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Minnie Mouse Birthday Party – Minnie Mouse Cookies

minnie mouse cookies and candy covered pretzels

I’m back for the last installment on how to make the Minnie Mouse-inspired treats I served up at the Tiny Dancer’s second birthday party.  I went over how to make the Minnie Mouse cupcakes and Polka Dot Candy-Covered Pretzels in previous posts so today we tackle the Minnie Mouse-inspired cookies.

Now, there are a few different ways you can tackle this.  If you are planning in advance, I would just spend the $5 and buy the official Disney cookie cutter from the Disney Store. Since it’s a trademarked product, I was unable to find any others on the market.  The idea to make cookies was a bit last minute so I didn’t have enough time to buy the cookie cutter so instead I did it myself.

Since this was a new endeavor for me I tried three different ways to shape the cookies: ears attached to the head, ears attached on the head, and ears attached under the head.  I thought that the ears attached to the head was the most like the original Minnie head but it was also the most difficult.

Here’s what you’ll need:
Cookie Dough (I used store bought Sugar Cookie Dough but feel free to make your own)
Red Heart Candies
Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter or 2 Cookie Cutters – 1 small and large circles (the small one should be about 1/2 the diameter of the large one)

I have found that whenever I use shaped cookie-cutters the cookies tend to ooze and not keep their shape very well so I like to take the cookies out of the oven a minute or two early and cut them so they have a nice shape with clean lines.

Here’s how to do it:
1. Spoon cookie dough onto a cookie sheet (I like to line mine with parchment paper) – cookie dough should be about 2-3 inches in diameter.

2. Bake according to instructions – take out the cookies a minute or two before they are done.

3. Carefully use your cookie cutters to shape the cookies. (Remember, the trays and the cookie dough are hot. I like to slide my parchment paper onto a cutting board and set the tray aside to cool.) Using the round cookie cutters, cut out 2 small circles for every large circle you cut out. (If you are using the Mickey Mouse cookie cutter then your job is simple and skip to step 6).

4. If you are using method one with the ears attached to the head you need to work quickly while the dough is still soft and press the small circles into the large circle to form the Mickey head. If using this method, it’s best to work in small batches because once out of the oven, the cookie dough hardens relatively quickly.

5. If you are using method two or three with the ears attached under or on the head (big circle) then just cut out the circles (big and small) and let them cool. Then using icing or melted candy or chocolate, attach the small circles to the big circle (either under or on the big circle) using the icing or melted candy/chocolate as glue.

6. To turn these Mickey Cookies into Minnie Cookies we need to add a bow. Using two heart candies,with the points of the hearts facing toward the center, use the icing or melted candy/chocolate as glue to affix the hearts to the cookies.

That’s it!  This is a fun activity you can do with the kids too.

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