Back to School Apple with Worm Cookies Recipe

| August 21, 2015 | 16 Comments

Back to School Apple with Worm Cookies

Soon children will be back to school and we will start the daily routine of getting them up early, preparing lunches, and helping them with their homework. Not exactly as fun as the summer break, so why not put a smile on your kid’s faces by making these apple cookies for them to bring on their first day of school. Give them a few extra for a teacher’s gift! The cookies are very delicious, but time-consuming to prepare with the icing. They are well worth it! You will need to purchase an apple cookie cutter.


Back to School Apple Cookies

Cookie Ingredients:

5 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup soft unsalted butter
2 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs

Cookie Directions: 

– Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
-Add all 4 eggs at one time and continue to mix. Add the vanilla and continue mixing.
-Sift the four, baking powder, and salt together.
-Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
-Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
-Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
-Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
-Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
-Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter.
-Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using your APPLE  cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
-Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
-Using a metal spatula move the cut cookie  to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
-Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes.  Check to see if the cookie are thoroughly baked.
-Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.  

Royal Icing:

Icing Ingredients:

2 egg whites
1 cup powder sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Red, brown, green gel food colouring
(For these cookies you may have to make two bowls of icing).

Icing Directions:

-Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food colouring)
-If icing is  not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.
– Leave icing in large bowl. Take out 4 bowls, put 1/4 C of icing in three bowl and the rest of the icing in the fourth bowl.
-Bowl #1 remains white, bowl #2 , add several drops of brown gel food colouring stirring well until all of the colour is blended. Bowl #3, add several drops of green gel food colouring stirring well until all of the colour is blended.
-As for the largest amount of icing add several drops of red  gel food colouring in the bowl of icing and stir well to mix the colour. (Red is a difficult colour to get so you may have to continue to add the food colouring to get the bright deep red colour.  That is why we use a gel food colour as it doesn’t water down the icing.)
-Spoon each of the icing into individual frosting bags with a #5 tips and twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.

Whole Red Apple:

-First step for each of the completely red apple cookies outline it in red except for the stem and leaf.
-Allow the red outline  at least  30 seconds to dry before filling the  body of the cookie in with the other red icing*. After outlining all of the apple cookies you can push the remaining icing into a bowl and add the 1 tsp of water and mix well to get the right consistency .Using a butter knife to spread it from the outlined part inwards to the center.
-Immediately, before the red icing dries, add a small drop of  white icing  and use a toothpick to drag the white icing up the side of the apple. (Following the example.)
-Outline the stem with brown icing on all of the same apple cookies, fill them in with the thinner icing.
-Outline the green leaf with the green icing on all of the same apple cookies, fill them in with the thinner icing.
-Set these aside and allow to completely dry about 4 hours.

Apple with white apple flesh and brown seeds:

-Outline the apple with the red icing leaving the stem and leaf untouched. Allow 30 seconds for the red outline to dry.
-Outline the apple flesh with white icing. Thin out the icing as per the instructions above. Using a knife spread the icing around the flesh of the red apple. Immediately, before the white icing dries, add two small drops of brown icing for the apple seeds. Drag a little of the brown icing down to make the dot look like an apple seed.
-Complete the stem and leaf as per the instructions for the whole red apple.
-Allow to dry for 4 hours.

Red Apple with Worm: 

-Follow the instructions on the first apple including the stem, leaf, and white spots on the apple.
-Add one small white round about the size of a dime, immediately drawing a thin brown line in the circle about a third of the way around the circle. Hand outline a green worm and fill it in. Allow to dry for 30 seconds and all the two eyes and a smile or mouth.
-Allow 4 hours for cookie to completely dry.


Back to School Apple with Worm Cookies Recipe


Back to School Apple with Worm Cookies
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