Friday, July 30, 2010

Frosted (JUMBO) Animal Cookies

{image from Mother's cookies}
When my friend, Teresa, from Blooming on Bainbridge mentioned that she loves Frosted Animal Cookies, a little light bulb went off in my head. 
{PS...if you've never visited Teresa's blog, go now...they say Disney World is the happiest place on earth; they're wrong.  It's Teresa's blog.}

Why not make my own *larger* version of them?

See, I love Mother's Frosted Animal Cookies.  When kiddo was a toddler, I lived on a diet of Mother's Frosted Animal Cookies and Vanilla Coke.  Then I weaned myself off of them and started my current diet of Starbucks Pumpkin Bread and Iced Decaf Vanilla Lattes.  Much healthier.

I didn't have all of the correct shapes for the cookies; I did have an elephant cutter, but the rest, well...I improvised.
We have frosted animal bunnies, ducks, giraffes....

....and the all-important frosted animal stegosaurus.

For the flavor, I wanted to be authentic. So, I checked a bag of Mother's Cookies to see what flavor they used to make them so delicious.  Vanilla? Almond? Lemon? Butter?  Turns out, what makes them so delicious is just plain ol' sugar. I couldn't find any flavoring in the ingredients whatsoever.
Or maybe it's the sprinkles.

So here is my not-so-authentic version:


Lemon Cut-Out Cookies
3 c. unbleached flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. sugar
2 sticks salted butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
3/4 tsp. grated lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.  Set aside.

With the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, beat together the sugar and cold butter until fluffy.  Add in the egg, vanilla, lemon juice and zest.  Beat until combined.

On low speed, add in the flour mixture in 3 additions.  Scrape the bottom of the bowl as necessary.  Knead together the dough as needed by hand as it will be very stiff.

Roll out on a floured surface and cut into shapes about 3/8 to 1/4" thick.  Place on parchment lined sheets.  Freeze 5-10 minutes on the sheets before placing in the oven (this will help prevent cookies from spreading).

Bake 9-12 minutes, depending on cookie cutter size.  Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

Lemon Royal Icing

4 TBSP meringue powder
scant 1/2 c. water
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp light corn syrup
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Combine the meringue powder and water. With the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, beat until combined and foamy.

Sift in the powdered sugar and beat on low to combine.

Add in the corn syrup and lemon juice

Increase speed to med-high and beat for about 5-10 minutes, just until the icing is glossy and stiff peaks form. (You should be able to remove the beater from the mixer and hold up and jiggle without the peak falling.) Do not overbeat.
 
Cover with plastic wrap touching the icing or divide and color using gel paste food colorings. (I used AmeriColor Gel Paste Food Color in Bright White and Deep Pink.)

Remember last week when I visited my friend Cheryl from TidyMom? She wrote a great post about our visit.  Even though it was our first time to meet, I felt like I had known her for AGES!  We talked from the second I stepped off the plane until the second she dropped me back off at the airport.

Cheryl is just what she is on her blog....fun, funny, creative, smart, beautiful...I'm so  thrilled to be her friend.  She also has an adorable husband and 2 beautiful girls! (AND, her cupcakes are delicious!)
Oh yeah, I also bottle fed a 750-pound lion.

If you have a bloggy friend, I highly recommend making the effort to get together in REAL LIFE!

70 comments:

  1. love those cookies too! I'll have to try to make these! I wonder what weird animals I have lurking in my cookie cutter boxes!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

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  2. What a great idea for jumbo animal cookies...I remember eating those when I was a kid! I love the pink and white frosting with the rainbow sprinkles!

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  3. how great it that! I've had those little ones before but I never would have thought of making jumbo ones!!!

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  4. Oh Bridget.....I LOVE these cookies!! What a fun idea!! and you are right about Teresa being better than Disney World! lol......Teresa BEAMS sunshine and smiles!!

    Thanks for linking up lady!!.....oh and those videos....MOST EXCELLENT!!! Steve LOVED them!!♥

    Hurry back......we miss you!

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  5. GENIUS!!! These are perfection!!! You are brilliant girl.

    Be blessed-
    Amanda

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  6. These are delightful! My kiddos loved them. And the lemon??? My personal favorite.

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  7. Oh my gosh, I LOVE you! I stopped being able to eat these a while ago because they started slapping the "may contain peanuts" label on them. I can't wait to try these!! :-D

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  8. Oh my gosh! I kid you not, I was planning to make elephants and giraffes like these tonight!! I even bought large rainbow non-pareils for them!
    LOVE the stegosaurus by the way. Very fun :)

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  9. Ohh I know a friend who would love these. She's crazy for those tiny animal cookies. Great job!

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  10. How did I FORGET about those animal cookies? Thanks for reminding me how much I used to love those.

    You always seem to help me remember the *sweet stuff* in life!

    Happy Friday!

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  11. I made the mini version once, but I LOVE this JUMBO version...MORE frosted goodness!

