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favors for a kid’s art-themed birthday party: canvas cookies and food pens


This whole kids-drawing-on-cookies thing is not new to this blog. My daughter first make her own cookie art HERE when she was just a wee lass of two. And I gave my niece these framed cookies and a set of markers for her 7th birthday. Well, I adapted that same idea for her 8th birthday, celebrated at a kid’s art studio (did they have those when I was a kid? because I would’ve loved that).


And drawing on food is old hat around here, of course. For tips on choosing and buying edible writers, click HERE.


To make these, I used a small rectangle cutter to cut out the cookies with my cookie dough. Then I prepared my royal icing and tinted it white and gold with Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Bright White and Egg Yellow). Then, I prepared a disposable decorating bag with couplers and tip, size “4”. I filled the bag with the gold and closed with a rubber band. I piped rectangles on the cookies, leaving a border. Then, I switched the tip to size “3” and piped the frame part. After the gold set a bit, I thinned the white icing to flooding consistency, filled an empty decorating bag, snipped the tip and piped to fill the frames. Let the cookies dry super duper well, overnight.    (For basic cookie decorating how-tos click HERE.) To package, place a cookie in a cello bag, tie with ribbon and attach an edible writer to the ribbon.


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  1. Posted April 11, 2013 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    LOOOOOVE the little frames you piped! And, the way you have them packaged! Totally adorable!!!

  2. Marlyn
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    These cookies are wonderful, my 9 year old son recently attempted piping cookies and was let frustrated and with a sore wrist lol. This IMO is the only way to have cookie decorating be fun for young kids.

    Thanks for sharing, Marlyn

  3. Posted April 11, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    LOVE this idea for a party favor. Well done!


  4. Posted April 11, 2013 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Such a fun idea for a kid’s party!

  5. Posted April 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Will you be my framer?


  6. Posted April 12, 2013 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    soo cute
    fantastic idea

  7. Posted April 12, 2013 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    One of my all-time favorite cookie ideas (since the first time you did it)!

  8. Posted April 12, 2013 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Brilliant! I want to do this at an adult party!

  9. Abby Anderson
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Nice! These are really cute! This is a nice idea for my brother’s b day party or something. (I won’t steal your idea, I promise! :)

  10. Posted April 15, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I love this favor idea. Kids would love this.

  11. Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh so stinking cute!!

  12. Melissa
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    These are sooo cool! What a creative idea. :) Thanks for sharing, Meaghan!

  13. Posted July 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Such a great idea! I love food that is fun to make, cute to look at and tasty to eat! I bet kids love them! : )

  14. Posted September 16, 2014 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    so beautiful for sure!

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