Baby Shrek said, "Grandma, can we make some of those frightfully delicious Halloween cookies using your oh-so secret family recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation?"
And Baby Burrito said, "Yes, the ones with the delightfully, delectable orange frosting that you make totally from scratch?"
So, of course, I obliged.
And the results? Both boys said they were the most delicious cookies they've ever had. But only Baby Shrek would let me take his photo.
And the secret family recipe? Well, I'll tell you if you promise not to pass it along.
First you go buy Pillsbury Ready to Bake Sugar Cookies. These are the ones that are pre-sliced and formed. All you do is take them out of the package and put them on a cookie sheet. (Don't buy the Create 'n Bake dough in the tubes (also called Slice 'n Bake)—that's way too much work.)
Follow the baking directions on the package. Don't overbake or they'll be too hard for toddler teeth to bite.
Then you buy the Duncan Hines Classic Vanilla Frosting in a can. (Do not let yourself be enchanted by the Fluffy White or the Butter Cream; do not tempted to go store brand or Betty Crocker.)
Add a little orange food coloring—any brand of food coloring will do. (5 yellow plus 1 red makes a very nice orange.)
Frost the cookies. Don't be stingy. Put a nice THICK layer on those cookies!
Then you buy candy corn for the eyes. You can go hog wild because they have all sorts of colors and flavors now. (But I still can't find any that are sugar free.)
And you get string licorice for the mouths. (I prefer red, but black works too.)
And voilá—you have a homemade toddler-sized pumpkin cookie treat.
Now playing on my iPod: Monster Mash