Father’s Day Hanging Mug Necktie Cookies

By Mike Tamplin on Jun 11, 2013


Father’s Day is this Sunday and I have an easy cookie idea to share. If you want to make the dad in your life feel extra special on this special day, I say start his morning off right. Impress him with a dapper cup of joe with these Father’s Day mug hanging necktie cookies!

Preparing the shape of the dough

To make these cookies, first download this simple necktie template I created. You can either print the template directly on card stock or use template plastic like I did below. Any method will work. Cut out the template and use it as a guide to carve out the dough by hand.

necktie cookie template

These cookies require a kind of “hook piece” that will attach to the back of the necktie cookie. You’ll see what I mean by the end of the post.

Making the hook

  1. 1

    Cut out a circle about 2 inches in diameter.

  2. 2

    Use a cookie cutter for the letter “I” to cut out a small notch in the circle. (You can also carve out a notch with a knife if you don’t have an “I” cutter.)

  3. 3

    Cut the piece in half with a knife.

how to make the back hook of hanging necktie cookie

After you have cut out and baked the necktie and the hook pieces, it is time to ready the royal icing.

Royal icing process

You will need:

  • White piping and flood royal icing. (I chose white to match the color of the mug.)

  • Piping and flood royal icing in the necktie color/s of your choice.

  1. 1

    With white flood icing, spread a thin layer of icing over the top of the necktie cookie.


    Don’t do what I did in the photo and only cover the top half of the cookie. I didn’t account for potential spreading. If the dough does spread after baking (which it did for me), covering the entire top surface makes for a better looking cookie.

    icing the first layer of necktie cookie
  2. 2

    After the top, thin coat of icing is dry, it’s time to add the collar. If drawing the outlines for the collar free-hand scares you, you can use a scribe tool or toothpick to mark where the lines should go. Just cut the collar detail off of the template and use that as a guide to make your marks.

    using scribe tool
  3. 3

    Once the markings are made, pipe over them with white piping icing, then fill the middle area with white flood icing.

    icing the collar of the necktie cookie
  4. 4

    After the collar area had time to set, it is time to do the tie details. Below shows the basic steps to do a solid-color tie. Pretty simple.

    icing the tie part of the cookie

However, if your dad isn’t a solid-color-tie-type-of-guy, there are many other design options you can try. There are stripes…

adding stripes to necktie cookie

Or polka dots…

adding dots to necktie cookie

The possibilities are endless. Here are a few examples I came up with, nothing too complicated. I just played around with the three colors I had on hand.

After the necktie cookies are iced, leave them to dry and harden completely before moving on to the next step.

different patterns for necktie cookies

Attaching the hook

  1. 1

    Once the icing on the necktie cookies are dry and hard, turn them over. Apply a center strip of relatively stiff icing on the back of the cookie with a #3 icing tip. Attach the hooked cookie piece on top of the icing strip. If the icing is stiff enough, the hook should stand upright on its own. Leave these cookies to set and harden for a few hours.

    attaching back hook to necktie cookie
  2. 2

    After the icing around the back hook had time to dry, the necktie cookie should be ready to hang off a mug.

    top view of finished necktie cookie

I should note the color of the collar was chosen to match the color of the mug. This should give the mug the appearance it is the shirt to the collar/necktie cookie. If you don’t have a white mug, I would recommend trying to match the collar icing color to the color of the mug you plan on using.

I hope everyone has a Happy Father’s Day and a great rest of the week!

Fathers Day hanging mug necktie cookie by Semi Sweet Designs

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114 replies on “Father’s Day Hanging Mug Necktie Cookies

  1. You are just so creative, I ve never seen anything like this, thank you so much for sharing

  2. What are you using to put royal icing in?how do you keep lid on?

    1. Hi there, Lori. I use squeeze bottles with icing tip couplers for decorating cookies. You can find them here at Karen’s Cookies.

  3. Mike, you mentioned piping and flooding icing. I have a royal icing recipe that is my go to. it creates a flawless smooth flooded surface. however, if I want to do fine lines, details, etc, my is too liquidy. do you have a recommendation for me? I really admire your work. thanks Dawn :)

    1. Hi Dawn. It’s a little difficult to go from liquidy to stiffer icing, but it can be done. You can try mixing up the batch longer than you are used to. It should get stiffer after a while. Also, I’m assuming your go-to recipe uses powdered sugar? You can add a half teaspoon at a time of powdered sugar to your prepared icing to get to a stiffer consistency. It’s not a perfect method, and you might have rare clumps that will clog your tip, but it will get you the stiffer consistency you are looking for.

  4. maria de lourdes araujo 68

    olá boa noite!!!!

    moro no Brasil na cidade Salvador .
    Fiquei encantada com os biscoitos decorados, gostaria de receber novidades no meu e-mail.
    Parabéns lindos biscoitos ,bela decoração fotos perfeitas,.
    ficarei em ser atendida recebendo novidades em meu e-mail…..

  5. Hi Mike
    Your work is super cute!!
    I love your instructional photos.

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