Nerdy Bookworm Cookies

It’s official.  I have nerd humor.  I literally laughed all day about these cookies then proceeded to bombard every social network I know with my little joke.  Laugh with me.  Really…it validates me.  And if you don’t think it’s funny, PRETEND to laugh.  That’s all I need.

Seriously, though, I try to stay away from super-detailed cookie how-to’s, but this one was too fun to keep to myself.  I’ve had so much fun with them, I’ve made them twice!

As I always say, there is more than one way to approach any cookie design. When writing cookie tutorials, I try to make them attainable for people who don’t own a Kopykake projector.  If you are lucky enough to own one it’s totally okay to skip the transfer step and use it for glasses.

All of you non-Kopykakers will have to start a day or two ahead of time by making royal icing glasses transfers.  To make these you will need:

  • black piping icing
  • light blue 15-20 second icing
  • white/off-white piping icing {optional}

To make royal icing transfers, start with my printable templates which you can find HERE.  Choose the glasses style of your choice, print and place underneath a sheet of waxed paper then secure to a cookie sheet with painters tape.

At this point use black piping icing to outline the frames.  Let dry, then fill with light blue 20-second icing.  Use a toothpick to pop and stray air bubbles that might appear AND to eliminate cratering. To avoid bleeding, use an oscillating fan to dry them.  It works, I promise.

If you’d like to add the little tape detail, do this after the transfer has had a few minutes to set.  I used ivory icing with a #2 tip.

Give the transfers AT LEAST 24 hours to dry then carefully peel them off of the waxed paper.  Be very gentle, they will be fragile.  Once the transfers are dry, you’re ready to decorate.

To decorate nerdy bookworm cookies you will need:

  • Royal icing transfer glasses
  • Green piping and flood icing
  • Red piping and flood icing
  • Thinnish black piping icing
  • White 20-second icing

Begin with a simple snowman cookie.  I found my cutter on Ebay, but you can also get simple snowman cutters from Copper Gifts and Plastics In Print.  Either would work very well for this.

Outline the cookie and fill the cookie in alternating sections, beginning with the middle, letting it dry for a bit, then moving on to the head and tail.

After filling the head, quickly drop a transfer onto the wet icing.  Use black icing to carefully apply pupils. If you’re feeling frisky, add little glares to the lens and eyes with white icing.  Let the cookie dry.

One the base is dry more detail can be added.  Start with a sweet little smile, then move on the finishing touches.  I went with books and apples.  The book was simple to make.  I used a #44 tip to make a line down the center section {a #2 or #3 will work also} then a #1.5 to add the rest of the cover.  Once the book is outlined, fill it with icing.  Don’t let the book scare you.  It’s really nothing more than a “V” shape connected by two lines.

Finish up by adding pages, fingers, and other details like a leaf-tip bow.

The possibilities are endless, really…

Mix them with other fun school cookies and you have a party!

It’s funny that the gal who loathes graduation cookies is so into school themed cookies, but I love them {if you can’t tell}. Seriously though, make them for the bookworm in your life soon.  They will love you for it.  I promise.

Have a great Friday everyone.  Woo hoo for the weekend!

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    Debra says:

    absolutely adorable

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    Michelle says:

    LOVE these!! How did you do the bows on the heads and the bow ties (what tip did you use)

  3. 53

    Thanks for the great tutorial, I added this design to my niece’s 8th grade graduation cookies.

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    Ashley says:

    My girlfriend recently (OK… back in November) had a baby shower and asked me to make her cookies. Her theme was “book worms” and I was at a loss. Luckily, Google directed me to you — and I have to say, I think I am in love (cue magical music here)! These little bookworm cookies are incredibly cute. While my finished product did not look as perfect as your’s, they certainly were a hit. Thank for you sharing all of your ideas and the helpful hints that come along with them. I am a self-taught “baker-on-the-side” and appreciate your honesty and helpful posts.

    I have been regularly popping in to see what new things you’ve been coming up with. I’m hooked — and I wish I lived closer (I’m in NY) so I could order and – more importantly – eat your beautiful creations!

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    Claire says:

    OMG…looking for some glasses cookies and came across these glasses, which led to the worms and then books pencils…….amazing, love them. I have to do the transfers so cute, thanks for inspiring me do more every time I read your blogs :))


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