Back-to-School Cookies


I made these cookies for the first time when my oldest daughter started kindergarten and now I have to bake them every year when it's time for 'back to school!'

cookies shaped and decorated as colored pencils
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 12 mins
3 dozen cookies



  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • 1 pinch salt


  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar, or as needed

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, or as needed

  • assorted food coloring


  1. Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat until well mixed. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and stir into the creamed butter mixture alternately with the heavy cream until dough is evenly mixed. Chill dough in refrigerator, 2 to 3 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Roll cookie dough on a floured work surface. Cut dough into strips about 2 1/2 inches long and about as thick as a pencil, forming one end into a point. Arrange "pencils" on the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 12 to 14minutes. Transfer parchment paper with cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. Mix enough confectioners' sugar and lemon juice together in a bowl to form a thick icing. Divide icing among several small bowls and mix different colors of food coloring into each bowl.

  6. Decorate "pencil" cookies with colored icing so they look like colored pencils. Allow icing to dry completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

131 Calories
6g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 131
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 21mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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