Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I Want My Mummy!

What's it gonna be? Tricks, or treats?

Well, treats, of course!!

Sugar cookies are on the menu this week, and they're all dressed up for Halloween.

These are super simple. You can use your regular sugar cookie recipe, or if you don't have one, you're welcome to borrow mine, below.

Mummy Sugar Cookies

This is my go-to sugar cookie recipe that I got from a friend and cookie-decorator extraordinaire. These cookies are soft and cakey with just a hint of salt. This recipe is perfect for cut-out cookies or as in this case, rolled into mummies and baked.

1 C. sugar
1 C. salted butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2-1/2 to 3 C self-rising flour

Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Add 2-1/2 C. flour. If dough is sticky to the touch keep adding flour until no longer sticky. I typically use about 2-3/4 cups flour.

Dough does not need to be chilled, but can be. If the kitchen is warm, I will chill my pan of cut out cookie shapes before baking to keep them from spreading in the oven.

(For cut out cookies, roll to desired thickness, cut shapes with cookie cutters and lay on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-9 minutes. I like them just set with no brown edges. Watch the tops while baking, when they longer have a sheen, they're done.)

For mummies, roll 1/4 of the dough at a time into logs slightly thicker than your thumb. Cut into approximately 4-inch long pieces. Cut a 1/2-inch slice from one end and, laying it down, smush it onto one end of the piece. Pinch and poke the rest of the piece so that it resembles a mummy.

Using two mini-chocolate chips, insert pointy end of chip into the "head" for eyes.

Bake about 6-8 minutes until set. Watch the tops for the sheen. When it's gone, they're done.

Any severed heads can be reattached with melted chocolate (or eaten, cannibal style, bwa ha, haaaaa).

Once the cookies are cool, lay them on wax paper with plenty of space between. Melt some white chocolate chips in a Ziploc bag, slightly opened. Melt for 30 seconds at at time but be careful, you don't want to overheat the white chocolate pieces. Mash the chocolate with your fingers between microwaving to mix the melted chocolate. Once it's melted, snip a small hole from one end and seal the bag. Pipe strips of white chocolate over cookies to resemble bandages. I piped the bandages on the bodies diagonally slanted one way first, moving up the cookie. Then, continuing around the head, and finally back down the body, piping across the first layer of "bandages" (slanted the other way). Note: they aren't "bandaged" on the back side, only the fronts.

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