Sugar Cookies for the last day of school

sugar cookies apple shaped

Aren’t these apples darling?? I wanted to make some cute “school themed” cookies for my daughters last day of Pre School and I couldn’t find a school house cookie cutter so apples are the next best thing. If you have been reading my blog I had a bit of a run in with my last decorated sugar cookie experience, but these were a blast. Tip…start them in the morning and don’t wait till 8 pm to make fancy decorated cookies! If you would like the recipe for these delicious cookies and glaze. click here (but don’t mind my bitterness in the post!)

You might be asking, why did you put so much work into cookies for a bunch of 4 year olds???

Issues people, I have issues!


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    Jenn@slim-shoppin says:

    Leslie, those cookies look professional, nice job!

    I bet your daughters class will like them!

    I can’t believe the school year is almost over!

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    pigpigscorner says:

    You r the best mum! They are soooo cute!

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    Those are gorgeous! You are a cookie genius.

    Thanks for the tip on the mistake in the Artisan Bread cookbook. My first batch didn’t rise as much as I expected either, so that is good to know.

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    JennyMac says:

    Yeah….sad to see such hard work like that be shoved so quickly in the little kids mouths…you wanna say “did ya even SEE what they were?” LOL. Beautiful cookis Leslie…I hate to see what you are going to send when they are in Elementary School!

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    Rebekah says:

    fabulous! I love them! Can’t believe the year is almost out-we still have a week and a half!!!

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    Kerstin says:

    They look so perfect, I’m very impressed! Very cute and I’m sure the kids gobbled them up 🙂

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    J.Danger says:

    those are adorable! I WISH i had your patience!

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    Leslie M. says:

    So ya got issues.. eh don’t we all, and your cookies look FABU! Wanna go into business? “We Need the Dough” That is the Name of our Bakery!
    Or “Les and Les”

    Good Job Momma~
    The Other Les


  9. 9

    omgosh leslie – those are gorgeous! i hope that if i have kids one day, i’d be as hardworking decorating cookies as you are!

  10. 10

    that looks so gorgeous! love the red color!

  11. 11

    LOVE those!! How cute for a teacher!

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    Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" says:

    Those are just pretty little apple cookies!

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    Culinary Wannabe says:

    Ah issues, we all got em! At least yours result in yummy cookies! 🙂

  14. 14

    Those cookies look so cute. Your decorating skills are amazing.

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    Oh my gosh, those are such adorable cookies, great job!

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    These cookies look absolutely fabulous! What a perfect last-day treat! So glad your second cookie decorating experience was better 🙂 (Although, I have to admit, your past sugar cookie rant was pretty hysterical! I totally related!)

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    Wow, those look like they came from a fancy bakery! How gorgeous! You’re such a good momma.

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    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    Those are adorable — great job with the flooded icing.

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    Those look so wonderfully professional! I would love to eat one right now!

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    hot garlic says:

    I’m in total awe of your skills Leslie! Seriously. I can make it taste great, but I can’t make it look like that no matter how hard I try. You really do have issues! But I don’t hate ya for it.

    LOVED this idea.

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    Mommy's Kitchen says:

    Those look so beautiful Leslie. I bet your dd will be so excited. I am like you and have issues with stuff like that. You are such a good mommy the kids will love them. Is the glaze pretty easy to work with?

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    those are definitely impressively done, leslie! i’m especially excited by the depiction of the sheen in the corner–so realistic!

  24. 24

    These are so adorable!!! Four may seem young, but I remember things when I was four, and these cookies will make an impression. And don’t worry, I think a lot of us have similar ‘issues’ 🙂

  25. 25

    You did a great job! They are darlin’! I totally get why you made such cute cookies for your babygirl, DUH! It’s the same reason why I agree to make (three different) desserts for my three children all in the same night! SERIOUS issues!

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    Calm In The Kitchen says:

    The icing is perfect and shiny..way to go!

    I went a little crazy myself wrote the kiddos names out on sugar cookies (on a stick no less). What is that all about?

    Your pictures alone have me wishing my kid went to your school.

    I think you did a fabulous job!

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    Prudence says:

    Awesome job, toots! Wow, last day of pre-school! Mine is heading there this fall. Time flies by doesn’t it? Next year, my son will be in middle, my daughhter in kindergarten and my little one in Pre-K. *WAH* I am getting OLD!

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    Apples for the last day of school are perfect! So many people associate apples with fall but great idea to give them for the end of school/summertime!

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    Foodycat says:

    How gorgeous! They look lovely.

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    Angeliquez says:

    Leslie your cookies are beautiful!

    No loss,because all those kids are gonna love ya forever!

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    now that is perfect glazing. you are a pro at this one. that is definitely a photo to see in Gourmet magazine.
    Seriously girl, nicely done.

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    Elizabeth says:

    These are the most precious cookies EVER!

