To celebrate Walt's birthday (he'd be 115 years old!) AND National Cookie Day we're sharing these Mickey Mouse gingerbread cookies! Enjoy!
Nothing says Christmas like gingerbread cookies, and nothing says Disney like Mickey ears. Obviously combining them is the ultimate cookie. You'll find Mickey cookies all over the parks, but since I'm not going to the parks this December (*cries*) I needed to make some for myself.
Which proved a lot harder than I originally thought. I've already done some Christmas shopping on the Disneystore.com, and looked around for a cookie cuter with ears. But I couldn't find what I wanted. I already have the Mickey head cutter, which I used for shortbread cookies in the fall. I wanted a gingerbread man with ears, darnit!
I realize that a quick google search would turn up several cookie cutters that I could order from Etsy or Amazon, but when I didn't find what I was looking for in my first go, I got stubborn and decided I would just make my own.
So I used a regular ol' gingerbread man cutter and added little Mickey ears to them. I wish I took pictures of that process. But my hands were messy and I got carried away, so my words will have to suffice.
What You Need:
Two mixing bowls, one small and one large
A hand mixer or stand mixer
Cookie sheet and parchment paper
Wire cooling rack
Measuring cups and spoons
Rolling pin, and flat spatula
A large clean surface to roll out your dough
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dark molasses
3 1/2 cups flour, plus more for rolling dough
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup water
Small microwavable bowl
Melting chocolate wafers (I used Ghirardelli, but Wiltons makes nice melting wafers in lots of colors)
Sprinkles in desired colors
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. You need soft butter or it won't mix well with the sugar.
2. Add molasses and mix until completely blended.
3. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to butter mixture 1/3 at a time, alternating with the water.
4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in fridge at least an hour (it's cold enough here in Northern Illinois that I put my dough in the garage because I didn't have space in the fridge).
5. Preheat oven to 350, after your dough is chilled. Roll out dough to 1/8 - 1/4 inch thick.
6. Cut out your gingerbread men. Pinch off scraps of dough and roll into little balls before flattening into ears. Mine are slightly smaller than a dime, but the size should be in proportion to your cutter. Press the ears onto the gingerbread man's head, sealing with a small dab of water.
7. Bake 8-10 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool
8. Cool cookies completely before dipping in chocolate. Melt about 1/4 cup of wafers at a time in a small microwavable bowl. Heat for 20 seconds at a time, stirring after each time. It will take 2-3 rounds of microwaving.
Now it's up to you how to decorate your cookies. I dipped most of mine ears down in the chocolate to give them mouse ear hats. For a few, I spooned chocolate on the ears only. Obviously, I gave some shorts. The possibilities are endless!
The great part about gingerbread (and likely why it's so popular as a cookie) is that it's sturdy enough to withstand quite a bit of decoration. You needn't worry about these guys breaking while you decorate.
Happy baking, friends!