October 5, 2018

Halloween is my absolute most favorite time of the year! Living in south Georgia, fall is a welcome relief from the heat! My family loves a sweet treat during movie night and these are the perfect treat on a Disney movie night! These Mickey Mouse Jack O Lantern cookies are a cute Disney Halloween treat perfect for a Halloween themed Disney movie night or Disney themed Halloween Party.

If you have ever made decorative sugar cookies, you know they are a labor of love. My pro tip for speeding up the process is to use a dehydrator to speed up the process of drying the icing. I recently had the opportunity to work with Chefman. Chefman offers a wide verity of products for the home including a really nice dehydrator. I will be introducing you to the many uses of this product in the next few weeks, including candy corn sugar cookies!
Mickey Mouse Jack O Lantern sugar cookies
  • 1 C of unsalted sweet cream butter, softened 
  • 1 1/2 C Powder sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3 C of flour 
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • Cookie Cutter: Mickey head

Icing ingredients
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 
  • 4 1/2 C powder sugar
  • Orange and Black gel food coloring
  • 3 disposable piping bags fitted with a number 2 tip
  • 2 squeeze bottles
  • 1 edible marker
  • 1 container of Halloween sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside
Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, powder sugar, vanilla and egg and mix until combined and creamy
Using a large bowl, combined the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar
Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed
Using your hands continue to mix until fully combined
Lightly flour a cutting board and knead the cookie dough a couple of times
Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick *pro tip* use paint stirring sticks achieve the thickness. You will need 4 total 2 sticks for each side. 
Cut out 12 Mickey heads and place onto a cookie sheet
Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown
Repeat steps until completely out of dough
Let cookies cool completely
Royal Icing Directions:
Using the standing mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla and powder sugar and mix until combined and stiff peaks form
Split icing into 3 bowls, only needing a about 3 tablespoons of white icing in the third bowl
Add 1-2 drops of black into one of the three bowls.
Add a few drops of Orange into the second bowl
Leave the third bowl white
Mix until the colors are blended and the shades you want
Scoop about 1/4 C of icing into their own bags. You should have 3 piping bags, one for Orange, Black, and white.
Add 2-4 tsp of water into the remaining icing bowls and mix until combined. Only the Orange and black are to be thinned
Pour the icing's into squeeze bottles
Using the edible marker, draw out the lines for the base of the bucket, and ears. Like shown in the in-process image
Using the black piping bag, outline the ears
Using the Orange piping bag, outline the base of the cookie
Using the thinned orange icing, fill in the space of the orange outline
Using the thinned black icing, fill in the ears
Allow cookies to dry overnight
Next day, using the white icing pipe a white oval onto the space about the orange icing
Sprinkle the Halloween sprinkles onto the white icing to create a "candy" look

Allow cookies to dry for a few hours before enjoying!

As always keep it southern Y'all!

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