Method for Cookies
1. Whisk together flour and salt in a medium bowl and set aside
2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until well blended
3. With the mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture until the two are thoroughly blended
4. Turn out the dough onto work surface and separate into 2 or 3 equal portions
5. Roll out between sheets of baking paper, place on trays and place in fridge
6. Preheat oven to 180C
7. When dough is thoroughly chilled and hard cut shapes with selected cookie cutter and place on baking paper lined oven trays
8. Bake for 12-16 minutes depending on size of biscuit, or until golden around the edges
9. Cool completely on rack
Depending on the size of the cutter, they make plenty of biscuits. You can halve the recipe, but I always make the whole quantity because once baked, undecorated biscuits freeze really well. I then have ready to go biscuits at any time I need a quick domestic goddess here’s something I prepared earlier moment.Rolled Sugar Cookies adapted from Cookie Craft: Valerie Peterson and Janice Fryer
To Make Minion Faces
1. Take a quantity of cooked and cooled round biscuits
2. Colour some ready to roll icing violet (I use orchard brand fondant from the supermarket, and Wilton’s paste colour) roll thinly and cut out using the same cutter used for the biscuits
3. Using a pastry brush paint a little boiled jam onto the biscuits, and carefully place a fondant disk onto each biscuit. This is easiest using a fine spatula. Smooth with your hand and ease to the edges, softening the cut edge.
4. Cut out circles of white fondant for the eyes, and use a small paintbrush dipped in water to wet the area slightly before sticking the eyes in place. Water makes fondant stick to fondant, but you only need a small amount. Too much and the water will dissolve the fondant.
5. Make goggles by cutting more white circles with the same cutter used for the eyes, then cutting out the middle with a smaller circle. Draw mouth with an edible black marker (from cake decorating suppliers – it needs to be labelled as edible) Free hand cut out teeth with white fondant, and cut out google straps and make flattened balls from black fondant for the pupils. Using the same water method, stick all the pieces onto the biscuits. With a fine paintbrush and edible silver paint, paint the goggles.
6. If wished, you could use more purple fondant and texture some hair on top to complete.
Lisa Thwaite is a mum of two. She enjoys being creative in the kitchen with sweet treats being her among her many talents. Lisa has had recipes featured in the media due to her creativity in the kitchen and has contributed to Mummy Weekly since it’s early beginnings back in 2012.