Friday, April 1, 2011

Cocktail Weenie Cookies - April Fools!

I have fun making faux food for April Fool's Day. Last year I made these french fries cookies with "ketchup" and "mayo" dips.

click the photo for the directions to make these

During a recent long train ride, I was mentally rummaging in my pantry and remembered I had some marzipan to use up as well as some leftover sugar cookie dough in the freezer. I don't know how I went from there to cocktail weenies, maybe it's living in Germany and being surrounded by wurst 24/7.

That didn't come out right.


Anyway, these tasted pretty good. Like little marzipan cookie bombs. Here is the recipe if you want to do some April Foolin'.

Cocktail Weenie Cookies

  • 7 ounces of marzipan
  • Red and brown food gel coloring
  • Sugar cookie dough (I used leftover dough from this recipe from Bridget at Bake at 350) You need less than 1/4 of the recipe.
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • Cocktail toothpicks
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Color the marzipan kneading it through, alternating adding the colors until it resembles a hot dog color.

  • Break a piece off and roll it into the shape of a mini hot dog.
  • Using a toothpick or paring knife score the ends of the "hot dog" around in a circle. It helps to dip the toothpick or knife into water occasionally to get clean indentations.

  • Roll out the cookie dough and cut it into long strips.

  • Wrap each "hot dog" in a strip of cookie dough.

  • Encircle it completely with a strip of cookie dough sealing the two ends of the dough together with your fingers.

  • I had a small bit of maripan leftover. So I made a teeny weenie!

  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookie dough browns a little.
  • Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack and while cookies are still warm, gently push the tooth picks through the center.

  • When cookies have cooled completely, lightly brush the marzipan "hot dog" part with simple syrup.
Yield = a baker's dozen (13) cookies and one teeny weenie.

    Serve 'em up and see if anyone notices before they take a bite.

    April Fool's!!


    1. Hi!
      Thank you so much for you visit and kind words. This is my first visit here, but I really love your blog. I am portuguese but living in Sweden, since I got myself a viking some years ago. Two of our favorite countries are Germany and Belgium, we love the rich food, the beer, we love the beautiful landscapes, the cities... All the History and culture (I better stop now).
      The idea of faux food is so great for today. I love playing with what we call and how we serve food. The other day I made a spinach cupcake with salmon frosting. I wanted to bake something special and funny today, I had thought about Martin Blunos´s Eggs and Soldiers, but I wont have the time...
      Thank you for sharing your ideas, it is a big help :)

    2. Lora! I stared at that first photo, trying hard to figure out what the "weenies" were made out of and how they looked so realistic. Amazing! The indentations totally make them.

    3. When you mentioned marzipan, I thought to myself "why would she put marzipan around cocktail weenies?". Then it dawned on me as I scrolled down - you are an foodie april fools genius.

    4. OMG! These are great! I would never eat the real thing, but I'd gladly eat your weenies (hmmm...that didn't come out right either).

    5. Your attention to detail in the *cocktail weenies* will have everyone fooled until they take a bite. I love your french fries from last year too.

    6. These look so realistic! You are an artist in the kitchen :)

    7. Soooo realistic! Genius!

    8. These are absolutely adorable!!!!

    9. You nailed it! I would never have guessed that these were not the real thing!

    10. It's 2016 and we are (well, I am) so making these for my family! I can't wait until tomorrow! Will be so much fun! Thanks for the idea and I doubt mine will come out nearly as great as yours did but these are just fantastic!!

      1. Thanks! I am sure they will come out perfect! They're fairly easy to make. Enjoy!

    11. I have an April 1st Wedding coming far ahead do you think I could make these and they would keep? I'm trying to come up with some harmless tricks on my guests :)

      1. I think you can freeze them one week ahead of time.


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