    That's so great that you linked up with tidymom in real life! :)

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  12. What a great idea! I can't wait to try them and your recipe looks delicious. Not that I don't love them from the bag, but I bet these are so much better!!

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  13. "I lived on a diet of Mother's Frosted Animal Cookies and Vanilla Coke. Then I weaned myself off of them and started my current diet of Starbucks Pumpkin Bread and Iced Decaf Vanilla Lattes. Much healthier"

    Oh my gosh, you are too funny! Love it. Love those cookies too. :)

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  14. Hi!
    MY NAME IS TERESA!
    AND...
    I"M COMPLETELY in LOVE with BRIDGET!!! ;o)
    Bridget!
    Bridget!
    {oh how I adore that name..so CUTE!}
    WHY do you insist on doing this to me?
    WHY do you insist on making me YEARN to be one of your LUCKY girlfriends who has the PLEASURE of just HANGIN' with YOU...wonderful YOU!
    Kiddo and Mr. E are very LUCKY!
    And Cheryl was lucky too!
    Maybe I'll get LUCKY as a LARK one day and get to give you a big ole' HUG in person!
    My mouth is about to dry the heck up blowing you all these SWEET kisses from Bainbridge!
    Let me just say!
    When I spotted that ICED ANIMAL CRACKER bag...
    I stood up!
    Spinned around...did a little DELIGHTED DANCE...
    and POPPED over here as QUICK as I could!
    Can I JUST tell you what these cookies do to the inner most depths of my COOKIE loving soul?
    They MELT me!
    They say:
    "Hello there! Nice to meet you! We're your FAVORITE COOKIE that BRIDGET has ever made!"
    If I could SPRINKLE me...
    and WRAP myself up in a cute PINK bag..
    and place ME on the shelf at the market...
    THIS is honestly WHAT would represent ME in my truest FORM!
    If you could ONLY know...how long I've LOVED iced animal crackers!
    If you could ONLY know how many I've eaten!
    If you could ONLY know how they make my HEART BEAM with the sweetest of all BEAMS!
    These truly are magical little cookies you've created here!
    You are MAGIC my dear!
    You truly are!
    I am thankful beyond words to KNOW you!
    To adore you!
    To have discovered BAKE @ 350!
    Thank you Bridget!
    These truly are my favorite all time BRIDGE cookies!
    ANd I just know...that LEO....
    has a MAJOR CRUSH on BRIDGET!
    I'm so HAPPY you and Cheryl enjoyed your sweet time together!
    xo

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  15. These cookies are adorable and perfect for a baby shower... And that photo of you and the lion is magnificent!

    If you’re interested, I’m having a silicone muffin pan giveaway on my blog – You should enter!

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  16. Love it! I did this once when someone gave me mini-zoo animal cutters. Then did it again at christmas when I forgot to add baking powder and basically had short bread...with mini xmas cutters, and red/white/green icing, with christmas sprinkles! Love the big versions!

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  17. Those cookies are so darn cute! You are amazing!! I need to get myself in the kitchen and try out some ideas.

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  18. I would eat bags and bags of those exact cookies when I was younger - their flavor is addicting! So I have to ask, I see you played with the flavor a bit, but do these homemade cookies mirror the flavor of the original???

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  19. These looks amazing ~I want one!!! I love that picture of you and the lion :)

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  20. They look perfect! What fun little cookies!

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  21. Those cookies are adorable! I used to love frosted animal cracker/cookies (I call them crackers... much healthier). Adding these to my list of must-makes!

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  22. I would have posted earlier but it took me awhile to read Teresa's comment LOL.
    Your lemon cookie recipe sounds great and the cookies look delicious. The white frosting with the sprinkles makes them pop!
    I just purchased an elephant cutter and am trying a new idea for a cookie with them and another cutter.
    Animal crackers were always a good treat as a kid, this version is so fitting for us bigger kids now!
    Enjoying reading about your visit with Cheryl. What a great opportunity for the two of you and not many people can say that they got that close to and fed a lion. Wow!

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  23. Oh my goodness...pure genius! Thanks for the the recipe! I have to stay far away from those cookies in that bag too.

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  24. I love those cookies! Your version as well as Mother's. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed reading about your visit with TidyMom!

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  25. adorable! those cookies made me smile. and so does your blog...

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  26. love the animal cookies. those are so adorable!

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  27. I LOVE THESE! You are awesome.

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  28. Animal Cookies were one of my favorite cookies when I was a little girl... sigh. You've done an amazing job with these, they look just like their mini version. :)

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  29. These are nothing short of genius. How on earth could an animal cookie be so beautiful. I don't know, but they are! I {heart} your cookies- BIG TIME!

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  30. So so cute! May I ask why you use corn syrup in your royal icing? All my recipes call for meringue powder, water, powdered sugar, flavor.
    Thanks,
    Sandy@SandysBakingMemories.com

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  31. What a great idea! Love them:)

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  32. What a great idea!! I bet yours taste a whole lot better too! (I never did really care for those iced animal crackers.)

