October 20, 2012

Gingerbread Vampires

 
Who says gingerbread men are just for Christmas?  Not these guys.  These gingerbread men cookies have put on their vampire costumes for Halloween!

I wish I could take credit for this clever idea ... but alas, I cannot. 


These Halloween dudes were inspired by Southern Supreme Gourmet Specialties, a mail-order gourmet food company located in middle-of-nowhere, North Carolina (a teeny town called Bear Creek, to be exact.)  My Mom and I visited their showroom a few weeks back and spotted their cute and clever little Halloween gingerbread vampires (which aren't available on their website ... showroom only item).  I decided I needed to try that myself!

So I came home and whipped up a batch.


To create these ghoulish vampires, make your favorite gingerbread cookies just like you always would ... here's my favorite gingerbread cookie recipe, if you need one.  Then use a dab of black frosting or royal icing to make eyes, buttons, and a straight across mouth ... add a smidge of white for fangs ... and pop three red mini candies or sprinkles on top of the black frosting buttons.  I used red x's from a Valentines' Day hugs & kisses sprinkles mix, but you could also use cinnamon redhots, mini M&Ms, or any other small red candy.  Voila!  Halloween vampire cookies.


Now, in the spirit of full and honest disclosure, these little guys were not quite as easy to produce as I had expected.  But part of that was because I was being lazy.  See, I used that frosting-in-an-aerosol can stuff you can buy at the grocery store.  You know, the stuff that sprays out kinda like Easy-Cheez?  Well ... let me just tell ya ... that stuff is not easy to control when trying to make small squirts!!

So, if like me, you're afraid to try to make your own black frosting (I didn't think I could get it dark enough! ... hence the reason for the purchase of Easy-Cheez-type frosting) ... I suggest possibly dispensing the aerosol can frosting into your own piping bag first so you'll have better control.

If you choose to go straight from the can like I did, here are two suggestions:

1.  Practice on waxed paper or a plate first.

2.  Use toothpicks.  Toothpicks became my best friends!  Get a bit of frosting where you want it to be, and use a toothpick to coax it into the 'formation' you want.  And to clean up any 'oops.'

Once you get your little guys ready, serve up a little platter as a special vampire Halloween treat.


Of course, if you get too frustrated making these little guys ... which you won't ... you could always do what my hubby suggested ... Bite their heads off and turn them into The Legend of Sleepy Hollow  headless horseman gingerbread cookies!

Not nice, Mark.  Not nice.  But still appropriate for Halloween, I suppose.

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Gingerbread Vampire Cookies

Ingredients
One batch baked gingerbread men cookies
Black frosting
White frosting
Small red x sprinkles, mini M&Ms, or cinnamon redhots


Directions
1.  Pipe small dots of black frosting onto each gingerbread man for eyes and buttons.  Pipe a small staight line of black frosting as the mouth.

2.  Carefully place a red sprinkle or mini candy into the button frosting dots; gently push down slightly with a toothpick.

3.  Pipe a small amount of white frosting below the black mouth line to create fangs.  Use a toothpick to taper the fangs to be thinner at the end farthest away from the mouth line.  Set aside to let the frosting harden.

4.  Store in an airtight container, carefully stacked.  (Check the 'hardness' of the frosting prior to stacking to avoid smudging and smooshing.)


12 comments:

  1. These are soooooooooooooo CUTE !!
    Great work :)

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  2. Very, very cool! (The Ana mum diary)

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  3. Cute! Gotta love all the fun gingerbread versions this year:@)

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  4. These are hysterical! I think these little gingerbread vampires are the cutest thing!!! Very creative! Thanks for bringing your little vampires to ON THE MENU MONDAY!

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  5. LOL!! I am loving these little vampires:) You are so right, gingerbread men can certainly celebrate Halloween. I am definitely pinning these!!
    Just dropping in from the hop to check these out:) I would also love to invite you to share these little guys or any of your other posts at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop (no rules and live now). So hoping to see you there. Have an amazing week.

    PS I am off to follow via Facebook, pinterest and GFC

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  6. These are so cute! I love that you Halloweenified a classic gingerbread cookie :) his little fangs are stinkin' adorable!

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  7. They are so cute and a little creepy at the same time. Kinda "Nightmare before Christmasish" thanks for sharing them on foodie friday.

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  8. Just stopping by to invite you to My Wednesday Linky party. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/10/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-linky-party-6.html

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  9. I love these cute little guys! Great photos, too!

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  10. These are so cute! I LOVE them! And I love that you have made gingerbread men okay to have at a holiday other than Christmas. ;)
    Thanks so much for sharing at the HalloWonderful Week Link Party!

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