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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Back to School Cookies


It’s that time of year when most of the kiddos and educators have already returned to school.  This has a big impact on my family as literally everyone in my immediate family works in education.  Ben is a teacher, my dad is a principal, my mom was a kindergarten teacher, and both of my brothers are soon-to-be elementary school teachers (how cute is that?!)  Some people look forward to the start of school (I was always one of those kids) and some people dread it.  No matter which camp they are in, I have a feeling almost anyone would enjoy these cookies.

I made these cookies for the staff of an elementary school on their first working day back, and I hope they helped ease the pain just a little.  These would make a lovely treat for any educator or student for that matter.  Want to make them yourself?  Just follow my royal icing tutorial and favorite sugar cookie recipe to create your own!

  • http://www.chocswirl.wordpress.com Robyn

    These are too gorgeous! Amazing colours!

  • http://www.iamsucceeding.com Trish @IamSucceeding

    Awesome looking…and I bet tasting cookies!!

  • http://kathyandryan.blopgspot.com Kathy

    I’m very impressed! cute!

  • HB

    LOVE these! New school for both kids — may have to make these this wknd!

  • http://flourdusted.blogspot.com/ briarrose

    Lovely! What a neat idea.

  • http://christines-cuisine.blogspot.com Christine

    Those are so detailed and cute!

  • http://mrsmultitasker.com mrsmultitasker

    WOW

  • Mishelle

    They are gorgeous! I’m in the middle of a new kitchen remodel or I would love making these today to celebrate back to school starting today for my boys! Can I just say YAHOO!!!!! When the kitchen is done I will be baking again in a nice,quiet, clean and kid free environment so keep the awesome recipes coming!!

  • http://homescratchcanam.com Homescratchcanam

    OH! So darling! So so darling!

  • http://adailyslice.wordpress.com Anne @ a daily slice

    These are absolutely ADORABLE :) I love love LOVE them!!

  • http://jennsfoodjourney.blogspot.com Jenn’s Food Journey

    I cannot believe how gorgeous those cookies are. If you aren’t already, you should think about selling cookies. Your designs are always so beautiful!!

  • http://got-toast.blogspot.com Trysha

    I love that your brothers are going into elementary education! I would like for my sons to have at least one male teacher (that’s not a coach) by the time we finish elementary.
    Those cookies are so cute! I’m sure mine will look nothing like yours, hopefully they’ll taste just a good though. ;)

  • Gen

    Love the colors! Can I ask how you did the white dots? They look stamped on with a q-tip or something, not quite drops of icing.

  • Scarlett

    These are so thoughtful! A very close friend of mine is an elementary school teacher and was once the manager for an after-school program; I’m studying to be a Speech-Language Pathologist in a school. Not many people realize how tough it is to work in school — especially elementary. The kids aren’t all angels…and neither are the parents. ;) What a wonderful family you have. :)

    I love following your blog. Keep up the yummy work!

  • Sunny

    I just have to know how do you find all the time between being a Dr and a mother!?? You amaze me. Truly. Beautiful cookies. I think I will make some cute cookies to hand out after our babies are born end of this year. I do plan to use your recipes. Could you help a sista out by doing a rough draft of some cute baby cookies?! Just kidding….(sorta..) ;0)

  • http://cookanddishwasher.blogspot.com newlywed

    I wish your kids went to my school! I would love to get a batch of those!

  • http://www.smittensugar.com Krystle

    So cute! My sister is a teacher and I was thinking of making her new class some cookies this week! I bet they would love these!

  • http://scrambledhenfruit.blogspot.com Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    These cookies would most definitely ease the pain! Although I dearly love what I do (2nd gr teacher) I also love my summer at home. I’m back to work Thursday, and it would be delightful if cookies like these were there to welcome me back!

  • http://chicagocuisinecritique.blogspot.com Chicago Cuisine Critique

    Those are so adorable. Great job!

  • Katie B.

    Those are super cute!

  • Kristin

    Beautiful cookies…and Where the Wild Things Are underneath…what more could you ask for?

  • morgan

    Where is the best place to get “crispy” cellophane bags? Thanks.
    GREAT looking cookies!

  • http://sewmanybooks.blogspot.com Gwenevere

    ode to the details!

  • Jess

    Oh my gosh, those are beautiful! I am a teacher (entering my 8th year of teaching already…woohoo!), and I was also one of those kids who always looked forward to the beginning of the school year. Now, as a teacher, the start of a new year is just a BIT more stressful :), but I still look forward to it. If a student’s mom made cookies like this and I was lucky enough to have one, it would totally make my day!!

  • http://www.chileanflavor.blogspot.com Mohana

    how cute are those!!! Great job, as always!!!

  • Annie

    I do, these were for an order actually.

