I was asked to make a set of cookies for a young man headed to Indiana to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was so happy that suits were included in the request. I love making these little suits. They’re also good for weddings and prom/dance request sets. Here’s how to make them!
I started with a Wilton present cookie cutter like the one you can get here: https://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Cupcake-Present-Cookie-Cutter/dp/B008OAVP8O I got the idea for making a suit with this cutter from the awesome Lilaloa.
I traced around it, and drew my design for reference. You could use a regular rectangle cutter, but I like how this shape includes the shape for the tie and collar. True story: I have never used my present cutter for present cookies. Only suits. 🙂
Then, use your drawing as a guide to make the line for where the suit and shirt will meet. (I did this example cookie freehand, but I wanted all the others to match exactly, so I used my kopykake for the rest of the suit cookies.) Don’t worry about drawing all the detail lines on your cookie right now, they’d just get flooded over. They are for later.
Start with flooding the suit half of the cookie.
Allow the icing to dry briefly; I gave it maybe 2 minutes in front of a fan. If you are working on multiple cookies, go through and do all the suit icing. Then by the time you finish, you should be able to go back to the first cookie and it will be ready for the shirt icing. Working assembly-line style decreases wait time and increases efficiency.
Now add your shirt icing.
Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of all the steps as I went –– it was 3am 🙂 – but step 2 consists of just flooding that empty space with white.
Allow the cookie to dry a little longer this time. If you are working assembly-line style with a dozen or more cookies, the first cookie will be dry enough by the time you finish filling in the last cookie with white. (You can always take a break to look at cute cookies on Instagram while you wait for your icing to dry if needed. 🙂 )
Now, using piping icing (toothpaste-consistency) in the same color as the suit, outline the space between the suit and shirt, pipe the suit collar, and add the line where the suit would button up.
I wanted to allow my base white a little more time to dry before adding the tie, and I also didn’t want to feel like I was squishing my white collar in between the suit and tie, so I added the white collar next. With piping consistency icing, add the little “Vs” for a collar:
Now you can add your tie. A note about consistency: because you don’t want your tie to go bleeding across the white shirt, you will want to use a thicker consistency icing for the tie, rather than a flood consistency. Also, I have found that small spaces done with thinner icing tend to pit more as they dry, leaving those dreaded little holes in your otherwise beautiful icing. So making your icing a little thicker should prevent tears of frustration. 🙂
I piped the knot of the tie first, then gave it just a minute to dry before piping the rest of the tie. That way I had a little definition between the 2 sections, which was a small detail that I liked (though since we will be outlining the knot, you can simplify by skipping that part if you want to save time).
Allow the tie to dry for a few minutes (again, assembly-line style will be your friend), then finish by outlining the tie knot with piping consistency icing, and you are done! You have a cute suit cookie ready to be admired (and eaten!) by family and friends. 🙂