Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon. Nursery rhymes possess a saccharine silliness like goofy animal cookies. This found recipe from the 1950-60s with Humpty Dumpty cookie cutouts prompted me to try the same using this vintage cast iron mold with its storybook cats, bears, pigs, and butterflies. They baked up easily, but the inherent thickness of the mold didn’t lend itself well to a traditionally dainty cookie, so this mold might be better for corn bread or country muffins.
Humpty Dumpty Sugar Cookies
2 cups sifted flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine (I use butter!)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and beat until smooth and fluffy. Stir in vanilla. Add flour mixture and milk alternately and mix well.
I skipped this next part because I needed the dough to be soft for squishing into the individual shapes. Chill cookie dough until easy to handle. Roll out half of dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured board. Now put the cardboard pattern of Humpty Dumpty on cookie dough and cut around edges with a knife. Pick up pattern and repeat. Place Humpty Dumptys on lightly greased cookie sheet and decorate, using raisins or currants for eyes and nose, maraschino cherry slices for the mouth, and other candied fruits for tie and vest buttons. Bake in hot oven (400 degrees F) 6 to 8 minutes. Use sugar frosting for his suit.