Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Midweek Moments-Edible "Play Clay" Cookies

Of all the food art "tricks" I know, this one is my favorite. Edible chocolate dough is very versatile, it can be used for so many different things and in many ways. Today I'm using it to make "play clay" cookies like in the book "Mmmmm Cookies" by Robert Munsch, only these clay cookies are good enough to eat. Children love this book about a young boy that tricks his parents by feeding them "play clay" cookies and then gets a trick of his own. This dough is easy to make, but does require a little bit of "wait time" before it can be used.

To make this edible clay you need:

1 12 oz package of candy melts (in the color of your choice)
1/4 cup light corn syrup
Sprinkles as desired

That's it! Just melt the candy melts. I use the microwave (stirring well every 30 seconds until there are no lumps, it usually takes a minute to a minute and a half).

Pour the corn syrup into the melted candy melts, stirring well. You will see the mixture start to thicken and pull away from the side of the bowl. Keep stirring until the mixture turns into a "lump". Cover the dough and refrigerate at least an hour.

Take the clay out of the refrigerator. It will be very stiff! Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and easy to work with-just like play clay.

Here's where the fun begins. This clay can be used to make things like cupcake toppers, or detail work for cakes (when it hardens it keeps its shape better than fondant or frosting). Today we are just making clay "cookies". This can be done by rolling the dough and cutting out with cookie cutters, or, like in the book, you can just make circles by rolling the dough and smashing it flat. Add sprinkles, or use a plastic knife to add details. Anything you can do with regular clay, you can do with this edible clay. Put it out and let your children use their creativity to make cookies, or anything else they can think of.

When you have things how you like them, simply let them sit to set up, or put them in the refrigerator to speed up the process.

Tips and Tricks-
*The time in the refrigerator is important. If you try to use the clay too soon, it gets oily and sticky.
*Want to change what you made? Simply knead the clay again, using the warmth from your hand.
*This dough can also be made with chocolate chips. If you use white chocolate chips, you can color the dough after it has set up. DO NOT add liquid food coloring right to the melted chocolate.
*And as always remember-You're making MEMORIES NOT MASTERPIECES!