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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Punch and Judy Cookies

Makes 18-20 Cookies
Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season

Equipment

  • Medium sized bear ginger man, or ginger woman cookie cutters
  • A little paint brush or two for the icing

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1/2 c butter
  • 4 tbs cream cheese or more butter
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 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 little mounds of chocolate chips or large nuts
  • 18-20 Pretzel sticks or thin licorice whips sliced into 1-2 inch lengths.

Icing

  • 2 c icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Milk or cream by the tablespoonful
  • Red Green Black* food colour [gels work best but are not essential] *Alternatively, for the black food colour, you can buy a tube of store-bought icing and fit it with a small round icing tip.

Toppings

  • Coloured Sugars if Desired

Instructions

Cookie Dough

  • Cream the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a mixer or by hand.
  • 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.

Cookie Assembly & Baking

  • Heat the oven to 350.
  • Roll the dough between parchment or waxed paper to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Cut about 18 bears, men, or women, and place upside-down [paws/feet/skirts to the sky] on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. [You should use about 1/2 of the dough.]
  • 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.
  • Re-ball the dough, re-roll, and cut out about 18 additional figures.
  • Cover the chocolate protuberance with a right-side up cookie cut-out.
  • Press, pinch, or shape the edges to blend in with the base cookie underneath.
  • Embed a licorice whip or pretzel in one hand of each cookie.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.
  • Cool completely.

Icing

  • In a medium bowl, blend the sugar, vanilla, and 2 tbs of milk with a fork or whisk.
  • Continue to add milk until the icing is thick but watery.
  • Reserving about 1/4 of the white icing in the medium bowl, divide the rest of icing into 3 bowls, and dye each bowl with red, green, and black colours.

Decor

  • Using a small paint brush, ice the central “faces” with white icing.
  • Add black eyes, lips, and nostrils
  • Paint on cheeks, hats, clothing and nose details with thick home-made red and green icing sugar icing.
  • Dust the outfits with some coloured sugar crystals if you'd like.

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