33 Wedding Cookies That Will Sweeten Up Your Dessert Table
Wedding dessert tables have come a long way. What used to be a station reserved for a traditional cake has now grown into displays full of sweets and treats that guests can choose from. Among these add-ons are macarons, donuts, and cupcakes—sometimes, these desserts even replace a cake altogether. However, there's another classic bite-sized confection that can easily be personalized for your big day: cookies.
Though cookies aren't necessarily a novel idea—we've seen these sweets on many a wedding dessert spread—they shouldn't be overlooked. They come in diverse shapes, sizes, and flavors, which means cookies can be transformed to suit any celebration theme (while pleasing hungry wedding guests in the process!). Looking for ways to integrate these treats into your dessert table? Incorporate your color palette by icing your cookies with complementary frosting or ask your baker to create state-shaped bites that pays homage to your event's location. For a truly sentimental touch, add your wedding date or a custom monogrammed to these mini-confections.
Still in need of wedding cookie inspiration? Look to your event's paper goods for ideas that feel cohesive. A deer and a bison were featured on this celebration's suite, so Jasmine Lilly Creative painted the two animals on his-and-hers cookies. Although there's nothing wrong with serving simple milk and cookies (like many couples did ahead!), there are plenty of fresh, fun ways to encourage your guests to indulge in delicious treats on the big day. Another benefit? You can even use them in other elements of your event (think place cards and favors).
We've seen plenty of creative wedding cookie ideas, but these silhouette iterations take the cake. This bride and her father purchased custom cutters from Victor Trading Co.—made in her and her fiancé's likenesses—and made the treats themselves.
If you can't part with the idea of a traditional wedding cake completely, take note from Pavlov's Lab and stack cookies on top of one another to mimic mini confections.
Throwing your wedding outdoors? Make like Sweet Appetite Cakes and use the surrounding foliage as inspiration for your cookies' decorations.
Encourage good luck for all on your wedding day by passing around frosted fortune cookies. Lucky Girl made these take-out classics with personalized messages from the newlyweds inside.
Greet guests with a little dessert before their main meal by placing a cookie on each of their plates. These were baked by Buttercream Bake Shop.
For an extra personal touch to your big-day treats, ask your baker to incorporate both your wedding date and initials onto various cookies, like these Růže Cake House confections.
Milk and Cookies
When brainstorming the perfect wedding dessert bar, don't overlook childhood favorites—like good old milk and cookies.
Asking your baker to print (not pipe!) images onto these mini confections makes for a truly one-of-a-kind design. Lelé Pâtisserie used green floral photos on these hexagonal versions (the pattern also matched this couple's cake!).
Here's an unexpected way to incorporate your "how we met" story into your celebration. The Createrie decorated these treats with the Tinder logo and the word "like" as a nod to the online dating app, which is how this couple first connected.
His and Hers
A double signature cocktail isn't the only way to integrate a his-and-hers element into your big day, as evidenced by Danai's Cakes bride and groom cookies.
Stamps and Hearts
Two Sweets Bake Shop proves stamps aren't just for your event's paper goods—they also look great on the dessert table, too. These shortbread cookies' postage motifs were complete with the word "love" and the couple's wedding date.
Guests will appreciate a broad cookie flavor choice—but they'll be even more impressed by treats topped with various designs, especially if they turn out like this colorful spread by Hands on Sweets. Though no one sweet matched the next, they were all united by a common thread: pressed flower accents.
Who says your big-day treats can't double as whimsical photo props? Nadia & Co. created these mustache cookies, which definitely made for funny wedding pictures.
These flower-painted Dolce & Gâteaux cookies are proof that icing can be as artistic as it is delicious.
Reinforce your dessert table's floral arrangements in an unexpected way by painting mini blooms onto square cookies, like Sweet and Saucy did here.
Here's proof that cookies are more than just a dessert. These chocolate chip options—baked by the bride's brother—also served as escort cards at this celebration.
Planning a formal affair? Try something like Buttercream Bake Shop's elegant toile-patterned sugar cookies for your elevated dessert table.
Terra-cotta is a must-have for any desert-inspired celebration. So if you're looking for a way to add it to your dessert menu, bookmark these T Bakes cookies that were styled to look like pieces of tile.
These marbled Rose Cakes confections would look right at home on a modern dessert table.
These Buttercream Bake Shop treats prove that you can seamlessly interpret any theme through cookies. Jeweled scarab beetles and protea flowers adorned these botanical-inspired sweets at this garden wedding.
Cookies are always delicious, but you can also make them entertaining. At this celebration, guests played a mini version of Scrabble with these Nutmeg Bake Shop treats that spelled out "love."
Not only can you get creative with the different types of cookies you serve, but also with how you display them. Six varieties of Ruby Lou's Treat Co. treats were served on shelves on this food wall—guests were encouraged to grab and snack.