How’s the weather where you are? Are the children looking for something to do? Are they hungry? Do they deserve a treat? Then here’s something they can do! This cookie art is fun for kids of all ages!
Last summer Susan came for a visit with her three children and brought this fun artful snack idea. She even had a bag loaded with Digestive biscuits, licorice laces, chocolate buttons, fruit gummies, writable icing and other little bits of delicious fun.
The children gathered around a table and dove right in. Susan’s children had done this before, but it was new to Tristan (Kallista was still a little too young to join in then). Tristan wasn’t usually given candy to eat, so this was a fine treat indeed for him to be able to have such fun with it! It didn’t take him long to get into the swing of things.
The children used the icing tubes to make designs and to hold the candies in place right where they wanted them. As you can see, Tristan really took advantage of the situation and covered his biscuits up! But he was also very generous and made sure to make one for each family member. Thank you, Tristan!
Now that a year has passed, we thought we’d have another go at cookie art. I had never heard of this art form before, but it is quite common here. There is even a category in the local Garden Society’s annual exhibition for children’s decorated biscuits. So this was the challenge we set out for ourselves: to have the children make something for their first competition.
Kallista and Tristan worked very hard the day before the entries were due to be judged. It was a challenge to get the candies on the cookie and for them to stay there….Kallista kept taking them back off and eating them! But I managed to salvage a cookie with the carefully placed eyes she chose for it.
Tristan was aiming to make a Christmas tree on his. He had a little trouble with the icing tube (I now have new ones, but in the days leading up to this I had tried several grocery shops, all of which were out of tubes. Many children must have been stocking up on them for summer competitions around the country).
When the morning of the competition arrived, they rain and wind arrived with it. The children were more inclined to stay home and eat their biscuits than to brave the weather, get wet, and risk the chance of losing their cookie art. Since we’d already had a busy week, with more plans in the works, I agreed and we stayed in for a pj day of cookie eating.
As it turned out, the daughter of a friend won the decorated biscuit competition with her HUGE homemade cookie decorated with an Olympic theme. She should be proud of her creativity!
Now that we know who the competition is, we’ll have to practice again before next summer and start our design planning early in the new year!
Have you ever done something similar to this? For another way of decorating cookies, keep checking in. We have a recipe coming up in the next couple of weeks to share with you…
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