Creating and decorating our own sugar cookies is always a fun way to spend an afternoon, but the simple sprinkle and frosting designs pale in comparison to the cookie decorating pros. We are obsessed with this trend that has a nod to some of our most-loved kitchen items.
Part of the fascination with creating lookalikes of our favorite old cookware and kitchen tools is a love of nostalgia (we can all remember the Pyrex pieces that lined our mothers' and grandmothers' shelves). Even if you don't remember exactly what Mom's KitchenAid mixer looked like, chances are you have some of these popular vintage tools yourself, maybe even in their modern form. The first stand mixers created for home kitchens became available for sale in 1922, but KitchenAid is still a household name today. Same with Pyrex—the first ad for their glass bakeware ran back in 1915, but you'll still see Pyrex casserole dishes, plates, and storage containers on shelves at Target. Ball Mason jars have an even longer history—they were first introduced in 1885.
There's a reason each of these brands has endured for decades, and their popularity might help explain the dedication to recreating them in cookie-form. It's beyond the scope of our skills to replicate the intricate designs these bakers created, but we're always happy to admire a few painstakingly-decorated cookies. We’ve definitely got dessert envy from these adorable vintage Pyrex, KitchenAid, and Mason jar treats!
1. Vintage Pyrex Cookies
If you still have a few vintage Pyrex dishes in your cabinets, go grab one now—you’ll hardly be able to tell the difference between the real deal and these gorgeous cookies. Saying they’re decorated to look like vintage Pyrex is almost an understatement, because every last detail is perfectly placed on each cookie. This beautiful batch was created by Morgan G. Cookies, and her Instagram is full of impeccably detailed cookies, including landscapes, bouquets of flowers, and even cute bowls of ramen. We never thought we’d say, but these cookies might really be too beautiful to eat.
2. Retro Ball Mason Jars
Mason jars are one of our favorite kitchen accessories, especially if you’ve got a shelf full of Ball’s vintage aqua-colored jars. Recreated in cookie form by Dany’s Cakes, these beautiful Ball Mason jar cookies would be perfect for an anniversary or wedding party. The details on this tray full of cookies are practically flawless—even the Ball logo looks exactly like the writing on a real jar!
3. Vintage KitchenAid Mixer
True KitchenAid fans will immediately recognize the mixer that Prima Donna Custom Cookies created. Released in 2018 as part of KitchenAid's 100th-anniversary celebration, the misty blue hue is supposed to remind bakers of retro KitchenAid colors and the early days of stand mixers. Also chronicled in the details of this cookie is the limited edition white studded ceramic bowl that was also released alongside the vintage color. If you haven't seen the real-life mixer, just know that this edible version is almost an exact copy, right down to the silver screws.
4. Blue Dianthus Pyrex
You can never gaze longingly at too many vintage Pyrex cookies! This pretty design by Cookies for England is based on the Blue Dianthus line of Pyrex dishes. Posed next to an actual piece of Pyrex from the line, it’s easy to see that no detail was spared creating this vintage-inspired cookie—between the two, the white flower pattern is absolutely identical.
Hopefully you’re feeling inspired to whip up some royal icing, or at least go hunting for a few vintage Pyrex dishes to add to your collection. Practice makes perfect, so if you’re new to cookie decorating, we have a few beginner’s guides that can help you bring your own visions to life. You’ll be churning our your own batches of expertly frosted sugar cookies in no time! And who knows, you might find inspiration for your next batch hidden in your kitchen cupboards.