Friday, August 24, 2012

A Composition in Black & White

What is it about a composition notebook?  Even in college, I loved getting a school/class supply sheet and seeing "composition notebook" on the list.
Somehow, writing in a composition notebook would elevate my writing to a level that a spiral notebook had never seen (or so I thought).  Plus, it was classy.  You can't really write "Bridget + Tommy" in pink paint pen on a composition notebook; that's strictly for spirals.

{In case you were wondering, that "Tommy" was C. Thomas Howell, but you might know him as Ponyboy.}

Anyhoo...composition notebook cookies.  Let's make them.  You'll need:

  • rectangle sugar cookies
  • royal icing, divided and tinted with AmeriColor Super Black and Bright White
  • couplers and tips, #2, #1
  • disposable icing bags
  • squeeze bottles
  • toothpicks
  • basting brush or large (clean) paintbrush


Use a #2 tip to outline the cookie in black icing.  Reserve some piping consistency black icing.

Thin the remaining black icing with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup.  You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin.  Count of 2-3 is good.  Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed.  Pour into squeeze bottle. 

Fill in the outline with the thinned flood icing, using a toothpick to guide to the edges and to pop large air bubbles.

Let the cookies dry for at least one hour.

Thin about half of the white icing with a bit of water until it is loosened, but not thinned to the point for flooding as described above.

Use a basting brush or large paintbrush and your finger to flick the thinned icing from the bristles on top of the black cookies.  Your table will be a mess. It's ok.

{This is a great technique for going all Jackson Pollock with your cookies.  Ooo...this makes me want to homeschool again and do art history in cookies.} 

Let the cookies dry for at least one hour.  Wipe off your table.

Again with a #2 tip, pipe a "binding" along the side of the cookies in black.

Use the unthinned white icing to pipe detail outline with a #2 tip.

Thin the remaining white outline as described for the flood icing above and fill in the white outline.

Let the cookies dry at least one hour.

Switch the tip on the black icing to a #1 and personalize them however you wish...or leave them blank.

Let the cookies dry uncovered 6-8 hours or overnight.
What did you love to see on your school supply list? 

52 comments:

  1. You are amazing. Love how simple those are, but so darn cute. I learn so much from you! I should be taking notes in a composition book, lol.

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  2. I love composition books! However, spiral make it easier to rip out pages..

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  3. These are gorgeous!!! LOVE the spatters. Seriously some of my favorite cookies ever!!

    Also..did you know that The Outsiders is one of my favorites books AND movies of all time? I own it and watch it from time to time. Love Ponyboy!!!

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  4. Bridget these are the cutest composition books I've ever seen.

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  5. So, so adorable, Bridget! Briliant idea with the 'Jackson Pollock' look. I lurves them!!

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  6. Bridget these are awesome! Would make a super cute teacher gift!

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  7. These are so awesome! I love the look of the "flicked" white icing - kind of like your pretty little blue speckled eggs :)

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  8. These are so great! You are just so talented!

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  9. I wish these were on my back to school list! How beautiful, Bridget! Love comp books :) although, I have to say, I get so giddy for new pens. I have my "type" and everything.

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  10. I have always been obsessed with composition notebooks! I thought I was the only one! Now I am obsessed with these!! LOVE them Bridge!!!

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  11. GHAHAHAHA! You were really in class with him? That's too funny.

    Ok, now I'm just loving these adorable cookies. How freakin' clever!

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    1. Oh, no no no! I just had a major CRUSH on him!,, if only.... *sigh*

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  12. Seriously??!! You are the most talented cookie decorator in the whole world. I feel special just because I MET you! ahhhhh come be my neighbor!

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  13. What a great idea for school cookies. Not surprised that you came up with these but wishing I had of :). I'm a sucker for all things stationery and have to control myself in that section of the stores, especially this time of year!

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  14. These are the cutest ever! I currently have 3 comp notebooks in my desk drawer...

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  15. LOVE!!! The former-teacher in me just adores school supplies of any kind, and cookies that look like school supplies?!?! Well, that just beats all!! :)

    I made some cute pencil cookies the other day for some fabulous teachers in my littlest daughter's life this school year. I thought of you! :)

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  16. these are ADORABLE! the funny thing is i never actually used comp notebooks ever...i always saw them and wondered what they were for!

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  17. These are completely genius! Love them. I also always loved the feel of a new composition notebook. I feel nostalgic looking at these.

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  18. Love those! Love all the names too. Might have to add Ruby and Hank to the new list!

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  19. So neat, but I don't want to eat a black cookie.

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  20. These are AMAZING! Love them :) so clever and cute!

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  21. I LOVE these!! They are so fun! And... I am absolutely IN LOVE with the binding! Totally weird, I know. I can't help it.

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  22. These are so clever! I always had one of these composition books growing up.

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  23. I haven't thought about composition notebook in years! How cute these are!! :)

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  24. so cute! I can't say I ever had to buy a composition notebook (sides effects being a computer major I guess), but I'd take these cookies any day :)

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  25. Super cute, perfect for back to school. I had a crush Tommy as well, had him plastered all over my bedroom walls, thanks to Tiger Beat.

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  26. I love composition notebooks! These cookies are too cute!

    ♥ Samantha
    http://busysweetlife.blogspot.com/

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  27. I gotta love any excuse to splatter around some icing!

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  28. They are adorable! My nieces and nephews are going to love this!

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  29. Aww those are so cute! What a great idea :).

    Rachael xx.

    http://theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. Again, Bridget the adorableness of your cookies never ceases to amaze me! And, as a teacher, I really love these. You rock!

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  31. These are so darn cute I can't even stand it!

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  32. How great are these! Composition notebooks are my favorite :)

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  33. These are ADORABLE for Back to School!! LOVE composition notebooks too :)

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  34. This is a great idea Bridget. Love it.

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  35. These are so adorable, Bridget!!! LOVE!

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  36. Awesome! I loved these notebooks as a kid..these are SO much sweeter!

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  37. How much do I love all that thin icing being flicked everywhere!
    That's what I call FUN in the kitchen!
    I too love a new composition notebook. It gives me the feeling of getting SERIOUS about something!
    Plus~the pages are not as easy to tear out so you have to do your best work!
    Love these cookies Bridget!
    I just love how ordinary things in life inspire so EXTRA~ordinary COOKIES in your kitchen!
    xo

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  38. your talent blows my mind.
    these are incredible!

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  39. Ohh my..these are just the cutest!!!

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  40. Hi,your post is very nice.You have lot of cookies.These are very nice.I like all cookies from your post.

    studia

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  41. These are the cutest cookies. I so want one with my name on it.

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  42. These are soooooo CUTE! I love them! I think I need to make them for my teacher daughter:)

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