Introduction: Mustache Cookie Pops

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Mustache cookie pops - the first edible disguise!  Make your own cookie cutters from soda cans, then use them to make awesome mustache cookies - and put them on sticks.  Instant mustache party!  

Saucy up your next event with these mustache cookie pops.  Everyone loves a prop they can eat!

Step 1: Make Your Cookie Dough

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Make a solid cookie dough recipe.  I strongly recommend Perfect Sugar Cookies, as this recipe is formulated specifically to be used with complex cookie designs and not spread too much while baking.   For this batch, I used half vanilla extract and half almond extract - just to mix it up a bit.

While the dough is chilling, it's time to make your cookie cutters!

Step 2: Prep Materials

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Gather a few soda cans, a loaded stapler a ruler, a carpet knife, and some strong shears.  My cutters took about one can per shape.

First I cut the tops and bottoms off of the cleaned soda cans with the knife.

Then I cut a line vertically through the can with the scissors.

Next I used a ruler to measure and guide my knife to cut the sheets into long strips (about 3/4" wide).

Then staple some strips together.  Now you're ready to make mustaches!

Step 3: Design Your 'stache

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Draft up some mustache designs (or print off mine!).  

Then bend your aluminum strips to fit the shape of your designs.  Even the staples will bend.  

Staple together the finished piece and trim away excess.

I next added handles to the cutters to help them keep their shape and make it easier to lift them from the dough later on.


Step 4: Cut Cookies

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After the dough has been well chilled, roll it out to about 1/4" (6mm) thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap.  Using plastic wrap instead of flouring the surface means you can re-roll the dough scraps several times without them getting tough from adding too much flour!

Firmly press your cutters into the dough.  Lift the plastic wrap from the counter to help separate the cookie shapes, and place them on a lined baking sheet.  Gently insert sticks into the dough .

Bake according to recipe directions.  These were baked at 350F (180C) for 12 minutes.  Rotate the baking sheet halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning.

As you can see, the cookies spread very little in the oven, and maintained their distinct shapes!


Step 5: Decorate!

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Use tempered chocolate or your favorite icing recipe to pipe or spread designs onto your baked and cooled cookies.  The rest is up to you!  Choose zany colors, add sprinkles - there's no limit to how silly your mustaches can be.

Step 6: Strike a Pose!

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People intuitively understand that before they can eat their mustache cookie, they need to strut around with it for a bit.  Make sure you have a camera ready, and encourage everyone to channel whatever character their chosen mustache brings out in them.  Let them know it's ok to try out a few before they find the right fit.  

Enjoy!

Comments

sunshine45789 (author)2014-11-24

How did you keep the aluminum from curling? Thanks!

angelabchua (author)2012-06-16

I made these for Wendy's baby shower.... and not only were the cookies delicious, but they were sturdy and strong enough to hold up to people waving them around at the party, and posing with them in photos!

Thanks for the great i'ble miss super amazing food editor!

zurichko (author)2012-02-18

Ok, I only had time to make 2 cookie cutters because it was getting kind of tricky to control all the sharp edges with a three year old around...but, here they are and I have my dough in the fridge to chill. I'll be handing out these pretty cookies for my little season finale Downton Abbey party. I know no one rocks a stache on the show, I just thought they were fancy. Thanks for the stencil!

zurichko (author)zurichko2012-02-19

Finished product.

amy-sue (author)2012-01-09

Fun theme and funny mustache photos! I love the idea of making your own cookie cutters out of soda cans. Great tip! It will definitely come in handy next time I bake sugar cookies!

jennaandelizabeth (author)2011-12-20

This is really cool! could you just cut the shapes out with a knife instead?

jennaandelizabeth (author)2011-12-15

I really love these!! I am going to use your instructable to make them this Christmas! Thanks so much!

davidandora (author)2011-11-04

LOVE THESE!

Just terrific!!!

Kryptonite (author)2011-10-06

With the help of these shortbread shenanigans, I shall share the joy of shooting a shot of me showing a showy moustache, that shan't be a shabby shade of shadowy facial hair, but shall indeed be a shake up; shortbread moustaches!

Ahh, the associated chivalry...!

CupcakeMolly (author)2011-10-02

This is really clever!

help.wanted (author)2011-09-25

niice. I'll definitely try this out :) coolest part is how you just taught me how to make my own cookie cutters!!

thomasthetankengine (author)2011-09-23

When I saw this, the first thing to pop into my head was "This is so Schoomaroo's work." haha

TechDante (author)2011-09-19

love it

GenAap (author)2011-09-17

TOTALLY going to make.

mfalvo (author)2011-09-15

sweeeet :)

GenAap (author)mfalvo2011-09-17

Quite literally. ;)

czintx (author)2011-09-15

I love not only how you have the instructions to the cookie cutter, but a link to the dough and icing as well. Its all in one place! Thanks for posting and please keep up the great work.

meetgreg (author)2011-09-14

Very cool, you always have great instructables.

westlifelover92 (author)2011-09-13

This is awesome! I will definitely try making these for a party or something =D

Jayefuu (author)2011-09-11

Nice. You need some white chocolate for a blonde moustache :D

splazem (author)2011-09-11

Awesome!

zurichko (author)2011-09-09

I love the tiny mustache. Fun stuff.

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