While kids are readjusting to their back-to-school sleeping schedules, and parents are readjusting to their kids being out of the house again, I’m readjusting an old back-to-school cookie design. I made these school globe cookies three years ago, and while I loved them back then, I wanted to see if I could redesign them for sturdier handling. Looking back, I always thought the area where the base met the globe was a little vulnerable to breaking. I also didn’t like that too much of the cookie was left undecorated.
So I got to thinking and came up with a new globe cookie cutter design, along with two other new ones, for a schoolhouse cookie set. The concept for this schoolhouse globe cookie was to change the perspective on the globe to angled, downward view. This helped eliminate the weak base-to-globe connection area, while putting more focus on the globe itself.
Back-to-School Cookie Cutters
Added to the shop are these three new cookie cutters: a schoolhouse globe cookie cutter, a schoolhouse cookie cutter, and an apple with stack of books cookie cutter. For this tutorial I’ll be focusing on how to decorate the globe cookie.
This globe cookie cutter is available in two sizes: large and regular. I’ll be decorating the regular size, but the decorating method for the large size should be identical.
Schoolhouse Globe Cookie Template
To help guide you through the decorating process, I made a template of the schoolhouse globe design shown below. In the PDF file, you’ll also find a template for each cookie cutter shape shown in this post.
You can download the schoolhouse globe cookie template HERE.
If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by cutting out the template and tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.
The Decorating Process
These schoolhouse globe cookies can be decorated in any colors of your choice. However, if you’re interested in the colors I used in this tutorial, I listed them below:
Green medium-flood and piping icing (I mixed Americolor Electric Green and Leaf Green.)
Light Blue medium-flood icing (I used Americolor Sky Blue.)
Brown medium icing (I used Americolor Chocolate Brown.)
Yellow medium icing (I used Americolor Egg Yellow.)
Black piping icing (I used Americolor Super Black.)
Red piping icing (I used Americolor Super Red.)
Begin by marking where the outline of the globe should be. I made a circle template from the template file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.
Next, roughly sketch out the world’s continents on the cookie. You don’t have to get the continents exactly right; they’ll be covered by a face in the end.
Next, quickly fill in the land areas with green medium-flood icing. Then, quickly fill in the remaining area of the globe with light blue icing. Give the cookie a good shake to smooth the two icing colors together and let it set for about 20 minutes.
After the icing had time to set, fill in a small, inner oval on the base with brown icing. Also, add the top ring holder with the same brown icing. Let this icing set for about 20 minutes.
Next, fill the remaining base area with brown icing. Let all this icing dry for about 1 to 2 hours.
After the cookie had time to dry, add a smaller, inner oval right below the globe with brown icing. Then add a yellow bead at the very top of the cookie, along with an axis line with black piping icing.
Next, outline the edge detail on the top ring holder, as shown below.
Lastly, add the facial details and the schoolhouse globe cookies are complete! They should look like the ones below.
The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video I put together.
I paired the globe cookie cutter with two more designs to complete these schoolhouse set. You can find the schoolhouse cookie cutter and the apple with stack of books cookie cutter in my shop. I’ve included design outlines for these two cookies in the downloadable template, as well.
I have one more back-to-school idea I want to try to fit in before fall officially hits. Stay tuned for that post and upcoming holiday ideas as the season changes.