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How to Make Schoolhouse Globe Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin Aug 9, 2016

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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.

schoolhouse cookie cutters

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.)

  1. 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.

    schoolhouse globe cookie step1
  2. 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.

    schoolhouse globe cookie step2
  3. 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.

    schoolhouse globe cookies step3
  4. 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.

    schoolhouse globe cookie step 4
  5. Lastly, add the facial details and the schoolhouse globe cookies are complete! They should look like the ones below.

    schoolhouse globe cookie step5

Video Tutorial

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.

schoolhouse globe book cookies by Semi Sweet Designs
schoolhouse cookie platter by Semi Sweet Designs

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.

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11 replies on “How to Make Schoolhouse Globe Cookies

  1. This is a wonderful set! Colorful, fun, and perfectly decorated! If my sons were still little, I’d be buying these cutters in a heartbeat!

    1. Thanks so much, Susan!

  2. These cookies are so cute. I’ll be ordering the globe cookie cutter. Thank you for the video too. That certainly helps me out a lot !!!!

    1. Thanks, Susan! I’m happy to do so!

  3. These cookies make me so happy! You are such a creative cookie genius, Mike! Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us! Time to add to my Semi Sweet cookie cutter collection! :)

    1. You’re sweet, Sue! Thanks so much for your support. :)

  4. these are so cute Michael! nice job!

    1. Thanks so much, Maria!

  5. Realmente hermosas, estoy enamorada de todas tus galletas Mike, son lindisimas muchas felicidades por ese talento!!

  6. Amazing!!!!! I love to bake and decorate but am still working on my techniques! Love your videos and tips! I am definitely ordering some cutters and giving these a try!!!!! So exciting! My kids are gonna flip when I make these for back to school (we go back sept 6 in Canada) … I’m really curious about your icing … I’ve tried many other recipes for my cookies that say they’re stackable or set well and they don’t which is frustrating after so much work! Thanks for the inspiration! Keep it coming I LOVE holidays and we do baking and decor big time at our house :)

    1. Thanks so much, Nadia! Yes, my icing sets hard but still has a soft bite if you add glycerin to the mix. Let me know if you give the recipe a try!

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