Sunday, November 18, 2018

MICKEY MOUSE CHOCOLATE COOKIES: Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse! Making his debut on November 18, 1928, today's holiday commemorates the birth of Mickey Mouse. In 1927 Walt Disney first sketched a floppy eared bunny while under contract to Universal Studios. The events that unraveled brought us Mickey Mouse on November 18, 1928.

From National Day Calendar:

Mickey Mouse came under the roller coaster events of Oswald’s success and Universal’s disappointing contract negotiations. Disney Bros. Studio took their leave of both the studio and Oswald and set to work creating a character who would go on to lead the company into the future.

From a rabbit named Oswald to a mouse named Mortimer, eventually, the squeaky-voiced rodent was dubbed Mickey. He flopped in two animated short films without any success. Then on November 18, 1928, Mickey’s star was born. The first animation synchronized to music and sound effects, Steamboat Willie premiered in New York.

Within a year, a Mickey Mouse Club popped up in Salem, Oregon. This particular club offered admission as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army with a donation of either a potato or a small toy and a penny. According to a December 22, 1929, Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) article, $12 and three truckloads of potatoes and toys collected by eager new members.

Remember, the stock market crashed just 20 days before Mickey Mouse was born. That a cute little mouse could bring smiles to the faces of children at an uncertain time really isn’t such a surprise.
Generally, new members joined the club by completing an admission form obtained from a local merchant and attending meetings held during matinees at local movie houses. The price of admission often was reduced for good deeds and report cards. By the end of 1930, the Mickey Mouse Clubs had spread across the country.

In 1935, animator Fred Moore gave Mickey a new look that enabled a more fluid movement to the animation. A makeover in 1935 by animator Fred Moore gave Mickey the look we are familiar with today. The big eyes, white gloves, and the pert little nose. More lovable than ever before, he propelled himself even further into the hearts of children everywhere.

There are so many ways to celebrate, but here's an easy and delicious one for Mickey Mouse Chocolate Cookies from Disney Family Recipes. You'll need a Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter (I have several).

MICKEY MOUSE CHOCOLATE COOKIES

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 ¼ cups sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ sticks of butter, softened
Parchment paper


Mickey Mouse Shaped Cookie Cutter 

For the Chocolate Icing: 
3 cups confectioners sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 to 6 tablespoons water
¼ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

Helpful Tip 
If your dough is too sticky even after you’ve chilled it, work more flour into the dough while your roll it out. To add the white icing stripes, make extra icing without the cocoa powder and use a fork or whisk to dribble white icing over the chocolate iced cookies. 

Directions 
Whip butter in mixer until pale and fluffy. Add sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla, egg, and whip until blended. Add flour ½ a cup at a time while continuing to mix. Add cocoa powder slowly until fully mixed into the dough. Halvedough and wrap each half in parchment paper. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Take first half of dough and roll it out between parchment paper until ¼ – ½ inch thick. Use Mickey Mouse cookie cutter to cut out Mickey shapes. Place Mickey cookies on parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 14 minutes. Continue to roll and cut out the dough until all dough has been cut and baked. Set cookies aside on parchment paper to cool.

Sift together confectioners sugar and Dutch-process cocoa powder into a bowl. Add lemon juice and vanilla. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time while whisking. Stop adding water when icing is thick but spreadable. Fill sandwich bag with chocolate icing and cut off bottom corner. Pipe icing onto cookies, using knife to evenly spread icing over surface.

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