Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! It’s July 31 and we Potterheads know that this is the day we celebrate Harry’s and J.K. Rowling’s birthdays.
I thought about making a cake to celebrate the occasion, but here at home we have zero self-control when it comes to baked goods, so having a complete cake would mean we would have to eat it all in one day (or less).
So I decided to go with something smaller and made cookies instead! And I’m really happy with my decision because they turned out delicious! Also, even though they’re cookies I tried to recreate Hagrid’s cake from the first Harry Potter movie. You know, the one that is slightly crushed because he sat on it…
These were the first ever butter cookies I made and they were so easy and so good! I hope they inspire you to make your own because you will probably love them too!
I just made them this morning and they were gone by the time I started writing this blog post. (See? Baking a cake would have been dangerous!)
For the cookies
(Recipe from RasaMalaisya.com)
- 10 oz butter (2 1/2 sticks)
1 tablespoon Pam cooking spray, optional
1 egg yolk
3 oz + 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
11 oz all-purpose flour
4 oz corn starch
2 tablespoons full cream milk/whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the icing
(I came up with this one after reading a bunch of recipes)
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons whole milk
- 3 teaspoons corn syrup
- 1/3 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 drops red food coloring
- ALSO: 1 green icing tube to write the text
I used this delicious butter cookie recipe from RasaMalaisya.com and I loved it! It was super easy to make and I already had all the ingredients at home (which means I’m making these cookies every week until I’m sick of them – if that’s possible).
I basically mixed all the ingredients together until they looked like a cute ball of dough. Then refrigerated the dough for 1 hour.
After that, I took about 1/4 of the dough and used different glasses and tupperware containers to cut it into circles. (The rest of the dough was saved to make animal cookies :D!) I then baked these cookies at 350F for about 15 minutes. And ta-da! I broke two of them! It seems like I made some of the cookies too thin and they were too fragile.
But it’s okay. Nothing that can’t be solved with a little icing. Also, hey, great idea to make Frankenstein cookies on Halloween!
Also, I loved how pink they turned out! I made the icing by hand, by combining all the ingredients (except the food coloring) and mixing them in a bowl. After the mix had the consistency of honey, I started adding the food coloring. Be careful if you make it! I made sure to add just 1 drop, mixed it, and then added the other drop because I wanted it to be more pink. But I was nervous because adding one extra drop would have made it almost red!
To apply the icing I poured it into a ziploc bag, cut a little hole on it and drew a big circle on top of each cookie, let it rest for 5 minutes, and then filled the circle. I also used a toothpick to get rid of any bubbles that appeared on the pink surface.
And then, the main attraction! I used the Wilton icing writer tube to write “Happee Birthdae Harry” on top of each cookie. Note: the smaller cookies were super difficult to decorate! Next time I’ll try to make them bigger.
Here are the products I used to add color to these cookies. The red food coloring was amazing! The green icing was fine, I liked it on the bigger cookies, but it was hard to use on the smaller ones.
And ta-da! Happee Birthdae Harry! These cookies were SO GOOD! Though I think it helped that they were Harry Potter themed.
I could have made more of these because I still had dough and icing, but I wanted to make animal cookies too so I used the rest of the ingredients to make those!
Unfortunately we were so excited with my homemade animal butter cookies that we ate them too fast and I didn’t think about taking pictures, so I only have these two from my Instagram Stories.
Let me know if you make your own Harry Potter cookies! I would love to see them (you’re also totally welcomed to send me some by owl mail!!!)