Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pizza Party Favors

After years of begging, I finally gave in and let my son have his birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. I thought he had given up on the idea because when we went to his first party there last year, he was sitting up near the stage eating his pizza when the Chuck E Cheese character on the stage came to life and scared the bejeezus out of him. Then after we moved him to the other end of the table and convinced him that Chuck E Cheese was just a mechanical mouse attached to the stage, not a real giant mouse that could get him, a guy in a giant Chuck E Cheese costume came out and started making his rounds with the kids. My son almost fainted! But, like many other "traumatic" events in a young child's life, he got over it quickly, and resumed his campaign to have his own party there! Fortunately, he conquered his fear of Chuck E Cheese and had a great time (although he refused to go on the stage with the robotic one).The party was pretty much effortless. We just showed up with a cake and some favors.  I knew the kids would be cashing in all the tickets they won playing games for little trinkets, so I decided to keep it simple with the party favors and just made cookies for the kids to take home.And seeing as it was a pizza party......PIZZA COOKIES!





I used my favorite recipes for the cookies and icing:
The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies and Sugar Cookie Icing

We also had a special guest with a dairy allergy, so I made a batch of dairy free cookies that were super yummy!

DAIRY FREE ROLLED SUGAR COOKIES:

Ingredients
1 1/2 Cups Butter Flavor Crisco
3 TBSP Water
2 Cups Sugar
4 Eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla
5 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Salt

Instructions
Cream Crisco, Water and Sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla until well mixed.  Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover dough with saran wrap and chill overnight. When ready to bake, roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thickness, cut with a circle cookie cutter and bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Allow to cool before icing.

DAIRY FREE ICING: Mix 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1 tsp  clear vanilla, 4 tsp almond milk or soy milk and 4 tsp corn syrup until well blended. Add food coloring as desired. Add almond milk by the tsp to thin icing if it is too thick.


I decorated these pizza cookies by putting a layer of red icing in the center and letting it set, then used a squeeze bottle to squirt the "mozzarella" icing and adding a few green sprinkles before it set. Then once that layer was dry, I went back with my red icing and made the "pepperoni".

Then I just bagged them up and added a little tag I made using PicMonkey!




For these pizza cookies, I used the plain circle cookie cutter from www.cheapcookiecutters.com, although they have a really cool Pizza Slice Cookie Cutter and I would use that next time! I might even get motivated to make a little pizza box instead of a clear bag.

Ciao!!!
-Blythe

Places I'm Partying:

www.the36thavenue.com

www.lilluna.com

www.thenymelrosefamily.com

www.gingersnapcrafts.com

www.oneartsymama.com


www.becomingmartha.com

www.tatertotsandjello.com

19 comments:

  1. They are adorable! Great decorating job :)

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  3. These are so cute and creative!

    I'd like to invite you to link up to my party, Manic Monday. http://cupcake-n-bake.blogspot.com/2013/03/manic-monday-7.html

    Hope to see you there!

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  4. These are so cute! Also, I had my fifth birthday party there, and I can VIVIDLY remember being terrified when the mouse came to life. Your poor child.

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  5. Oh my goodness! So creative! I love them!

    Shan
    http://ikneadtobake.blogspot.com

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  6. SO cute and perfect for the party!

    ~Sarah Lynn @ Sarah Lynn's Sweets

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  7. Oh my gosh. These cookies are so cute! You did an amazing job!

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  8. These are so cute! Like adorable cute! Thanks so much for sharing! And i love you story of your son's visit to Chuck E Cheese - poor him with the robotic mouse!

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    1. Thanks Rebecca! The cookies were delicious too!

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  9. Love love love these cookies! Too cute!
    Stopping by from the Weekend Wrap-Up Party.

    Have a lovely weekend!
    With Smiles,
    Angie at http://snackcupsandsmiles.blogspot.com/

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  10. Oh my goodness!! So fun!!! Thanks for sharing! These are great!

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  11. These are adorable! Pinned to my Theme Food board. :)

    toddlindsey.com

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  12. Kids are usually afraid of mascots. I even remember when I ran out of the store during my kiddie party at McDonalds when I was three years old. Haha! My mom still has my picture as I was running to the door. LOL! Anyway, these cookies can help me a lot in my son’s upcoming party since he wants a pizza party. This isn’t only great for the kids, but also for the adults. :)

    -^ Carlene Boley ^-

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  13. It’s only normal for a kid to be afraid of mascots. Wait until he finds out what’s underneath! However, I'm glad that your son easily recovered from his fear and enjoyed his party.

    Having a pizza party hosted by the restaurant takes a lot of the burden from the parents. If you don't have time to prepare for a party, you can call somebody to host it for you. Don't forget to call for those who can give you delectable food, too!

    IncrediblePizzaDesMoines.com

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