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  33. Those animal cookies are so connected to my childhood it's ridiculous! I HAVE to make these pronto! Excellent work!

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  34. OMGsh, what an absolutely wonderful idea!!! We JUST this week picked up a package of frosted animal cookies for the first time when my daughter (3) saw the package and started begging. It was our special treat this week and I can't believe you put up this post! Can't wait to make her very own JUMBO frosted animals!!! She will love it!!!

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  35. Pure genius!!! I wish I had thought of these cute guys!!

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  36. I loved those cookies when I was a child...haven't had them in years. Yours are just beautiful!

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  37. Define "improvised." Does that mean you cut out those beautiful little shapes yourself??? The cookies are gorgeous!

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  38. These are adorable. Oh how I love those little pink and white cookies. Love the use of all of the fun animal cookie cutters. Move over Mother's, we've got Bridget!

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  39. These are adorable!! I'm sure its the sprinkles!

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  40. Love them, Bridget! Just thinking how nice they'll look in either pale pink or blue with white non-pareils...

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  41. Bridget these are sooo cute! What a clever idea! I loved hearing about your visit with Cheryl, sounded like a great time.

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  42. First of all... I LOVE YOUR NEW BLOG HEADER! Well done and a terrific sampling of your cookie portfolio!

    Now... the iced animal cookies... TOO CUTE!

    As always, well done!

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  43. What a great idea! Your cookies look like store bought, but im sure it tastes better ;)
    have a great weekend!

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  44. Amazing and you are inspiring me to get back to baking! Loved reading the article about you in today's paper! Yay, a local blogger! *hugs from Conroe, Texas!

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  45. These are cute!I bet they taste great with the lemmon!

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  46. I was just trying to figure out what to make for my friends son for his first bday! Thanks for the great idea!! You so ROCK!!

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  47. What a beautiful and quality homage to this classic cookie! My parents were major health food fanatics in the 70s, so my brothers and I always considered brightly colored, highly sprinkled cookies to be an exceptional treat. That's probably why I'm so nostalgic for these Mother's Cookies, and was so sad when the company closed. My husband and I rejoiced when the cookies came back. Your version, however, is truly exceptional. Classy and Classic all at once. I'm so glad I found your blog through Cups & Cones. Always a pleasure to meet a fellow player in the "Sweet Arts"! Jenn

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  48. I love those animal cookies. I still find myself going to the store and buying two bags, one for my daughter and one for me. I am amazed you made them. They are so cute.

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  49. Oh wow. This is such a fun post! I am going to send a link to my friend Grandma J because I think she loves those animal cookies. YAY : )

    So glad you had fun with Cheryl. Very nice of you to make so many peoples day with kindness. LOVE that!

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  50. OMG, I *LOVED* frosted animal cookies when I was in high school! I don't think my mom could restock the cookie jar fast enough. I might have to buy a bag... or make these :)

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  51. Frosted animal cookies were my sisters and I's favorite growing up!! My mom actually had some for us when we came back from school this year. I have to try these, and so cute too :)

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  52. The animal cookies are so cute.

    I just wanted to say hi. I saw you in the Spring/Klein/Tomball paper. I live in the same area. Love your yummy blog.

    Trudy
    www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

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  53. If they don't have the stegossaurus in their package, they totally should. Enough said.

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  54. They look so delicious - and I love the stegasaurus - DEFINITELY should be an essential animal shape in the bag!

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  55. So glad I found your blog. Read about you in the Chronicle. I'm in The Woodlands too! I'm not sure I have the steady hand for these cookies, but they are adorable.

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  56. I love those frosted animal crackers, but can only imagine that your version would be 7000% better! I wish I could reach in and grab one ;)

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  57. I absolutely love those cookies. I especially love the sprinkles on them! :D

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  58. is this baking soda (directions) or baking powder (ingredients list) that we should use?

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  59. Wow!cute jumbo animal cookier!Love it!

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  60. Hi!! I love your blog. There is much creativity and love what you do.

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  61. I love Teresa's comment!! These cookies are fabulous. wonder if this is what my email was all about??

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  62. Oh my gosh Bridget, I just saw these cookies on Pinterest, and then when I saw that you posted these (and I commented) last year, I kind of panicked. I did a post a couple of months ago titled JUMBO Animal Cookies?!?! What if I THINK I thought them up, without remembering that I saw these on your blog? Yikes, I hope not, but for what it's worth I'm going to add a link to YOUR cookies/blog on my post.

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  63. These look so good! The stegosaurus is my favorite +)

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  64. Can you use any animal you want. Andcan you frozen cookie dough and add the lemon zest to the cookie dough.

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  65. Could someone tell me the yield on the cookie batch? i want to try it out

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  66. Could someone tell me the yield on the cookie batch? i want to try it out

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  67. Hi ur work is beautiful! Just wanted to clarify how many grams is 1lb of powdered sugar? Different websites mention different measurements ...thanks

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