Showing posts with label Cookies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cookies. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Midnight Whoopie Pies / #BBColorOurWorldRoundUp

I think  know you are going to love these special Midnight Whoopie Pies! They are chocolatey rich and incredibly tasty. The thing I love the most about whoopie pies is that they are very versatile. They can be made to fit almost any celebration. I made these Midnight Whoopie Pies for the Blooming Bloggers Color our World Round Up, where every month we will present a post which reflects that months chosen color. This months color is black, and because I love whoopie pies, I present you with Midnight Whoopie Pies!


Midnight Whoopie Pies 
(printable recipe at bottom of post)

1 box Dark Chocolate  Fudge Cake Mix (DuncanHines)
1 small box Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding Mix
1/2 cup Flour
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
3 Eggs
1 cup Water
Black Food Color

Filling 
3 oz Warm Water
2 1/2 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1 pound Confectioners Sugar

Mix together the cake mix, pudding mix, flour, vegetable oil, eggs, and water together in a mixing bowl. Mix until all are combined. Add in food coloring. I used a gel food color from Wilton, but any black color can be used. Add a few drops at a time, then blend together with the mix to see if you are happy with it. If you are not, add more until you are. I was unsure if the color was dark enough, so I took the time to scoop some batter out and bake a small cookie to see if it darkened enough during the baking process. It did, and I was so happy I took the few extra minutes to check. Refrigerate batter until ready to use.
Use a 1 tablespoon scoop and place scoops of batter on your baking sheet. Leave room between them for the cookie to spread.  Bake for 9-10 minutes.
Let cookies cool for 1-2 minutes, remove from pan to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely. 
Whisk together warm water and meringue. Add cream of tartar and whisk together again. Add all of the confectioner's sugar and mix on low speed for 10 minutes. Place in a bowl to keep fresh and cover immediately.
Separate half of filling and tint to an orange color. If you want all your cookies with orange filling, then just color it all orange. Pipe the filling on with a decorating bag using a tip with a large opening. I used a Wilton # 2A. Fill the bottom of a cookie with the filling, starting at any spot and circling the cookie until it is filled in.
You want to make sure the filling is close together and thick, so the top will sit high on the cookie. That way you will get this look. Put the lid on it. Refrigerate, if you want to, until about 30 minutes before serving. It is not necessary, but it is still hot here in North Carolina, and the filling starts to droop a little with the hot weather.


yield: 2 dozen                   print recipe

Midnight Whoopie Pies

prep time: 30 MINS    cook time: 9 MINS        total time: 39 mins

INGREDIENTS:

Cookies
  • 1 box Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1 small box Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Water
  • Black Food Color
Filling
  • 3 oz Warm Water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 pound Confectioners Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Mix together the cake mix, pudding mix, flour, vegetable oil, eggs, and water together in a mixing bowl. Mix until all are combined. Add in food coloring. I used a gel food color from Wilton, but any black color can be used. Add a few drops at a time, then blend together with the mix to see if you are happy with it. If you are not, add more until you are. I was unsure if the color was dark enough, so I took the time to scoop some batter out and bake a small cookie to see if it darkened enough during the baking process. It did, and I was so happy I took the few extra minutes to check. Refrigerate batter until ready to use.
  2. Use a 1 tablespoon scoop and place scoops of batter on your baking sheet. Leave room between them for the cookie to spread. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
  3. Let cookies cool for 1-2 minutes, remove from pan to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely.
  4. Whisk together warm water and meringue. Add cream of tartar and whisk together again. Add all of the confectioner's sugar and mix on low speed for 10 minutes. Place in a bowl to keep fresh and cover immediately.
  5. Separate half of filling and tint to an orange color. If you want all your cookies with orange filling, then just color it all orange. Pipe the filling on with a decorating bag using a tip with a large opening. I used a Wilton # 2A. Fill the bottom of a cookie with the filling, starting at any spot and circling the cookie until it is filled in.
  6. You want to make sure the filling is close together and thick, so the top will sit high on the cookie. That way you will get this look. Put the lid on it. Refrigerate, if you want to, until about 30 minutes before serving.

I stated in the beginning of this post that Whoopie Pies are very versatile and can accommodate many party themes and occasions. Here are some past posts that you might enjoy that explain what I mean:




    Sunday, September 4, 2016

    Chocolate Football Cookies/ #SundaySupper

    It's football season! For me that means lots of fun foods, like cheesy appetizers, colorful drinks, spicy wings, and these chocolate football cookies! Today we are talking football, or at least football food, which is my favorite part of the game, and these football cookies are a fun treat for any fan! They take some prep and planning, and they are totally worth the time! You can even freeze the cookies once they are cooked. Then just let them thaw before you decorate!


