I waited weeks before I could finally buy and bake this Zombie Dance Party Cookie Kit by In the Mix (which apparently is a gourmet line of cooking kits from a company called Brand Castle). Despite having it sitting in our stockroom at Walgreens, it wasn’t listed in our system when I initially tried to buy it and the system wasn’t letting our managers manually add it in. When it finally did drop into our system (about two weeks later), it wasn’t ringing up with a price! That was easily solved though: $5.99.
Much to my dismay when browsing Target the other day, I found this for $4.99:
The Zombie Dance Party Sugar Cookie Baking Kit! I didn’t think the Zombie Dance Party Cookie Kit was a Walgreens exclusive but I didn’t think I’d ever see it in different packaging with a slightly different name (and no mention of In the Mix; it looks like Target is trying to claim it as their own). I think the packaging found at Walgreens is much better. The Target version is a bit more straightforward and basic while the Walgreens version uses a better font, has a dance floor, a starry night and doesn’t shy away from the word “zombie”. It also includes an additional zombie on the cover.
I went to the Brand Castle/In the Mix website and there’s no mention of any zombie cookie kits. They have a cupcake kit listed though:
Today was a good day to bake zombie cookies. It’s been cloudy/partly cloudy for the most of the day and the temperature was nice and cool in the low 70s (you take what you can get when you live in Florida). Before I started baking, I put on my recently-purchased used vinyl copy of Quiet Riot’s QR III and then made lunch with my Rapid Ramen Cooker!
Yep, just add water and microwave for four minutes. When these things first arrived at our store, they were $5.99. I wanted it but I knew they weren’t going to sell at price. Certainly not to me, at least. So I decided to bide my time and wait for what the sooner-than-later and inevitable clearance price. Scored it for less than $2 with my discount. And did you know the Rapid Ramen Cooker makes ramen noodles healthy? It’ll cut the sodium by 50%*!
*because they suggest you don’t use the flavor packet that came with your noodles
Back to the mixing and baking of zombie cookies…
The kit includes: sugar cookie mix, vanilla frosting mix, green color powder, red & black icing pens, piping bag (heh), and four zombie cookie cutters. The complete ingredients are listed on the side of the box. For the cookie mix you need an egg and some butter. For the frosting mix: milk, powdered sugar and more butter.
So I started making the cookie mix. Which was pretty dry and crumbly at first and had me considering throwing another egg in there. Instead, I got down and dirty and started mixing with my hands and it came out fine.
After making the cookie dough, the directions say to roll it into a ball and dig a well.
Next up,I dumped all the green powder stuff into the well. Kinda reminds me of an Irish-themed version of those cookies where you place a Hershey’s Kiss in the middle.
The instruction state to then kneed all the dough so that the green coloring is uniform. I think I did a pretty good job of that while turning my hands a bit green as well.
I only had enough dough to make five (thick) zombie cookies. There were some dough scraps leftover but, um… let’s just hope I don’t end up getting sick to my stomach later. Even unbaked I think these cookies look pretty cool. The powder worked surprisingly well to give these cookies a lush green color and the shapes are clearly defined. I usually have a problem with cookie cutters doing any real cooking cutting, for some reason.
So I tossed those bad boys in the oven and focused on making the frosting. Except I didn’t have any powdered sugar. A good cook is always prepared and I am not a good cook. I quickly texted Jill the Female in search of advice. I figured I would throw in granulated sugar and hope for the best but she told me to put the granulated sugar in a blender! You learn something new everyday. It didn’t come out as fine as powdered sugar but it was okay enough.
DING! Cookies are ready and they still are looking pretty awesome. I was afraid they’d bloat out into green blobs.
Before we get on with the decorating, let’s take a pause for the cause and have a sip of drink out of my cool new Jack O’ Lantern insulated tumbler.
Okay, now, my masterpiece…
My dancing zombies are all dressed up! How do they compare to the zombies on the cover of the box? Totally nailed it, didn’t I?
Truth be told, even though I was pretty lazy with the decorating, these cookies were pretty fun to make. As far as taste goes, they actually aren’t too bad when coupled with the frosting & icing. This was a fun little project that helped me kill about 40 minutes today.