It’s that time of year again. I have to admit that I always liked the first days of school. The new school supplies, new clothes, new classes, new teachers, seeing my friends every day, etc. I actually really liked school in general. That might explain why I chose to be a teacher. While I still eagerly anticipated the new school year, going back-to-school when I was teaching was a lot more stressful than when I was a student. Lots of preparation goes into those first few days of school.
This Fall is a little different for my husband and I. For the first time in 22 years, neither one of us is in school (or teaching). CRAZY!! I think I could get used to this for a little while. Soon enough our little one is going to be starting school, but I’m not going to wish away the next couple of years.
So, here are some cookies for those of you who are going back-to-school this fall, for the parents who are sending their kids off to school in the mornings, and for those of you amazing individuals who are teaching and working in the school system. You are all amazing! May you all have a fabulous year!
For the cookies, I used Our Best Bite’s sugar cookie recipe. I almost always use that recipe. Bake at 350, The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle, and The Decorated Cookie also have great sugar cookie recipes.
For the icing, I used The Decorated Cookie’s Royal Icing (sort of) recipe. I love it because it stays pretty soft, but it gets hard enough to pack the cookies. Regular royal icing gets a lot harder and is more crunchy after it hardens.You can find other royal icing recipes from Bake at 350 and The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.
If you are looking for something quick, that doesn’t use meringue powder, I like this glacé icing recipe and tutorial from Our Best Bites. I used this icing when I first started until I was brave enough to venture into the world of royal icing…it handles a lot differently than royal icing, but you can still make some lovely cookies with it.
These cookies I decided to keep pretty simple. I used Gourmet Writer Food Decorating Pens for some of the details:
For the papers, I outlined and flooded using a plain white frosting. After it dried overnight, I drew the lines on the paper using the pens and a straight edge as a guide (I’m really bad at drawing straight lines).
The pencils I did in a few parts letting the icing dry between (similar to when I did the carrot cookies at Easter). After they dried overnight, I drew the lines and wrote “No. 2″ using the food pens.
The apples, I used wet-on-wet method when adding the white highlight (My icings were probably not the same consistency because there was a little bleeding).
Hopefully that helps a little, I am definitely not an expert at decorating, and I learned almost everything I know from the ladies at the following blogs. If you are interesting in learning more about cookie decorating, be sure to pay them a visit: