As referenced by this blog, I have many passions. One of them just happens to be baking. I made around 6 different kinds of cookies this year for Christmas, and I am always looking to try something new. A couple months ago, I saw a picture showing brownies made to look like burgers. I instantly loved the idea and you can see the finished product here. A similar thing happened a couple weeks ago where a co-worker linked everyone a picture of “unicorn” poop – rainbow cookies in not so pleasant shapes. The link featured an image on the side of cookies that looked like Cookie Monster eating smaller cookies. I just had to try it.
I made a cream cheese cookie batter then attempted to dye it blue. I say “attempted” because the batter was so sticky that it was almost impossible to turn everything the color I wanted, let alone the shade. I stuck the batter in the fridge for around a half an hour while I prepped some other items and preheated the oven.
Googly eyes! The recipe that I saw before had used a food-safe marker to draw on the pupils, but my grocery store didn’t carry those, so I grabbed black gel icing. I then dotted them on to York Peppermint Patty Pieces at a skewed angle. The earlier recipe used white M&Ms, which would require the coconut kind and rifling through many bags. Plus, the minty flavor really added something.
For my binder, I used Pillsbury chocolate frosting. I grabbed the whipped type, since I really like that kind. I then loaded it to a plastic bag to be able to pipe in on to the cookies.
I suppose you could make the mini cookies, but who is crazy enough to do that. Instead, get a box of Cookie Crisp! This one had a Star Wars pen, which made James happy.
After I took the batter out of the fridge, I rolled them into balls, approximately a tablespoon in size. I made them a little smaller than usual since I was taking them to work, and I wanted to make sure there was enough to go around.
After baking them for around 15 minutes, I started to assemble. I took one cookie and put the chocolate frosting on the underside. The size of the cookies warranted 2 Cookie Crisps, enough to look like a monster, but not too many to make the cookie impossible to stay together. I took the other half and plunked it down over the bottom, put two blobs of frosting and applied the eyes, making sure the pupils looked a little funky. And the finished products:
Everyone thought they were adorable and awesome, although I had a couple people think they were frogs! Overall, these took me about an hour and a half to make. I didn’t enjoy these as much as the burgers, and if I were to make them again, here are the changes I would apply:
- Different cookie batter, not so sticky, that could take more easily to the blue food coloring.
- Food safe-marker or other way to apply eyes. The goo was too sticky and didn’t dry enough to prevent them from smearing.
- Real chocolate or fast drying icing. I found things slipping off or falling apart too easily.
- Make the cookies bigger and deal with having less or double the batter. They were cute as they were, but the one I made that had three Cookie Crisps was by far better.
It was another fun cookie experiment though, and I am finding I kind of like the idea of being Susie Homemaker.