Today, we’ll be watching two movies featuring the spunky Jean Arthur, who reminds me of my grandma Geraldine! Tonight’s Classic Comedies with the Christmas Spirit are The More the Merrier and The Talk of the Town.
To go along with our films, we’ll make last year’s fabulous recipe for Punch & Judy Cookies [with a hidden chunk of nutella!]. Here’s a reprise of the recipe!!
Professor Potter’s Punch & Judy “Hidden Whallop” Cookies
makes approximately 12-24 cookies
.5 c butter
4 tbs cream cheese (or more butter)
.5 c brown sugar
.25 c white sugar
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
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.
Cut out additional figures.
Cover the chocolate protuberance with a bit of rolled dough and a second, right-side up cookie cut-out.
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.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.
Make Punch & Judy Come to Life
Decorate your Punch and Judy cookies with icing sugar icing [1 c sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, food colour, & milk by the tablespoonful], royal icing, or store-bought tube. Then, add, 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.