Friday, September 30, 2011

Wicked Witch of the West Cookies


Who doesn't love the Wizard of Oz?

I have to admit that when I decided I wanted to
make these


Melting Wicked Witch of the West 
cookies,
I thought 
Beaulah would throw a fit.



But.....
she quickly let me know that 
The Wicked Witch of the West
was just that 

WICKED

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.


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 
cookies 
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
a knife.


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
minutes. 

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.
I will be posting with

Jacqueline
Jacqueline

Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.

63 comments:

  1. EGads you have loads of talent and FUN!!!!!

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  2. Perfect!Cute!Your talented my Dear.

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  3. Your talent knows no bounds. I love The Wizard of Oz and the musical Wicked. My husband even gave me an early Christmas present, a Wicked Witch ornament to use in my Halloween decor. I don't know that I'm ambitious enough to try these so I will just pop over here and drool over them!

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  4. OHHH my but your one talented lady :) these are just toooo cute :) and I bet delicious.....yummy!!!

    xo~Mari

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  5. What a clever idea! I smile with delight when I read a post from you. ~ Sarah

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  6. Ooooh I wish you were my neighbour!

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  7. I love them Jackie! They're so cute!

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  8. I can't tell you how cute I think these are:)
    I am again so impressed and you shared all the how -to's..
    Very very nice.
    You're a good girl:)

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  9. Well, these are just too adorable! Another project for Allie!
    xoxo

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  10. Jacqueline, you always inspire and amaze me. These cookies are perfection.

    I've missed you at Pink Saturday.♥

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  11. So Cute! I do think there is some resemblance between Beaulah and Glinda -- but Zoulah looks more like her! Joni

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  12. Ohh I had no idea Beaulah was a good witch... I just assumed! I especially love the cookie where the witch is almost completely melted and only her nose is showing! Fun!

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  13. Oh my gosh, I have to pick myself up off the floor to respond. What a riot! These cookies are so stinkin cute! My daughter (who is 12) is in a community theater production of The Wizard of Oz. She is rehearsing now and the play is performed in November. I have to try to make these. She would be so proud if she came to rehearsal with a bunch. I have my own melt down while trying this, but by golly, it's going on the list. And, thank you for visiting my blog this week. I can't tell you how cool I felt!

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  14. Lovin' your cute cookies Jacqueline! Such a fun idea and the chocolate clay sounds neat too:@)

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  15. Jacqueline, These cookies are just amazing! Wow! I think you have both boundless creativity, and energy - your cooking creations and your blog are truly fabulous, Jacqueline.
    Hugs, Beth

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  16. Great job, Jacqueline! Great recipes and hints, thanks for sharing. xo

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  17. These are so cute! I've made the snowmen before, but these are perfect for Halloween. :)

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  18. Those are so cute! I am going to "borrow" these for the preschool Halloween party! I bet they will be a hit! Thanks for posting these. Leave it to you to come up with something clever!

    Do you want me to just email you my address for where to send my copper pot?!

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  19. My Goodness Jacqueline! Is there really *anything* you can't do? SO much talent, I am so in awe.
    Hugs, Lisa

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  20. I'll get you my little pretty, ha-ha-ha-hee...these are a perfect replica of me! Great job Joni. Pin worthy for sure!

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  21. I just realized I wrote Joni, Jackie....I'm melting, ahhhhh!

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  22. Popping in from Sweets for a Saturday, to say that these cookies are just so darn cute!! Wonderful job!

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  23. What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing the instructions and your find result.

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  24. I love these, too cute for words.

