Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I 'Mustache' you all a question....

Do you ever wish you could have a mustache for a day and than eat it when you are ready for a new look?  If the answer is yes then do I have good news for you!  Introducing the Sugar Cookie Mustache.  This mustache is a great way to show your Movember support and is quite dashing.  It is sure to add just the right touch of class and sophistication to complete your look. 
These cookies are a great option to add some comedic relief to your family get togethers or give a hipster vibe to a fun night with friends.  Perfect for any kind of party, these mustaches come in a variety of different shapes so your guests can choose the mustache that best suits their style.
After strutting around with your new 'stache, you can simply enjoy the sweet treat and pick up another for a daring and debonair new look!
To create these mustaches first mix up a batch of sugar cookie dough.  I used Alton Brown's Recipe and added a splash of vanilla extract.  Chill the dough for at least an hour.   While the dough is chilling you can create your mustache templates.  I simply drew my mustache images on a piece of paper with a black sharpie and then cut them all out. I choose to cut the mustaches without the thin details and simply add the details with the piping after so that they would be less likely to break.
I am thinking of purchasing these Mustache cookie cutters; however I enjoyed creating my own because I can create all mustache styles imaginable!  When using a homemade template, make sure to have a sharp knife or an x-acto knife to make clean cuts around the shape.  Roll out the dough on a lightly floured (or confectioner's sugared) surface.  Since these cookies are supposed to be on a wooden stick, they need to be thicker than the normal cookie.  Roll the dough about 1/2 inch thck so that when the stick is inserted it will not break the cookie.
After cutting out your mustaches, arrange them on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper. Leave 10" underneath each cookie to leave room for the stick to be inserted immediatley after baking.
Chill the cookies for a few minutes before baking to ensure they maintain their defined shape. Bake for 10 or so minutes, until they are browned around the edges.The stick has to be inserted into the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven and cannot be moved until they have cooled. Carefully insert the stick 1/2-3/4 of the way through each cookie on the left side. I first slid a fork under the end of the stick to keep in straight while cooling but found it really wasn't necessary. Let the cookies cool completely before picking them up.
To decorate these cookies, mix up a recipe of royal icing.  Follow the instructions  here.  I like to add a splash of lemon juice for flavor and a few tablespoons of cornstarch to help it dry faster.  Color it black and fill a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip.  You need to first pipe an outline around the cookie.  If you need to thicken the icing simply stir in small amounts of powdered sugar until you reach the desired consistency.  Let the outline dry. 
Thin out the rest of the icing by adding a small amount of water until it becomes thin enough to spread and fill the cookie (Icing should fall down in ripples and slowly melt into itself)  You can put this in a piping bag; however, I find it easier to pour into a squeeze bottle.  Fill in the outline with the thinned frosting. 
Let dry completely (this may take several hours or even over night).  Pick up your new moustache and enjoy the compliments sure to come your way with your Sweet 'Stache! 
Try creating these sweet treats yourself or Contact Me to order a batch for your next get together!

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