If you haven't heard, I pledged my birthday to the Red Panda Network and wanted to do something special to celebrate. After all, it's not every birthday that you turn a quarter of a century old! I can't wait to share these with my coworkers tomorrow and hope they enjoy having a special treat on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday. Stay tuned for an update and read on for the recipe!
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1 box Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten Free Dreams sugar cookie mix
1 box Dr. Oetker organic vanilla icing mix
1 box food coloring (you'll need red, yellow, and green)
Vegan dark chocolate candies (I used pure chocolate that came in a dome shape; these were near the bulk bins at Whole Foods)
1. Prepare ingredients for sugar cookie mix.
2. Add food coloring to milk for sugar cookie mix. For one box, try 32 drops red, 8 drops yellow, and 4 drops green.
3. Prepare sugar cookie dough per box directions.
4. Roll out dough to 1/4" thickness using a rolling pin.
5. Cut out red panda shapes using a cat head cookie cutter.
6. Bake cookies (14 min at 325°).
7. Repeat steps 4-6 until dough is all cooked.
1. Prepare vanilla icing, adding in margarine and milk until it reaches a thick (not runny) frosting consistency.
2. Scoop frosting into a decorating tube. Alternatively, cut off the corner of a thick resealable food bag and insert a decorating tip.
3. Draw ears, eyebrows, stripes, and a snout onto the cookies with the frosting.
4. Insert one chocolate onto the snout as a nose, and "glue" on eyes with a small amount of frosting.
5. Carefully dot frosting in the eyes to bring your panda to life.
Note: Additional tools that may be useful include a knife, chopsticks, or toothpicks.
Special thanks to Jesse for helping with decorating and my mother for her creative ideas!
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