Easy Back-to-School Cookies

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These cute Back-to-School cookies make a fun, delicious treat for celebrating the new school year! Everyone will love these yummy back-to-school sugar cookies!

pencil, apple, and lined notebook paper designs on sugar cookies

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It’s that time of year again, when backpacks are packed, shoes are laced, and school bells are ringing in a new adventure! But, getting back to school ready doesn’t have to be a complete and total frenzy. Give yourself grace, with this super easy sugar cookie recipe that is sure to delight new teachers and new friends, alike!

With tons of neat frosting and decorating ideas included at the bottom of this post – these cool back to school inspired cookies will definitely be admired by all and satisfy your cookie cravings!

We’ve had such a great experience making our Notebook Rice Krispies Treats, that we knew these fun apple, pencil, and lined paper cookies would be a must-try for the next school year. They even make super cute teacher appreciation gifts for the end of the school year, too!

So, put on your apron, grab those cookie cutters, and get ready to indulge in the most delicious way to kick off the school year!


Ingredients Needed for School Treats:

Cookies

icing bottles filled with various colors

Royal Icing

Supplies Needed for School Cookies:

NOTE: You can substitute icing bottles for a piping bag, or cut the end off of a small Ziploc bag. Though, you may have less control when piping your cookie designs.

How to Make Sugar Cookies:

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to whip up a batch of irresistible sugar cookies!

Making the Cookies

easy sugar cookie shapes cut out

Combine dough and flour.  Roll to ¼” thickness. Cut out cookie shapes. 

Bake on a prepared baking sheet at 350 for 8 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

Making the Royal Icing

ingredients for making sugar cookies

In a stand mixer combine sugar and meringue powder.  Add 8 tablespoons of water, using the whisk attachment, and beat for 1 minute on low. Continue to add water one tablespoon at a time until the icing slowly drizzles from the whisk when lifted.

Once prepared, if the icing is too hard, add more water one drop at a time. If your mixture is too runny, add more icing sugar one teaspoon at a time.

cut out sugar cookies and icing color bottles

Separate the icing into small mixing bowls and add desired food coloring. Mix well. Scoop the icing into piping bags or icing bottles.

Decorating Instructions:

These decorating tips and tricks will have you feeling like a professional cookie decorator in no time!

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icing spread onto school cookie cut outs

Start decorating your cookies by lining around the edge of the design with icing and filling in the middle.  Use a toothpick to poke bubbles or direct icing into holes.

icing spread onto back to school treats

Allow each design area to dry before moving on. The icing should completely dry, at room temperature for at least four hours, before adding piping details to the top.

Pencil Designs

diy pencil treat and apple treat cookies

Using brown icing, draw and fill in your pencil tip. (You’ll also need brown for the apple stem in the next decorating step, too)

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Add a white highlight to the eraser, a black marker “lead” to the pencil tip, and a yellow line to the flooded area once dry.

Apple Designs

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Add a green leaf, brown stem, and white highlight when the flooded area is dry.

Notebook Paper Designs

binder paper cookies with edible markers

Add red and blue lines using an edible marker once the flooded area is dry.

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Now you have the perfect snack for the first day of school! They’re so cute to add to kids’ lunches or to take as a batch of sweet treats for new friends.

We shared these fun decorating recommendations inside of our delicious, 4th of July Cookie recipe post. Each one of these frosting tips and tricks is super simple to do, and will surely take your cookies up to the next level!

Polka Dot Designs

decorated 4th of july cookies

Before the flooded area dries, add dots of different colored icing. (This is my favorite and go-to design for any occasion!)

Zig Zag Design

red white and blue sugar cookies

Before the flooded area dries, add stripes of different colored icing stacked tightly together.

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 Then, drag a toothpick through the stripes. The zig-zagging result is amazing!

Alternate Decorating Recommendations

plate of frosted sugar cookies
  • Add Sprinkles: Add your favorite sprinkles onto each cookie before the flooded area dries.
  • Candy: Glue your preferred candies to each cookie with a drop of icing.
  • Plaid Pattern: Allow the flooded icing to dry.  Add stripes of icing to the cookie, creating a fun plaid pattern.
  • Edible Markers: Before using the icing, allow the icing to completely harden for at least four hours.
sweet school treats

Now, you’ll be an absolute pro at decorating cookies in any given style or design! Package a few cookies in a gift bag or plastic wrap to leave on your teacher’s or students’ desks.



Frequently Asked Question

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How Long Can I Store These Sugar Cookies?

If stored in an airtight container, these cookies can last up to two weeks!

back to school themed cookies

Back to School Sugar Cookies

These cute sugar cookies make a fun, delicious treat for celebrating the new school year!
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Yields: 16

Equipment:

What You’ll Need:

Royal Icing

Instructions:

Making the Cookies

  • Combine dough and flour.  Roll to ¼” thickness. Cut out cookie shapes. 
    1 Pkg Pillsbury Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough, 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • Bake on prepared baking sheet at 350 for 8 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

Making the Royal Icing

  • In a stand mixer combine sugar and meringue powder.  Add 8 tablespoons of water, using the whisk attachment, beat for 1 minute on low. Continue to add water one tablespoon at a time until the icing slowly drizzles from the whisk when lifted.
    4 Cups Powdered Sugar, 3 Tbsp Meringue Powder, 8-12 Tbsp Water 
  • Once prepared, if the icing is too hard, add more water one drop at a time. If your mixture is too runny, add more icing sugar one teaspoon at a time.
  • Separate the icing into small mixing bowls and add desired food coloring. Mix well. Scoop the icing into piping bags or icing bottles.
    Gel Food Coloring

Decorating Instructions

  • Start decorating your cookies by lining around the edge of the design with icing and filling in the middle.  Use a toothpick to poke bubbles or direct icing into holes.
  • Allow each design area to dry before moving on. The icing should completely dry, at room temperature for at least four hours, before adding piping details to the top.

Pencil Designs

  • Using brown icing, draw and fill in your pencil tip. (You’ll also need brown for the apple stem in the next decorating step, too)
    Edible Markers
  • Add a white highlight to the eraser, a black marker “lead” to the pencil tip and yellow line to the flooded area once dry.

Apple Designs

  • Add a green leaf, brown stem and white highlight when the flooded area is dry.

Notebook Paper Designs

  • Add red and blue lines using an edible marker once the flooded area is dry.
    Edible Markers

EVEN MORE DECORATING TIPS:

    Polka Dot Designs

    • Before the flooded area dries, add dots of different colored icing.

    Zig Zag Design

    • Before the flooded area dries, add stripes of different colored icing stacked tightly together.
    • Then, drag a toothpick through the stripes.

    Alternate Decorating Recommendations:

    • Add Sprinkles: Add your favorite sprinkles onto each cookie before the flooded area dries.
    • Candy: Glue your preferred candies to each cookie with a drop icing.
    • Plaid Pattern: Allow the flooded icing to dry.  Add stripes of icing to the cookie, creating a fun plaid pattern.
    • Edible Markers: Before using on the icing, allow the icing to completely harden for at least four hours.
    Did You Make This?Mention @HeidiKundin or tag #hihmakersclub on Instagram to show off your awesome work! ♥

    Classic sugar cookies have become one of our absolute family favorites! What are some of your favorite cookie recipes? Tell us in the comments section!

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