The University of Maryland football team takes a lot of teasing over their uniforms. Literally, from head-to-toe and from helmet-to-cleats they are covered in red, white, yellow and black which depicts the flag of the State of Maryland. The university has embraced its state heritage with pride. Its beautiful, colorful and distinctive design is easily recognizable. The design is so popular that apparel is sold across the state from ties and belts to socks and shoes. The flag depicts the family crests of the Calvert and Crossland families, two families who played important roles in the establishment of Maryland, the most uniquely-shaped state in the United States with the Chesapeake Bay cutting through its center.

Naturally, a large flag is displayed at University of Maryland graduations and some graduates decorate their caps with their own version of the flag. I've attended four graduations at Maryland, Bachelors and Masters Degrees bestowed upon two nephews and a niece. (To digress, the best thing about being an aunt is the 'brag factor' … just one of the many things I get away with as an aunt.) In honor of my nephew's recent graduation with his Masters Degree in Engineering-Fire Prevention, I decided to take on the design of the Maryland flag in a cookie. It was my most challenging design to date and I was not sure if I could pull it off. It took some planning as I could not include all the flag details but aimed to capture the essence of the flag. The airbrush gun and stencils were key and I was delighted with the outcome. Come see!

Maryland Flag Cookies
Plaque Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining, flooding and detail tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Card Stock paper
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Stencils (Harlequin, Narrow Stripe)
Letter Stencil ("M")
Dinkydoodle Airbrush Color (Super Red)
AmeriColor Airbrush Colors (Lemon Yellow, Super Black)
Airbrush Kit

Outline and flood cookie with #2 tip in white icing. Let dry overnight.

Place stripe stencil on half of cookie.
Cover other half of cookie with piece of card stock paper.
Spray with red airbrush color. Gently lift stencil. Let dry 20 minutes.

Cover striped half of cookie with piece of card stock paper.
Spray other half of cookie with yellow airbrush color. Let dry 20 minutes.

Place harlequin stencil on cookie. 
Cover striped half of cookie with piece of card stock paper.
Spray with black airbrush color. Gently lift stencil. Let dry 45 minutes.

Center letter stencil on cookie. Apply light pressure so the stencil stays in place.
Spread white detail icing with spatula. Remove excess icing. Gently lift stencil.
Let dry overnight.


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  1. WOW!
    Joan, you are Amazing! soooo cool.

  2. The exact detail on these cookies is amazing and I love the vibrant colors. Great tutorial. Stacey

  3. What a fun project ... they turned out amazing!

    1. Thanks Ginnie! I did a quick visit to your blog and you have so many creative posts. Those watermelon bowls are ideal for summer cocktails.

  4. Joan, you did an awesome job on the cookies. I bet your nephew loved them! Hope you are having a great Summer !! Deb

    1. Hi Deb, Thanks for the nice comment. My nephew has a major sweet tooth, liked the cookies and was impressed with the Maryland design. I'm lovin' your summer recipes at Cooking on the Front Burner!

  5. I live in Oklahoma, but I'm originally from Maryland...can you send me a whole batch of these cookies??!!! These are so awesome

    1. Thank you Karyl. I'll send you cookies and blue crabs! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. My son has a few friends who will be starting U of Maryland in the fall. They'd love these! Your cookies are fabulous!

    1. Thanks Amy. I'm sure the incoming freshmen will like UMD. College Park is a quaint little college town with restaurants, shops and pubs for fun times, as well as only a weekend drive home to NY and New England. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you and yours are enjoying the summer.

  7. Joan, being your neighbor kind of, how did I miss these? I love the colors of the Maryland flag. My son actually got a tattoo of this flag on his shoulder. You really nailed the colors and details perfectly! :)


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