    Ellen

    http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com

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  25. Jacqueline, These are the cutest cookies EVER! I am always amazed at your talents..is there anything you can't do? I am glad Beaulah approved.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  26. Wow...I am ever so impressed! Pure inspiration! xoxoxo

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  27. oh mu gosh, how I love the looks of these cookies-well done!! anne

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  28. Hi lovely lady.
    OH you have so much talent how do you do it. Your cookies look yummy !!! I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my fall Tablescape sweet lady. I also hope you and your family are having a great weekend.
    XXOO Diane

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  29. Really Cute! How awesome. I would love for you to link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  30. Love the cookies. They are really are amazing.so happy to have your art being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  31. I am in AWE if your creation! It ia amzazing!!! I LOVE it! How clever, I may even give it a go!
    I popped by and tried to leave a comment on your last post but blogger was NOT playing nice and I don't think it saved! I wanted to say thanks for visiting me and commenting on my glass constructions!!! I used a clear Liquid nails but you may not get that product over there!
    Have a great week! X

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  32. Jackie, those are the CUTEST cookies I've seen in a looonngg time! You are one talented lady. Jackie

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  33. Wonderful! The witches are soooo cute and look delicious. My mouth is watering. You are one very talented lady. Happy Fall!

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  34. AMAZING!!! That's all I can say...just simply AMAZING!!

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  35. Popping back in to say I just "subscribed" to get you by email. Duh? Why didn't I see that before?

    I'm also following you on Pinterest. Such FUN!

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  36. Love the melting witches. I've seen the melting snowmen but these are even better! Great job!!! Stumbled and pinned!

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  37. Hello my sweet friend!

    How are you doing? This is incredibly cute!!! The ultimate treat to give on Halloween. Can you imagine the kids and parents reaction?

    I'm making your cinnamon pancakes for the kids today. They love it!!!!

    Many kisses and hugs to you, Jacqueline!

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  38. Just DARLING! I love the two stages of melting. Your rendition of the last stage(only nose and hair showing)is my favorite! How clever you are! I'm going to have to try your chocolate clay recipe.

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  39. At first, I thought these were too cute to eat--but then I read the recipe and my mouth started to water. I have such a weakness for cookies! You are a talented lady and I love your Halloween spirit! :)

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  40. Oh Jacqueline, THESE ARE FANTASTIC!!!! Everything that you do is done with such precision and artistry my dear!!!

    SO I WANT TO KNOW MORE about this BLOGGER PRINT of which you speak. I would HATE to loose my posts! We all work so hard on them and this Blogger this has been acting up for many of us! Do let me know when you post on it....HAVE A FABULOUS DAY MY DEAR! Anita

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  41. Too cute! You did an amazing job with these.

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  42. What precious little creatures. Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

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  43. What a fantastic cookies!

    I would love for your to post this gem up on Fall In Love linky party on Wednesday.

    Until then come by and see my spectacular new spice cabinet.

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  44. What a great Melting Witch. It's so cute. Very creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. Hi Jacqueline, I wanted to drop by again to say thank you for sharing these fabulous cookies at the Open House Party. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  46. I love this idea. Looks like a lot of other people did too because you made the Top 4 for Sweets for a Saturday.

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  47. Oh my, those are wicked witches cookies! They turned out great! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  48. That is hilarious!! I love it. Awesome idea. You are funny too.
    Great job...i am pinning this for the next Halloween party I do. Thanks!

    Come by and see me at http://www.willcookforsmiles.com

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  49. I made these yesterday for my daughter's Wizard of Oz play. I'd post a picture, but you'd laugh. They didn't come out near as cute as yours, but they are cute. I went with chocolate candy that I tinted black and poured into small witch hat molds. The cookies and frosting are absolutely delicious. I had to "accidentally break" a second one after "accidentally breaking" a first one and getting in a taste test. Thanks for the fabulous idea. I will be the start of the Wizard bake sale at the play tonight. You, my dear, are awesome!

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  50. I just saw your cookies on Pinterest and thought "this can't be easy!" Thanks so much for giving step-by-step instructions. The end result is so cute and absolutely perfect for Halloween or any party (like a 40th birthday for a female friend). Thanks again!

    Angie

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  51. I'd love for you to add a picture of these to my first every link party. You might be the lucky entrant who wins $70 in baking supplies for adding your Halloween pictures. http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2012/10/share-your-fun-halloween-edible-crafts.html

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  52. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We're using one of your pictures and are linking back to you. If that's a problem let us know and we'll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

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  53. Made them today. Results are on my blog at http://eatingand.blogspot.com/2012/10/melting-witch-cookies.html. Mine were cute and delicious, but not as perfect as yours. Thanks for the idea.

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