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Cookies with character

Decorate your own happy cookie characters.

You will need

  • Scrap paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Food colouring
  • Spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Biscuits
  • Icing sugar
  • Decorations

Theme this activity for Pride or LGBT+ History Month

  • Get creative and design cookies for Pride or LGBT+ History Month. While you're decorating, discuss the meaning of the events and why they're important – don’t forget to keep our values (integrity, respect, care, belief, and cooperation) in mind. 
  • Not sure where to begin? You could create pride flags (here are 13 of the most common ones) or write affirming messages in icing, such as ‘love is love’ or ‘LGBT+ rights are human rights’.
  • If you’re feeling up to a challenge, why not try two interlinked hands or an LGBT+ role model?
  • Keen cooks could also try baking something special to ice – they might think about making special shaped biscuits or attempt a colourful rainbow cake.
  • Find more inspiration, and get your tummy rumbling, by looking at other people’s delicious designs on Pinterest.

Before you begin

  • It’s up to you whether you use biscuits or something else, such as rice cakes.
  • Check for any dietary requirements or allergies and check the ingredients to make sure everyone can use them
  • Make up a few bowls of icing using icing sugar and water. Add food colouring to some so people have a few colour options.
  • Put the decorations into bowls. It’s up to you what you use – small sweets and small fruit, such as blueberries and raisins, work well.

Happy thoughts

  1. The person leading the activity should give everyone a piece of scrap paper and a pen or pencil.
  2. Everyone is going to design their biscuits before icing them.
  3. To start, draw their biscuit's shape onto the paper. 
  4. Now, everyone should draw a design onto their biscuit shape. They should design something that makes them happy, such as their favourite flower, their dog, their friends or a sport. It also could be how they look when they’re happy, such as a big smiley face. 
  1. Looking at the colours of icing and the decorations that are available, everyone should think about how they’ll use the icing and decorations on the table to create their design. Do they need to make anything a bit simpler?
  2. Before starting to decorate, everyone should wash their hands.

Decorate biscuits

  1. The person leading the activity should give everyone a biscuit.
  2. The easiest way to get started is by spreading a thin layer of icing over their biscuit using the back of a spoon.
  3. Next, everyone should copy their designs and decorate their biscuits with the icing, sweets and fruit.
  4. Once everyone’s finished decorating their biscuit, they should come together to admire each other’s creations and show each other what makes them happy. Now’s a great time to reflect, too.
  5. Everyone should enjoy their treat or take it home for later.

Reflection

This activity needed everyone to use their skills to plan ahead to design their biscuit, then decorate it based on what was available. How close were people’s biscuits to their original designs? Did anyone find any parts of this activity tricky? Some people may have found it tricky to spread the icing evenly over their biscuits – it can be hard to get it even, especially if you start with too much or too little icing. This activity was also a chance for everyone to think about the things that make them happy. Everyone should look at all of the biscuits, and take it in turns to call out the things they recreated on their biscuit. While they eat their biscuit, everyone can think of the things that make them happy.

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Food

Check for allergies before you begin and read the guidance on food safety. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.