Attention Disney fans: these Mickey Mouse nutcracker Christmas cookies are just the thing for your Christmas cookie spread!
This year was marked my very first visit to Disneyland (yes, at 33 years old I finally made it out there!) It was a work trip, but still an amazing time!
I’ve been a Disney fan since childhood, but experiencing it in person truly was magical! So much so, that I took the rest of my family back to Disneyland just a few months later.
It was my husband’s first time as well — he loved it too and we are already hoping we can return soon. Next year perhaps?
After our Disneyland trip, we started noticing Disney Christmas decorations in some of our local stores. It got us thinking, how much fun would it be to do a Disney-themed Christmas at our house?
It was a little too late for us to pull it off this year, but we’re planning ahead for next year and hope to bring a little bit (or a lot) of Disney magic to our home next Christmas!
These Mickey Mouse Nutcracker cookies combine two of my favorite things!
Every year as a kid, my Grandma and Grandpa would gift each of us cousins with a special nutcracker. Over the years we amassed quite impressive collections!
I still take note of unique nutcrackers when I’m Christmas shopping, and it takes a LOT of restraint not to buy them all!
If you’re a Disney fan too, then I hope you’ll love these Mickey Mouse Nutcracker Sugar Cookies as much as I do! They are a little bit of a labor of love, but the end result is so stunning!
They’d make an amazing food gift for any Disney fan in your life!
How to Make Mickey Mouse Nutcracker Christmas Cookies
A free printable copy of this recipe, along with full ingredient list and directions is available at the bottom of the post.
Kitchen Tools Used:
- Mickey Mouse cookie cutters
- Non-stick silicone baking mats
- Plastic piping bags
- Plastic squeeze bottles
The full baking instructions are available in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post – however, I wanted to show you how we frosted the cookies. That way the written directions will make more sense!
We took each color of icing and split it into two portions. About 1/4 cup of each color icing went into a plastic piping bag, as is. This thick icing is used to outline each section on the cookies.
We mixed about 2 teaspoons of water into each bowl of icing, to thin it slightly. Then we scooped each color of thinned icing into its own squeeze bottle.
The thinner icing is used to fill in each section on your cookie, matching the color of each outline you made. We did each color one at a time, allowing the frosting to set in between so it wouldn’t mix.
So while these Mickey Mouse Christmas cookies took a bit of TLC to make, the end result is just fabulous!
Related: You might also love our Mickey and Minnie Christmas donuts too!
Grab a free printable copy of our Mickey Mouse Nutcracker Sugar Cookies recipe:
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- gel food coloring (black, red, blue, golden yellow)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or non-stick silicone baking mat and set aside.
- Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and egg until smooth.
- In a separate large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.
- Gradually add dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients, mixing on low speed.
- Use your hands, if needed, to knead dough until well combined.
- Lightly flour a cutting board and knead the cookie dough into the flour a couple times.
- Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick.
- Cut out 12 Mickey shaped cookies and place onto your prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8 minutes or until light golden brown.
- Repeat above steps until completely out of dough.
- Allow cookies to cool completely before frosting,
Royal Icing Directions:
- Using a standing mixer or electric hand mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla and powdered sugar until well combined and stiff peaks form.
- Split icing into 5 bowls.
- Add in a few drops of red into the first bowl, a few drops of blue into the second bowl, a few drops of golden yellow into the third bowl, and a couple drops of black into the forth bowl. Leave the fifth bowl white
- Mix each bowl until the colors are smooth and rich.
- Scoop about 1/4 cup of each icing colors into a piping bag.
- Mix 2 teaspoons of water into the bowls of remaining Red, Blue, Black and Yellow icing colors.
- Pour each color of thinned icings into their own squeeze bottles.
- Using the edible marker, draw out the details of the cookie.
- Use the black piping bag of thick icing to draw the outline of the ears, then fill in with the thinned icing.
- Allow to dry for an hour.
- As you did with the black icings, use the red icing to outline and fill in the red detail of the hat and lower part of the cookie.
- Allow to dry for an hour.
- Using the Yellow icing, outline and fill in the yellow detail of the hat.
- Allow to dry for an hour
- Using the blue icing, outline and fill in the belt of the nutcracker.
- Using the yellow piping bag, pipe the details of buttons and buckle on the pants and hat.
- Using the white icing bag, pipe a mustache onto front and center of the cookie.
- Allow cookies to completely set and enjoy!
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