Thursday, September 10, 2015

Double-Decker, Personalized Apple Cookies for Back-to-School

It's that time again!  Summer is over, here in the U.S. anyway, and it's time to start a new school year!
I wanted to make some cookies for my grandchildren, and thought it would be fun to personalize them with their first initial.
I really like the effect of the chalkboard letters on the apples and hope my grandchildren (and you) do too!
Five of them are in elementary school and three are in preschool, so eight special apple cookies were in order. The youngest two are still babies, and another is on the way next month! Yippee!

I love each of them so much, and I hope that they all have a wonderful school year!

Double Decker Apple Cookies
Apple cookie cutter
Letter cookie cutters (small enough to fit nicely on the apple cookie)
Gel paste food coloring (Except for the green, I used AmeriColor): Super red, Wilton leaf green, Chocolate brown, Super black, Bright white
Black food marker (Foodoodler)
1. Bake cookies according to directions. Mine are 3/8-inch thick for the apples and 1/4-in. thick for the letters.
2. Tint a portion (most) of the royal icing red, then black, brown and green.
3. With a #3 tip, outline and fill the apples with the red royal icing (medium consistency-thick enough to outline, but thin enough to fill in). Fill in the leaves and the stems too with a #2 tip. Set aside to dry for about a couple of hours.
4. With a #2 tip, outline and fill the letters with the black royal icing. Set aside to dry for about an hour. 
5. Apply black royal icing to the backs of the letters and place gently (but firmly) on the centers of the apples.
6. Leave cookies to dry overnight.
7. With the black food marker, make stitch marks around the edges of the apples.
8. Using a small paint brush (for food only) and white gel food coloring, paint messages onto the apples. (If you'd prefer, you can paint the messages before you adhere the letters to the apples.)
Let dry.

Have Fun!

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  1. A-always adorable
    B-best beauties
    C-cleverly chalked
    and 1-2-3 Sue's done it again! :)

    1. Thanks, Lisa! You win the award for most clever comment every time! :)

  2. Your grandkids are so lucky to have you as their grandma. What a fun way to start off the school year.

  3. What a fantastic back to school cookie! I wish I had your skills to make these for my kids and their teachers. They would love them.

    1. Oh, you put your amazing skills to good use all the time, Erin! Thanks for your comment!

  4. As always, your cookies are so adorable and awesome, Sue.

  5. I'm a class parent this year for my son's class which means I get to bring in stuff for their class parties! adding these to my list ;)

  6. How cleaver! I love the double decker apple cookies. The chalkboard letters on the apples are adorable! Teachers will go crazy for these!

  7. These little cookies are just soooo cute - kids love things personalized and I'm sure they were thrilled with these!

  8. Oh my goodness Sue..these are adorable!
    Of course your grandbabies will love them..and how exciting that you will soon have a brand new grandbaby!
    With our youngest being 9 years old..we had almost forgotten what it was like to have such a little over around. We sure are enjoying our sweet little one year old.
    Love, love, love your apple cookies. :-)

    1. Thanks, Karen! Being a grandma is fun, isn't it? :)

  9. Oh dear, these are just the cutest thing. I need to visit and get a lesson in cookie icing! XOXO

    1. Thanks, Susan! It would be fun to be neighbors. :)

  10. I was searching for something to make with my cousins who are getting ready to start school and these couldn't be more perfect!