Thursday, January 23, 2014

And now, we will relive junior high. I'm sorry.

If we *really* cared about children, we would make a law that 6th - 8th grades are mandatory homeschool years. Especially for awkward, frizzy-haired, pigeon-toed, braces-wearing, overly-sensitive girls.  Junior highs should only be open to football players, cheerleaders, and teenagers with perfect complexions.
"do you like me" note cookies...simple and easy to make...perfect for valentine's day!
I mean, wouldn't that just make life nicer?

Some of my least favorite childhood memories come from middle school.  Included in those memories are these notes.  The "do you like me" notes.  The notes that NEVER came back checked with a "yes."

"do you like me" note cookies...simple and easy to make...perfect for valentine's day!
As I remember, usually a friend passed these notes on your behalf.  "Do you like Bridget?"  And then, the friend would share with you...and 20 other girls...the giant X in the "no" box.

{Have I mentioned how much I love NOT being in junior high?}

So, now we fix things.  Now we check YES!  (And, maybe "as a friend" because that's OK, too!)
Take THAT, junior high!  (I may have some unresolved issues here.)

Y'all...these cookies could not be easier.  I know I say that all the time.  I am becoming the queen of the easy cookie...in my old age, I'm too lazy for complicated. ;)

"do you like me" note cookies...simple and easy to make...perfect for valentine's day!
These "do you like me" cut-out cookies are topped with fondant, which means no making royal icing, no piping, no flooding, no waiting for the icing to dry.  In other words, you could bake, decorate and GIVE these cookies all on the same day.

My favorite fondant is Satin Ice brand.  It can be found on Amazon or at Sur la Table.  You can also make homemade fondant, which is super yummy, but I'll be honest...I normally buy mine.

To make these "do you like me" (junior high nightmare) cookies, you'll need:



Bake the cookies and let cool.

Meanwhile, roll out the fondant to 1/8" thickness on a surface heavily coated with cornstarch.  (Also, dust the rolling pin and cookie cutter with cornstarch.)  I like these guides for even rolling. Use the same cutter as used for the cookie to cut the fondant.

Brush the cooled cookie with corn syrup and place the cut fondant on top.  Smooth and lightly press to adhere.
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Use food coloring pens to draw lines on the cookie to resemble notebook paper.  I used my rolling guides as a straight edge.
(And wouldn't plain notebook paper cookies be cute, too?)

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Then, add the check boxes and words.

Give the cookies as is...and maybe attach a food coloring pen...
"do you like me" note cookies...simple and easy to make...perfect for valentine's day!
....or, just go ahead and check the "yes" box.  We're not in junior high anymore.
THANK GOODNESS. 

"do you like me" note cookies...simple and easy to make...perfect for valentine's day!



36 comments:

  1. I can't even get over how adorable these are!!!

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  2. Love these cookies - and I totally agree about junior high!! I have purposely blocked most of junior high from my memory.

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  3. Ha!! These are too cute! Love it!

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  4. Bridget, these are AWESOME! Ugh, junior high or middle school, or YES... 6th, 7th and 8th grade... should really be outlawed. Such a dramatic time! And we totally passed these notes! I can sympathize with you on the frizzy hair (that my mom insisted on having cut WAY too short), and you can throw in there awkwardly chubby, too! Oh, what a time. The good news is that high school is right around the corner, and things got better :)

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  5. So funny! These cookies really take me back!

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  6. Thanks for the laughs! And cookies!

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  7. Yes, forget Jr high! :) Beautiful cookies ~ you are amazing!

    xo
    Pat

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  8. Really cute cookies, as always! I'm going to keep this cookie idea in mind for Teacher Appreciation at our school later in the spring. "A+ Teacher' or something sweet written on the notebook page would be fun.

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  9. Bridget, I can relate. Grades 7 and 8 were difficult and little girls can be sooo mean. I love your new notes and ... look at you now!

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  10. Ohhhh these are adorable!!! What a cute idea!!!!

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  11. I have the exact same memories of junior high. Ick!!! I'm so glad those days a far behind me. Your cookies are great. I'd definitely check "yes."

