Coloring Book Cookies

August 29, 2012

I’m in Petawawa as I write this post.  My son began his trip back to Afghanistan after three weeks at home on Sunday and gratefully, he arrived there safely.  While we wait for his tour to end in a few months I am enjoying this week’s time with my daughter-in-law Jen and my grand-son Austin.  Jen will be celebrating her birthday on the same day as my son on September 6th and Austin and I are baking a little surprise for her.  While I’m here we will also be doing some baking for Austin’s birthday in October.

Last weekend I brought some cookies for Ella’s birthday gathering with her friends at her local splash park.  The cookies were inspired by a recent post of Callye’s which led me to this video by Montreal Confections and the idea for the cookies for Ella and her friends.

This year Ella decided that she did not want her friends to bring any presents to her birthday and sent out her invitations requesting that in lieu of gifts, they consider making a donation to the Ottawa Wild Bird Care Center.  I cannot tell you how proud of her I am for having done this.  Due to her and her wonderful friends, they were able to make a donation of $135.00.  $115.00 collectively from her friends and $20.00 from herself!

Colouring book cookies are a fabulous idea for take-home treats and the best part of them is that the birthday guests get to add their own creative flair to them.

Ella turned nine years old!  I noticed at her party that nine year-old girls huddle.

Here they are huddling together at the splash park.  Little girls almost three years old don’t huddle!

Huddling together again around the candy bar set up.  Is it the animated conversation or the candy keeping them close?

Never got a picture of the huddle once lunch was declared ready to serve.  Too risky!

The colouring book cookies are not difficult to make and come together quickly once you have decided on your designs.  I kept it fairly simple.  The idea is to leave the finishing touches all up to the kids.

They certainly enjoyed completing these cookies.  You’ll see at the end of this post.

First step in making these cookies is outlining them in white piping icing.

When piping is dry, flood with white flood icing.

With flood icing still wet, outline with black piping icing your *colouring book* lines.

As the icing dries, the black lines will sink into the white flood icing.  When completely dry, deliver to the party with a good supply of Edible Food Colouring Markers and when it is time, let the kids let loose with their creativity.

This is a great party activity for all ages!  Who cares if some of them choose to sample the cookie first, as long as they are enjoying themselves!

 Thank so much to Montreal Confections and to Callye for leading me to this idea.  It will be used again.  Of that I know for sure.

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Carrie's Creations August 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm



Renee - Kudos Kitchen August 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm

What a fun and fantastical idea! What little kid wouldn’t love this? What grown up wouldn’t love this? Love when creative and whimsical ideas are shared.


Renee - Kudos Kitchen August 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Forget to mention what a wonderfully giving young girl Ella is! No wonder you’re so proud of her!


Anne @ Have a Cookie! August 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm

How fun! And I love how you did the coloring book cookies!


Jackie @ Just Add Milk August 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm

What a great idea Paula! I pray that your son comes homes safely at the completion of his tour. As I’m on vacation, I enjoy the time I have to read your wonderful post and dream of baking these for a special occasion. Your Ella is such a wonderful little girl! I hope she enjoyed her birthday! The cookies were fantastic!


Georgia August 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Great idea. Thanks for sharing it.


Paula August 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Love it! This looks like too much fun for kids. I want to do this at my next pizza party.. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?


The Partiologist August 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Looks like such a fun party and decorating those cookies must have been a huge hit!


Amanda Segat August 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Nanna is definitely a hit with Ella and her friends..many of whom have been lucky enough to taste some of her delicious and generous gifts during the school year! A big thank you for adding an extra special touch to Ella’s 9th birthday! The girls loved it! Thank you for always being there for me and my family on so many wonderful occasions!


Amalia August 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I am definitely praying for your son and a safe return….and for his mama’s heart who I’m sure misses and worries about him tremendously!!! As for the coloring book cookies… I saw this idea too and LOVED it…. Yours turned out SOOO CUTE….I can’t wait to try it sometime for my own kids. What a fun party activity! Thanks so much for sharing…loved seeing all the pictures:)


Choc Chip Uru August 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Colouring book cookies? That is one of the most adorable ideas ever my friend :D

Choc Chip Uru


@ErinMarshall71 August 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

As usual, these are gorgeous, and I love the idea of being able to add the last touches ourselves.


Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} August 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Aww, these are fantastic Paula! I did the colouring book cookies myself when my youngest daughter turned 8 in June. I didn’t outline or have fancy shapes but they were great fun. I kinda need a new set of Americolor pens now though.

And wow, how wonderful of Ella to turn down gifts and donate to charity instead. What a special 9 year old selfless girl. What a great thing to do. Bless her.


Cheryl (Grandma Coco) August 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

What a great idea! I know some kids who’d love to colour on their own cookies. Thanks!


Karen @ Trilogy Edibles August 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

WOW< that's a great idea. I may use this for next year's bday parties. SUper cute. Happy Birthday Ella!


