Add a little extra ch-ear to your family’s holiday baking this year with a piece-together cookie treat fashioned after the Mouse’s Christmas topper.
Mickey’s Santa Hat Cookie Puzzle
- Half batch of chilled sugar cookie dough (homemade or store bought)
- Rolling pin
- Wax paper
- Kitchen knife
- Baking sheet
- Cooling rack
- Small bowl
- Decorating cookie icing, red and white
- Black gel food coloring
- Butter knife for spreading the icing
- Clear decorating sugar crystals or white sprinkles
If the store bought brand of dough you use is too soft to hold the cookie shapes during baking, you can knead in a little extra flour to stiffen it before rolling it out.
Heat the oven to the specified temperature for the cookie dough you’re using, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Print the template and cut it out as one piece.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface to ¼-inch thickness. Place the template atop the dough and use a kitchen knife to cut through the dough around the outer edge.
Use a spatula to transfer the dough cutout to the baking sheet, and bake it until the edges turn golden brown, about 7 to 9 minutes (note: the time will vary between different cookie dough recipes). Meanwhile, cut the template piece into five pieces, following the thinner interior lines that mark the ears and hat trim.
Once the cookie is baked, remove it from the oven but leave it on the baking sheet. Use the tip of the kitchen knife and the newly trimmed template pieces (as patterns) to cut the cookie into pieces, as shown.
Then, set the baking sheet on a cooling rack, and allow the cookie pieces to cool completely.
Put some of the white cookie icing in a small bowl, and use the food coloring to tint it black.
Frost the cookie ears black and the triangular hat piece red. Frost the hat trim pieces white and immediately sprinkle sugar crystals or white sprinkles on top. Set all the frosted pieces aside until the icing hardens. Then shuffle them back into place, and your Mickey holiday puzzle cookie is ready to serve.