Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Steve Jobs

It doesn't matter that your dream came true if you spent your whole life sleeping. So get out there and go for it, but don't be caught waiting … nothing ever happens in the future. Whatever happens happens now, so live your life where the action is — now. 
Jerry Zucker

Do one thing at a time. Give each experience all your attention. Try to resist being distracted by other sights and sounds, other thoughts and tasks, and when it is, guide your mind back to what you're doing.
John Walsh

Take action. Every puny little thing that you've ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life.
Bradley Whitford

These cookies were decorated in University of Maryland colors for my nephew's graduation party.

Congratulations Graduates!

Graduation Cookies
Graduation Cap Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Red with AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tips #2, #3

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing

Flood cookie with white icing.
Pipe tassel of cap with #3 tip in yellow icing. Let dry one hour.

Pipe outline of cap with #2 tip in red icing.

Pipe button and string with #2 tip in red icing. 

Let dry overnight.

 Star Cookie tutorial here




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  1. Thank you for the inspiring words of wisdom! =)
    Your Graduation Cookies are wonderful!

    1. Melissa, Thank you! I'm glad you dropped in. I agree ... we can all learn from these commencement speech excerpts.

  2. Hi Joan,
    Makes me want to go back to school just to graduate again!
    Outstanding effort!
    Kathy Donovan
    Class of 1974

    1. Kathy, Thank you! There is nothing like the excitement of graduation. Alex' classmates were in high spirits and ready for their next chapter in life. They liked the cookies too!

  3. These cookies look great and I love the quotes!

    1. Bernadyn, Thank you for your nice comment! I too find the speech excerpts inspiring, even though college graduation was a few decades ago!

  4. Loved your tutorial! Where did you find the cookie cutter?

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the post. This cookie cutter is by Wilton and it is sold as a set with two other graduation cookies. I purchased the cutters at my grocery store, Wegmans, which sells them during graduation season. Michael's carries several of Wilton's cookie cutters with three on a card. Check them out, especially this time of year. You can also order direct from Wilton at this link (

  5. Love the quotes and love the cookies. Great post!

  6. Great quotes Joan - I'm sure the cookies were a big hit - graduating from college is such a huge deal as one embarks on their life's journey. Have a great weekend! And pinning!!

    1. Deb, Thank you! There's something about attending a graduation that makes it so exciting. I guess it's the new life path that lies ahead. Thanks too for the pin!


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