Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 14, Watch Holiday (1938) and Make Prof. Potter’s Punch and Judy “Hidden Whallop” Cookies

George Cukor’s Holiday (1938) is one of our favourite movies. It was high time we showed it to the kids! To go along with the excitement, we decided to design a special new cookie to add to our repertoire. At first, we thought of creating a Linda Seaton “If he wants to sell peanuts” Peanut Cookie. But then, we recalled the Punch and Judy show that the Potters (played by Edward Everett Horton and Jean Dixon) put on in the “Family Playroom” of the grand old Seaton house. We thought it would be fun to design a cookie (perhaps a Hogarth-inspired ugly face or all-too realistic body) with a hidden ingredient which produces an unexpected “bulge” here or there… Below, you’ll find our recipe for Professor Potter’s Punch & Judy “Hidden Whallop” Cookies. Underneath that very large nose is a piece of mini-Toblerone! You can make these cookies two ways- as “head-only cookies”, and as “head-and-body cookies.” We have included instructions(and pics of the process and finished product) for both below!

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Professor Potter’s Punch & Judy “Hidden Whallop” Cookies

makes approximately 12-24 cookies

Ingredients
.5 c butter
4 tbs cream cheese (or more butter)
.5 c brown sugar
.25 c white sugar
1 egg
1 tbs milk or cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
2 c flour
18-20 triangles of mini-toblerone or mini-kisses or groups of chocolate chips or large nuts
Medium sized bear, ginger man or ginger woman cookie cutters
Icing Sugar Icing [see below] or tubes of store-bought

Method
Cream the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a blender.
Add the egg, milk and vanilla until just blended.
Add the baking powder, salt and flour until a soft dough forms.
Remove the dough from the bowl, shape into a disc, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for an hour or so.
Heat oven to 350.
Roll dough between parchment or waxed paper to about .25 in thickness.
Cut several bears, men, or women, and place upside-down [paws/feet/skirts to the sky] on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Place a toblerone triangle, a mini kiss or some other protuberance representative of a large nose at the base of this figure, in the center of the “head” region.
Gather circles or scraps of rolled dough large enough to cover the protuberance [for head-only cookies] and/or cut out additional figures [for head-and-body cookies].
Cover the chocolate protuberance with the additional dough [for head-only cookies] or with a bit of rolled dough and a second, right-side up cookie cut-out [for head-and-body cookies].
Press, pinch, or shape the edges to blend in with the base cookie underneath.
Embred a licorice whip or pretzel in one hand of each cookie [for head-and-body cookies]
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.
Cool completely.

Make Punch & Judy Come to Life

Decorate your Punch and Judy cookies with icing (royal icing, icing sugar icing [1 c sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, food colour, & milk by the tablespoonful], or store-bought tubes), sprinkles, pretzel-stick or licorice whip “clubs” or any other candy you see fit. As you can see from my tester photos below, I first iced the “faces” with home-made white icing sugar icing using a paint brush. Then, I added black eyes, lips, and nostrils with a tube of store-bought black icing fitted with a fine tip. Finally, using a small brush, I painted on cheeks, hats, clothing and nose details with thick home-made red and green icing sugar icing. A few of the figures also have some coloured sugar crystals.

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