My Sweet Little Vampires

When I first began working on these, I meant for them to be vampire teeth only but my strange sense of humor combined with a little boredom   and VH1, well, as usual, I ended up with a little different cookies than I had in mind when I started.  I definitely got more than a few laughs over these, and they were pretty simple to make.

 I started with this cute little vampire fang cutter from Wilton, but I ended up piecing together some others with other cutters I had around.

In this case it’s much easier to bake these cookies without a stick and attach it later.  I’ll explain more about why I do this in a bit.  In the meantime, after these are baked and cool, you’re ready to decorate.

To make these cookies you will need:

To begin, outline the the cookie to create teeth.  Then, fill alternating sections, let dry, and then fill the remaining sections.  This will create dimension.  Let the cookie dry overnight.

The next day, attach the bamboo skewers to the back of the fangs with royal icing.  I like to used flat skewers rather than lollypop sticks.  There are many reasons I make cookie pops this way rather than the using the traditional “insert a stick” method that most people do.

  1. First of all, I prefer attaching the stick after baking, because pops with sticks take up valuable real estate on a cookie sheet.  I can get 12 cookies on a sheet without sticks, but only about 6 with.
  2. Second, inserting the stick before baking often distorts the cookie.  If they are pieced together, it makes things even more difficult.  Waiting to attach the skewer eliminates this problem. 
  3. Lots of time cookies pops have to be rolled thicker to accommodate a stick.  Add royal icing, and they tend to get heavy, and depending on the recipe you use, the cookie  become so heavy it actually falls off the stick.  If I attach them after baking, I can roll the cookies a little thinner {my personal preference} AND if I happen knock the cookie off of it’s stick, it’s less likely to crumble or break, and much easier to reattach.
  4.  I find that its a lot easier to decorate cookies when I don’t have to work around a stick.
  5. If you attach the stick AFTER the fact, the royal icing barrier keeps it from absorbing grease from the cookie.  That always looks a bit icky to me, so this was my solution.

I like the flat skewers because they lie closer to the surface when attached, but any type of skewer or lolly sitck will work.  Just keep in mind that if you are baking for kids, it’s a good idea to nip off the pointy end first.  In fact, I INSIST! Pointy sticks and little boys ALWAYS equal swordfights and these sticks are pretty sharp.  Trust me on this one…

I think once you try this, you will be pleasantly surprised at how strong the cookie/skewer attachment is.  I’ve had much better luck using this method than I did inserting sticks into cookies.

Okay, so now that I got totally sidetracked, let’s get back to decorating.  I don’t know if it’s a bad thing, but my kiddos always like a touch of “scary”  so we decided to dip our fangs in blood.

After the stick has completely set {might take about 3-4 hours} pour a bit of thin red flood icing into a shot glass. I chose a shot glass because it was small and deep, so it didn’t require a lot of icing to fill.

Carefully dip each fang into the flood icing, and lay on wax paper to dry.

I tried to leave as much icing as I could on the fangs, because when I laid them out to dry, I noticed the run-off actually created a cool dripping effect.

This picture has nothing to do with anything, except that I bumped the stick while I was working, and I thought the drips looked cool =)

We had the BEST time with these.  Here’s my original little vampire…

And the girly version.  Notice she vetoed the blood in favor of pink lipstick.

The boys even tried to be scary vampires…

But they weren’t very convincing…

My favorite cookie ideas are the ones that turn out to be fun AND edible!  T’was a good day at our house!

If you like this project, you should go check out these adorable silly disguise cookies from  Sue over at Munchkin Munchies.  They’d make adorable Halloween party favors also.

I don’t know about y’all but my excitement is building.  I can *FINALLY* feel a hint of fall in the air, which brings us even closer to holiday baking. I’ve got my cookbooks out, and lists made.

I can HARDLY wait, can you?