By popular demand, I made a Minions character cookie. The cookie is technically Carl, but you can change his hair and make him Stuart.
You can check out the YouTube tutorial here.
Start by making the shortbread cookie dough. Feel free to use your favorite ready-made cookie dough if you like.
Allow the dough to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Roll out the chilled dough to about ¼ inch thickness and trace the outline of the cookie stencil and cut the excess off.
Bake for 14-17 minutes at 325F. Allow cookies to cool completely.
For this cookie, you’ll also want to make the candy glass for Carl’s goggle. The following is the recipe for candy glass.
Candy Glass Recipe
Ingredients: 213g ultra-fine, granulated white sugar | 113g light corn syrup | ¼ cup (55g) water | ¼ tbsp banana extract (optional)
Instructions: Combine all ingredients, except the extract, into a sauce pan. Heat the mixture to 310F (I recommend using a candy thermometer). Immediately remove from heat and add the extract (if using). While the sugar mixture is still hot and liquid, pour 2.5" rounds on a silicone mat.
While the cookie and candy glass are cooling, make the royal icing or use your favorite ready-made royal icing.
For the colors, you’ll need to mix 7 icing colors:
Once you have the icing prepared, use a template of your choosing (either Stuart or Carl’s hair style) and trace his hair with black icing on a sheet of wax paper. Set this aside and allow it to try fully (at least a couple of hours).
For icing colors, I recommend using AmeriColor gel for the best color performance. I’ve tried some natural food coloring, but the image really suffers and it’s also harder to get the icing consistency just right.
Note on icing consistency: It’s super important to achieve the correct consistency. You want to water down the icing such that it will become smooth within 10 seconds after slicing it with a butter knife. Be careful of how much water you use; it’s a surprisingly narrow range. If it becomes too watered down, you can always add more undiluted royal icing.
Once the cookies are completely cool, you can start icing. Trace the stencil with a food safe marker.
Quick tip on piping bags! I recommend professional pastry bags with piping tips, but with so many colors to pipe, you can quickly use up bags and tips. I’ve found that regular sandwich/snack bags work fine once you get use to it. Just snip the corner and start icing! :)
Ice the cookie in the following order.
Adorable. Can I purchase the Minion stencil from you? Thanks. You have my PayPay info since I purchased the Inside Out Stencils.
Thanks, Kathy! I've sent you the invoice. Let me know if you have any questions!