These cute Olaf biscuits are inspired by the movie, Frozen. They're a fun treat that kids will absolutely adore so they're perfect for children's parties as well as an afternoon snack.
We avoided the whole Frozen craze last year but this year Little Miss Spice has been well and truly bitten by the Frozen bug. The DVD goes on most days and her newly acquired Elsa dress is probably going to need replacing before she goes to the Frozen themed birthday party she's been invited to at the end of February.
I don't mind. I like Frozen too. At the moment.
So of course now was the perfect time to have a go at some Olaf Biscuits. I made a very basic biscuit dough. It's not too sweet as the icing on the top is very sweet. The cookies will spread a little in the oven but it didn't matter for these ones.
However, it's probably not the right dough to use if you wanted it to hold an exact shape. The biscuit itself was buttery and a little crumbly but strong enough to decorate.
What to use to make the Olaf figure on the cookies
I used ready to roll fondant icing for Olaf's body. As Olaf is not a perfect shape to cut out using a cutter, I made a template using card and then cut around it. I made templates for the head, mouth and the top of the body.
My problem was with the nose. Next time I would buy ready-made orange fondant icing as I tried to dye some of the white fondant orange to make the nose but the colour I had just wasn't vibrant enough. The fondant started to get quite soggy. I ended up painting the nose with food colour and it still doesn't look as carroty orange as I'd have liked.
For Olaf's arms and hair I used chocolate flavoured designer icing so I could squeeze it straight from the tube. I realised after eating the biscuits that I'd forgotten to draw the eyebrows on but I would have used the same squeezy icing for that too.
Overall I was really pleased with my attempt as it was the first time I'd used fondant icing to decorate biscuits. Little Miss Spice was impressed too and the biscuits definitely looked like Olaf!
How could you adapt this Olaf Cookie recipe?
I used vanilla extract to flavour these cookies. You could use any flavouring you want. Lemon or almond would be lovely.
Why not recreate your favourite Disney character instead of Olaf? Choose a character that doesn't need too many different colours and with a simple outline.
Don't be scared! I'd never made any cookies like this before and I was happy with how they turned out. What's more, everyone else loved them too so you really don't need experience. Good luck!
- 175 g butter at room temperature
- 85 g caster sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 225 g plain flour
- white fondant icing
- black fondant icing
- orange fondant icing
- brown designer icing
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon. Add the flour and mix together to form a dough. Wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for half an hour.
- Roll out the dough on a floured work surface and cut out cylinders using a biscuit or scone cutter. Put the biscuits on baking trays lined with baking paper, leaving a 2cm gap between each one as they will spread just a little.
- Bake the biscuits in the oven at 180c for about 12 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes on the baking trays and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely before decorating.
- Cut out templates in card for Olaf's head, body and mouth unless you feel confident without. Roll out the white fondant icing and cut out the shapes for Olaf's had and body as well as his teeth. Roll out the black icing and cut out his mouth.
- Brush a little water on the back of the fondant pieces and stick them onto the biscuits.
- Cut out small circles in black for the base of the eyes. Roll small white balls of fondant for the middles and then tiny black balls of fondant for the pupils. Add them to the biscuits using a little water to help them stick, as before.
- To make the nose, use orange fondant to make a carrot shape or dye the white fondant as I did. Next time I would definitely use orange fondant.
- Using the designer icing, draw Olaf's arms, hair and eyebrows. Unless you forget like me.
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