweet gift along with your other gifts too.

debutante ballgown dress cookies
Congratulations to the debutante and thank you for including me in your fun!


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  1. Just gorgeous! They look great!

  2. That came out so cute.

  3. what a darling treat!! HHL

  4. TDF as always!!!!

  5. As always, they’re too pretty to eat! I know the deb, and those celebrating with her, will happily enjoy them. πŸ™‚

  6. these are so gorgeous!!! perfect for the belles of the ball!

  7. Oh. My. Word! Those are stunning!! You are so incredibly talented!

  8. perfect and so very cute!

  9. Thank you for your nice compliments! I appreciate it very much. πŸ™‚ xoxo

  10. Oh my gosh those are amazing!!

  11. How DO you do that? I am in baking awe. You are an artist!

  12. Wowwwwww!!! its looking Fabulous.Wish I could fit in it..I’m definitely follwing you.check out my blog

  13. I would have given anything to know about this when my daughter made her presentation. Funny thing is, the board members gave all the girls scrapbooks with that same dress featured on the front!!

    You are so talented! Can I come & take lessons from you?

  14. ♥♥♥LOVE♥♥♥

  15. What a precious cookie! I’m crossing my fingers even harder now to win that cutter, haha! xoxo

  16. Awwwww, those are so CUTE! What a darling take-home gift that would be for little girl guests at a girly party! Nice work, dear!

    Visiting from SITS! ♥

  17. New follower from SITS! You are SOOOO talented! That dress cookie is adorable! Man I wish I had that much creative ability!



  18. gREAT JOB!

  19. Oh my, you are a pro, and I’m pulling for you to sell your cookies! That dress is so pretty, and I think I like the 3 dots if I had to pick just one! I know first hand how wonderful your cookies are! Hope your enjoying your summer, and have a wonderful weekend!

  20. These are incredible! You are so talented.

  21. Those are just beautiful. You have quite a gift!

  22. I LOVE that cookie cutter! It is super cute, I think I need to get one.

  23. Beautiful! You’ve thought out each detail–lovely.

  24. Your cookies never cease to amaze me! So beautiful! Hope you are enjoying your summer (minus the attack of the tomatoes, that is).

  25. absolutely stunning!!!!

  26. These cookies are just beautiful!!! Do you have a recipe for the icing you use to flood? I can never get a good consistancy. You have inspired me to try again!

  27. Oh my goodness, so amazing! Totally my style! Love it bunches!

  28. These are adorable! You did SUCH a good job!