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cookies by kids (a father’s day gift idea)

I know exactly what you’re thinking. Genius, right? Yeah. I know. Can you believe the hand that made these is not yet three? Just consider the concentration, effort and patience it took to make this blue one … (in case my tone isn’t conveyed by blogging, please note I am not sending my daughter to the Institute of Fine Arts quite yet, but I am of course proud of the aforementioned concentration, effort and patience)
how to make cookies for kids to decorate

you will need:*
cookie cutter
white frosting color

disposable decorating bag

size 4 decorating tip
rubber band

small spoon, squeeze bottle or disposable decorating bag

edible markers

*For coloring, I use Americolor soft gel paste Bright White. I used an assortment of Americolor Gourmet Writers for the edible markers. Find the other items in the baking aisle of the craft store. For tips on finding supplies CLICK HERE.

step one: bake your cookies
Bake your cookies any desired shape according to recipe and let cool.

step two: flood the background
Prepare white frosting. Fit a frosting bag with a coupler and size “4” tip, fill with half of your frosting and tie closed with a rubber band. Pipe an outline on the cookie and let it set about 20 minutes. Thin remaining frosting with water, about 1/4 tsp at a time, until the consistency of thick glue. (When drizzled, the frosting should fall into itself, but a bit slowly. The frosting shouldn’t be so runny it’s like water, it should be a bit viscous.) Using a small spoon, squeeze bottle or a disposable frosting bag with 1/8 inch snipped from the corner, pour or loosely pipe a bit of thinned frosting in the center of the cookie. Let spread to edges, encouraging with a butter knife as needed to totally cover the cookie. Let set VERY well, several hours at least, overnight preferred.

step three: let the kids go to town
Open food coloring pens and draw.

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  1. Party Box Design
    Posted June 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    omg i beyond love this idea!!! L.O.V.E!

  2. Alison
    Posted June 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    haha! cute idea! Now if only my little one was old enough to know to color on the cookie and not EVERYWHERE ELSE! :)

  3. Jenn @ BentoForKidlet
    Posted June 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    That's such a great idea! What a fun way to get the kiddos involved in the father's day action!

  4. Maranda
    Posted June 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    oh these are such a cute idea!! I need to do this with Little Butt!

  5. r.
    Posted June 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    great great great idea! Thaks for sharing!
    ROsa from

  6. Missy Locklear
    Posted June 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Love it!!!

  7. Red Couch Recipes
    Posted June 18, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Cute idea for father's day! Joni

  8. Sue Sparks
    Posted June 20, 2010 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Her daddy will love these! :) So sweet.

  9. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I love this idea for Father's Day! your daughter must have been going through her Blue Period…just like Picasso. 😉

  10. Jenni @ Project Cookie 365
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Awesome!! My son was adamant that he wanted to help with his brother's 1st birthday cake in Feb, so I had him paint on gumpaste to add to the cake (he was 3 and a half) and it is such a nice idea to include them :) I bet she was having a blast, and that they were appreciated!

  11. baking.serendipity
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    adorable! this is such a great idea :)

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