There is much news chez Kate, but all in due course. In the meantime, content yourself with a little recipe magic, courteous of the last office potluck.
I wasn't a fan of the potluck theme, which was to make food inspired by your favorite reality tv show. Only I don't watch reality tv. The closest I come is a youtube only show in which knitwear designers face off to see who will be the champion. It's called Fiber Factor. No one else in the office is going to guess that.
But my husband really loves watching Ghost Hunters. Sometimes I watch it with him and make snide comments. He doesn't watch it with me very often anymore. Instead we watch things we can both be snide about. Like William Shatner's Weird or What.
Either way, I needed a food that screamed not only "ghosts" but "I hunt ghosts." Naturally I thought of Pacman and decided to make up a nice batch of sugar cookies.
Pacman Sugar Cookies
What you need:
3/4 cups shortening
1 cup sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup milk
Plus ingredients for frosting
circle cookie cutter
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put the shortening through the milk in a large bowl and mix to form dough. Roll the dough into two equal-sized balls.
2. On a floured surface, roll out a ball of dough to desired thickness.
3. With the cookie cutter, cut as many circles in the dough as you can fit.
4. Remove the excess dough from around the circles. Roll it back into a ball and then roll it out again to the desired thickness. Repeat until no dough remains of the ball.
5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for the second ball.
6. Place the circles on a cookie sheet. For half of them, use a spatula to remove a small pie wedge from the circle, like so:
7. Bake the cookies in batches for 10 minutes each in the oven, set for 400 degrees.
8. Remove cookies after 10 minutes and let cool.
9. While they cool, make frosting. Then, separate the frosting into three bowls. Leave the frosting in the first of the three bowls white. In the second bowl, make the frosting yellow (as you see fit for Pacman). In the third bowl, make the frosting a purple-tinged blue. Do this by adding a good amount of blue and then a drop or two of red. Play with it until you get the right color for the ghosts in a Pacman maze when they are safe for Pacman to eat.
10. Eat the pie wedges immediately. There's no point in frosting so small a cookie and you really really shouldn't have to deprive yourself of cookies for too long. Frost the circles with the missing pie wedges yellow. Voila, you have an army of cookie Pacmen.
11. Put the blue frosting and white forsting in two separate small ziplock bags. Cut the very tip of one corner of the blue bag. Use it to frost small ghost figures onto the center of each completed circle cookie.
12. Once all the ghosts are done, cut the tip of the white bag and add two eyes and a squiggley mouth to each ghost.
No one at the office guessed that my show was ghost hunters, but it's enough that my cookies were adorable.