Monday, October 21, 2013

Pumpkin Patch Tombstone Cookies

With my two older kids in school for 2 1/2 hours per day, I have been getting a little more time to myself. This is good as I am able to actually extract some of the creative ideas racing through my mind , instead of hoping that one day I might find the time to make them!

The best part of it though is that I actually get time to think a few thoughts..... in a row and remember them. Miracle.... major miracle since it has been longer than I can actually remember that this has happened (I'm thinking before kids!)

 I have wanted to make some sort of dimensional cookie for Halloween and after mulling about a few different ones in my mind, I figured that these Pumpkin Patch Tombstone Cookies would work!!

Fun, Easy and something a bit more then just cookies that can add to any Halloween themed celebration!!

This is what you will need..

  • Sugar cookies ( I recommend {{THIS}} recipe HIGHLY)
  • Decorating tip 233 (grass tip)
  • Green food coloring
  • Black food coloring
  • Pumpkin Mello Cremes
  • Green or Orange Candy Melts
  • Small paintbrush
  • Toothpicks

For the cookies I used basic circle shapes for the base and hand cut the shapes for the tombstones. Not the best picture, so I apologize, but it's just so you get an idea.

Now before you even bake these, this is where you can have some creative fun. Take some of the uncut dough and add it to a small bowl. Add some green food coloring and a little water and mix it up until it becomes almost a soft paste.

This is what you will use to create the grass look in the bottom part of the cookie. Put this in a decorating bag and attach the grass tip. If you don't have a grass tip or a decorating bag, you can always use a plastic baggie with a small hole snipped from the corner and pipe the mixture onto the cookie in squiggly like lines. Leave a little space in the middle clear, as this is where you will be assembling the tombstone onto after it has all been baked. 

Now for the  tombstone part of the cookie, paint with the black food coloring using a small paintbrush or toothpick whatever message you would like to have on it. I choose the typical R.I.P, since it's so easy If you don't have black food coloring you can just imprint onto the cookie using a toothpick.

Now bake your cookies!! While they are cooling you can get your pumpkins ready to be attached. I sliced a few a bit slanted so that they would sit a bit askew next to the gravestone.

When your cookies are completely cooled you can begin to assemble them. Using some melted candy melts pipe a small amount into the empty area of the cookie.

Immediately attach the tombstone.

And do the same thing for the pumpkins, do not add too much candy melts or they will ooze through.

Now you have a fun Halloween themed treat that is a bit more fun than a plain cookie!!


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