Dough and Movember

My hubby’s attempt at growing a mustache always makes me laugh.  It’s a rather pathetic sparse hairy greyish thing under his nose (the facial hair equivalent to a Charlie Brown Christmas tree).  But I have to love him for his support of Movember .  My father was diagnosed a few years back with prostate cancer, so this cause is quite dear to my heart.  Now I can’t grow a “mo” (well not quite yet, thank heavens), but I can dough.  So what did I bake as a show of support?  Chocolate cherry staches, of course.

Crazy Hubby

Crazy Hubby

Chocolate Cherry Mustaches

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups softened unsalted butter (at room temperature)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg yolk

2 teaspoons cherry vanilla: SEE NOTE

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

**adapted from Williams Sonoma Cookies Cookbook**

NOTE: cherry vanilla

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Vanilla in the making

I like to make my own vanilla.  It is incredibly easy to do so. Vodka and vanilla beans – what could be easier?  I decided to experiment and try cherry flavoured vodka with my vanilla beans.

– split 3-4 vanilla beans ( I use Madagascar Bourbon Beans) I get my beans from Vanilla Food Company Vanilla Beans

– 1 litre Cherry flavoured vodka

Pour Vodka in glass container (I use a large Weck jar) and add vanilla beans

Let beans soak in vodka for 4-6 weeks

Like magic – you will then have PURE vanilla

– even better: you can just continue to add more vodka to beans and continue to use the same vanilla beans

Instructions

In a large bowl with mixer on high- beat butter until fluffy and pale

Add sugar in 3 additions, beating on low speed for 2 min after each addition

Add egg yolk and vanilla to mixture until well blended

Sift flour and salt onto a sheet of wax paper

Add flour and cocoa powder to butter mixture and mix on low speed or by hand until just blended

Flour & Cocoa being added

Flour & Cocoa being added

Scrape dough onto clean work surface and divide into 2 portions.  Working with your hands shape dough into 2 discs and flatten and wrap in plastic wrap

dough discs

dough discs

Dough must be refrigerated for 2 hours minimum.

When ready to bake – pre-heat oven to 350

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper

Remove one disc at a time and let stand for 15min at room temperature

Roll out disc on lightly floured surface – to about 1/4″ in thickness

Use cookie cutters to cut your desired shape – obviously I used a mustache cookie cutter

Gather up scrapes and re-roll and re-cut : NOTE if dough becomes too sticky – refrigerate for 10min before trying to roll again

Transfer cookies to prepared pans and bake for 10-12 min or until bottom is slightly golden.

Baked cookies

Baked cookies

Mustache cookie

Mustache cookie

Cool cookies on cookie sheet for about 10min before transferring to wire rack.  If you are making mustaches be careful as they are delicate. I had a couple break in the centre.

I decided to ice my mustaches with Royal Icing – but the options for these cookies are really endless.  You can dust with icing sugar, you can sprinkle with coarse sugar crystals, or special coloured sprinkles.  These are great cookies for the kiddies to help out with.

Royal Icing – Chocolate

Traditional royal icing uses raw egg – but this kind of freaks me out, so I use meringue powder instead

Ingredients

3 tablespoons meringue powder / plus 3 tablespoon warm water

3 cups icing sugar (sifted)

1/2 cup  unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

2 teaspoons cherry vanilla

6 tablespoons milk

Mix meringue powder with the 3 tablespoons of water in a large bowl on medium speed

Reduce mixer speed to low and add the icing sugar and cocoa powder until blended

Add vanilla  and mix until blended

Add milk one tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency

My icing was thick enough so I could pipe smoothly on cookies

Chocolate iced cookies

Chocolate iced cookies

Yummy Chocolate Mustache

Yummy Chocolate Mustaches

4 thoughts on “Dough and Movember

    • Well I try to make hubby eat most of them and my Son rarely wants any sweets I make- and of course their is me. Well I have to make sure they taste good before I post the recipe- right???

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