How to Make a Patriotic Ice Cream Cookie Platter
This ice cream cookie platter design is great for summer parties, but because of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, I thought adding a patriotic theme to it would be an interesting twist.
Here's how you can recreate this popsicle and ice cream platter design that will surely sweeten anyone's 4th of July event.
Ice Cream Platter Cookie Cutters
The cookie cutters used for this tutorial are the popsicle, ice cream cone, and a center circle cutter.
You can purchase cookie cutters together as a set of three, or as individual pieces if you would like to mix and match your own combinations.
There are two sizes available. When arranged as a platter, as shown in the example picture, the platter measures:
LARGE- 12 inches in diameter.
SMALL- 9 inches in diameter.
For this tutorial, I'll be decorating the large size.
Templates for the Baseball Cookie Platter
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template available for all the new summer cookie cutter designs, including this ice cream platter set.
You can download these cookie templates HERE.
If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.
The Decorating Process
To decorate this Patriotic Star Cookie Platter, you will need the following suggested colors:
- Navy Blue icing (I used Rainbow Dust Pro-Gel Navy.)
- Red icing (I used Americolor Super Red.)
- White icing (I used Americolor Bright White.)
For the popsicle cookie, the method for this design is to start at the bottom and work your way up.
Begin by filling in the stick area, then fill in the lower red section. Add a white shine accent quickly before the red icing sets.
Next, fill the next white section, but add drips over the red section, as shown. Let that icing set.
Move on to the top blue section and add drips over the white. Quickly add star sprinkles while the icing is still wet.
Draw in the wood grain detail with a food pen (I used this coffee color pen).
For the ice cream cone cookie, fill in the bottom cone section and the upper white ice cream section, as shown.
Then fill in the red ice cream section and the red cherry, with the white shine details. As with the popsicle cookie, add the blue drips over the white. Quickly add star sprinkles while the icing is still wet.
Add the final details, like the cherry stem, outline the ice cream sections for dimension, and draw in the cone lines detail with a food pen (I used this coffee color pen).
For the center circle cookie, I added the play-on-words phrase "Sweet Land of Liberty" using my pico projector. (You can see how I piped a similar message in this sunflower platter tutorial.)
The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video I put together.
Here's the patriotic ice cream cookie platter all assembled. To create this entire platter requires 11 cookies-- 5 popsicles, 5 ice cream cones, and 1 center circle cookie.
This is the large, 12" version. For the tray it's on, I like to use the 12" pizza pans from Dollar Tree. They are cheap and sturdy for transporting around.
For an alternative option for patriotic ice cream designs, there's also this 2-piece soft serve cookie set.
This cookie set will fit in this classic BRP cookie box (7" x 4 3/8" x 1.25").
The lower cone cookie has plenty of room to add a personalized message. I went with a simple "Happy 4th" text.