Sure, we could have made our own chocolate-dipped marshmallow and graham cookies for these pretty kitties, but we were too busy counting our candy. Instead, we started with Mallomars, one of our all time favorite cookies, and simply dressed them up as fraidy cats using a bit of royal icing and some chocolate chips. If you’re new to working with royal icing, it’s a good idea to practice on a plate or a piece of parchment before you attack the cookies. This will also help you determine if your icing is the right thickness. Halloween won’t get any cuter than this.
1 egg white, or 1 ounce boxed, pasteurized egg whites
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus additional, as needed
15 Mallomar cookies
30 dark chocolate morsels
How to Make It
Make the royal icing: in a large mixing bowl, beat the egg white with a rubber spatula until foamy.
Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, beating until the consistency of toothpaste. Adjust the consistency by adding extra confectioners’ sugar by the tablespoon, or water by the drop, if necessary. Transfer icing to a piping bag fitted with a small round tip, such as Ateco #1.
Pipe two almond shaped eyes just below the middle of a Mallomar cookie. Gently press the pointed end of a dark chocolate morsel into the center each eye, forming the irises. Pipe vertical lines across the chocolate morsels to make pupils. Pipe whiskers and a triangular nose below the eyes, and triangular ears just above the eyes. Store at room temperature up to a week.
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