We've had so much fun getting ready for our annual Christmas family movie night this year which is all about The Nutcracker and making lots of delicious food to go with it. Also being fans of Disney (check out our homemade Disney shirts that we made when we went there first) I wanted to see if we could use some of the Mickey Nutcracker ornaments and decor we had seen in the Magic Kingdom Christmas Shop to make some cookies. So here we go our Mickey Mouse Nutcracker Christmas Sugar Cookies.
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When you visit Disney World in Orlando whatever time of the year it is you really have to take a look at the Christmas store.
Since I can remember it's been where we've headed at least once to get a memento from our trip.
Among the character and year ornaments, there are so many Mickey Mouse Nutcrackers that we've collected a couple of the years. Inspired by the Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse and The Nutcracker episode.
That little Mickey Mouse Ornament in the story is great and I love how Disney World has taken it to heart and used it to celebrate the holiday season.
Using some Mickey Cookie Cutters (this Thanksgiving set is ideal as the Pilgrims hat makes a great hat for the Nutcracker as well) and some royal icing it was really simple to make these decorated Nutcracker Cookies.
Check out some of our other Nutcracker themed party ideas at the end.
Making Royal Icing
I know in the past I've made my own Royal Icing but this year I've decided to really save some time and buy the box of Royal Icing mix to make up and use for our Christmas Holiday Cookies.
It makes it so much easier to decorate with the kids. And you can make up as much or as little as you want.
We are even using it to decorate our Christmas Cake this year!
If you want a Royal Icing Recipe you can find the one that I use on our Tombstone Cookies but in all honesty, moving forward to save time I'm going to buying it and mixing it up with water.
Mickey Mouse Nutcracker Sugar Cookies Recipe
- Mickey Mouse Thanksgiving Cookie Cutter Set (linked above)
- 5 Piping bag fitted with a number 2 tip
- 4 Squeeze bottles
- Tooth picks
Sugar Cookie Ingredients:
- 1 packet royal icing
- gel food colouring Black, Red, Blue, Golden yellow
- 1 black edible marker
- Preheat oven to 170C.
- Cover a cookie tray with greaseproof paper and set aside
- Using a stand mixer, cream together the unsalted butter, caster sugar, vanilla and egg. Mix until combined and creamy.
- Using a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tarter and mix.
- Gradually add in the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and sugar and fold in until fully combined.
- Lightly flour a pastry board and knead the cookie dough a couple of times.
- Roll out the dough to about 1cm thick
- Cut out 12 mickey heads and place onto a cookie sheet
- Bake for 6-8 minutes or until lightly golden brown
- Repeat steps until completely out of dough
- Let cookies cool completely for starting to decorate.
Royal Icing Directions:
- Mix the Royal Icing as stated on the packet.
- Split it into 5 bowls.
- Add little of red food gel on a toothpick into the first bowl.
- Repeat with blue food gel in the second bowl. Golden yellow in the 3rd and black in the 4th. Leave your 5th bowl with white icing in only.
- Mix until the colours are blended and the shades you want you can add more gel food colouring if needed using the toothpicks.
- Scoop about 1/4 C of each icing colours into a piping bag with a number 2 tip.
- Then mix in 2 tsp of water into the Red, Blue, Black and Yellow icing colours this is to use to flood the cookie outlines you will make.
- Pour these icings into the squeeze bottles.
- Using the edible marker, draw out the details on to your cookie. Check out finished cookie for an idea.
- With the black piping bag outline the ears. Then fill with your black squeeze bottle of icing.
- Allow drying for an hour before you start the next colour.
- Using the red icing, outline and fill in the red detail of the hat and lower part of the cookie.
- Allow to dry for another hour.
- Using the Yellow icing, outline and fill in the yellow detail of the hat
- Allow to dry for an hour.
- Using the blue icing, outline and fill in the belt of the nutcracker.
- Using the yellow piping bag, pipe the details of buttons and buckle on the pants and hat.
- Using the white icing bag, pipe a mustache onto front and center of the cookie.
- Allow to dry for an a few hours before enjoying!
More Nutcracker Themed Party Food
To go alongside the cookies you need some milk! However, for a Nutcracker Party you can't just have any milk why not try our Nutcracker Freakshake for a fun dessert for the party.