  • Annie

    They are just little drops of white flooding icing dropped into the just-flooded cookie (so, flood with yellow/blue, then drop with dots of white and let dry).

  • Annie

    Check out the baby onesie cookies I have posted. They are super cute and perfect for baby occasions!

  • Annie

    I don’t know what “crispy” cellophane bags are exactly. These are just regular treat bags from Michael’s.

  • Joe Manley

    Amazing.

  • http://comfortofcooking.blogspot.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Wow, these are incredible, Annie! I know that whoever these cookies go to will be so appreciative and know that these cookies came from the heart. Great job!

  • Paula Duarte

    I’m new to your site and simply enchanted with all you present here. These cookies take my breath away! I am a retired teacher, now subbing,wife of (and daughter of) a teacher; and well,what teacher wouldn’t want to make these for her class or receive them! You are indeed a multi-talented woman! Thanks for all you post here.

  • Shawna

    I am going to have to send baked goods to the teachers someday. What cute cookies – you’re so sweet!

  • Liz N

    You are so incredibly thoughtful to make these for those teachers! I’m sure they appreciated it. What amazing detail too! How do you juggle motherhood, being a wife, being a doctor and be such a domestic goddess?! I am in awe of your ability to do it all! Once again, great work Annie!

  • http://simplerecipes.me Juliana

    Oh Annie!! These cookies are adorable…I don’t think that I’d able to eat them…love it!

  • http://www.veryculinary.com/ Amy

    Absolutely love these. You being insanely more creative and ambitious than I am, however, need to make a batch or two and sell them online! I would buy.

  • http://www.munchkinmunchies.blogspot.com Sue

    LOVE these! My sister is a kindergarten teacher and I KNOW she would love these too! You’re so creative and talented!

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    You are clearly the favorite at that school. haha Your royal icing skils never cease to amaze me. Seriously, those look AMAZING.

    And I was like you with school. Couldnt’ wait for it to start! Now I am in college and am the same exact way :D

  • http://www.pamper-u.blogspot.com Carol

    Those are the cutest! Lucky teachers that got to eat them. We never get anything that cool at our school during workshop week.

  • amanda

    Those are adorable! I’m sure those teachers were absolutely thrilled.

  • Kara

    SO adorable! And yay for being one of “those” kids – you’re in good company. :)

  • http://oneshotbeyond.wordpress.com/ oneshotbeyond

    Those couldn’t be more darling!

  • Mary Beth

    Shout out to Annie for your nod on Food 52 today!! Thanks for all you do to inspire us!
    http://www.food52.com/blog/1084_annies_eats

  • Annie

    Are talks of an “Annie’s Eats” cookbook in the works?! It should be! :)

  • http://www.1creativemomma.blogspot.com Jen

    Hi Annie!

    Just wanted to let you know that I mentioned you on my new blog as an inspiration for good foods! Love your blog!

    http://www.1creativemomma.blogspot.com

    Jen

  • http://kelseysappleaday.blogspot.com Kelsey

    Annie, those are too darn cute! Once I get confident enough in my royal icing skills, I’m going to make some just like them. Thanks for the great idea!

  • http://knitting40shadesofgreen.typepad.com Jasmine

    I sure wish your kids went to my school. Thanks for recognizing the teachers at the school.

  • Betsie

    Annie! These cookies were adorable and delicious! They were a wonderful treat on our first day back. Thank you so much!

  • http://whataboutpie.blogspot.com/ Bonnie

    OMG! Those are so adorable! You are so talented!!! I can’t imagine anyone resisting those cookies!

  • Abby

    These are beautiful! How do you get such vibrant colors? I was working on a batch of sugar cookies and tried royal icing for the first time today. When I attempted to make a rich red icing, I had a really difficult time! The icing was pink after first putting red gel coloring in the frosting, but then when I added more food coloring to get a brighter color, there was a bitter aftertaste. Any advice? Thanks so much.

  • Annie

    I use no taste red coloring.

  • http://thermominx.blogspot.com Jude McIntyre

    Hi Annie,
    I am a school teacher and I would love a cookie like that when school goes back. I teach in Australia so our school year is well under-way.
    I really enjoy reading your blog – it’s beautiful.
    Jude

  • mich

    hi! the cookies look great! i was wondering, since they (decorations) probably have to be done in layers, does the cookie dry out? or for the top decorations (books, crayons) do you only let them dry for an hour or two as opposed to overnight for the background fill?

    thank you!

  • Annie

    No, they don’t dry out. You need to let them dry at length otherwise the icing will not harden and will be damaged when in contact with anything else.

  • http://www.eatmedelicious.com Ashley

    These are SO cute!! I wish I was that good at decorating cookies. :)

  • Ashli

    Very cute! :) I had not seen these…I love your new site BTW, makes everything easier to find!