Sunday, September 27, 2015

korean hanbok cookies for a baby first birthday 'dol' party

Along with the blue bunting smash cake that I made for my friend Irene's son's first birthday party, I also made these Korean hanbok cookies! Irene was going to have a traditional Korean "Dol" table set up, so we thought it would be adorable to have plated Korean hanbok cookies (colored to resemble her son's Korean hanbok outfit for the party!)

I of course did not have a hanbok cookie cutter, so I asked my hubby to make me another custom copper cutter (yay hubby!). Armed with my shiny new cutter and a few batches of my favorite sugar cookie dough (recipe in my book, The Hello Kitty Baking Book), I cut out my shapes, baked them at 350F until golden (about 10-12 minutes), and let them cool.

Once the cookies were cool, I started on the royal icing (recipe also in my book). I tinted the majority of it navy blue (Americolor royal blue gel coloring, along with a few drops of super black and violet), and piped the outline of the vest with stiff navy icing.

Then I filled it in with runny navy icing. Next I piped the details of the inside shirt with white stiff icing, and then filled it in with white runny icing.

Next I used stiff pink icing to outline the pants and a bit of detail on the vest, and then filled in the pants with runny pink icing (by the time I started on the next set of icing details, it was dark out so please excuse badly lit pictures!).

Next I outlines the sleeves with stiff brown icing, then added yellow dot details along the vest, as well as a yellow stripe and red stripe on the sleeve (done with medium stiffness icing).

To finish the rainbow sleeves, I filled in the remainder of the stripes (blue and green medium icing), and used red stiff icing to pipe a sash-style belt. And then (several hours later) it was done!

They came out better than I had expected!


I'll leave you with a few pictures from the party ...

... and I of course had to include a picture of little Aaron in his adorable Korean hanbok outfit, with his matching cookies!

Happy first birthday, sweet Aaron!!!


  1. Super cute outfit and cookies! Happy birthday Aaron!

  2. These cookies are looking really delicious and your party arrangements are looking wonderful. I love planning parties. This week I planned a party for my friend’s daughter at event space NYC. All loved it and she appreciated me for my work.

  3. Wow! Do you do special orders? I am having a dol for my son in two weeks and it would be awesome to give out these cookies!

    1. @Karen Robinson - yes, i do! i'll respond to your email :)

  4. Hi Michele,
    I am also having a dol for my son in November and would like to order some hanbok cookies!

    1. @Chica L - happy early birthday to your son! send me and email and we can talk details!

  5. Hi Michele,
    Wow - super cute! My son's dol will be in January. Do you think I could order some hanbok cookies as well?


    1. @Cindy - thank you! january is actually a very busy time, but send me an email with the details (the date, how many cookies, etc) and i'll see what i can do!