Wednesday, April 28, 2010

For a very POPular Teacher . . .


Can it be? Summer is almost here? But before summer...it's time for teacher appreciation gifts!


Welcome to those of you coming from Woodlands Family Magazine (and to everybody else, too)! I'm so happy to be working with Melissa of Domesticated Lady (you're going to love her!) to bring you not only a how-to for cookies, but an adorable FREE printable topper as well!


Let's get started on the cookies (you can make these NOW and freeze them until the end of school!):

  • Make sugar cookies using a candy corn cookie cutter (it's a multi-tasker) and let cool.

Using red royal icing and a #3 tip, pipe the outline of a popcorn box (AmeriColor Super Red).

  • With a #2 tip, pipe a wide oval in yellow icing (AmeriColor Egg Yellow).


  • With another #2 tip, pipe the outline of popped popcorn above the box in white (add AmeriColor Bright White for extra white).
  • Thin the yellow icing with a bit of water, stirring gently until it is the consistency of thick syrup. Let sit several minutes covered with a damp dishtowel (see a video of this process here).
  • Gently stir the icing with a rubber spatula to pop any air bubbles that have risen to the surface and transfer to a squeeze bottle.


  • Fill in the oval and part of each popcorn piece.
  • Thin the white icing in a similar fashion.


  • Fill in the popcorn box and the remainder of the popcorn. Swirl the yellow and white icings together on the popcorn.
  • Let dry at least 1 hour.


  • Using a #5 tip, add wide red stripes to the popcorn boxes.
  • Switch to a #2 tip and pipe "POPcorn" in red on the oval.


  • Outline the oval in red using the #2 tip.


  • Let the cookies dry overnight before packaging.
My favorite part? The swirly popcorn pieces:


The free printable topper is available from Domesticated Lady here.

Melissa, of Domesticated Lady) has so many wonderful ideas...I know you'll want to check out the rest of her darling blog while you're there! (And the online version of her article about the toppers/cookies is here.) It was a pleasure working with Melissa...this theme was all her idea...she is so creative!!!

If you want to make a few individual popcorn pieces to go along with these, check out these too cute cookies from The Decorated Cookie! Is that the cutest idea, or what?

You know what? I made popcorn cookies about 5 years ago and I am so glad to get a chance to update them. Wanna see?


I like this year's version much better!

I'll be linking it to TidyMom's I'm Lovin' It linky party. :)

Have you planned your teacher gifts yet?

60 comments:

  1. Just so cute! Any teacher would be tickled to receive these.

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  2. I'm a teacher and I would love it if a student took the time to make these for me!

    I'm new to your blog and I would love to start making some cookies, but I'm a beginner. :-) Are there any recipes/cookies you recommend I start with? Popcorn cookies seem a little difficult for me to start with.

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  3. As a former teacher, I would have loved to get one of those as a gift. Adorable!!! Love & blessings from NC!

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  4. What a fabulous idea! Love it. Love your blog!

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  5. They are so cute!! Great for movie nights too :)

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  6. So cute! I love the labels-very clever!

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  7. I love all your cookies, but I especially love to see the updated design! It's cool to see how things change with time.

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  8. These are great - what a wonderful teacher gift!

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  9. These are adorable. My favorite part is the two tone pieces too. Kiddo in the kitchen tart looks awesome! Good pick kiddo!

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  10. SO adorable, Bridget...and I love the attention to detail with the bag topper! PERFECT!

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  11. What an adorable teacher gift!! I might just have to make this for my boys teachers..great work Bridget and thanks for sharing!!

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  12. What a great gift to give to your teacher! I wish I had kids so that I could make them for them to give to their teachers. I would feel like my kids had the best presents ever!

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  13. Oh these are great! My kids teachers would love these!

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  14. these are awesome Bridget! Great work. :D i love popcorn and to look like a cookie is even better!

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  15. I LOVE them! And so glad you posted the step-by-step directions.

    so, so, so cool.

