"I'm melting, melting. Oh what a world. What a world."Gail stumbled upon this good idea from Purple Chocolate Home for a cookie that looked like a melting wicked witch. We thought we'd give it a try, and we were very happy with the result. The cookie is a regular sugar cookie with a simple powdered sugar icing. The head is made out of gum paste, but might have been easier with marzipan but neither of us really like marzipan.
- The wicked witch of the of the west (AKA Elfaba)
I've included a recipe for sugar cookies and powdered sugar icing at the end, but you can you any cookie and icing you prefer. The original recipe called for rolling and cutting the cookie. We thought it worked just as well to press an uneven shape with our fingers.
Here are the steps for making the witch heads:
Wilton gum paste in a bag and mixed in Wilton icing colors. These icing colors are very concentrated, and don't dilute the gum paste. I made the black and green using the black and green coloring. To get the purple, I used a combination of red and blue.
Frost the cookies with black icing after they are cool and immediately place the head on the cookie. Piping two green hands finishes the look.
Makes: about 2 doz, depending on size of cutters
Hands-on prep time: 30 min
Start-to-finish time: 3 ½ hr
6 T butter
1 3/8 c flour
½ t baking powder
½ t salt
½ c sugar
½ t vanilla
Sugar for dusting cookie tops
- Soften butter. In another bowl, combine flour, powder and salt; set aside.
- Beat softened butter and sugar until creamy; beat in egg and vanilla. Mix in food coloring, if using.
- Gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture, blending thoroughly to form a soft dough.
- Cover and refrigerate until firm, 3 hr-3 days.
- When dough is chilled firm, preheat oven to 375 F; roll, a portion at a time, onto floured board to thickness of 1/8”. Keep remaining portions refrigerated.
- Cut dough with cookie cutters; place slightly apart on ungreased baking sheet.
- Sprinkle generously with sugar if not planning to decorate after baking. Bake 8-10 min, until edges lightly browned.
- Cool 2 min on baking sheet; transfer to racks; cool completely before handling. Decorate; store airtight.
Simple Cookie Icing
1 c powdered sugar
4 t half and half
- Mix 3 t of the half and half into the powered sugar in a mixer.
- Add the rest of the half and half (or more by the teaspoon) if needed for spreading consistency.