Put A Stick In It!

Last May my friend was having her son’s baptism.  I was helping her look for centerpiece ideas and we both loved the centerpieces made out of cookie pops.  Not only do they make cute centerpieces, but at the end of the party everyone takes a cookie and you have your favors taken care of as well.  Plus, it’s a cookie on stick – what’s not to like about that?  Well… there is one thing.  The price!!  Fifty, sixty bucks for ONE centerpiece!  Obviously that wasn’t going to happen so I said, “We can make them for WAY less than that!”

Now, I’d never made a cookie pop in my life and my only previous experience with making any type of decorated cookie resulted in some slightly sloppy (but still cute!) Pac-Man Cookies.  How hard could it be though?  You cut out your cookie shape, put a stick in it and bake.

Well, for the most part it really was that easy!  We decided to do angels and crosses.  My friend got the cookie cutters, and the only real snafu was that the cross cutter made cutouts too small to be sticking sticks in.  In the end I think that worked in our favor because we wound up making crosses out of blue melting chocolate instead and they made a nice contrast against the angel cookies.

I knew from my Pac-Man cookie experience that I would need an icing with a little thicker consistency to decorate the angel cookies and the good old internet told me that royal icing was the way to go.  So I whipped up a batch using the recipe from the container of Wilton Meringue Powder that I bought and got to work.  I’m definitely no artist, so all I did was trace the outline of each section (head, wings and body) and then filled them in.  Being only my second attempt at doing a decorated cookie I had yet to learn about the technique called flooding which makes a much smoother finished product (more on that later!) so they were a little lumpy looking but other than that I thought they came out great.

I used an edible color marker to draw on the face, then wrapped each cookie in individual cellophane bags.  For the base of the centerpiece I had purchased little white square buckets from Oriental Trading Company.  I put a foam craft ball in each bucket and then stuck the cookie pops and chocolate pops into the foam.  To cover up what you could see of the foam ball I used some green tissue paper and green gem stones.  Here is the final product…

Not bad for not spending a fortune, eh?

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Totally Awesome 80’s Party and Pac-Man Cookies!

A.  Being a child of the 80’s I have a special place in my heart for hair bands, jelly shoes, and all things neon.

B.  I love theme parties.

A + B = C (aka Totally Awesome 80’s Party!!)

A few years ago I decided to throw an 80’s themed party.  I spent hours surfing the internet for ideas for decorations, food, drinks and the perfectly tacky 80’s outfit.  One of the food ideas I came across would become my first attempt at making decorated sugar cookie cutouts – Pac-Man Cookies!!

The cookies themselves were simple enough to make.  I needed three mini cookie cutters – tulip, a circle and a heart.  Flip the tulip upside down and you have a ghost (or to be more specific, a Pinky, Blinky, Inky or Clyde).  The circle makes the Pac-Man, and the pointy end of the heart can be used to cut a wedge out for Pac-Man’s mouth.  They baked up perfectly!

Next step was to ice the cookies.  This ended up being a little messy (remember, I said this was my FIRST attempt!!).  The icing recipe I ended up using was more like a glaze and my application method involved a spoon, a toothpick and some foul language.  Despite the cursing and the dripping icing, my finished product was pretty cute and VERY tasty.

(a mini chocolate chip placed in a small dot of white icing from a tube makes the eyeballs)

The cookies were a hit, as were the drinks!  I made a pitcher of Electric Smurf and a pitcher of Slimer’s Ecto Cooler, both which fit my 80’s theme in name AND color.  Just in case that wasn’t enough sugar I also had a table filled with candy from my childhood.  That’s right people, I found RAZZLES!!

I set up a playlist of all the greatest hits of the 80’s, covered my walls with 80’s posters and my couches with He-Man sheets, scrounged up an Alf hand puppet, and also had an 80’s game table!

I put a ton of work into my 80’s theme party and for the most part it was in fact, Totally Awesome!  One note of caution – it seems that when you throw a party that reminds people of their childhood/teenage years there is a greatly increased likelihood of people actually acting like children.  That is a story for a whole different blog though… : )

Oh, and that perfectly tacky 80’s outfit??