I made a batch of these cookies for my recent "friend-cation" road trip to Walt Disney World. They were delicious and adorable, but honestly, they did not hold up in the car very well. The cookie part broke, and the chocolate melted a little after the car was in the sun during a lunch break. I could have prevented the melting by putting the cookie tupperware in a cooler, but hindsight is 20-20. I also made some Snickerdoodle cookies, based on the Disneyland recipe, and those held up much better. So if you're looking for road trip snacks, make the Snickerdoodles, not the shortbread.
But if you need an easy cookie recipe that is sure to wow, then this is it!
What You Need
A Big Mixing Bowl
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Mickey (or other) cookie cutter
1 Cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks) at room temperature
1/2 Cup confectioner's sugar
2 Cups all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste)
Extra flour for rolling out your dough
1. Set out the butter on the counter and let it come up to room temperature. If you have meddlesome cats (or kids) then consider keeping it covered.
2. Cream the sugar and butter together with the mixer, a big bowl comes in handy to keep it all in place. Blend in the flour and vanilla extract. Keep stirring until the dough is homogeneous and sticky.
3. Cover the bowl and let it chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Chilled dough will be easier to roll out. Meanwhile, set the oven to 350.
4. Sprinkle flour over a clean surface, and on the rolling pin. Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thick. I worked with about two handfuls of dough at a time to make it more manageable for me.
5. Cut your rolled dough and put it on a parchment lined baking sheet. The number of cookies you end up with will depend on the size of your cutter. Honestly, I forgot to count how many cookies I ended up with. I think it was about 20, but a few were eaten by cookie monsters right away.
6. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, but watch them so they don't burn. I had one batch that cooked faster than the others (presumably for science reasons).
7. Let your cookies cool on the sheet for a minute, then transfer them to a wire rack.
The chocolate ears were done in the most unscientific, unrecipe-ish way ever.
I melted some chocolate chips in the microwave (at about 20 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth) then dipped the cooled cookies ears first into the chocolate.
The first one came out beautifully. I got cocky. The next two broke.
Be careful when dipping your cookies, folks.
I ended up using a spatula to sort of guide the chocolate onto the cookie. It wasn't the smooth chocolate topping like the cookies in Walt Disney World, but they weren't broken either. By the end, I kind of got the hang of it.
These were pretty easy to make, even with the whole broken cookie debacle. And even though I think I broke a handful, I still ended up with a dozen pretty ones!
Vanilla Shortbread Mickey Ear cookies would be a heartfelt gift for any Disney fan, for a house-warming, new job, or birthday. You could swap out the chocolate for red and green candy melts or sprinkle on crushed candy canes to include Mickey cookies into your regular Christmas cookie lineup!