Your family will grin from ear to ear when they see these Cheshire Cat cookies.
Cheshire Cat Cookies
- 1 container ready-to-spread frosting (any white variety)
- Candy-coated chocolate candies, red, yellow
- Gel food color, pink, purple, black
If the shape isn’t quite right when you pull the cookies out of the oven, you can always use a sharp knife to re-shape the ears.
Heat oven to 350°F. On un-greased cookie sheet, place cookies 2 inches apart; flatten slightly to make smooth tops.
Use fingers to press dough inward at top of each cookie, forming V shape; press resulting tips into points for cat ears. The sugar cookies spread quite a bit when they cook, so to get the proper shape of the Cheshire Cat’s head, your raw dough may look more like a bunny than a cat. The important thing is that the face is wider on the bottom and narrower at the top. Bake as directed on package and cool completely.
While the cookies cool, prepare your frosting and glazes. Spoon about two tablespoons of plain white frosting into a reclosable food-storage plastic bag and snip off one end. Spoon two tablespoons of frosting into a small bowl and mix in black gel food color until it is black (alternately, you can use chocolate frosting). Spoon the black frosting into a plastic food-storage bag and snip off one corner. Divide remaining frosting up between two more bowls. Color one bowl of frosting purple and one bowl pink. Spoon two tablespoons of each into separate plastic food-starage bags and snip off ends. You should now have four baggies of frosting in white, black, pink and purple, and two bowls of the remaining pink and purple frosting.
Add about a teaspoon of water to each of the pink and purple bowls of frosting and stir. Add more water, a few drops at a time, until you make a glaze that has the consistency of white school glue. When you run a toothpick through it, the trail should close up and disappear in about 5 seconds.
Pipe purple frosting to outine the top of the Cheshire Cat’s face. Pipe a half-circle of pink frosting to outline the bottom of the face.
Pour a few drops of purple glaze from the bowl inside the purple outline. Use a toothpick to spread the glaze to the edges and pop any air bubbles. Fill the pink outline with pink glaze in the same manner.
Add yellow candy-coated chocolate eyes and a read nose. Pipe on black frosting for the centers of the eyes and eyebrows. Pipe on a toothy smile in white frosting Note: I wiggled the tip of my frosting up and down, going wider in the center and narrower at the ends to make it look more like teeth. If that is too difficult, you can pipe on a simple curved smile.Allow the frosting a few hours to harden, then store in a single layer in an air-tight container.