Thursday, March 8, 2012

Truffula Tree Cookies

A birthday party is not complete with out party favors.  And what better party favors could you have for a Lorax party than Truffula Tree Cookies!
These cookies make a perfect party favor.  They are all individually wrapped and ready to hand out.  You might be wondering about the "B" that the tree is sporting.  Well, that is the initial of the birthday girl.  You could make them without an initial or change the initial as needed.

These cookies begin as simple cookies on a stick.  I put a small rectangle of dough on the cookie sheet first, then gently press the lollipop stick into it.  Top this off with the cookie cut out.  When I make cookies on a stick I roll the dough a little thicker than for regular cookies(without sticks).  If the cookie is too thin, it is more likely to crack around the stick and fall off.
While the cookies are in the oven baking, roll out the pink fondant.  Truffula trees come in different colors so you don't have to use pink, but these cookies were for a girl so pink seemed appropriate.  Using the same cookie cutter, cut out the fondant shapes.  Use a sculpting tool or the handle of a small paint brush to add the swirly texture.
As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, brush them with a  little corn starch that has been thinned with water.  Place the fondant cutouts on the cookies.  The heat will soften the fondant and it will form nicely to the slightly rounded top of the cookie.  Be careful not to touch the fondant after it gets warm.  It will mush very easily.  Set these aside to cool.
For the monogram I piped the letter on with royal icing and immediately covered it in sanding sugar.  Let this set for a minute and then pour the sanding sugar off.  Use a small brush to brush off any sanding sugar that is in the wrong place.   Allow the royal icing to completely set up before proceeding.  You can find more detailed instructions for this process on my Soccer Cookie post.
Now to make those lollipop sticks look like tree trunks.  Use a non-toxic gray marker to add the pattern to the sticks.  Now they are ready for packaging.
Put each cookie in a clear cellophane bag and tie it closed with some ribbon.  The perfect party favor, ready to go!

I don't know about you, but this makes me want to have a party!