Most moms have a famous secret cookie recipe that they plan to pass on to a descendant, but what if your mother was the infamous Disney villain of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves? What kind of concoction would the Evil Queen teach her child to brew up? Would she simply tutor him or her on the basics of poisoning a red delicious apple, or would she consult her private book of spells for one of her diabolically sweet treat recipes?
In celebration of the new Disney Channel original movie Descendants premiering of July 31st, I invite you to summon your powers and ingredients to brew a batch of these deliciously evil treats for your viewing party. Once you have prepared yours, tweet me a picture of your finished cookies or a snapshot of a family or friend enjoying them at your party. You can find me @kl_foreman, or share your photos on the WDW Radio Facebook page.
POISON APPLE COOKIES
Ingredients for Apple Cookie
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice blend, see the recipe ingredients and directions below
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbs. apple juice, Simply Apple® brand was used
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 20 drops red food coloring
Ingredients for Apple Glaze and Decoration
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 Tbs. apple juice, Simply Apple® brand was used
- 10 drops green food coloring
- 6 drops yellow food coloring
- Decorative Black Gel Icing, a small tube with a pointed tip found in the grocery baking aisle
Ingredients for Apple Pie Spice Blend
- 1/2 tsp. cloves
- 1/4 tsp. ginger
- 1/2 tsp. allspice
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
Directions for Mixing and Baking the Cookies:
- In a small bowl, stir together the ingredients for the apple pie spice blend; set aside.
- For the cookies: In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter for thirty seconds using an electric mixer set on high speed.
- To the creamed butter, add the granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and apple pie spice blend. Scrap the sides of the bowl while mixing, making sure that all ingredients are well incorporated.
- To the butter mixture, add the egg and apple juice, and beat until well incorporated.
- Gradually add the flour to the mixture. The forming dough will be stiff and will need to be finished using dough hooks or by hand with a heavy duty spoon or spatula.
- Blend in red food coloring until a consistent color is achieved.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until dough is stiff enough to roll.
- While dough is in the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Separate dough into two balls and work with one at a time.
- On a lightly floured surface, using a rolling pin, roll out one of the balls of dough to approximately 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick. Using an apple shape cookie cutter, cut as many cookies out of the sheet of dough as you can.
- Place cookies one inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Cool completely.
- Repeat steps 9 and 10 with the remaining ball of dough.
Directions for Preparing the Icing and Decorating the Cookies:
- In a small mixing bowl stir together the ingredients (do not include the black gel icing). The icing should be the consistency of a glaze. (See the picture below.) If it is too stiff, gradually add additional apple juice.
- Take one of the apple cookies and hold it from the bottom. Carefully dip the top/front portion of the cookie in the glaze. (See the picture below.) Hold the cookie upright and allow the glaze to run down a little to create the drippy look of the poison on the apple. Lay the cookie back on the wire rack and allow the glaze to harden.
- Once glaze has hardened, add the decorative gel icing to create the look of the skull eye sockets and nose that appear on the poison apple in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
- Store cookies in an airtight container in a cool place or the refrigerator if preferred.
(Recipe and photos are the exclusive property of the author.)
Kendall is an editor and contributing writer for WDW Radio. She began visiting Walt Disney World in 1991 with her family and has continued to visit the resort with her husband. Her home-away-from-home is Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and she believes a perfect day at WDW includes a dip in the Lava Pool, a ride on Splash Mountain and a Pineapple Dole Whip. Follow her on Twitter @kl_foreman.