Rock the Vote Cookies

Hard to believe we’re a little more than one month away before our next presidential election.

While I make it a point to steer clear of politics on this blog, I couldn’t resist a Rock-the-Vote cookies post.

Regardless of which treat you’d rather take a bite out of first, you gotta admit these candidate cookies are pretty cute together.

rock the vote cookies

One of my readers, Susan Moniz of Artesao Cookie Molds contacted me and asked if I would be interested in trying out any of her unique cookie molds.

As I browsed her huge assortment of molds online, the Clinton and Trump molds especially stood out to me.

cookie mix

Hey, given the current political climate… I think we all know why these two molds got my attention.

Susan offered to send me the political figure molds along with her sugar cookie mix.

I thought it would be fun to make the cookies and create a get-out-the-vote post.

By the way, this is not a sponsored post and I was not compensated in any way for sharing these cookies. 

clinton trump cookie molds

The molds are made of silicone and while they can withstand some oven heat, they’re not designed to be used that way.

They’re used more like clay molds.

No need to roll the dough out either.

Just refrigerate the disc of dough and then slice it.

dough and molds

After slicing the chilled dough,  just press it into each mold until it’s level with the outside of the the mold.

When I first tried this, the shape was a little soft but that’s because I think I over-handled it.

After that, I stuck each dough-stuffed mold into the freezer for about a minute to firm up the shape a bit before pushing it out of the mold.

political cookies

Push the dough out of the mold and voila, presidential candidates ready for the oven.

It’s pretty hot in there.

Do you think these two can actually take the heat?

cookies rock the vote

There are several ways to add color to sugar cookies and I’m going to share my top 3.

1-You could use Royal icing, although I think that might make it hard to retain the intricate detail of the cookie mold.

2-Food safe, color markers are a very good option which would give you lots of control over where and how the color is applied.

cookie painting

3-Another option is to use colored egg whites. It’s important to use PASTEURIZED egg whites (which can be found in the egg aisle of your grocery store) because these egg whites have already been heated and are therefore food safe.

Never use raw egg whites for food painting. Always used pasteurized egg whites. 

Meanwhile, after painting Hillary’s banner, I noticed it looked more teal than navy.

You may have to play around with the egg white coloring a bit to get the perfect shade.

political cookies

This was the first time I had ever used the egg-white coloring technique.

The color really does come out quite vibrant.

I’m getting off topic here but I saw some French Macarons beautifully painted with delicate coloring and I think this egg white painting technique would be perfect for that.

It goes on like watercolor paint.

A little pasteurized egg white goes a long way too.

red white and blue ribbon

Regular readers know, I’m a sucker for adorable packaging.

I think these candidate cookies just beg to be gifted.

cookie packaging

Grab some plastic goodie bags, U.S. flag stickers and some patriotic ribbon to dress up the cookie gift.

You can decorating find supplies at most crafts stores.

packaged cookies

If you’re handing out these cookies as gifts, I suggest you put one of each political party in the baggie.

It’s probably not a good idea to presume someone else’s choice of candidate.

Whichever candidate you favor, just remember what President Obama suggests.

Don’t Boo…. VOTE.

cookie eater

These Rock-the-Vote cookies would also be great to pass out for Halloween.

My photography helper and official taste-tester, Jordy loved them (although he did say he’d like them even more with icing on them).

I think all those too-young-to-vote trick or treaters AND their civic-minded parents will enjoy them too.

presidential candidate cookies

Thanks for stopping by.

See  you back here next time. 

I’m linking this Rock the Vote cookie post to the following:

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  • puja

    It’s really fun reading this post, I really liked your creativity. Even I do not want to involve much in politics but just like you I also couldn’t resist myself from keeping myself updated with the Trump-Hillory debates.And that is why I designed a few t-shirt based on this on my fashion blog. It would be great if you could check it out at The Fashion Funda.

  • Michele

    These are so cool!! I think they are the perfect way to combat election exhaustion. And what an ice breaker…..just wait to see which candidates head gets bitten off first! Thank you for this!

  • [email protected] Designs

    These cookies are the greatest!!!!….Yes, no matter what political party, these cookies are so much fun!….a great way to Rock the Vote!….Cute, cute, cute! Placing that site in my bookmarks!!

  • Regina

    Love these cookies, I’m going to eat their heads!!!

    As always it’s a pleasure to visit your site 🙂

  • Surpolfed.org.uk

    The cookies look so cute! but who do you prefer? Hilary or Trump? from what I hear in Britain, I would run away from both 😀

  • Botanic Bleu

    Lisa,
    Celebrating creativity even with political candidates and patriotic gift bags shows how creative your mind is. I would have never thought of baking candidate cookies or gifting them. 🙂

    Judith

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Judith.
      I think any cookie you make can be gifted. I love finding fun ways to package baked goodies too with handmade tags, etc.
      That’s the crafty side of me-lol.

      • Botanic Bleu

        Lisa,
        Thank you for sharing this at Monday Social. We love seeing you at the party with all your creative ideas for cooking and crafting.

        Judith

        • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

          My pleasure, Judith.
          I’m so glad to see so many participants each week.
          I know it’s going to be really successful and even more popular each week.
          Happy to join in on the fun.

  • Susan Moniz

    Hi Lisa. Thanks again for featuring my Artesão silicone molds and doing such a amazing job with the cookies and the photography. The candidates have never looked better!

  • Jeanne

    Lisa – When I thought you had outdone yourself, you do it again, bigger and better. These cookies are incredible. Thank you. For my class on the Constitution to 5th Graders, these would have been memory-making. Love your taste tester too. 🙂

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Oh, Jeanne, I didn’t think about civics class treats. The kids would have loved them, right?
      Thanks for your sweet words and steady support of my creative efforts.
      Hope you have a great week.

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Very cute although I am passionate enough about the election I would not have made one of them 🙂 Love the silicone cookie forms. Have a great day.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Ha-ha. Yes, I know what you mean, Marisa.
      I even had some reservations at first about posting the cookies.
      Don’t want to stir up anything on the blog.
      That’s why I made sure to make BOTH of them-lol.
      Happy day.

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