Monday, November 16, 2009

Cat Cookies

The Unplugged Project theme (a weekly link up, hosted by Unplug Your Kids) for this week was cats. I had in mind to teach the girls how to knit kittens today, so they could get to work on some Christmas presents for their friends, but it turned out they were more in a drawing, than a knitting, kind of mood today.

Back to square one for the rest of us, I googled origami cats, and toilet paper tube cats, and cat cookies. The latter of which brought up a Flickr photo of cat cookies, that my oldest son, whose always ready for a snack, thought we should try. So, armed only with a picture, and a rather vague description of how to make them, found in the Flickr comments, we headed to the kitchen.

We started by fudging our way through the cookies. We wanted something that would taste like a sugar cookie, but would keep it's ball shape, when baked. This is the recipe we came up with.

  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

We creamed together the butter, sugar, vanilla and almond extracts, and then stirred in the flour, and salt. We formed the dough into balls (about one inch in diameter - maybe a little bigger), pinching them at the top to form ears.

We baked the cookies for about 7 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, until they started to brown.

After they had cooled completely we coated them in a powder sugar, milk and vanilla glaze, and set them onto wax paper to harden.

When the glaze was hardened, about an hour later, we piped on chocolate frosting faces, and tails.

For more cat themed projects visit Unplug Your Kids, keeping in mind that more projects might be added throughout the week.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Debbie said...

These are way too cute, almost too cute to eat! They do look yummy though!

Peterson Party said...

Very cute!

Unknown said...

Your cat cookies look great! when my kids were little we used to make marzipan and shape it into all sorts of things!

Emily said...

Your cookies look delicious! What a fun idea!

TEFL Ninja said...

As sombody who could burn water given half a chance I am so deeply impressed that I have gone an unflattering shade of green LOL.

Wow !

Home Educating British mum to a mini Italian in Lombardia.

Jamie said...

I made these for my kitty-loving Grandma's Christmas care package - they came out great! By adding a dash of molasses and spices, they became gingercats, actually :)

I happened to have melted Wilton candy discs on hand in red and chocolate, so I just dabbed those on with a toothpick after the glaze hardened and it worked like a charm - red nose and a little kitten smile underneath. Thank you so much for coming up with this purrfect recipe! (Oh dear, now I've gone too far ^_^ )