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Back to School Apple Shaped Sugar Cookies

I have been checking out Pinterest for school lunch ideas. While I haven’t come up with any over the top meal ideas for mid day, I do have the cutest cookie recipe to share with you. These back to school apple shaped sugar cookies with a worm are perfect to tuck into a lunch box for a sweet way to wrap up lunch.

Best recipe for cutout sugar cookies

This recipe begins with a good sugar cookie. I have included my favourite recipe below, or you can use your go to. But, these cookies aren’t easy. The icing does take some work, but the results are so cute, you will find the effort to be worthwhile. You will need to buy an apple cookie cutter to create these.

Best sugar cookies frosting

The frosting and decorating definitely takes a little patience. Be sure to allow plenty of drying time before serving these cute little cookies. I recommend at least 4 hours to overnight to make sure they are completely dry and your decorating efforts are not wasted!

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Teacher’s gift ideas

These apple shaped sugar cookies would also make a perfect back to school teacher gift. They are delicious, adorable and are sure to bring a smile to the teacher’s face! 

Back to School Apple Shaped Sugar Cookies Recipe

The lazy days of summer are winding down. We have been finding the perfect outfits to wear to school and making sure we have all the required supplies, and looking forward to a new year. I might be a little more excited than the kids to send them back in style. I have high hopes that this will be a great year for everyone. These apple shaped sugar cookies will make the perfect dessert for the first day of school lunch.

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

Apple Shaped Sugar Cookies Directions

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

Sugar cookies 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).

Sugar cookies icing recipe

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food colouring)
  2. If icing is  not stiff enough add 1/4 Cup powder sugar.
  3. Leave icing in large bowl. Take out 4 bowls, put 1/4 Cup of icing in three bowl and the rest of the icing in the fourth bowl.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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 with Worm Cookies:

  1. First step for each of the completely red apple cookies outline it in red except for the stem and leaf.
  2. 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 centre.
  3. 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.)
  4. Outline the stem with brown icing on all of the same apple cookies, fill them in with the thinner icing.
  5. Outline the green leaf with the green icing on all of the same apple cookies, fill them in with the thinner icing.
  6. Set these aside and allow to completely dry about 4 hours.

Apple with White Apple Flesh and Brown Seeds Cookies:

  1. Outline the apple with the red icing leaving the stem and leaf untouched. Allow 30 seconds for the red outline to dry.
  2. 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.
  3. Complete the stem and leaf as per the instructions for the whole red apple.
  4. Allow to dry for 4 hours.

Red Apple with Worm Cookies: 

  1. Follow the instructions on the first apple including the stem, leaf, and white spots on the apple.
  2. 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.
  3. Allow 4 hours for cookie to completely dry.

You can find all of my cookie recipes here. Reader favourites include Adorable Polar Bear Cookies and The Best Cheeto Cookies. You can find 20 back to school lunch ideas here to keep lunch interesting this year for the kids.

I hope you enjoyed my Back to School Apple with Worm Cookies Recipe as much as I did! If you make it, please share your photos with us on Facebook or Twitter! Also, check out all of our other recipes!

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Back to School Apple Shaped Sugar Cookies

Lyne Proulx
Put a smile on your kid's faces by making these apple shaped sugar cookies for them to bring on their first day of back to school.
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Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Refrigerate and drying time 14 hrs
Total Time 15 hrs 15 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 351 kcal

Equipment

  • Cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Cookie cutter
  • Cling wrap
  • Cutting board
  • Rolling Pin
  • spatula
  • Butter knife

Ingredients
  

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

Royal Icing

    Icing Ingredients

    • 2 egg whites
    • 1 cup powder sugar
    • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
    • Red food colouring brown, green gel food colouring

    Instructions
     

    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.

    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 centre.
    • 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.

    Notes

    For these cookies you may have to make two bowls of icing.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 351kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 179mgPotassium: 68mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 473IUCalcium: 38mgIron: 2mg
    Keyword apple shaped sugar cookies, back to school cookies, bunny butt cookies, royal icing, sugar cookies
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    Lyne Proulx
    Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
    Lyne Proulx is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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    Comments

    1. Goodness, I definitely am making these! Ive been wanting to mess around with royal icing, especially after seeing so many of those videos on facebook with GORGEOUS COOKIES

    2. these are super cute . thanks so much for sharing the recipe , i will def be making them , my grandson would love them 🙂

    3. These are the most adorable cookies I’ve ever seen! I’m definitely bookmarking this for my grandkids!

      Thanks for the recipe and the gorgeous photos

    4. A great idea, these cookies are fun, decorative and no doubt were eaten in minutes – which is a bit of a shame when you take into consideration how long they take to make.

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