Baking Ideas & Recipes

Poison Apple Sugar Cookies

October 5, 2014
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The poison apple from the original Snow White movie

Poison apple from the original Snow White movie


Inspiration for cookie designs can come from just about anywhere. In this case, it came from a lengthy text conversation with my niece, Gloria. I have no idea how we two adults started texting about Disney and ornaments and villains, but what came out of it was the idea for these Snow White poison apple sugar cookies.

It just so happens I recently acquired an apple-shaped cookie cutter, so these were a must-do. After baking and cooling some cute apple cookies, I iced the apples with red royal icing and let them dry completely.

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For the poison skull, I enlisted the help of my Kopykake projector. If you don’t have a projector, you can see below that it’s actually not necessary. The shape of the poison apple image from the movie didn’t match up to my apple cookie cutter, so aside from the general eye and nose placement, the drippy skull is essentially freehand.

It’s helpful to first draw the circles for the eyes, outline the rest of the drips where you want them, and then fill in the skull immediately. The drippy skull is done in all one go – there’s no outline… dry… fill… dry. Just outline and fill it all once.

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I decided to goth up the apples a bit with a black stem and leaf – it is a poison apple, after all. Once the stem and leaf were completely dry, I added some gold shimmer to leaf to complete the look.

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The shimmer is simply Americolor airbrush sheen in gold. I just dipped a paintbrush directly into the shimmer, painted on the gold, and let dry.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Georganne October 8, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Oh my gosh! I love these!! You are SO CLEVER!!!

    • Reply Angelica October 14, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you, Georganne! I just discovered your amazing cookies as well, so your comment gets extra points.

  • Reply Dakota October 14, 2015 at 10:59 am

    These are so cool!!! Where did you get your cookie cutter??

    • Reply Angelica October 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks so much! This particular apple shaped cookie cutter is made by Wilton.

  • Reply Tiffany Barrett October 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    What kind of royal icing did you use? Store bought or from scratch. If from scratch, can you give me the recipe? I copied these apples myself and I didn’t have an apple cookie cutter. I used a glass to cut out a round shape and then I used a razor blade to cut away the rest to make the apple. Everything turned out great, except when I made my royal icing, it didn’t smooth out like your cookies did. You can still see the lines from where I filled them in.

    • Reply Angelica October 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      I make my own as I need it. I should probably put the recipe I use up so I can link to it easily… but I’m a slacker sometimes 🙂 The recipe I use is 2lbs powdered sugar, 1/4 cup meringue powder, 1 cup water. This recipe can be easily doubled or cut in half. Mix all the ingredients in a mixer and mix for several minutes on medium/high until the icing reaches a stiff (good for outlines) consistency. Add water as needed to get a thinner consistency that will smooth out. It tough to get the consistency exactly right… lots of practice! 🙂

  • Reply Michelle Cormier October 19, 2016 at 9:30 am

    How do I makethw icing

    • Reply Angelica October 20, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      The recipe I use is 2lbs powdered sugar, 1/4 cup meringue powder, 1 cup water. This recipe can be easily doubled or cut in half. Mix all the ingredients in a mixer and mix for several minutes on medium/high until the icing reaches a stiff (good for outlines) consistency. Add water as needed to get a thinner consistency that will smooth out and fill in the cookie.

  • Reply Ashli October 20, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Angelica!
    I have swooned over these for a long time and finally made them myself. I absolutely love them and they turned out great except I had one “problem” and I wondered if you could help shed some light… When I piped my green icing on top, I was getting bits of red coming through. My apples had dried overnight. I had traced the eyeholes with a good marker. Could it have been marker ink coming up into my green frosting? I’ve never had it happen before. Thanks for any insight!

    • Reply Angelica October 20, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Ashli – awesome that they turned out in the end! If you used a food marker immediately before the green icing, I supposed the moisture from the food marker could have mixed with the red. So when you added the green frosting, it mixed with slightly wet red icing. It’s also possible the red icing wasn’t totally dry to start with, and that may have caused it. Maybe? Only a guess!

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