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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pencil Cookie

M started at her new preschool last Wednesday.  It wasn't a fabulous start to a school year.  I was really hoping she would love school this year.  She loves to learn, but is so determined to do her own thing, that following directions isn't always easy for her.   

To encourage her a bit, I made her a pencil cookie to celebrate the beginning of her school year.  She LOVED it!  I made sugar cookies. (Click for a delicious recipe...and I am happy to report I had a bit more self control than the last time I made them.)  After chilling the dough, I rolled out a long rectangle on parchment paper and then cut a simple pencil shape.

I am not a big fan of cake, and actually never eat icing.  Yep, that's right, I scrape off my icing and share it or throw it away.  However, icing is the one way you can decorate  a cake, so I wanted to practice a bit.  Since we'll be having cake at least two times next month, I opted for practicing on a cookie, and the pencil was a great way to practice.  (In case you are wondering, I didn't eat any of the pencil.  WAY too much icing for me to eat.  I ate the plain cookies happily though.)

I had been wanting to practice using cake decorating tips before the kids' birthdays in October.  My mother-in-law makes beautiful cakes (and gets paid for all types of occasions, including weddings), but if she can't come for both birthdays, I want to be prepared.  I was fairly pleased with how the cookie turned out, since it was my first attempt at using tips.  Ever.

When my husband ate the icing (there is still tons left over in the fridge), he asked if I used his mom's recipe.  Hurray!   That means they tasted the same!  

Please excuse the lovely parchment paper.  I didn't think about how to store a pencil cookie...and forgot that I had a cake carrier until the cookie was almost gone!

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Christy said...

The pencil came out great!

"FAITH" said...

Very cute Annette, I love it. : )

Ticia said...

So yummy. I'm a big fan of sugar cookies with frosting on top.

Megan said...

Love it! Especially the texture on the eraser. I also love that it's a cookie and not cake. I much prefer cookies! Really big cookies!!

Miller Moments said...

Soooo cute! Well done mom! What a special treat to start off the year.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

You did an excellent job! It's soooo cute :)

Carrie said...

That's an AWESOME cake! You did an amazing job and I am seriously impressed! What a great idea to decorate a cookie instead of a cake.

Of course, my favorite part is the icing. I wouldn't mind just eating the icing and skipping the cake so if we ever managed to share a slice, we'd be a good pair! ;) ha!

phasejumper said...

Visiting from ABC 123. Your cookie looks great! I always just make cupcakes for birthdays because I don't know how to decorate a cake.
I did a whole pencil themed day, check it out!

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