Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I hate mornings that end with me yelling at my kids before they walk out the door to the bus. Hate it, hate it, hate it. Always swore I'd never be that Mom. So for pete's sake, why can't my child put his hat and coat in the same place every evening so we don't have to run around like crazy people trying to find it every morning? Dr. Daddy thinks I should get up earlier and have everything laid out. Um, no dear, this is not Leave it to Beaver. Who's going to lay out his crap when he's 25? I guess we just need to wake up (even) earlier so he can get ahold of his stuff before the bus comes and has to wait on us. Sheesh!
Now for something fun! My chronic volunteer disease has torpedoed me to the status of room Mom for 32 JK'ers and 20 1st graders. Obviously, I needed an EASY snack for both Halloween parties. I saw these ADORABLE ghost/mummy cookies online and decided to go for it. Here's what you'll need:
Nutter Butter cookies (I believe they come 30 per package)
white candy melts (available at craft store or wherever Wilton products are sold)
Small tube black icing
The white candy discs melt very easily. I just put them in a glass bowl and microwave them at 50% power for 1 minute intervals until they're completely melted. Stir with a wooden spoon. Then just throw in four or five Nutter Butters and stir them around. Get them good and coated with the melted candy and then set them on a cookie cooling rack that's set on top of parchment paper. They will drip a bit. After they've hardened a little (a few minutes) take a fork and dip it into the melted candy to the point that the candy is dripping off the fork. Then just go back and forth over the cookies to make diagonal stripes (kind of like dangling a string over a cat). Repeat until you've filled your cooling rack and then put the whole thing in the fridge to set for about 10 minutes. Then take your black icing and make tiny little eyes. (I used the gel type of icing and I wouldn't recommend it. It doesn't really dry and if you're planning to put the cookies into any type of bag it will smear).
Now, you're done! How easy was that? If you have students in the class with peanut allergies you could use Milano cookies instead or even the vanilla flavored sandwich cookies that are oblong in shape.
I put mine in these adorable little Martha Stewart bags that I found at AC Moore. I also put a little candy corn in the bottom for color. I only did one cookie per child. These kids are sweet enough already, right?! (gag)
If your kids are in a school that doesn't celebrate Halloween...no worries! I had lots of fun last week making these Fall themed cookies for BabyGirl to take to Show and Tell. The theme was "something to do with Fall". We did leaves and pumpkins. Before you get too impressed, know that I did NOT make homemade dough. I use the tub of pre-made dough from Toll House. It's so easy...you just roll it out, cut and cook. They don't taste half bad, either! Then I use the Wilton Color Flow mix to do the icing. It's time consuming, but the final product can't be beat!
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