Prize Ribbon Cookies are store-bought sugar cookies decorated with icing and candy to look like a first place ribbon with a loving message for Dad or someone special.
Father’s Day is just a few days away, so why not make him some Prize Ribbon Cookies. They’re super cute and you don’t even have to turn on the oven.
I used store bought cookies but you could make your favorite homemade sugar cookie if you wanted to. I did whip up a batch of buttercream, but you could also used canned frosting if you’re in a hurry.
Prize Ribbon Cookies are a sweet way to tell dad that he’s #1 in your book, as well as World’s Best, a real Winner and anything you want to say to your perfect pop! Who can resist loving words written in chocolate!
I got the idea for these adorable cookies from Family Fun magazine. I used these simply made butter cookies (made by Keebler). They’re 2 inch rounds, but you could use a bigger round cookie if you wanted to. You could also use refrigerated sugar cookie dough rounds and bake them (such as Pillsbury). Or you could even buy plain round sugar cookies in your grocery store bakery. That was my daughter’s idea and I think it’s a great one. She told me after I made these, but I think I’ll do that next time.
I made a small batch of buttercream frosting, divided it into 4 bowls and colored it. You could pick your favorite colors.
My kids separated the M&M’s into like colors. We discovered that the colors are not divided equally into each bag of M&M’s. Guess what color had the least amount? Red. Not sure why. Just a little bit of candy trivia for you.
Speaking of kids, this is definitely a project they can help with. If they’re too little for frosting, they could help put the M&M’s around the edges. I used about 12-13 candies per cookie.
For the writing, I melted some chocolate chips and mixed in a little bit of shortening. Then poured into a plastic zip top bag. Cut a tiny corner off and piped the words onto the cookies. You can get creative here and write whatever fits your dad the best.
These cookies would also be cute for Mother’s Day, a birthday, teacher, sporting event party or any prize winning celebration!
This will be my 3rd father’s day without my dad. I really miss him. I hope you don’t mind if I share a photo of us from many years ago.
Here we are at Lake Buena Vista (near Disney, Orlando) in about 1978.
Wishing you all a very Happy Father’s Day!
Prize Ribbon Cookies
- 20 2-inch or 3-inch round sugar cookies (I used Keebler Simply Made Butter Cookies)
- 1 19 oz/544g bag of M&M's milk chocolate candies (about 260 M&M's total)
- 1 4.5 oz/127.5g package Air Heads Xtremes, cut in half.
- 1/2 cup 80g semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon shortening
- For the frosting*
- 1 stick 113g unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups 200g powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Food coloring - red green, blue and yellow
- *Note: you can use store-bought frosting to save time if desired.
First make the frosting. Beat softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, cream and vanilla extract with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes. Add a little more powdered sugar if frosting is too thin or a little more cream if mixture is too thick.
Divide frosting into 4 bowls. Add a few drops of red to one bowl. Stir to combine. Repeat process with remaining colors (yellow, blue and green). Set aside.
Separate the M&M's into colors - red, blue, green and yellow.
Frost 5 cookies with red frosting, 5 with blue, 5 with green and 5 with yellow.
Place about 12 or 13 red M&M's around the edge of one red frosted cookie. Repeat with remaining red cookies. Then do the same for the other colors.
Meanwhile, microwave the semisweet chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute on high. Stir until completely melted. Heat for 15 more seconds, if needed. Pour into a plastic zip top bag. Seal and cut a small corner off. Pipe the messages on your cookies. Then "glue" the air heads on the cookies with the remaining melted chocolate.
Store covered for up to 5 days.
Recipe adapted from Family Fun magazine