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    Katrina says:

    AWESOME cookies! I love it-issues people, issues! I think the reason I don’t decorate cookies more is because I can’t do that nice of a job. sigh

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    Miranda says:

    Your welcome. You are the first blog I followed.
    Thank you for having such amazing content and being such an inspiration.

    Take Care.

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    Amy Snell says:

    You did a fabulous job!! Oh and I’m in the same “issues” boat as you…we should make a club :):)

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    oneordinaryday says:

    These look perfect. I bet they were a big hit at preschool.

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    noble pig says:

    Those turned out seriously adorable!

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    Stephanie Meade Gresham says:

    This is a super idea. I just don’t think I could pull of this degree of perfection. Beautiful and cute to boot.
    So glad I found you through “My food and life Encounters”

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    Leslie they are sooooooooo cool! They’re so perfect! I love the little with shine, such a cute touch!

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    Those are gorgeous! I especially love that you added the white for an extra “shine”. It really makes them that much more special.

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    Chef Fresco says:

    Wow! Lucky kids!

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    These are gorgeous, Leslie! I’m sure your daughter’s classmates loved ’em.

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    Figtreeapps says:

    These look like they came from a fancy bakery and someone paid 7 bucks a piece. WOW So beautiful. Figtreeapps

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    These cookies are just adorable! I love sugar cookies, I like them better than chocolate chip even.

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    I think I had those issues. There are worse things to have issues about. After all the cookies are gorgeous and so very photogenic. In fact that is one of my favorite things about edible art – you don’t have to hang it on the refrigerator or figure out what to do with it or keep it forever.

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    These cookies look awesome! Great Job!
    If I tried to make those, they would turn out looking more like a 4 year old made them!

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    Speedbump Kitchen says:

    These are awesome! Looks like my cookie cutter collection needs to grow a bit more…

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    Those are absolutely gorgeous!!!

    haha…who doesn’t have issues? 🙂

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    Speedbump Kitchen says:

    OK, you TOTALLY saved my bacon with this post. I was enjoying my coffee, reading through the end-of-school notices in the kid's backpack and at 2pm realized that the 5:30 kindergarten graduation was a cookie party…and my kid is egg/dairy/nut allergic…which means I need to bring something safe that looks very different from all the other batches of rice krispy treats brought by other frazzled moms. I already have a safe sugar cookie recipe, but you provided the inspiration when all I wanted to do was freak out! Mine didn't look as neat and clean as yours, but they were cute nonetheless! Thank you!

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    There's something pleasantly ironic about making a cookie look like an apple. Beautiful work.

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    Mrs Hackney says:

    I'm not sure how I stumbled across this blog but I'm glad I did! I love these cookies, they are so cute. I'm in the process of trying to find the perfect sugar cookie recipe so will give this one a whirl and will let you know the results. 🙂

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    Mrs Hackney says:

    Hi Lesley,

    I've just tried Martha Stewarts recipe and am about to make a batch of the dough you used for the xmas and apple cookies. I just have a few questions…

    1. How long do they last if wrapped in a cello bag and tied with ribbon?

    2. Is it best to leave them out on the counter overnight before icing?

    3. Is it best to leave on the counter to dry overnight again once iced before wrapping?

    4. If I don't want ti ice them straight away, once they have cooled is it best to wrap them in cling film / tin foil / baking parchment and store in an airtight container or will these make the cookies go soft?

    I made a batch y'day too and wrapped them in baking parchment and put them in my crocory cake tin and they were really soft and un-useable the day after.

    Sorry for all the questons!!

    Hailing x


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    ***Mrs. Hackney***

    Here is some info on your questions.

    Make the dough ahead of time and store in the fridge. This can be done a few days ahead to save you some time.
    I would bake the cookies in the morning/mid afternoon so they have time to completely cool before piping.
    Do not..I repeat DO NOT stack on top of one another until they have dried overnight on the counter. And when you do stack them use wax paper in between each cookie.
    Because there are no preservatives in the cookies, I would bake them as close to icing time as possible.
    When I make them, I glaze them, store on the counter or in a cold oven overnight and then the next morning, I wrap them individually in cookie bags and tie them with ribbon. They seem to be fine after 3 days of being wrapped. I dont know beyond the 3 days, because that is as long as they last!! lol

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    Mrs Hackney says:

    H Leslie,

    That's great, thanks for that. I'm about to bake the martha stewart batch I made earlier in a moment so will leave them to cool and then do the first layer of icing tonight before I go to bed.

    I'm just going to leave them on the counter overnight (uncovered) to dry and will pipe on the details on tomorrow morning.

    Hopefully they will stay crisp even though I'm leaving them out uncovered. I'll keep you posted!


  56. 56

    Hi Leslie where did you get the cut out for the apple cookie? I would love to make some.

    • 57

      Oh goodness. I really dont remember where I got the apple cookie cutter. Either at Michaels Crafts or a cake supply store near me. Check on Amazon. You can find anything there.


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