Throwing a bridal shower? It’s time to celebrate! The bridal shower, or wedding shower, is such a special gathering with family and friends before the wedding festivities kick off. And once you’ve nailed down the ideal location for hosting, along with a great theme, it’s time to consider the food and beverages that will be on the menu.
If you’re searching for inspiration for something sweet, cookies are the perfect fit. They're easier to serve than a big cake, making for the ideal handheld dessert option. Plus, there are so many different ways to serve cookies, from including a variety of types and flavors to customizing each treat for an extra special touch.
Wedding shower cookies can be sourced from a variety of locations, including specialty bakeries, grocery store bakeries, and online ordering services—or you can even bake your own. Just be sure to double-check with your choice that the specific type, design, and flavor of cookies you're hoping for can be achieved.
Below, find 15 ideas for wedding shower cookies to consider adding to your party spread.
Make a Tower of Madeleines
Madeleines are a cross between a cookie and a mini cake, and these petite treats are lovely for a shower. Serve them at a tea party or with brunch. They can be displayed on a platter or crafted into a show-stopping tower.
Display a Darling Design
Simple, yet incredibly sweet, these cookies shaped like Xs and Os are the perfect fit for a romantic shower. Choose an ombre color palette, or switch up the icing to match the shower's theme.
Show Off the Ring
Don't be afraid to go all out with the wedding-on-the-way theme! Commission decorated sugar cookies from your favorite bakery or decorator featuring engagement rings for a fun addition to the dessert spread.
Keep It Classic with Milk and Cookies
You can't go wrong with a classic. Put together a station with glasses and a carafe of milk. Then, fill glass cookie jars with all of your favorites. Keep it to traditional flavors like chocolate chip, oatmeal, and snickerdoodle, or throw something new like almond crunch into the mix.
Commission Handpainted Cookies
Part of the appeal of cookies is all of the possibilities for decoration. Work with a talented baker to commission a batch that's dressed up just for the occasion. Look to flowers for a garden-inspired shower, or ask for other designs to fit the theme.
Hoping to hand out wedding shower favors? Package a few macarons in small custom boxes. This is such a sweet way to say thank you to your friends and family for coming.
Feature Floral Shortbread
Shortbread can be a bit bland on its own, but when you spruce it up with flavors like lavender or lemon? It's the perfect fit for a shower. Even better? Shortbread cookies are a beautiful canvas for dried, edible flowers.
Opt for Chocolate-Covered Oreos
Oreos for a wedding event? Yes, these classic cookies can definitely be dressed up for the occasion! Serve guests something they're familiar with, but with a spin. Ask your baker to make chocolate-covered Oreos and dress them up with gold detailing or sprinkles.
Choose a Cookie Cake
Want to serve cookies but still love the idea of a wedding shower cake? You can have both! Ask your baker for a giant cookie cake. This option was made with two round cookie layers with frosting in between for a unique treat.
Look to Ladyfingers
Ladyfingers are soft sponge cookies that can be used for a variety of adorable desserts. Of course, they can be used for classic tiramisu, but we love the idea of dressing them up further. Consider bundles of ladyfingers with a cream or custard filling, paired with plenty of fresh berries.
Channel a Childhood Classic
Rice crispy treats aren't exactly a cookie, but they are certainly similar. Invite them to the party with this dressed up idea. Display heart-shaped rice crispy treats dipped in white chocolate for a darling dessert.
Make a Display of Monogrammed Treats
Customize your wedding shower desserts in the sweetest way! Find a talented sugar cookie decorator for a bespoke look. We love the idea of incorporating your wedding crest or monogram, or even matching your wedding invitation, with a few other adorable personal touches in the mix.
Make a Macaron Tower
Macarons are the ideal elevated cookie for any event, and the options for colors and flavors are truly endless. Put together a display of fruity flavors or even look to chocolate, caramel, or pistachio. Place them on a platter, or build a macaron tower dressed up with fresh blooms to command attention.
Feature Heart-Shaped Sweets
There's nothing sweeter than heart-shaped treats, especially when they're incorporated into a bridal or wedding shower. Dress cookies up with simple white icing, along with a colored sanding of sugar and a few nonpareil sprinkles.
Hosting a sit-down meal for your bridal or wedding shower? Whether you're planning on brunch, lunch, or even dinner, cookies can serve a purpose. Commission handpainted sugar cookies with a stunning design, and ask your baker to add the name of each guest. Place them at each table setting as place cards for an extra special touch.