Who doesn't love the Wizard of Oz?
I have to admit that when I decided I wanted to
Melting Wicked Witch of the West
Beaulah would throw a fit.
she quickly let me know that
The Wicked Witch of the West
was just that
and she had no problem seeing her
melt all over the place.
I saw these on Pinterest, but there
wasn't any instruction on how to
make the witch's head and hat.
After making contact, Jennifer
told me that her head was fondant and
the hat was molded chocolate - oh that's
why her hat is so perfect!
I decided to make both out of
Chocolate clay is just like working with
Play-doh, only delicious and it dries hard.
I found chocolate coating in bright green, black
and purple, the perfect witch colors, at Partyland.
Chocolate Clay Recipe
5 oz. chocolate coating discs
1 1/2 T. white corn syrup
Melt the chocolate discs in a microwave safe
bowl at 30 second intervals, STIRRING WHETHER
IT LOOKS LIKE IT NEEDS IT OR NOT (to prevent
scorching). When it is all melted, stir in the corn syrup.
It will quickly go from smooth and glossy to looking
like Play-doh. Spread out on a piece of plastic
wrap and leave uncovered overnight.
It might look greasy, but that will knead
back in. Knead it until soft and pliable.
Store in a plastic bag.
I used my favorite recipe for
when I am floating with royal icing,
starting with a Betty Crocker Cake Mix.
I usually use Betty Crocker's French Vanilla,
but the store only had Vanilla, which I
found I liked just as much.
The reason I love these for cookies floated
with royal icing is that they stay soft and are
sweet enough so that you enjoy the royal frosting.
They are also very, very easy.
Tender Sugar Cookies for Royal Icing
1 box Betty Crocker French Vanilla or
Vanilla cake mix
1 large egg
1/2 C. butter softened (really soft)
2 T. flour (makes it stiffer for rolled cookies)
Mix all together in your mixer until the
dough forms into a ball. You don't need to
refrigerate the dough.
I like to roll it out on parchment paper
so that I don't have to transfer it to the
cookie sheet and change the shape.
Make a free-form pattern out of cardstock
or the back of a notebook. Cut out with
Bake at 375 for 8 minutes - just until the tops
are dry - don't brown the cookies.
Let cool and then float with royal icing. In the picture
on the left you will see that you first outline the cookie
using the royal frosting in a squeeze bottle. Then fill
in the center. I like to use the back of a spoon to
gently fill in the center, pushing the icing up to
the outline or dam.
This is so easy and fun. If you haven't done it before,
give it a try.
Squeeze the hands on fairly quickly so that they
will melt into the dress.
Make the head and hat out of clay or you
could use fondant. Set on the body before
the icing dries.
Royal Icing Recipe
(I cut the regular recipe in half as this
made about 12 cookies and I still had
lots of icing left)
1/2 C. warm water
2 1/2 T. meringue powder or
powdered egg white
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 1/4 lb. powdered sugar
In mixer with paddle attachment, mix the
water and meringue powder on lowest speed
until well blended. Add the cream of tartar.
Add the powdered sugar and set a kitchen
timer for 10 minutes. Mix with paddle for 10
This will give you your typical royal icing that is
thick and can be used for solid piping. We now
want to thin it down significantly.
Add additional water 1 T. at a time. We added
about 5 more tablespoons.
It should be thin enough to form a ribbon that
disappears back into the mass of the frosting
by the count of 5. It has to hold its shape, but
not too much.
Divide into bowls to color. I used Americolor
neon green and a mix of Duff's (find this
at Michael's Craft Store) and Wilton for
the black. It will take a lot of black.
(This black when dry had a little bit of
a sparkle to it. I have never had that
before, so I don't know if it was the
Duff's or a mixture of the two.)
No, no, no, hands off!
(I knew that HAND would be trouble!)
That HAND just won't stay in his floral
arrangement where he belongs.
Little witches, I mean, works of art.
Yes, Beaulah, you look so much alike,
especially your smile and your nose!
(Sometimes you have to keep them happy!)
Oops, she heard that.
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