Crayon cookies

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Kiddley reader Anne Margaret at Ten Ten wrote in to let us know about this terrific activity – crayon cookies. She found the recipe in the book Scribble Art: Independent Creative Art Experiences for Children, (which has just been added to my wish list). We are starting to accumulate a large amount of broken crayon odds and ends around here and remaking them into muffin shaped composite crayons seems like a great way of giving them a useful second life. Thanks Anne Margaret.

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Images courtesy of Anne Margaret.

23 Responses to “Crayon cookies”

  1. Tiel S-K

    what a great idea. Thanks for sharing. maybe leaving al foil under the tray to catch any spills would be good.

  2. Bronwen

    I do this with the girls, because I have no spare trayys and it is really hard to get out the wax I pop them in cup cake papers.

  3. Rachel

    I saw this on Martha Stewart too but she made heart shaped crayons which I thought were cute. I think the idea is great but I don’t like the muffin shape or the heart shape to be honest. My daughter is 3 and really starting to get into coloring, drawing and writing her letters. I wish there was another shape out there that would be a little more useful. If anyone comes up with anything let me know. Thanks.

  4. kelly

    We made these for Valentine’s Day this year and they were great. The only problem we had was a layer of clear wax that separated to the top. We used washable crayons, so this may not happen with regular crayons. But, I just scraped off the layer of clear wax and they worked just fine!

  5. Leslie

    Rachel has piqued my interest in other shapes. I was thinking cookie cutters, but the wax would leak out. Lined with something would be good, but cellophane would melt and aluminum foil would render the results too crinkly. The one thing I thought of that might work is glueing the cutters onto parchment paper with rubber cement or silicone – but perhaps the rubber cement would melt or the silicone might not be removeable. Anyone want to be a guinea pig?

  6. Angelique

    Candy or melt & pour molds might also work for other shapes. If you really want to use the cookie cutters, then you need to create a seal so the wax won’t leak out, as you pointed out. You could dip the cutter into some wax, so that the bottom edges have a nice coating of it. Then press it down onto the surface (parchment paper, or whatever else). The small amount of wax should harden up quickly, adhering to the parchment, creating a temporary seal.

    I’ve never worked with melted crayon wax. Is it possible to mold it, when it’s slightly cooled but still malleable? I imagine if that were possible, you could roll it, by hand, into the traditional, crayon shapes but in various thicknesses.

  7. LisaBeth

    I saw this and wanted to say that you can use chocolate/candy molds to make these as well and then you get basically any shape you desire only you have to put a little more work into it (and youcan’t reuse the molds for anything food related again). The way the kids and I do it is we melt the crayons 1st and then pour into the molds and let harden (you can melt in the microwave in a glass measuring cup if you don’t want to have a double boiler for this purpose).

  8. Ginger

    a suggestion: Try melting a thin layer in a small pan (maybe about 1/4 inch thick.) Then while they are still warm, but have set up some — cut them out into shapes with a paring knife or cookie cutter. If you want something to write with — try cutting them into strips. Then let them finish firming up. Haven’t messed with this, but it might be worth a try.

  9. TftCarrie

    I love the Scribble Art book. This is the first project I did from it with my 3 year old. It was going quite well up until I went to take them out of the oven. Oh, what a disaster. You can read the whole story here.

  10. daysgoby

    What about a ladyfinger pan? That way you’d have blunt sticks.

    Great idea! Maybe now we can all stop stepping on the darned crayons…

  11. Penni

    I wonder if you could use silicone ice cube trays/chocolate moulds – you know the flexible ones…I imgine they’re much the same composition as silicone bakeware.

  12. Jennifer

    This is a great way to deal with all the broken crayons. :-) I wanted to add that it’s also a good idea to keep a few broken crayons around. Because they are shorter, kids end up having to use proper “pencil grip” to hold them. It’s a good thing for chidlren who are having difficulties.

  13. Heather

    My mom did this when I was a kid — I want to say she melted them in the microwave in a Cool Whip container (plastic). It was not filled up all the way, so we could break it into pieces. I guess you could also do this with a round cake pan. I remember enjoying the breaking process because you never knew what color you’d see!

  14. Wendy

    I remember making these when I was in Kindergarden 30 something years ago. I am glad to see it here. Now I can show my son. I could not remember how to do it. LOL!!

  15. plinth

    You can make these in small paper cups that peel off easily. If you put the cups into a baking pan with water and let them cool in the water, you will not get any cracking or sunken centers.

  16. MollyAir

    I read that you can use cookie cutters to make shapes if you weight them down with something (to prevent leaking out the bottoms). I haven’t tried it but someone asked….

  17. At Home Mom

    If you want more crayon shaped crayons, you can make your own molds out of tinfoil. Just fold a piece of tinfoil in half a few times to stiffen it up, then wrap around something that is about the size of what you want, like a candle or a dowel. Leave the top open (just fold it back a bit to leave a slot in the top) and fold the ends up to make the length you want. This can be put into a bed of sand so it will hold its shape. Then pour the melted wax in through the top. It is a bit more complicated, but it means you donĀ“t have to work with chunky crayons!

  18. courtney

    oh mt god! this looks like so much fun. i have a three year old and a five year old who are screaming at me to get started. better go.

    thanks for the idea

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