These Voodoo Doll Cookies are all in good fun. Buttery sugar cookie men all dressed up to take a stabbing or two in the heart.
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We will just call it a coincidence that I made voodoo dolls with an election less than a month a way. 🤣
Truth is I have been wanting to make these since 2012.
These cookies are the brainchild of Sprinkle Bakes.
I get zero credit for coming up with these cuties.
However, I did change mine up a little bit.
We don’t have the same dough and I changed a couple things about how they look but they are all her.
While I don’t normally do step by step photos, for these cookies they kind of called for it.
I used a Wilton Gingerbread Boy Comfort Grip Cookie Cutter 5-inch for my voodoo cookies.
Besides the obvious bake the cookies I used a coffee stirrer/straw to poke holes before I baked.
While some closed up a little, it made it easier for me to remake the hole once out of the oven.
The original idea uses a bigger straw and to do it after the cookie baked.
I tried that idea with disastrous results and so the next batch I made…this batch I premade the holes.
Once they are baked off the holes are there for the licorice hair.
The original used black licorice laces but I can’t stand that flavor and went with Grape Licorice Laces.
Which I’m glad I did because I liked how the looked and I ate the leftovers.
Once you have all the licorice hair through the holes gather the laces together and gently tie with another lace.
If you pull too tight the licorice will break so be gentle.
Once that is done you break out the fondant.
I don’t usually work with fondant so I was lazy and just bought some.
If you are good at making some then go for it.
Cut 12 round pieces of fondant using the large end of a small piping tip or use a small bottle cap.
Use a food marker lid or other smaller lid to make an impression inside each circle.
This gives it the button look.
Attach the fondant button eye to the cookie by using a little corn syrup as glue.
Leave the corn syrup out as you will be using it again in a little bit.
Here you have two choices.
You can use a thin paintbrush and some black liquid food coloring.
Or you can do what I did and use a food decorating pens.
Sprinkle Bakes is a painter so she painted them on.
I don’t have that steady of a hand or skill so I’m all about the pen.
You make an X on the button eye and one on the cookie.
Then using the paintbrush or the food pen make stitches on the cookies body.
One long stitch down the middle.
Then two for the arms.
Two for the feet.
Now grab your corn syrup and a tiny paintbrush.
Paint a heart onto the left side of the doll’s chest.
This is kind of hard to see when it’s clear.
So later I actually put a drop of red food coloring in there to help guide me to see where it was going.
Cover the painted corn syrup heart with red sanding sugar.
You can use your finger or I used a fondant button I screwed up on and press the sugar into the cookie.
Turn cookie onto its side and tap off excess sanding sugar.
You should hopefully see a heart.
Good and ready to stab. 😀
Sprinkle Bakes make her own stick pins using Mike and Ike’s and toothpicks.
I was lazy (again) and bought Red Heart Cocktail Sticks.
They were longer than what I wanted so I cut them down.
The little heart twists off pretty easily and I just reattached it with some corn syrup after I cut the stick down.
Make sure to not chop off the end that is pointy.
You need the pointy end to stab.
Obviously these take some time.
And in my case some money (those are Amazon affiliate links FYI…cost you nothing…I get a few pennies) since I did not have a lot of the tools to make these since I rarely decorate.
But after making them it was totally worth it.
While I’m not skilled at decorating so I was SUPER happy with how they turned out.
That means if I can make them so can you. I made these using both my favorite shortbread cookie dough but those are too delicate and don’t spread out.
Normally I don’t want my cookies to spread but in this case, especially with all you have to fit on the cookie it was good to make them fat. 🙂
P.S. It’s a great day to buy my cookbook.
- 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 12 oz (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Cream the powdered sugar and butter for at least 3 minutes.
- Add the egg and egg yolk one at a time and scrape down the bowl after they are mixed in.
- Add vanilla and mix for 2 more minutes.
- Mix in the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar while mixer is on slow speed. Mix till you have a smooth dough.
- Chill for at least 4 hours before rolling out.
- You are going to use half the dough for this recipe. Save the rest for more cookies later or this makes for a nice cheesecake crust.
- Roll out dough and cut using the cookie cutter.
- Place them on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
- Place in freezer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and bake for 10-12 minutes.
- While you end up making 12 voodoo cookies, I always make extra to eat as I go along or when I screw up and break them. 🙂
- For instructions on how to put together the voodoo dolls see the blog post.