Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Following on from my last post on wax crayons, I thought I would introduce this project for Crayon Cookies which uses up all those odd bits and pieces of broken crayons that you always end up with.
Remove all the paper from the crayons - I found this was easier if they were soaked in water for a few minutes first.
Using an old muffin tray, divide up the crayons between the different sections. The advice is to use an old muffin tin, but I thought I could get round this by using muffin cases - wrong! The wax still got onto the tin, but it did clean up quite easily with soap and really hot water. You can have great fun at this stage, the kids can get involved, and you can divide the colours out however you like. I decided to stick to colour families, so I used shades of green in one, shades of blue in another, pinks and purples in a third, and so on. The kids did a couple of 'harlequin' cookies, with a complete mixture of colours.
Place the tin in a warm oven which has been pre-heated to 150 degrees. As soon as the tin goes in, turn the oven off, and leave the crayons to slowly melt. It's quite difficult to judge this stage - at the end of the period, not all of my crayons had melted, so I turned the oven on again at a low heat and left it a little longer. However this resulted in them becoming a little too liquid! Possibly it depends on the performance of your oven.
When they have melted sufficiently for the individual crayons to have 'merged' but with the individual colours remaining distinct, carefully remove the tin from the oven and allow to cool.
I made my crayon cookies standard muffin size, which meant they were quite chunky for little hands to hold as crayons, and I had to cut them into quarters (this does have the advantage that it gives you a good point to use). If you want to cut them, I found that the easiest way to do it was to heat a good strong cutting knife over the gas flame, and use the hot knife to cut the cookie. Alternatively you could bake them as mini-muffins if you have the appropriate tin, though I think this would restrict you to only using the thinner crayons.
I can't remember where I came across the idea originally - it was in pre-blogging days, and I didn't take a note of it at the time, but in looking for some detailed insturctions I found this post by Ten Ten helpful.
Another tutorial by Chica and Jo, uses ice-cube trays with completely melted crayons in individual colours to create a more sophisticated crayon with layers of colour. They look wonderful, but I decided I didn't have the patience for this. You can find it here.