    Beth @ Hungry Happenings

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  12. So much awesomeness, Bridget! :) From my perspective and my kids, 6th-8th are really the worst. I have a piece of paper I saved that my daughter wrote the pros and cons down of why she wanted to switch schools when she was that age. It's sweet now that she's gotten through all that, but yeah, nightmare years for sure.

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  13. These are just way too cute! And even though I'm in college now I still relive horrific middle school memories. Middle school is the worst, guaranteed!

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  14. These are great! I teach middle school, and you're right! It's a tough time. Sometimes I feel so sorry for some of the kids! But I suppose we all get through it and we're better because of it! Thanks again for your hard work on the site...Love it all!

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  15. And this is why you should rule the Earth.

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  16. These are the cutest! I totally remember these notes and yeah, my friends passed them for me. Such a cute and fun idea!

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  17. Oh goodness, no! I received one of those notes from a friend I really liked. But it wasn't from him but from a group of nasty girls. He knew nothing about it. I checked the yes and then they gave him the note and then those awful girls cackled. It was AWFUL (but we're somehow still friends). Stupid evil girls.

    The cookies are super cute, though. :)

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  18. I am SO IN LOVE with these adorable cookies!

    Middle school not so much (I'm with you on that one!)

    But I seriously cannot believe that anybody would check *no* to your beautiful red headed loveliness!!

    xoxoxo

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  19. I feel your pain. I remember it as not all that great, but now that my daughter is in junior high, it is just plain awful. I cannot wait for it to be over. Darling cookies!!

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  20. These are so cute! I hate middle school too. 7th grade was the worst. Nothing makes you a target for bullying like a big Italian nose and arms and legs you haven't grown into yet! :)

    I will say though, a girl in my class was homeschooled for middle school. Her mom pulled her out after 5th grade and sent her back to start high school. She sat in front of me in my 9th grade English class and I remember how miserable she was. Apparently, despite middle school being hell on Earth, we learn really important skills on how to survive high school. She was fine by the time spring rolled around, but I remember her telling me how much she wished her mom had kept her in school the whole time because she felt so lost because of things like changing classes, dressing out for gym, lockers, strange rules high schools make to keep kids from becoming hellions...

    That family is the only family I know that ever did something like that so maybe it would work for other kids? I probably would have gone to one day of high school and then refused to ever go again. Kids are mean. lol

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  21. Wow, these are so creative and so incredibly cute!

    Sanam
    www.bakemestyle.blogspot.com

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  22. I love these (though I didn't like middle school nor high school on a social aspect very much). What a great post and a great cookie. Knowing what I do of you, I can't imagine anyone not liking you in middle school but for those that weren't nice back then, *success is the best revenge.* Not that we are vengeful people but just look at you now!!! You are so successful on so very many levels.

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  23. Your cookies are sheer genius! Oh, how I can relate to these passed (& past) notes. Conjured up memories and made me laugh! You're the best, Bridget!

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  24. What a crack up! We used to say, "Do you want to go around?" Yikes. I am a home school mom, so I agree with you.

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  25. These are so cute, such a great idea! They definitely bring back memories of middle school.

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  26. Ohh my gahhhh! I can't even take how cute these are!

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  27. My older son started middle school this year and I couldn't believe the IMMEDIATE focus on girls. It was like a light switch was flipped. These cookies are absolutely adorable, Bridget, and capture the whole experience perfectly!

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  28. These are adorable! I'm afraid I would hesitate to eat them because they're so cute. But my hesitation wouldn't last long....

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  29. I adore these! And yes, talk about being that age again!

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  30. You crack me up....you come up with the cutest ideas! I have some memories of those notes too....lol.....heard we sent come of our cold Kansas City weather down your way.....saw on news people sliding around Houston.....I'm sure you stayed home and kept warm baking....thanks for sharing!!!

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  31. The worst when you wouldn't write no as a choice and then they would write it in just so soul crushing. Those these cookies are adorable.

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  32. So cute!! Do you think this would work using white royal icing instead of fondant?

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