Years ago when our kids were small, and my brother and his family were visiting from out of town, we all decided it would be fun (and tasty) to have fresh lobster for dinner. My husband set out to purchase the marine creatures from a local fish market and returned with some very live lobster.
Our oldest daughter was about five years old and was very taken with these lobsters. She saw them more as "pets" than dinner. You can probably tell where this story is going...
After the lobsters were placed in the water and it was boiling, there came a point when they sounded as if they were "screaming", for lack of a better word. Well, my daughter became very upset and began crying! I quickly took her from the room before she became too traumatized.
Of course, the lobster dinner was delicious, but we have not purchased live lobster since:)
It's a good thing the lobsters didn't look like these fellas all those years ago:)
The lobster cookies didn't make any noise when they were being baked and caused no trauma to any children, unless they had to wait until after dinner to eat one!
Roll cookie dough out.
Use a lobster cutter to cut out cookies (3/8-inch thick) and place on baking sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until beginning to brown on the edges.
Let cookies cool completely on cooling racks.
Using red gel food coloring, dye the royal icing.
With a #3 tip and piping consistency, outline the lobsters.
After about 15 minutes, fill the lobsters with thinner royal icing.
Let dry for about an hour and then add the details to the lobsters with a #2(or #3) tip, whichever you prefer.
Let cookies dry overnight.
Add the candy eyes with a dab of royal icing.
Add the smiles with edible markers:)
These cookies give a whole new meaning to the term "lobster bake". :)