Having a nut allergy is seriously no fun (as you can probably imagine) but then again almost being killed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is no blast either, maybe I’m being a little bit dramatic but here we go…
On previous occasions I’ve always eaten the sprinkly sugar cookies sold in the Disney parks, and after eyeing up those brightly coloured Mickey shaped treats for the past few months on Instagram they were definitely something I was keeping an eye out for during this trip. After spotting them in Zuri’s Sweet Shop in Animal Kingdom we first checked with the cast member behind the counter if they included or had any traces of nuts, which we were told no! So still full from demolishing my dinner at Yak & Yeti (a.k.a heaven in a small box) I hopped on the Kilimanjaro Safari and decided to go back later on, after finally purchasing my cookie (and taking several pictures for the gram) I obviously was ready to sink my teeth straight in, that was until I took in a lung full of the cookies almondy scent, so my mum took it back in the store where they basically apologised and said how all of the cookies there did include nuts and gave us a full refund.
So still craving some form of Mickey shaped treat I decided to recreate my own, this time nut free!
For my sugar cookies I used a Betty Crocker packet mix which I picked up from Target for a dollar, but don’t worry if you don’t have this to hand I’ve got your back!
375g of plain flour
225g of white sugar
225g of unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1. You first want to light your oven on gas mark 4, 180°C and line your baking tray with some parchment paper
2. Cream together the butter and caster sugar until it becomes fluffy, then add in the egg and vanilla extract, once combined begin sifting in the flour and kneading together to form a dough
3. My cookie dough was quite sticky so my biscuits weren’t holding their shape, to prevent this from happening pop the dough into the fridge for around 30 minuets and begin cutting your Mickey heads
4. Once all cookies have been cut and placed onto the baking tray you want to place them on the top shelf of the oven for around 9 minutes, the edges of the cookies should turn golden brown
5. Once removed from the oven leave to harden for around 5 minuets before transferring to a cooling rack. Whilst waiting for the cookies to cool you can begin mixing your icing, for these I used royal icing, adding in a tiny amount of blue food colouring and leaving it to slightly set for a few minutes before pouring it into a piping bag. Once my cookies were completely cool I began to pipe on my icing only covering the ears, to finish off I quickly added on my Minnie’s Bake Shop sprinkles which I bought in the Disney parks
What is your favourite Disney treat?