10 little Monkies Jumping on the Bed!
We were in a parade this weekend.
adorable monkey costumes (thanks Auntie Lin)….
and a giant bed (trailer) made from 2X4’s , cardboard and carpet tubes!
The kids had such a great time waving and standing up to jump on the bed every time the parade stopped.
It was a ton of fun!
I made goodie bags for the kids and had to include a monkey cookie!
Chocolate Sugar Cookies (recipe adapted from http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/)
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1tbsp milk (you may or may not need to add this)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa together and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.
Mix in the dry ingredients until well combined. Drizzle the milk in (if needed) until the dough comes together into a ball.
I don’t often chill my sugar cookie dough. I’m impatient. But if you feel it’s too soft to work with, wrap it up in plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough to 1/4″ thick and cut desired shapes.
Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are just beginning to brown.
3 tbsp meringue powder
4 cups powdered sugar
6 tbsp warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
gel paste food colouring
Combine the meringue powder, sugar and water in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat ingredients on high for 7-10 minutes or until peaks begin to form and the icing looks light and fluffy. Add vanilla and mix.
Divide icing into two bowls and colour with food colouring. I used the same brown…just less of it for the lighter colour.
*remember to keep un-used icing covered with a damp tea towel so it doesn’t dry out!
Fill a piping bag fitted with a #2 tip with dark brown icing and pipe around the face as well as the outside edge of the monkey head, and the ears. Let icing set for a few hours.
Using the light brown (you can thin the icing down with water and put it into a squeeze bottle if you find it easier) fill in the face and inside of the ears. Fill in the rest of the monkey with dark brown, using a toothpick to help icing into the corners and edges.
Pipe face details while the light brown icing is still wet.
University of Cookie has some good video tutorials about decorating with Royal icing if you’re interested!