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  16. so clever! (as always!) love it! The toppers are fantastic too!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

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  17. sooo cute! these are great for teacher appreciation week too!

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  18. The cookies are too cute, makes me want to *pop* a few right into my mouth. The very creative topper from Melissa is super. I hope some went into your freezer for Kiddo to give to his teacher!

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  19. Did I mention those cookies are more delicious than they are cute?? So glad we could work together. Thank you!

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  20. how adorable... you have inspired me to start piping cookies, or at least try :)

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  21. This is a wonderful idea Bridget. For my little girl's teachers I will be making mini red velvet cupcakes.

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  22. These are wonderful! And I love the little popcorn too :)

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  23. These are darling Bridget! The bag topper looks awesome with the cookies. It would be fun to give movie tickets with this to the teacher. LOVE THESE!

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  24. Awestastic! I wish I had royal icing skills, this is perfect for those amazing teachers in your life! I can't wait to share...

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  25. GREAT step by step instructions Bridget!! these look nice and easy and fun!!....and I have a candy corn cookie cutter!! Can't wait to try these!!

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  26. You can never go wrong with popcorn on cookies. They look fantastic.

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  27. If I live in Houston can I buy these from you. Because ... for starters, I don't have a candy corn cookie cutter. Not to mention much time. :)

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  28. as a former teacher i know any teacher would love a gift like this. i think i'll have to make these for my son's teacher.

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  29. What awesome cookies! As always, of course :)

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  30. Oh my goodness, these are beyond awesome!!

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  31. I LOVE these cookies!

    You are awesome. I really like you. Man I sound creepy.

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  32. These are amazing!!! Your blog is very inspiring, thank you for sharing these ideas with us!

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  33. I think these are adorable! I can't wait until my son starts school next fall now! (Okay, yes I can!)
    Have you considered doing the red lines on the box while it's still wet so they sink in to the same level? I think *that* should be your next revisit ;) I just find myself slightly distracted by the lines. (could very well just be me though. I can be strange lol)
    Love your blog!

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  34. you're soo talented! i wish i could do that!

    BTW i LOVE your blog!

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  35. Those are adorable! What a super cute idea!

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  36. oh my, these cookies are so fantastic! And the little printable top.....wow! Can't wait to make some of these! You mentioned freezing...do you freeze your already decorated cookies? I had no idea I could freeze post decorating!?!?

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  37. I LOVE your blog! I can't believe how talented you are!

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  38. I am a teacher and I have to say they are downright stinkin' cute! I would love to receive these. So creative...and you can never go wrong with a sweet treat!

    :)

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  39. i love love this idea, and I m a teacher and I would love to have this, so clever, how did you make the label.

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  40. these are downright ADORABLE!!! These will be great as birthday gift along with Movie gift card, etc...

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  41. TracePoo...hi! Yes, if you look in the sidebar at the labels, you'll find one called "starter cookies." click there and you'll find some simple designs to get you started.

    betchacanteatjustone....you sure can! Cookies decorated with royal icing can be frozen once dry. Just let them thaw at room temp. for several hours before serving. :)

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  42. WOW! I love this idea. So, so creative. Thanks so much for the great gift idea, I'll be linking.

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  43. ridiculously fabulous! bestest teacher gifts ever! (and thanks for my link!)

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  44. this is one of my favorite cookies i've seen on your site - so creative! the popcorn kernels are my favorite as well.

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  45. We made these earlier this week. Thank you so much for the cute idea!

    http://mandeeandbrandy.blogspot.com/2010/05/lookie-what-we-made.html

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  46. I have no words, they are so cute!!!!!

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  47. All of your cookies are amazing! I just stumbled on your blog as we were deciding on a name for our bakery. Bake at 350 was one of my son's ideas - (don't worry we aren't using it - it's already taken :)) I am so happy to have found your blog - the cookies are gorgeous and the popcorn ones are my absolute favorite!

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  48. You helped inspire me to make popcorn cookies for a friend's wedding! Thanks

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