Using a tried and true sugar cookie recipe I rolled out the cookies and cut them out using the outline cutter.
2 cups AP Flour, plus Wondra flour for dusting the dough while rolling
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter (1stick) room temp
1 cup granulated sugar, I prefer the super fine but regular is OK
1 large egg (room temp, always when baking)
1 tsp vanilla extract
In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture, beat until combined. Divide dough in half, flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic, chill until firm, at least 20 minutes. Because I wanted to hold their shape I cooked them in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes, checked them and turned the pan around for even baking and let them cook five minutes more so they were done but not brown around the edges.
Out of the oven, they looked pretty good and held their shape pretty good too. Next time I might want to put them in the fridge for about 10 minutes before putting in the oven.
Onto the rack to cool. These are not as fragile as the shortbread so I did not lose any of the cookies to breakage.After the cookies cooled I made some buttercream frosting and rolled out fondant. Using the shape cutter and the embossing cutter cut out the mouse and adhere to the cookie with some buttercream dots on the back.
Truth in advertising. I hate commercial fondant but love the way it looks and what you can do with this product. I have had fondant made by a high-end bakery that uses marshmallow cream that was good but most of it is like rolled rubber to me. My intention was to share an easy fondant recipe with you that you can make at home and that tastes good. I tried a recipe that uses powdered milk, fine grained sugar and coconut milk. Did not work and I hated the taste. I remembered that I did have some fondant on hand so I went ahead and rolled some out and cut out Mickey and adhered him with buttercream. I did not however put the fondant on all the cookies, just a few, as I want the little guys to enjoy them so I just frosted them with buttercream. Hubby says they are great (he is my tester). Will keep trying and when I find a recipe that is easy to make and tastes good, I will do a post. Or if anyone out there has a good recipe for tasty fondant please email it to me and I will try and do a post.
Resource & Links
Mickey (2) Piece Cookie Cutter Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter
Pampered Chef Celebrate Plate The Pampered Chef Celebrate Celebration Gift Boxed Serving Plate
Fondant, Wilton at grocery and specialty stores
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