Trish August 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm

OH I LOVE IT!!! What a great great grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat idea!!! Ella is amazing that is for sure, those birds say “what a TWEETIE she is” hahahahahaha


Bronnie August 29, 2012 at 11:21 pm

What a fantastic idea Paula!!! I will definitely have to give these a try



Stephanie August 30, 2012 at 12:13 am

This is such a fun idea!!! I want to do this at my own parties.. and I’m not a kid!


Miriam @ Overtime Cook August 30, 2012 at 2:05 am

Love, love, LOVE these cookies Paula! They are absolutely perfect looking, and definitely the best party activity ever. Ella is a lucky girl. (And a special one- that’s a really impressive sacrifice on her part!)


Baker Street August 30, 2012 at 3:37 am

What a super fun idea, Paula! And Ella is so amazing! Your post really has me smiling ear to ear! xx


Jaclyn August 30, 2012 at 7:38 am

What a great idea!!! I love this, and looks like the kids did too!


Deb August 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

What a perfect birthday celebration! A sparkling summer celebration and with cookie love! I’m charmed!


Jenean August 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm



Delishhh August 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

When it comes to baking this is my worst skill – i am horrible at decorating cookies – i don’t think i have patience for it, don’t know. But your cookies look amazing.


Sue {munchkin munchies} August 31, 2012 at 3:34 am

LOVE these! I am so going to do this! Yours turned out wonderfully! Your granddaughter is following in your footsteps with her charitable giving:)

God bless your son, Paula!


Jacquee @ I Sugar Coat It! August 31, 2012 at 7:48 am

What an awesome idea!! My niece will be celebrating her 4th next month – I’ll be sure to share this with my sister. Thank you!!


Sharon August 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

Love this idea! I hope your son returns home safely and you have a lovely time with your DIL and grandson! The party looks wonderful in the sunshine!


Kelly @ JAX does design August 31, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Love, love, LOVE the colouring book cookies! What a great idea! I bet the girls had a blast creating their own colourful cookies :-) When they weren’t busy huddling, of course ;-)

Best wishes to your son for a safe tour!

Thanks for your thought on my This or Thank shower bench post. Lots of great feedback supporting both styles of benches – I don’t know how I’m going to choose!


Jodie September 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Love this idea! So creative Paula


beti September 4, 2012 at 1:36 am

I love those ice cream cone cookies! gorgeous as always


Rita September 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Hi, Paula! I pray for your son to come back in good health. It will pass quickly, You’ll see. You have such a wonderful family. I wish all the best to litlle Ella and to all of you. I’m sure that the kids enjoyed very much colouring those cute cookies that you made. Hugs!


DessertForTwo September 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm

1. These are adorable!
2. We used to be a military family too (fiance is out now), so I just wanted to say how much I’m thinking about & praying for your son. Hang in there! It gets easier! I hope he comes home soon!


Jen September 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Paula, I can see how you would be so proud of your Grand daughter. What a giving young lady (She is certainly taking after you). :)

Your cookies turned out beautiful!
I am definitely going to give these cookies a try. So fun!


Jen September 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

P.s. We are thinking of you and your family while your son is on Tour, and praying for a quick, and safe return home! xo


Diane {Created by Diane} September 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm

SUCH a fun project!!!


Amanda September 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

such a creative idea!


Rachel September 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I love this idea! I have used the coloring markers on fondant cakes, but never on iced cookies! So cute!


Lora @cakeduchess September 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Sweet Ella. I know birthday was special. So cute and yes, they do huddle around. I don’t think they stop at 10 either…Super cute cookies:)


Jane September 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm

What an incredible idea, Paula! I have never seen this particular concept before, but can only imagine how much kids would love it. Heck, I’d love doing it too! :)


Kate September 10, 2012 at 12:01 am

Hi Paula! I’ve been so out of the blogging loop. I hope you and your family had a great summer!! I’m glad you were able to spend time with your son before he deployed. I will be praying for his safety and for all of you to hang in there while he is away. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you all. As far as your cookies… I LOVE this idea!! I have never seen it before. It is such a great party activity. I’m pinning it so others can see how adorable they are, and I’m emailing the link to my sis right now. She and her daughter will think this is awesome! Take care!!


Hanna September 10, 2012 at 7:40 am

Hi Paula, those are just the coolest idea in the world!!! Oh I wish I lived closer to you and could buy your cookies for any kids party that happened to be on near me. So fantastic. What are they colouring them in with? Thinking of you and your son while he’s away. Take lots of care x


Karyl September 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

This is adorable! I’m stealing this idea so the kids can design their own owls in the Owlrey at our Harry Potter party!


HAni September 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm

THis si such an adorable idea Paula. Love the pictures, too.


Melissa Belanger September 14, 2012 at 6:17 am

These are possibly the coolest cookies I have ever seen. I love the idea of them!!


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