Today we want to teach you how to prepare some beautiful pencil cookies , some fun decorated cookies, perfect as an end-of-year gift for teachers! If you like decorated cookies and you were wanting to try making them at home, this cookie recipe is perfect for beginners, because being large and having a simple design makes them easier!
We will prepare some delicious cookies and then we will decorate them with icing , I am sure that the children’s teachers will love them! Do you want to know how they are made?
As I was saying, these pencil cookies for teachers are actually big cookies, but if you want to make them smaller it is also possible. It is not necessary to have special cutters, we will make a template with cardboard to be able to cut our cookies. I assure you that making these cookies is a lot of fun!. Check out more only at Pet Pooja.
Cookies decorated pencils, a gift for teachers
Ingredients for 6 cookies
- 125g margarine or butter
- 125g sugar
- 1 egg
- 250g all-purpose flour
- the white of 2 small eggs
- approx. 400g icing sugar
- A few drops of lemon juice
- gel or powder food coloring
- black edible ink marker
How to make decorated cookies for teachers
The first thing we will do is prepare our cookies, you can take a look at our tips to make the perfect cookies , you will see that they do not fail!
If you have read the tips for perfect cookies that we suggested before, you have discovered the secret: a lot of fridge! The dough has a lot of margarine or butter, so if it is not cold enough it will remain soft. Another secret to make them smooth is to grind the sugar before using it, it is enough to put it in the food processor or grinder for a few seconds, so that it pulverizes a little. Having made these clarifications, let’s get to the preparation.
We beat the soft margarine with the sugar until we obtain a homogeneous cream, add the egg and beat, add the flour and work with our hands until the dough is smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for at least 1 hour. After this time we spread the dough using the rolling pin, between two sheets of baking paper the size of our baking tray, until it is about 5 mm thick. Previously we will have made our template, a simple piece of cardboard wrapped in kitchen film. Cut the cookies using a sharp knife, a little apart from each other and without removing them from the baking paper, put them on the tray and take them back to the fridge, at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile, turn on the oven at 180°.
Once the cookies were in the fridge, we can bake them. The dough that you are not using, or the cookies that are waiting to be baked, keep them in the fridge. Bake for about 10 minutes at 180°, until the edges begin to turn slightly golden.
Remove from the oven, let cool for 2-3 minutes on the tray, and then transfer to a wire rack. When they are completely cool, they can be decorated. To decorate the cookies we must prepare the royal icing or icing. It’s just egg white with icing sugar. We barely beat the egg whites and add the icing sugar, mixing gently so that it does not incorporate too much air, until the desired consistency is achieved. When we have already incorporated a good amount of sugar, add a few drops of lemon juice. We need a denser icing to make the borders, and a more fluid one to fill. To know if the outline icing (the hardest) is ready, take a good amount with a spoon and drip two crossed lines on the table, if they melt, you still need more sugar.
how to decorate cookies with royal icing .
Once we have the glaze ready, we dye it with food coloring in gel or powder, until we obtain the desired colors. We fill disposable pastry bags with each color, and with scissors we cut the ends. The black eyeliner should be tiny, the others larger. We outline the outline of the pencil, without resting the tip of the sleeve on the cookie and with a quick movement, so that the line is as straight as possible. If we have any small spots or irregularities, we can fix them with a brush dipped in water. Let dry (depends on the density of your glaze, approx. 30 minutes).
We fill each space with the indicated color, making a rather thick layer of icing. To reach the edges and small spaces we help ourselves with a toothpick or brush. Let dry well (in this case it will take a little longer). When we are sure that the glaze is dry, with the edible ink marker we draw the lines of the pencil, and write the desired message.