I think these are the cutest cookies I have ever seen ! You can make your own sugar cookie dough, use your favorite mix or use pre-made bakery cookies. Just have fun ! I came across these a couple of years ago on a cookie blog. *****Diane Smith came up with a GREAT IDEA ! These could easily be turned into ghost for HALLOWEEN, how fun is that ! Love it Diane, Thanks for sharing !*****************************
Roll out sugar cookies onto a lightly floured surface until 1/3-1/2 inch thick. Cut out with a large round cookie cutter . Bake according to directions and cool completely. *Buy them or slice and bake them !
•Once the cookies are cool, load them up with the cookie icing and spread it around with the back of a spoon, let some dribble over the edge for a "puddle" look. * I prefer to stick the marshmallow on at this point, it tends to stick easier.
•Spray a microwave safe plate with cooking spray, and place marshmallows on the plate. Set the microwave for 30 seconds, but watch the marshmallows as they cook. Stop the microwave as soon as the marshmallows start to get puffy, do not let them double in size
•Spray your fingers with cooking spray or grease them up with shortening, and carefully pull the marshmallows off, by the base, and set them on top of the frosted cookies. You may push in the tops very gently. You may need to use a little icing on the bottom of the marshmallow to get it to stick if icing is to dry.
•Then just decorate as you'd like with the Wilton frosting, or your own homemade frosting! I was pleasantly surprised at how yummy the Betty Crocker cookie icing was! Very surprised !
***Ingredients for Homemade Cookie Frosting *This dries hard and shiny, very pretty and easy to store. This frosting layers well just make sure and let the base coat dry VERY thoroughly first. (It takes a full 8 hours or overnight to dry entirely. I wait 1 hour in between base coat and decorating them, then let them dry overnight) While base coat is drying tint remaining icing into different colors. (The amount of icing you will need depends on the amount of cookies you decide to bake/or buy. ***This recipe will ice about a dozen cookies.
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or your favorite
assorted food coloring
In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup. Be patient and get it the right constistency, it should drip slightly off of cookies. But for decorating it should be stiffer and you will have to adjust it with more powdered sugar. This is easy, no big deal.
If you don't want to bother with the above Icing Step, no problem, Betty Crocker and Wilton both make a powdered icing base that you can whip up in minutes. Then use decorators frosting in the little tubes or cookie decorating pens.
* Tip* Add your favorite extract flavoring to your favorite cookie dough mix. Makes them taste like homemade. You can also add lemon and/or orange rind with orange or lemon extract. So yummy !