Rocking Horse Cookies
Total TimePrep: 2 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + standing
Makes20 rocking horses
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 40 chocolate-covered graham cracker cookies
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 4-1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
- 3 to 4 teaspoons warm water
- Paste food coloring
- 20 Riesen's chewy chocolate-covered caramels
- Thin crafting ribbon, optional
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or until easy to handle.
- Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-1/2-in. rocking-horse-shaped cookie cutter. Place on greased baking sheets, flipping half of cutouts so they face in the opposite direction (two cutouts will form each rocking horse).
- Bake 7-9 minutes or until set. Cool 2-3 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- Flip cutouts so their flat sides are up. Melt chips; stir until smooth. Spread the top of a graham cracker cookie with some chocolate; attach to body area of cutout. Repeat with remaining cutouts. Let stand until set. Set aside remaining chocolate.
- For icing, in a large bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and water on low speed just until combined. Beat on high for 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Tint as desired with food coloring. Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth.
- Flip cutouts right-side up; decorate as desired with icing. Let stand at room temperature for several hours or until icing is firm.
- To assemble horses, reheat chips until melted. Place a caramel candy on a work surface in front of you; brush the long sides with chocolate. Pair up two cutouts so they align, forming a rocking horse.
- Brush graham cracker cookies with chocolate; press the cutouts together, forming a rocking horse. (Rocking horse halves are attached in the center by the graham cracker cookies, which join the body, and the caramel candy, which supports the rocker.)
- Gently place rocking horse on its side; let stand at room temperature for several hours or until firm. Repeat for remaining rocking horses. With ribbon, tie bows around rocking horses' necks if desired.
Editor's NoteMeringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit wilton.com.
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Jan 14, 2014
Although recipe needs tweaking, these cookies are adorable. Perfect for baby shower
Mar 16, 2012
We're sorry for the confusion. The recipe stands correct in calling for meringue powder. Meringue powder is made with dehydrated egg whites and is used in making royal icing and other meringue-based confections. Check the editor's note below on how to order meringue powder if unavailable in your area. Yes, the graham crackers are already covered with chocolate, but spreading melted chocolate on them acts as a sort of "glue" to adhere them to the horse cookies. Riesen caramels are not square but rectangular in shape. I will agree they are adorable and looked too cute on the table at a recent baby shower that was given for one of ourTest Kitchen staff. Country WomanTest Kitchen
Feb 29, 2012
The directions made no sense. First of all, it isn't called "meringue powder", it is "cream of tartar". You say to spread chocolate on a graham cracker cookie, but they are already covered in chocolate. Your description of how to use the caramels, which are already chocolate covered, by "brushing the long sides with chocolate". What long sides? They are square candies. This is confusing, and no wonder no one has given it any stars. It is a shame, because the end result in the pics are adorable.