Coloring Book Cookies

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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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. Paula…
    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:)

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!)

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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! :)

  14. 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!!

  15. 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