These crayon cookies were my bake for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge (Week 38 Decoration Challenge: Royal Icing or Fancy Glaze). It was the first time we made royal icing for cooking decorating with kiddo.
I share, not because they are beautiful cookies, but because it was fun. Kiddo had a grand time baking and decorating. And somehow she discovered this comic overlay on my phone…
We both need more practice, but there were some initial lessons learned:
- Freezing the cut out cookies for a short time prior to baking helps prevent them from spreading and losing their shapes.
- My piping icing and especially my flood icing needed to be less thick to make it easier for kiddo to work with and to have a thinner layer of icing on the cookies. So. Much. Sugar.
- It would have helped us to start with even simpler decoration and fewer colors than these crayon cookies. I’m glad we didn’t make the five-color apples!
- And, most importantly, in the end it doesn’t matter what they look like. They were delicious, fun was had, and we both gained new skills. A yummy win for all.
The final product…
If you make cookies with your kiddos or have questions about cooking and baking with kids, please leave a comment here or share a pic with me on Instagram!
Week 1: New Year new recipe – blueberry galette
Week 2: seasonal – Smitten Kitchen’s grapefruit pound cake
Week 3: Great British Bake Off – Kate’s sticky toffee apple caramel cake
Week 4: Australia – sausage rolls
Week 5: bite sized – cookies
Week 6: Chinese New Year – mushroom bao
Week 7: new tool – baguette baker
Week 8: chocolate – chocolate peanut butter bonbons
Week 9: timed bake – under 1 hour! chocolate chip scones
Week 10: allergy/diet restriction – macarons
Week 11: quick breads – kale and cheese quick bread
Week 12: signature bake – purple cow bread
Week 13: enriched breads (kale and cheese babka fail)
Week 14: childhood favorite –fudgy triple layer chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting
Week 15: decorating challenge – purple velvet cake
Week 16: crispy crunchy – bacon cheddar popcorn
Week 17: p52 of a favorite cookbook, or your favorite blog – chocolate peanut butter drip cake
Week 18: pâte à choux – bacon cheese puffs
Week 19: veggies turned sweet – red velvet beet waffles
Week 20: plating – chocolate chip cookie (butter challenge)
Week 21: Birthday Party! – chocolate orange cake
Weed 22: Scandinavian – Swedish apple cake (plus a bonus sourdough discard apple cake)
Week 23: Layers – Pecan apple oat bars (post is pending)
Week 24: Tarts – rainbow fruit tart
Week 25: Bagels and donuts – maple donut cake
Week 26: Surprise inside – surprise heart yeast bread (pending)
Week 27: Local favorite – Rainier cherry crisp
Week 28: Seasonal ingredients – blackberry lemon bread
Week 29: French dessert – peanut butter banana clafoutis (a classic with non-classic flavors!)
Week 30: Savory baking – pizza
Week 31: Unusual ingredient – juniper lime drizzle cake
Week 32: Gelatin (homemade marshmallows) and 33: Picnic – peanut butter rice krispie treats
Week 34: Brunch – spinach and feta muffins
Week 35: Laminated dough – puff pastry cinnamon twists
Week 36: Friendship challenge – chocolate chip marshmallow cookie bars
Week 37: Sweet and salty – salted caramel chip chocolate cookies
Next week: Buns or biscuits