Gold Medal Cookies

by Jennifer on July 17, 2012

in Olympic Themed Desserts, Sugar Cookies, Summer Desserts

Olympic athletes train their entire lives to represent their country on the world stage. I’m sure everyone who is going to London feels so grateful and proud.

But, really, there is only one thing they’re all dreaming of…

Gold, baby!

These gold medal cookies are super easy, no royal icing required, and wearable! See?

My husband was kind enough to be the gold medal model. He’s a winner in my book! In fact, I took the liberty of assigning an event to each one for him. He deserves a gold medal in:

  • Song Making Upping (he serenades our cats on a regular basis)
  • Being an all-around smarty pants. He actually uses math every day, Like, real, calculator-worthy math. I still add with my fingers.
  • Board game patience (I’m a sore loser)
  • Embarrassing his wife with silly and weird t-shirts
  • Being an awesome husband

Now, onto the cookies! [fanfare]


  • Your favorite sugar cookie dough
  • Orange and lemon yellow food coloring (or your favorite mix to get gold)
  • Circle and small rectangle cookie cutters (no small rectangle cutter? No problem! Just use a pizza cutter or an exacto knife)
  • Tweezers
  • Purple ribbon (width depends on your cookie size – I used 7/8″. You can use a different color ribbon if you like, but the London Olympic medals have purple neck pieces)
  • Double sided tape

1. Start with a nice ball of dough. Knead in 10 parts lemon yellow and 2 parts orange to get a bright gold color.

I used 10 parts lemon yellow and 3 parts orange and I think it came out a little too orange-y. It’s up to you!

If your dough is too soft after kneading in the color (mine was!), put it in the fridge for 10 minutes so it will be easier to handle.

2. Roll out your dough and cut out the small rectangle:

Then, use the circle cutter to make one of the edges rounded.

After cutting out a regular circle, put the two together like this:

3. Now, I wanted to create a little slit for the ribbon to fit through. I didn’t have any tools/cutters that would work, so I used tweezers. First, I created horizontal notches:

Then, vertical:

Finally, I just “pinched” the dough out with the tweezers and cleaned up the edges.

4. Bake according to your recipe’s instructions. Let cool completely.

5. Cut pieces of ribbon for the necklace part. I used about a 2 foot piece of ribbon for each medal cookie. If you’re making these for kids, you can make them shorter. Thread the ribbon through the slit in the cookie and use a small piece of double sided tape to secure the two ends together.



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1 Carrie's Creations July 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm

aww you’re so sweet to give your hubby gold! mine would get silver because I always win. :D


2 Jennifer July 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Haha! We had enough gold medals to go around :)


3 Living The Sweet Life July 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm

These are so funky!! Super cute idea <3


4 Jennifer July 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Thank you! They would be super fun for an Olympic themed party :)


5 susie July 18, 2012 at 7:45 am

I can hear that music right now…we love the Olympics! I started mapping out flag cookies of every country (over 200) then just North America, then just countries we thought would be at the top of the medal race. Then I decided, I’m going on vacation instead! The medals are ingenious!


6 Jennifer July 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

Haha – the vacation sounds MUCH better!


7 Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons July 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Love this! Would love for you to share this at our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party…just posted it!


8 Jennifer July 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Thanks, Jill! I linked up :)


9 K Coake July 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Great idea…looks fun. We are Olympics fans, so we may need to make these!


10 Jennifer July 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Thanks! You may also be interested in my Olympic torch cake cones: :)


11 Beth @ Hungry Happenings July 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I’d give my hubby a gold medal for song making upping if he sang to our dogs. That is so fun!

I saw your cookies at Kitchen Fun and had to stop by to see how your tutorial. You gold metal cookies are wonderful. I love that you can actually wear them. I’m pinning them to my edible crafts page.


12 Jennifer July 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Thanks so much, Beth! What my husband’s songs lack in execution he makes up for in imagination ;)

Thanks for stopping by!


13 Shantalle July 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

These are super cute and a fantastic idea!


14 Jennifer July 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Thanks so much, Shantalle!


15 Erin @ Making Memories July 27, 2012 at 11:45 am

These are so cute and clever. AMAZING job!!!


16 Jennifer July 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

Thanks so much, Erin!


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