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Punch and Judy Cookies

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




  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Coloured Sugars if Desired


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.