RECIPES: I use my favorite sugar cookie recipe and my special version of royal icing.

Are you ready for my next Mothers Day gift idea??? Its only two weeks away!

Cause I don’t know about you. But giving my mom personalized baked goods has always got me bonus points.

Did you check out the Mothers Day Cake?

Or how about the Mothers Day Garden Party?

My next idea is not a cake. Crazy! I know.

Its cookies.

It’s a Mothers Day Cookie jar.

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A Mothers Day cookie jar filled with approximately 4, 531 cookies (four dozen if you want to get technical) with sweet words about mom and one GIANT cookie on the front.


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The idea came to me one day as I was trying to find words to describe my mom.

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I didn’t use every word on this list… I have no idea where “sprightly” came from.

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Although its time consuming, its really very easy to do! Two colors of icing. Four dozen cookies. Just writing out words.

Totally do-able.

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And you can pretty much package these up any old way for a neat effect.

I can just see it… “Mom. I love you! You are so many things to me… so I made all these cookies with words on them that describe you! So if you are ever feeling down or just off… you can grab one of these cookies and know how I see you.”

Or…something like that.

I mean. She probably shouldn’t grab one a these cookies a year from now. Two weeks max folks.

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So have fun with this!

Make the cookies a little bigger and use phrases that are significant to mom.

Or write the names of every single child and grandchild.

Or just write ‘I love you” on 100 cookies.

Whatever you do, she is sure to love it!

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I use my favorite sugar cookie recipe and my special version of royal icing.

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Meet Amanda Rettke

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. My silly Mom is on the South Beach diet. Maybe I’ll make her some hamburgers and write on them with mustard. Somehow I don’t think that would have the same effect as your pretty cookies.

  2. This is a brilliant idea! It really touched a place in my heart.
    Very creative and thoughtful!

  3. i LOVE this and have already bought some jars and the ingredients to make cookies. This is what my mom and MIL are getting for Mother’s Day! THanks Amanda!!

  4. my plan of attack would be to make little cupcakes, write out all the appropriate descriptive words, and affix them to the cupcakes with a toothpick. i say this because i doubt my icing-writing would be at all legible. 🙂

  5. Thank you for the idea and the recipe…I had a really bad baking day when making these and tried two recipes that failed before I tried yours. the cookies are sooo delicious! Will be making these for my mom when she comes to visit!

  6. I plan on doing this for both my mom and mother-in-law but I also thought I would make them for a friend who recently moved far from home. This jar of cookies will be going from VA to NC and I’m afraid of the cookies arriving as crumbs. How can I best pack this so it arrives in one piece?

  7. I did this for my son’s preschool teacher and she loved it. It was time consuming but well worth it when I seen her face when it clicked in her head what the words were for. Thanks!

  8. I am so sad, I can’t seem to get the icing right. Does it makes sense that it usually takes about 5 TBL of milk to get it to the right consistency? Even then, it can be a little lumpy. Hmmm. I love the cookie recipe! I made them for easter and I am now making them for Mother’s Day. (ragga_muffin from LJ)

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