cute quickie cookies

Need to make cute cookies in a hurry?  Or cookies simple enough to make with kids? Many of the cookies on this blog are time-consuming and complicated.  Some are very time-consuming.  But today I am sharing a set of cookies that I wouldn’t ordinarily post on the blog: quickie cookies. 

I am not above quickie cookies; I make them all the time.  I rarely share them because, while cute, there is usually nothing novel or creative about them.  But just because a cookie isn’t time-consuming doesn’t mean it can’t also be cute.  These cookies are a great example of how you can whip up something fun in a hurry.

When I first started baking, I discovered a trick that I often employ when I need to make quickies: adding eyes to almost any cookie makes it cute.  Even better, kids can master this technique.  For proof, I offer these pictures of my husband making cookies with little eyes (he is not a child, but baking with him is oddly similar to baking with kids).

Okay, here we go: cute quickie cookies 101.

Start with a fully cooled sugar cookie (the little flecks are whole wheat flour and cinnamon.)  Outline the stem with a food marker.

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Outline and then flood the body of the pumpkin using 10-15 count royal icing:

When the orange icing has fully dried, outline and then flood the stem:

Add white dots for eyes (the beauty of this is that you can add them anywhere– they will look cute even if they are oddly placed on the pumpkin).

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When the white icing has fully dried, add black dots for the pupils.  I like to use this step to add a little personality; the pumpkin can look sideways, upwards, downward, etc.

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Finally, add little mouths in different shapes to finish out the look:

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That’s it!  Done!  Quick, easy, and cute.

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