Wednesday, June 16, 2010

They're Creepy and They're Cookies

Oh yes I did. I DID make Addams Family Cookies. But the real question is “why?”

Well, the TONYs were on this past Sunday and The Addams Family musical didn’t get many nominations, so I figured I’d help ease the blow by making “They’re Creepy and They’re Cookies” in the musical’s honor for the TONY party I went to. Also, I haven’t made sugar cookies/decorated sugar cookies since 8th grade. It was time to experiment and experiment I did! Check out my cookie lab. Muhahahaha!
I had to use a rolling pin! I think the last time I used a rolling pin was for this recipe, I'm a Sell Out, which was back in February!
And look how cool the black food coloring looks when first being mixed. Nice marble effect for a little bit.
I had to use a lot of the black food coloring paste to match the pitch black of most of the Family’s hair. I used these cartoon images of the cast of characters (which are based off the original cartoon) to create the Family:

And, um, yeah....that was pretty messy.
I cut all the characters and letters by hand and then decorated them as closely as I could to their cartoon counterparts.

Now, without further ado, may I introduce to you *drum roll* the Addams Family!
And their extended family. (Yes, that’s Cousin Itt/It, Uncle Fester, Lurch the butler, Grandma, and Thing.)And yes, that is "Snap Snap" written on cookies.Altogether now *singing* The Addams Family - do do do do *snap* *snap* do do do do *snap* *snap* do do do do, do do do do, do do do do *snap* *snap*

PS I saw the show and I LOVED Nathan Lane as Gomez and what do you know....he turned out to be my favorite cookie!
PPS These sugar cookies and the icing were REALLY yummy, which is hard to come by with decorated sugar cookies. Enjoy!

PPPS Thanks to Michael, my neighbor upstairs, for frosting Cousin It and Thing. :)

3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice as desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Erika's Extra: If the dough seems too cold and stiff to roll out, feel free to warm it up a little by rolling it/kneading it with your hands.

4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup shortening
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring

In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners' sugar and shortening until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired.

Bake well and prosper!


  1. This is outstanding. You outdid yourself this time cookie!!!

    ME WANT!!! As always!!!!

  2. My pleasure! And, they were delicious (and a little creepy)!!

  3. To the tune of "The Addams Family" -

    They're scary and they're cookies
    Soon to be in my Tummy,
    They're all together yummy,
    Her Royal Tallness Recipes.

    The chef she is a singer
    And people come to hear her
    She’s really a fast runner.
    Her Royal Tallness Recipes.

    Snap! Snap!

  4. I must say, these were the tastiest decorated sugar cookies! And they held their shapes well, too! So, I shall use these recipes henceforth.

    I should also say, fantastic decorating job. They really look like the characters, especially Nathan Lane as Gomez.


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