Last year was my first year performing with the Becket Players. Actually it was my first time performing on stage since college, roughly 18 years prior. :O In addition to being one of the actors (the performers are divided between singers, dancers and actors) I also made most of the props for the show. I ended up making some really cool things for us to use, and I’ll be posting tutorials for all of it over the coming months. I’m part of the show again this year, and tonight is our first prop/set design meeting, so I figured it was as good a day as any to post these cookies I’d made last year and never showed.
Last April the cast got together for a costume parade at one of our homes… to eat, drink and try on all the costumes for every song, skit and dance number, take pics and see how everything looked cohesively, what worked and what needed last minute changes. Everyone was asked to bring a little something to eat, and I decided to make these cookies.
I made my standard vanilla plain/shortbread recipe and rolled the dough pretty thick, as I wanted them to remain somewhat moist in the center. I cut the shapes from star, music note and circle cookie cutters and then after they were baked I left them to cool overnight.
The next day I used the same cookie cutters to cut out some thinly-rolled fondant, yellow for the stars and black for the music notes. I moistened the top of each cookie slightly with water and then smoothed the fondant down over the cookie, making sure the edges were well stuck. The records were done the same way, only I used 2 sizes of smaller cutters than the base cookie, and a straw for the tiny center dot. If I were to redo these I’d actually cut the black circle with the smaller cutter and inset the yellow label into it, and do the same for the black center, as that would be more accurate… but for a quick design, the layered version works too.
The final touch was to write on the labels with my black edible ink marker. The theme of our show last year was Legends, Fads & One-Hit Wonders and I wrote all the names of the songs we did in the show on individual record cookies. I’d say they were a hit… but they already are! 😀