I’m really excited to share these with you today – they were definitely one of my favorite personal touches of the wedding, and I was so proud with how they turned out.  Leading up to the wedding I probably got asked 100 times if I was going to make my own wedding cake, and 100 times I rolled my eyes and said of course not!  But little did they know until the big day that I did make my own escort card cookies, about 90 of them.  I knew my guests would be expecting a little something special in the baked goods department, and I think we definitely delivered with a killer dessert table all put together by one of our favorite local bakeries (Truffles in Farmington), but I wanted to add a little something Sweet Tooth to the evening as well.  So instead of a simple card with each guests name telling them their table number, I made sugar cookies with royal icing in true dessert blogger fashion!  Here’s my Mom and Dad’s cookie front and center:

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The reason I was willing to take on this project is that sugar cookies keep SO well in the freezer (and because I’m crazy).  I was able to make the 100+ cookies (extras for potential mess-ups) a month in advance, and keep them in the freezer until a week before the wedding.  This took some stress off the thought of baking and decorating so many cookies so close to the wedding.  And for decoration I kept it simple.  I ordered edible image printouts from Tasty Foto Art with each guest’s name, the word “Table” underneath, and a flower detail that matched all of the paper goods from the wedding.  This way I could do all of that ahead of time, and just write in the table numbers with an edible marker once the seating arrangements were all done (and any bride knows this can be quite a headache up until the last minute!).  A little less than a week before the wedding I thawed the cookies, applied the edible images, and piped a simple yellow border of royal icing around each one.  After setting overnight, I was able to add the table numbers and wrap each one up with a ribbon.  I definitely couldn’t have done the job as quickly and easily without the help of my Mom and friend Colleen – they were lifesavers!

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For the presentation of the cookies at the wedding, my Dad helped me construct a huge frame that allowed all the cookies to hang in rows.  The frame was a big mirror I found at Goodwill, and so we took out the mirror, staple-gunned some chicken wire in, and my Dad built the sturdy stand.  The ribbon around each cookie also had a small hook attached so they could easily hang from the wire.  The overall effect was very impressive – and I love that it was truly a family affair!  Ryan even helped by cutting all the ribbon and bending the hooks to make them easier to hang.  After initially dreaming these up early on in the planning process, I never imagined how well they would turn out.  With some careful planning and a lot of help I was able to carry out my vision and leave a lasting impression with our guests.  I will always treasure the memories I have doing wedding projects with my family and friends almost as much as the memories from the wedding itself!

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Here is a link to the sugar cookie and royal icing recipe I always use.  I did 2 triple batches of cookies to make sure I had plenty of extras in case I messed up, and I did 1 triple batch of the royal icing to be safe too.  The borders were piped with a medium star tip and as I said before, I got the edible images printed and delivered from Tasty Foto Art.

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15 Responses to “Wedding Sweets: Escort Card Cookies”

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    Shel @ Sweet Petite — June 19, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    Wow what a fab idea!

    The cookies themselves look great and I love the frame too :)

    congrats on your wedding!!

    Shel @ Sweet Petite

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    heather — June 19, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    This is so adorable!!! I love this idea, it’s a sweet personal touch.


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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — June 19, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    These are gorgeous! Such a cute idea!

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    MARIA JOSÉ — June 19, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    How beautiful!!! Lovely idea!! Thanks for sharing it!!

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    MARIA JOSÉ — June 19, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    I forgot… Congratulations on your wedding!! All the best for you two ^_^

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    Grace — June 19, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    These are fantastic! They are really great ideas! I also just wanted to say that I find your blog truely inspiring and it is amazing!

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    Annie — June 19, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

    This is so crazy awesome Erica! What a fabulous idea- I’m sure your guests loved them.

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    Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden — June 20, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    This is such lovely idea, look so cute, everybody must loved them!

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    Kori — June 21, 2013 @ 1:37 am

    These were adorable!!! I see mine!! Sara ate it for me, obviously.

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    Elizabeth Villalpando — June 22, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

    I love this idea it’s cute and simple. My aunt was the one who showed me these cookies, however I do plan on doing an idea like this but wouldn’t the royal icing be too hard for someone to be able to eat the cookie?

    • Erica — June 23rd, 2014 @ 2:16 am

      Although the royal icing dries hard, it’s definitely soft enough to eat. It has a crunch exterior but soft inside. They’re not only edible, but really yummy too!

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    Kelly — October 7, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

    I’m planning to do this same thing for escort cards for my wedding next year. I’ve been searching for ways to display them and love what you did! One quick question though – did you have any issues with the hook causing the ribbons to move around or come off?

    • Erica — October 7th, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

      Nope, the hooks had closed circle ends that we just looped the ribbons through before tying them around the cookies. Does that make sense? That way the hook was a part of the ribbon and couldn’t come loose. Hope this helps and good luck with everything!

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    Patricia — July 26, 2017 @ 4:25 pm

    This idea is so awesome!!

    I’m helping my sister with her wedding and think these wold be great. I’ve never made cookies before, so I’m kindof hesitant.

    Did you place icing on the cookies prior to putting the images on? Also, do you think a first timer would be able to achieve this? I’d like to use them as place cards instead of escort cards though.

    • Erica — July 27th, 2017 @ 3:48 pm

      Yes, I put a thin layer of icing on first to act as “glue” for the image. I would do a test run first to see how it goes before the wedding just to make sure you’re comfortable with it. Weddings tend to be stressful, and you don’t want to have to worry about the cookies too much! Good luck :)

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