1/04/2009

Groundhog Day Cookies

It's Groundhog Day time! I also have a tutorial on some cute-as-a-button Groundhog Pancakes here.
I have a confession to make...shhh, don't tell your husbands...we don't celebrate Valentine's Day at our house. Of course I like making heart treats with my girls, writing notes for everyone, etc., but both Gourmet Dad and I think it's a silly holiday. It's hard to find a babysitter, everything is expensive--Why can't we be romantic all year?? Lucky for him, he is, so he gets off the hook on V-Day. Actually, I often get a kitchen full of flowers about a week after Valentine's Day when everything is on sale.:)

Anyhow...on to more important upcoming holidays, Groundhog Day!! I'm in charge of a "Groundhog's Day Treat" for Big C's school class and this is what I came up with. I'll use sugar cookie dough for the actual event to avoid any peanut allergy problems.

Punxsutawney Phil's Groundhog Day Cookies
Ingredients:
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough (or sugar cookie dough)
Granulated Sugar
Hershey's Kisses
Chocolate cookies (I used Grasshopper cookies)
Small Marshmallows
Chocolate Chips
Chocolate icing (I used some Betty Crocker right from a can! Ack!)
Green icing (I used buttercream icing tinted green)
Pink Starburst candies, mimi M & M's, or gumdrops (for the nose)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take a golf-ball sized pinch of cookie dough and flatten slightly in your hand. Place one hershey's kiss in the center of the dough and wrap dough around it, completely covering the hershey's kiss.
Roll in granulated sugar and place on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 for 10 minutes, until edges are barely brown and cookies are set. Let cool completely. Trim a storebought chocolate cookie slightly on one side and press into cooled cookie.
Using scissors, snip off two pieces of a small marshmallow for eyes, adhere to chocolate cookie w/ a little chocolate icing. Add a piece of gumdrop (or whatever) for a nose and two chocolate chips for ears (again using chocolate icing as your "glue"). Add two small drops of chocolate icing for eye pupils. Place green icing in a plastic baggie, snip off one end, and add some "grass" on your cookie. Ask you kids if they saw his shadow as they gobbled him up!

24 comments:

Melanie said...

What a clever and cute little Groundhog day treat! And so glad to hear we aren't the only ones to not celebrate V-day. I did chuckle at you getting flowers a week later due to the sales - I may hint to my husband about that one. :)

Marie @ Make and Takes said...

He's a cutie! We'll have to munch on those for G-day.

My hubby and I are very relaxed about Valentines too. I tell him to get me flowers on other days, making it more of a surprise!

Mrs. S said...

I swear you are seriously one of the most talented people EVER! This is so cute! Just like all the other treats!! :)

The Sugar Fairy said...

I don't know what Groundhog day is but these are too cute to eat only once a year.

We don't usually do much on Valentines Day, maybe watch a movie!

Young Momma said...

Those look yummy!!! :)

We don't do V-Day just for V-Day. We used to. Then we got married two days before V-Day (not for that reason, the date was important for other reasons) and now we celebrate both on our Anniversary. :) Everything is just too expensive though! You can imagine what the time of year did to my wedding costs! :P

Lynette said...

darling cookies!
clever lady

Cindy said...

You always make me wish I had lil' ones again!

Coffee with Cathy said...

Love these! What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

Ronnica said...

Cute cookies. Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday, but I don't know if it would be if I had a man. I just love all the pink, flowers, candy, and frills!

thrilled by the thought said...

I was mocked last year when I made dirt pies (smashed up oreos) with little groundhogs popping out. Glad to see that I'm not the only one who gets excited about the little holidays!

Amanda said...

As usual, completely adorable!!

Maria said...

Those are too cute and fun! I love them!

wendy said...

WAY cute cookies! I might have to try those. Poor groundhogs are often overlooked!

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Reluctant Housewife said...

Adorable! I love the confetti pancakes, too, and the flower quiche!

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Michelle said...

Cute cookies Mandy. We celebrate Feb. 15th instead since the flowers at Sam's are $5 for 2 doz.

tara @ kidz said...

VERY cute!

MommaYoung said...

This is so cute, the kids are really going to love making these..

Thank you for sharing.

Abby said...

These are just too cute. It is an adorable way to remind kids of the little holidays that most adults forget about because its not a paid holiday. Good idea!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

That is so cute! I'm planning a post next week that will feature some pictures of desserts from around the net, along with links to the recipes. I'd love to use your picture, if that's okay.

The Blonde Duck said...

Wanted to say hi from SITS! Those cookies are sooo cute!

Lilly's Life said...

Thank goodness you left a comment on my blog as I lost all my links! I agree V Day is overdone and you are right it should be happening every day. Now Groundhog Day - never heard of it but I am learning. Gosh you are so clever.

Corey~living and loving said...

love your blog. Visiting from SITS. these cookies are adorable.

glad to hear you all are feeling better.
have a good day.

Tricia Williams said...

thanks for sharing this clever idea! i've been searching and searching for a groundhog's day treat for preschoolers and everything else i've found is LAME. groundhog's day will be my son's half-birthday (summer birthday) so it is his special day to celebrate with his school class. thank you!

Ashley said...

I just came across this post again and still think these are some of the cutest treats you've come up with. I want to make this and I don't even have kids that would appreciate them....