Hello, and a happy new year to you!
As well as being the start of a new year, January and February involve more birthdays among my family and friends than any other time of the year. Inspired by some favourite Hambly rub-ons, these dashingly handsome cookies are going to be my contribution to at least a couple of the upcoming celebrations. I’m hoping they’ll provide both a silly-but-fun talking-point for adults and a cute party favour for children.
- Cookies (see recipe link below)
- Lolly or popsicle sticks
- Clear acetate
- Marker pen
- Hambly Rub-ons (Moustaches, Stitches and Hearts)
Step 1: Mix up a batch of plain sugar cookies, either following your favourite recipe or mine. Roll out the dough so it’s fairly thick, and cut into circles. Carefully push a lolly or popsicle stick into one side of each circle. You ideally need to slide it at least a third of the way through the cookie-dough circle. Place each cookie with stick onto a tray, and bake according to the recipe. Allow to cool completely.
Step 2: If your baking is anything like mine, the cookies won’t be perfectly round when they come out of the oven. That’s fine – perfection isn’t essential here. Place a piece of clear acetate over your first cookie and trace the shape through with marker pen. Cut out, snipping just inside the traced line. Now, rub-on a moustache near the bottom of the acetate.
Step 3: Melt some dark chocolate (use a microwave or place a bowl over a pan of boiling water). Take the same cookie and add small blobs at either side to make eyes, and two dots in the centre for a nose.
Step 4: Quickly press your acetate down on top, so the moustache sits just below the eyes and nose. As the chocolate cools and sets, it should hold the acetate circle neatly in place over the front of the cookie.
Tip: Try adding a few extra blobs of chocolate to the back of the acetate, behind the moustache. It will hold the acetate in place a little more securely, while being completely invisible under the rub-on.
Step 5: Cut out a section from the Stitches or Hearts rub-on, and fix into place to decorate the stick.
Step 6: Take a scrap of felt and cut out a bowtie shape. Glue to the top of the stick, above the rub-on detail.
Step 7: Display, eat and enjoy - just remember to let your guests know they should peel off the acetate cover first!
Tip: To turn the cookies into take-home party favours, follow steps 1-5, as above. Then, slip each one into a clear plastic bag, and tie shut with a length of ribbon near the top of the stick instead of gluing on a felt bowtie.
Thanks for visiting, and happy decorating!