How to Draw Cookies

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The word cookie comes from a Dutch word meaning “little cake.” Cookies are generally flat sweet pastries. Outside of North America, cookies are often called “biscuits.”

Ancient cookies were often not as sweet as the modern variety. They have, though, been popular for millennia. The crisp texture makes them long-lasting and able to travel well.

Sweet cookies date to at least the seventh century in Persia. By the fourteenth century, everyone in Europe, from peasants to royalty, enjoyed cookies.

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Did you know that there are different classifications of cookies? Bar cookies, such as brownies, are baked and sliced.

Drop cookies, such as chocolate chip cookies, are made from soft dough that spreads when baked.

Rolled cookies, such as sugar and gingerbread cookies, are cut from stiff dough using a cookie cutter.

Sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, consist of a sweet filling between two cookies.

Cookies have long played a role in popular culture. Children often present gifts of milk and cookies to Santa Claus on Christmas night.

There are even cartoon characters based on cookies, such as Kooky Cookie and Candy Cookie of the Shopkins collectible toy line.

Would you like to draw delicious milk and cookies? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Cookies

How to Draw Cookies: Step 1

1. Draw an oval to form the plate which will hold the cookies.

How to Draw Cookies: Step 2

2. Draw another, slightly larger, oval surrounding the first. This outlines the rim of the plate. Then, draw a curved line from one edge of the plate to the other, enclosing a curved shape beneath it. This outlines the side of the plate.

How to Draw Cookies: Step 3

3. Draw a rounded shape overlapping the edge of the plate, forming the first cookie. Notice how the top of the shape is rough rather than smooth, as if drawn using a zigzag line. Texture the cookie using a short line.

How to Draw Cookies: Step 4

4. Use a curved line to enclose another oval shape partially hidden by the first cookie. Then, use an additional curved line to draw another cookie. You now have a stack of three cookies. Use curved lines to add dimension to the sides of the cookies.

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How to Draw Cookies: Step 5

5. Draw another cookie on the plate beside the stack. Notice how the top of the rounded shape is formed using a wavy line. Add dimension to the side of the cookie using curved lines.

How to Draw Cookies: Step 6

6. Draw small ovals on top of each cookie. Are they chocolate chips or raisins? That is up to you to decide. Draw a curved line across the back of the plate, passing behind the cookies, to give the plate dimension.

How to Draw Cookies: Step 7

7. Extend two straight lines upward from behind the plate. This begins the outline of the glass of milk.

How to Draw Cookies: Step 8

8. Draw two lines within the glass, parallel to the outer lines. Connect each set of lines using an oval, forming the rim of the glass as well as the milk it contains.

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How to Draw Cookies: Step 9

9. Set the scene. Draw a straight horizontal line to indicate the edge of the table or counter on which the milk and cookies are sitting. Texture the table with straight lines of various lengths. Use straight lines to outline the square panels of a window in the wall. Outside, Use curved lines to sketch a pine tree and small circles to indicate falling snow.

How to Draw Cookies: Step 10

Color your milk and cookies.

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