15 Tasty Ways to Serve Cookies at Your Wedding

These sweet ideas will make your wedding dessert table anything but cookie-cutter.
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Your dessert menu doesn't have to end with wedding cake. Doughnuts, parfaits, cake pops and ice cream treats are just a few crowd favorites making appearances on wedding dessert bars—and cookies should definitely be on the table. Go simple and savory with homemade chocolate-chip cookies or serve playful shapes with festive icing designs. Here, 15 tasty cookie desserts for your wedding day.

1. Tea-Time Treats

Decorated Alice In Wonderland–themed cookies for a whimsical wedding
Lauren Gabrielle Photography

Your guests will go mad for these whimsical Alice in Wonderland–inspired sugar cookies.

From: A Whimsical Garden Wedding at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio

2. No Cake, No Problem

Classic chocolate chip cookies for a rustic wedding
Firm Anchor

Swap a traditional cake for a chocolate-chip alternative no one can resist.

From: A Whimsical, Bohemian Wedding at Gaie Lea in Staunton, Virginia

3. Short Stack

Chocolate chip cookies for a rustic wedding
The Brauns

Line your reception tables with plates or elevated trays piled high with mouth-watering treats to satisfy sugar cravings (at least until you cut the cake).

From: A Simple, Rustic Wedding at Brewmaster's Gate in Columbus, Ohio

4. Beyond the Basics

Homemade snickerdoodles for a rustic wedding
Karen Allen Photography

Offer a few choices of flavors, like sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin (but don't stop there—get creative with your favorites).

From: A Festive, Fall Wedding at Amber Grove in Moseley, Virginia

5. On-Theme Shapes

Decorated cactus-themed sugar cookies wedding dessert
The Nichols

Bright and playful confections will look fabulous and taste even better. Ask your baker how to incorporate details from your wedding theme into each cookie.

From: A Southwestern Wedding at Sisterdale Dancehall & Opera House in Boerne, Texas

6. Take and Bake

Rustic chocolate chip cookie wedding favors
Mathy Shoots People

Hand out recipe cards and individually packaged ingredients for guests to take home and bake whenever they get a cookie craving.

From: A Simple, Rustic Wedding at Bristow Manor Golf Club in Bristow, Virginia

7. Personalized Pastries

Calligraphed sugar cookies for a modern wedding
Mathy Shoots People

Personalize each cookie with both of your initials in icing.

From: A Bohemian Garden Wedding at the Gardens at Peacock Farms in Arroyo Grande, Californi

8. Cookies To-Go

Rustic wedding cookie assortment
The Canovas Photography

Place a cookie platter by the exit for everyone to snag something sweet on their way out. Add a cute sign so they don't forget.

From: A DIY Shabby-Chic Wedding at a Private Residence in DeLand, Florid

9. Edible Anchors

Decorated cookies for a nautical wedding
Lime Life Photography

Instead of a groom's cake, serve decorated cookies to show off one or both of your favorite hobbies or passions.

From: A Nautical Military Wedding at The Crossings in Carlsbad, California

10. Milk and Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies and milk at a classic wedding
Rachel Pearlman Photography

It's hard to find a better pair than chocolate-chip cookies and a cold glass of milk. Serve the iconic duo at the after-party as a final treat for the evening.

From: A Classic Wedding With a Historic Twist at Union Trust in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

11. Dapper Designs

Decorated cookies for a classic wedding
Gina & Ryan Photography

Model your cookie designs after your formal wedding attire—how cute are these mini suits?

From: A Historic Wedding with a Modern Twist at Castle Green in Pasadena, California

12. Creative Icing

Decorated sugar cookies wedding desserts
True Photography

Show off your wedding theme or incorporate something that's sweet and personal to your love story.

From: A Glamorous, Garden-Inspired Destination Wedding at Darlington House in La Jolla, Californi

13. Cookie Box

Rustic wedding DIY cookie assortment

Spoil your guests with a vast assortment of classic cookie flavors and line them up in a rustic box for that homespun feel.

From: A Rustic Garden Wedding in Anaheim Hills, California

14. Preppy Pastries

Preppy decorated sugar cookies wedding dessert
Nicole Haley Photography

Have fun with your icing flavors and designs. Embellish your wedding cookies with anything from an intricate floral motif to a simple chevron pattern (or both!).

15. Sweet State

State-themed sugar cookies wedding desserts
She Wanders Photography

Represent both of your hometowns, or maybe the place you first met, in cookie form. Use heart-shaped icing to mark the exact location.

From: A Travel-Inspired Wedding at Coronado Community Center in Coronado, California

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