Thursday, July 18, 2013

A "Stache" of Cookies

I hope you have had a chance to check out the cutest mustache party evah!  And if you did, you probably missed one element of the party.

Missed it because I didn't show a pic.  ):

Unless you have x-ray vision.  Then you saw.  Yay! (:

The goodie bags contained a mustache element that I wanted to share because it was super easy to make.  And I thought you might enjoy checking it out.





Ok, remember the birthday cake?


It was a blatant take-off from this pin.


When we were still in the planning stage of the party, I saw these mustache cookie cutters and thought how CUTE mustache cookies would be.  But my practical side of me kept saying: "When would you use that cookie cutter again?  Mustache cookies at Christmas?  Or maybe for every guys' birthday you know?  No, probably not.  Don't buy it."

So I didn't.  But I really, really liked the idea.

And then, light bub!  {Don't you love when they light up all unexpected like?!}

Why couldn't I take the cake concept and use it on a cookie?

So, as a secret surprise, I set out to make mustache cookies {sans a cookie cutter} that we could put in the goodie bags.

There may be better ways to do this, but this is what worked best for me with what I had on hand.

I started with your basic store-bought sugar cookie dough stick/roll/tube.  Whatever you wanna call it.  The "slice-and-bake" stuff.

The directions on this particular brand suggested you cut them into 1/2" thick slices.  Do not do this.  I quickly discovered this is much too much dough.  Go with probably 1/4".  I didn't measure.  Just sliced. Sorry.


I kept my slices in the refrigerator to keep them stiff.  If you've ever used this dough before, you probably know it will get sticky and difficult to work with.  I also used a piece of parchment so when the dough did get a little sticky, it wouldn't stick to the work surface.


Once I realized the thicker slices wouldn't make good mustaches {baked up too fat}, I rolled my slices thinner, which also helped to make them more of a circle shape, since the package ended up like a oval combined with a rectangle.  {Not sure what you would call that, rectoval? Ovangle? Anyhoo...}  After I rolled the dough slightly thinner, I used a knife to reinforce the circle shape.


I used the same knife to cut out the mustache shapes.  This is where all that doodling in junior high comes in.  You remember.  The yin-yang?  I had that thing drawn on everything!  Notebooks, folders, backpacks....everywhere.  Ugh.  And I was so good at it, ha ha.  But that was like, 15 years ago, so my yin-yang skills were slow to return.  Not quite like riding a bike.  But thankfully I didn't need the training wheels.


So you draw your yin-yang, then separate the two pieces.  You'll have to flip one of the over to get your mustache shape.



The join them together in the middle by just mushing a little.


My cookies weren't perfect, nor uniform, like they would have been had I used a cutter.  But I think maybe that made them funner.

One side a little bushier than the other.

Or one curl a little curlier than the other.


I baked them according to the package directions, although I did keep an eye on them time-wise since they were thinner than the package recommended.  Once they were cooled, it was time to frost.


I found a great sugar cookie frosting that tastes so good {my hubby compared it to the chocolate donut frosting}, hardens quickly and only takes 4 {or 5, in this case} ingredients:  powdered sugar {2 cups}, milk {added by the tablespoon as needed}, light syrup {1 Tbsp}, vanilla extract {or almond}{1 tsp} and cocoa {1/2 cup}.

I filled my piping bag and used a plain tip to pipe the 'stache.


So cute!




And really yummy!

Once the icing had hardened, into a plastic bag they went, then into the goodie bags.  Unfortunately, I had made more cookies than bags, so we had leftovers.  Ok, so, not so much unfortunate.  Well, for my diet it was ha ha!  

Ah, the perks of a do-it-all party planner, ha ha ha ha!

Hope you found a little inspiration with this easy-peasy yummy project.
TTFN!

16 comments:

  1. LIFE HACK! I love when someone saves me some money on things that can be done ourselves. The cookies AND cake are adorable.

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    1. Thank you! Sometimes I think my frugality is a hindrance to myself, ha ha, but glad to know it helps others! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look! Have a great day! (:

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  2. Extremely cute! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  3. Oh you make these look so simple and they are so cute. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comments and for stopping by! (:

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  4. Great idea! The cake and cookies are adorable, and I love, love that you didn't use a cookie cutter. My cookie cutter collection is getting out of control, and you've saved me from having to hand cut the entire shape! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm so glad I could help! (: Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. So cute! Thanks for sharing! This is something so simple that I never would have thought of! Pinned!

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  6. These are so cute and you make it look so easy! Pinning for a possible first birthday idea for my little boy! Stopped by from Get Your Craft On!
    Corey from www.tinysidekick.com

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! So glad they inspired! (:

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  7. AHH!! I just LOVE these! How adorable! Pinned them!

    Allison

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  8. These are just way too cute! Found you on the Sugar and Dots link up. :)

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  9. Fun idea! I am so doing this for my co-worker who is having a little buddy soon! Thanks!

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