And this, my friends, is why I am not a cookie decorator.
There was a point when I thought it might be fun to go to baking (cooking? pastry? chef?) school and learn to be a professional pastry chef, but I think I am over that.
Because I have say, my wrists are just killing me from all the piping.
I guess that's another career that's ended before it even began. Oh well.
So in case you can't tell (and one of my kids couldn't), these are Haman cookies. Eventually, when they dry, they will be attached to sticks so they will be Haman-on-a-stick cookies. Kind of like Haman hanging from a tree, but not, because I am not making tree cookies. I think I might have mentioned that my wrists are killing me.
You know how sometimes you have a great idea in your head but it just doesn't translate well into real life? I feel like that is what this year's mishloach manot is turning into.
Phase one were these cookies. They looked completely different in my head, but when looked at all together on the cooling rack, they look kind of cute. I hope they look as cute on their own because each mishloach manot is only getting one cookie!
In case you too want to make these cookies, I'll show you the how-to:
Step 1: Bake a truckload of round sugar cookies.
Step 2: Buy some fondant, some brown and purple gel colors and get to work coloring that fondant by working a few drops of gel coloring into the fondant at a time. It's a process - and be sure to keep any fondant not currently being used in a sealed plastic bag or else it will dry out very quickly.
Step 3: Using three different sized mini triangle cookie cutters (I didn't have these at home either, I had to order them) cut out the makings of a hamentaschen hat and Haman's beard.
The largest cookie cutter was used to cut out the brown hamentaschen hats. The smallest cookie cutter was used to cut tiny purple triangles from the fondant to make the filling for the hamentaschen and the medium sized cookie cutter was used to cut out Haman's bead.
Step 4: Use a clean, or better yet, a new paintbrush and very carefully, dab the hamentaschen fondant pieces with a small amount of water and "glue" on the purple filling. Then let all the fondant pieces air-dry overnight. It's time for bed.
Step 5: It's a new day, you're rested and hopefully, your back has stopped hurting from all the baking and fondant cutting from the day before.
Start by melting some chocolate in the microwave - the chocolate will today's "glue." Use the melted chocolate and yesterday's handy paintbrush to glue the fondant pieces to the cookies, giving each cookie a hamentasch hat and a beard. These should dry pretty quickly - by the time I reached the end of the pan, the first half were dry and I was then able to stack them to make room for more cookies.
Step 6: Using some black gel icing (I bought mine at AC Moore, it's the Wilton brand), pipe an evil mustache onto each evil Haman cookies. I'll be honest, it was a lot harder than I thought it would be and no two mustaches came out the same. And again, the whole wrist cramping thing from all the piping.
Step 7: I also bought the same gel icing in blue and I used that to pipe on Haman's eyes. Why blue? Honestly, that's what there was in the baking aisle at AC Moore. I really could have gone with any color and in retrospect, I think I might have gone with black for the eyes as well because I feel like my Hamans look just a little too friendly with those nice blue eyes. My Hamans almost look a little remorseful for all the trouble they caused in the megillah.
Once you're done, let them dry in a safe place in the house. Mine are still sitting on the kitchen counter - and that is most certainly not a safe place. I'm still debating where my safe cookie place is.
Step 8: Go lay down on the couch and watch Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood with the little kids. Have you seen this show? If you grew up watching Mister Roger's Neighborhood, you must check it out. It's a great show, totally relevant to the three-year-old set and has songs that you'll be humming all day. You deserve a little rest before heading out to Shoprite and making dinner.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)