If you’re as excited as I am about all the movies coming out before the end of this year, you’re going to love the cookies I have for you! I have a ton of really cute cookies you can easily make yourself (why pay the bakery?!) and dig in for an ever enjoyable movie experience.
Today we are celebrating the upcoming release of Pan, the awesome-looking update on the classic Peter Pan! I am so excited to see Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard. The movie looks like it’s going to challenge our notions of the children’s story, and I am really excited to see it! But the child in me still remembers sitting in my grandpa’s living room watching the original Disney film, and these cookies are an homage to the original Peter Pan cartoon. Forgive me… I’m sentimental.
I can’t help but think of Peter’s shadow when thinking of the story, so I went with a silhouette here. I have no idea if this is part of the movie or not, but I think this is a classic representation of Peter Pan, so I went with it.
The cookies are very basic. Here’s the recipe:
5 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 C soft unsalted butter
2 C granulated sugar
2 egg whites
1 C powder sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Black gel food coloring
Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth, not grainy, to the touch in a mixing bowl. Add all 4 eggs at one time. Continue to mix. Add the vanilla. Continue mixing.
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball. Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit. Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter (if needed).
Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using the plaque cookie cutter begin to make your cookies. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked. Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.
Combine all ingredients (except your food coloring) in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. If icing is not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.
Divide the icing between 2 bowls. In the first bowl put 3/4 of icing leaving it white. Add several drops of black gel food coloring in the second bowl of icing. Stir well to mix the color.
Spoon each color of icing into individual frosting bags with a #5 tips. Twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.
Basic Icing Directions:
Outline each of the plaque cookies in white. Then fill in the top and bottom of the cookies in with the white thinner icing. Allow to dry for about 30 seconds before filling in the cookie.
Leave a small amount of the icing in the frosting bag for later use on the cookies.
Allow the cookies to dry from 5-10 hours.
Locate a picture of PAN’s silhouette on Google. Print it out several times on one sheet of paper.
Tape wax paper (covering the copies of the silhouette) to the cookie sheet . Follow the color and features as printed on the paper.
Using a small pastry bag fill with the black royal icing and a #2 tip. Start by outlining the silhouette first. Fill in the silhouette with the black icing. Allow this to dry for 30 seconds.
Allow to dry for 5-10 hours. Ensure that the silhouette is dry, gently touch one of them with your finger if it allows you to push in on the icing allow it to dry more. If the silhouette is dry then it will have a hard feeling not allowing you to push in on it.
Cut the wax paper holding the completed silhouette into squares surrounding the completed design. Once the silhouette is dry, carefully peel the wax paper off of the back of the images and place on the frosted cookie.
This is a pretty common way of “frosting” your cookies if you want to have pictures on them. I love the way it works. And you can change up the position of the silhouette if you so choose.
With the leftover dough, you can cut some basic shapes (circles, squares, etc) to frost as accents for your cookies. How cute are they!?
You could even do some other silhouettes for other cookies. Like a hook. Or a pirate ship! The sky is the limit. I’ll be experimenting with more of these in the future! I can’t wait!
What do you think? Are you excited about the upcoming film? Will you be trying these super cute cookies for yourself?