Gender Reveal Cookies
Preparing for the arrival of your new bundle of joy is a very exciting time in your life and you should savor every moment. Back in the day, new parents usually only celebrated the baby once during the pregnancy and that was at a baby shower. Times are changing though, and parents are doing more and more, including hosting gender reveal parties!
Parents used to announce the gender of the baby on the shower invitations or over the phone. Gender reveal parties changed all of that and now the revelation is often a big event filled with mystery, fun, and, of course, food.
When it comes to food, sure, you could buy a gender reveal cake. But what's better than that? You guessed it: Gender Reveal COOKIES! There are so many cool things you can do with these sweet treats at your party.
Have a Gender Reveal Cookie Surprise
Choosing a unique way to reveal your baby's gender to the world is part of the fun. You could start with gender reveal confetti cannons or gender reveal smoke bombs, both of which are a lot of fun. But you can also go add an entirely different element.
Raise your hand if you love cookies!
Picture it: You and your guests all bite into chocolate covered cookies and colored filling reveals the big surprise. What's great about that is it's really simple too. It's just a matter of having someone bake your favorite cookies, putting some colored frosting in between two of them, and then dipping the treats in melted chocolate (white, dark or milk) and setting them on parchment paper to cool. Of course, bakeries can do that for you as well.
If you want to make it extra fun, you could have all of the cookies except one filled with white frosting. When you pass out the treats, everyone will bite into theirs and one person will have the special gender reveal cookie! That person will get the honor of shouting out the truth.
Set Up a Cookie Decorating Station
A gender reveal cookie decorating station at your reveal is a fun way to get all of your guests, including your other children, involved in your party. All you have to do is set up a long table with trays of cookies, bowls of colored frosting, sprinkles, and other embellishments.
You could allow people to decorate their own stork, pram and baby-shaped cookies to bring home with them. This is great for two reasons: your loved ones will have fun showing off their artistic skills and you don't have to do a bunch of party favors. It's a win-win!
Another idea is to have question-mark-shaped cookies with instructions for your guests to decorate the cookies to represent the gender they believe the baby is. Then, you can have someone walk around and take photos of your guests holding up their cookies. It's a lot of fun to see who guessed right later and this way is a lot more unique than the typical "Team Boy" and "Team Girl" buttons you may have seen at similar parties. If you choose to do this, consider pairing your cookies with cool gender reveal smoke cannons that reveal the baby's gender. They make for great photos and lasting memories.
You could buy the actual cookies from a bakery in town, or make them yourself. We've provided an easy cookie recipe from Life Love and Sugar for cut-outs below to help you out.
Sugar Cookie Recipe
1 large egg
1/8 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup (207g) sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, cream the sugar and butter together until it's fluffy, usually 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add vanilla and egg to the butter mixture and combine.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly, mix well until combined. If you notice the dough is crumbling, use your hands to mix it.
- Lightly flour a surface, roll out small portions of dough until it's about 1/4 to 1/8 inches thick.
- Cut out your desired shapes and place them on the cookie sheet.
- Bake the cookies for about 7 minutes.
- After the cookies have cooled for a few minutes, transfer them to a rack to finish cooling. Do not frost until they've cooled completely.
Fun For Everyone
It doesn’t really matter how you choose to reveal the gender of your baby, just remember to live in the moment. Life comes at you fast after the little one is born and parents sometimes have to be reminded to slow down and just eat a cookie! Good luck and congratulations!