Groundhog Day Standing Cookie

"Shnikeys! I'm going back in the ground- see you in February!" KF has been suspicious for months that I secretly talk to my cookie friends and the standing groundhog did little to change his mind.

“DRAT! I’m going back in the ground… See you in February!” Xo Phil

Groundhog day is just around the corner (February 2nd) and I have never been more excited. It has been an exceptionally cold, wet and snowy winter this year on the East Coast- the kind of winter that makes us question why we don’t pack up and move right to California. I have loved the groundhog cookie cutter by CopperGifts for years but this year I thought it would be fun to add the twist of having him “stand up on his own”. (KF has been suspicious for months that I secretly talk to my cookie friends and this cookie did little to change his mind!)

Here’s how I iced the standing Groundhog cookie…

I iced the groundhog in brown, added a black bead eye, a black M&M nose and coarse sanding sugar fur. For the base, I baked a 3 inch circle cookie.

I iced the groundhog in brown, added a black bead eye, a black M&M nose and coarse sanding sugar fur. For the base, I baked a 3 inch circle cookie. Let the groundhog fully dry 8 hours or overnight. In the meantime find a martini glass or something close in shape…

I added three lines of white royal icing to the cookie base. (Green icing would be great too but I always say, no need to mix a color if you don't need to.)

Next add about three lines of white royal icing to the cookie base at the center. (Green icing would be great too but I always say, no need to mix a color if you don’t have to.)

Stick the groundhog cookie onto the base so it stands.

Stick the groundhog cookie onto the base so it “stands”…

Then lean it up against the martini glass to dry for at least 5 hours.

Then lean it up against the martini glass to dry for at least 5 hours.

Note that while the groundhog is drying it looks like he has drank an entire martini.

Note that while the groundhog base is drying it looks like he has drank an entire martini.

I used Betty Crocker vanilla icing for this step but you can make your own buttercream icing or mix a very thick royal icing. Add a grass tip to one of your SDB thin icing bottles.

I used store bought vanilla icing for this step but you can also make your own buttercream icing or mix a very thick royal icing. Add a “grass” pastry tip to one of your SDB thin icing bottles

After practicing on my waxed paper, I started adding the icing grass to the back of the cookie base.

After practicing on my waxed paper, I started adding the icing grass to the back of the cookie base.

Add grass all the way around. When I got the the tail, I spread some green icing under using  a skewer.

Add grass all the way around. When I got the the tail, I spread some green icing under using a skewer (next time I would do this first).

Drop snowflakes candies onto the icing grass.

Drop snowflakes candies onto the icing grass.

The grass pastry tip is pretty amazing! I have the feeling we will be using it again come Spring and Easter!

The grass pastry tip is pretty amazing! I have the feeling we will be using it again come Spring and Easter! The thicker the icing, the longer the grass you could squeeze. The pre-made icing we used was a bit soft but did the trick for this particular cookie.

The grass will never fully dry hard, but it will dry out and settle after an hour or so.

Unless you use royal icing, the icing grass will never fully dry hard, but it will dry out and settle after in about an hour or so.

Once dry, take your groundhog outside to observe the weather!

Once settled, take your groundhog outside to observe the weather!

Or, place him at the window, peering out...

Or, place him at the window, peering out…

I hope you have as much fun with your standing Groundhog cookie as I am having. Its hard to complain about the weather while keeping company with such a sweet friend!  Xo Dani

P.S. Look for more standing cookies coming soon! :)

 

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