Early this week was one of my good friends’ birthday. We have the misfortune of living on opposite sides of the country, so catchups are non-existent. She spent a long time encouraging me to join deviantART and has always been such a huge supporter of my work there since. She’s always telling me how much she wants to eat the stuff I post and I keep promising her ‘one day’. So for her birthday, I decided it was time I made good on my promise and attempted something I haven’t before: shipping baked goods across the country.
I sent her a gift box of various baked goods, which I’ll show you in upcoming blog posts, but these cookies were the main feature. Domo has always been this thing between us. I don’t remember how it started. It might have been some dancing domo emoticon we always used on chat. We’re so random and hyper when conversing it could have come from anywhere. But it developed into one of those ‘our thing’ things you have with friends. In-jokes you will cry with laughter over while everyone else stares at you like you’re insane. We’ve sent each other various domo paraphernalia and merch over the years, and receiving it has always made me cackle wildly.
I don’t remember when the idea of domo cookies popped into my head, but once it did the idea was just so obvious and perfect it began to feel like it had always been my intention.
I began with a sugar cookie dough. I find it much easier to make one plain dough, separate it and then flavour it, rather than making separate batches. Making two batches of dough just seems like a gratuitous amount of effort.
So I split the dough into two parts. The larger portion I kneaded cocoa into, while the other just got red food colouring. One messy bench later, I had my domo dough.
I spent a while trying to decide whether I should do the whole body or just the face. Plenty domo merch only shows that face, but in the end I thought that was taking the easy way out.
To make the whole body, I cut a large rectangle of dough.
Then rounded the edges.
I then cut out a rectangle for the mouth, formed the legs and cut two rounds for hands. Domo has much longer arms than that but I thought stylising them made it somewhat cuter, as well as less breakable.
For the teeth and eyes I used royal icing. As soon as the teeth are added the likeness to the domo mascot is instant. If you’re not comfortable piping, you can use fondant, lollies, or any other medium you’re comfortable with.
The cookies are two cookies sandwiched with a chocolate fudge. The back cookies are plain, meaning there’s no mouth.
This recipe is one of my favourite sugar cookie recipes. Coupled with one of my favourite fudges, everyone’s gonna want a bite…
125g butter, room temperature
3/4 cup (165g) firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
1/4 cup (35g) self raising flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
red food colouring [gel paste or powder]
Filling and decoration
100g (3.5 oz) dark chocolate, chopped
1 tbsp golden syrup or dark corn syrup
25g (1oz) unsalted butter, softened
You’ll find the printable version of this recipe here.