    Chocolate Football Cookies
    (printable recipe)
    Makes 5-6 dozen cookies, depending on size

    Sugar Cookies
    4 3/4 cups Flour
    1/4 cup  Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
    3 teaspoon Baking Powder
    pinch of Salt 
    2 cups Butter, softened
    2 cups Sugar
    2 Eggs
    2 teaspoon Almond Extract 

     Royal Icing
     6 oz. Warm Water
    5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
    1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
    2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar 

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

    In a separate bowl mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Mix in eggs and almond extract. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients, a little at a time, until it is all incorporated and the dough comes together.
    The dough needs to be chilled. Roll a spatula full of dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper. The dough should be 1/4" thick.Cover the dough with parchment paper. Place on a cookie sheet, covered with plastic, into the refrigerator. Do this until all the dough is rolled between pieces of parchment. By the time you are done, the dough you put on the cookie sheet first will be done.
     Start cutting the dough with the cookie cutter. Place the cookies on a baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes. Make the frosting recipe. When cookies are done, let them cool for 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. 
    Fill a decorating bag with frosting. Start decorating the football cookies as shown above. Use a #2 tip for everything. Let dry completely.

    For more detailed directions on making the cookie dough and the frosting, read how I have made them in the past. 
    Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Baking!

    Scroll down the page to see how the rest of the #SundaySupper family is celebrating football this year! Thank you so much to Coleen from The Redhead Baker for hosting today's fun event!


    Appetizers
    Main Dishes
    Side Dishes
    Desserts
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    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Dad's Triple Chocolate Cookies

    With Father's Day coming up, I find myself in my yearly "what to buy my dad" dilemma. Over the years, I have gotten him just about everything he could use or want, and some things he didn't!! I get frustrated buying him things that, a few months later, I find in the closet, unused and unopened! As I thought about what do to this year, and trying to find something unique and special for only him, I decided to bake him some cookies! He is a huge chocolate lover, and he loves when I bake for him! So what in the world took me so long to decide this is the gift for him? I don't know. Sometimes I tend to overthink these things when really, I need to remember that often "simpler is better". I  know he will love Dad's Triple Chocolate Cookies,(and so will you) and my "what to buy dad" dilemma is solved!


    Dad's Triple Chocolate Cookies
    (printable recipe)
    Makes 2 dozen cookies

    1 cup Butter~softened
    3/4 cup Sugar 
    3/4 cup Brown Sugar
    1 teaspoon Baking Soda
    2 Eggs
    1 teaspoon Vanilla
    3 tablespoons Powdered Chocolate
    2 cups Flour
    8 ounces Dark Chocolate Chips
    5 ounces White Chocolate Chips

    Mix together the butter, both sugars, baking soda, eggs, vanilla, and powdered chocolate. Add the flour and mix until combined.  Add white chocolate and dark chocolate chips and mix together with a spoon.
     Use a cookie scoop and place dough onto parchment covered baking sheet. 
     Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes.
    Cool on a rack, wrap them up and make your Dad smile!

    Thanks for stopping by today!

    Here are some other cookies you might like:











     


     

    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    Spring Cookie Bouquet / #SundaySupper

    Today I am welcoming spring with this colorful Spring Cookie Bouquet! I wanted the bouquet to be colorful and kind of wonky, with a silly and fun design that makes you smile when you see it! There is nothing serious about this Spring Cookie Bouquet!


    Spring Cookie Bouquet  

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    Stuffed Spring Cookies / Fill The Cookie jar

    Spring is in the air, and I am celebrating with these Stuffed Spring Cookies! Cookies are always a great way to celebrate! These cookies take some time to make, but several of the steps can be made ahead of time and the cookies are essentially two cookies in one because they have a top and bottom, so going a smaller size on these is not an issue. For more spring cookie inspiration, when you are done reading this, keep scrolling down and see all the cookies the other members of Fill The Cookie Jar made today! Happy Spring!

     Stuffed Spring Cookies

    Sunday, March 6, 2016

    Carrot Cookies / #SundaySupper

    Today for Sunday Supper we are featuring root vegetables, which are very popular right now. So I thought that some Carrot Cookies needed to be on the menu! Root vegetables are not only good tasting, but they are very high in nutrients, they store well, and they give you the ability to use locally sourced food, even in the winter months. Carrots are a root vegetable that is extremely versatile. They can be used for everything from an appetizer to a dessert, and can be cooked in a bazillion different ways! These carrot cookies are quick to make, and even quicker if you leave off the frosting. They have a great taste, that I know you will love!


     Carrot Cookies

    Friday, March 4, 2016

    Happy Shamrock Cookies

    These Happy Shamrock Cookies are cute little St. Patrick's Day cookies that I hope will brighten your day! They are quick to bake and decorate, and they will put a smile on everyone's face. The dough I used is my "go-to" cookie dough that I have used for a while, and it never fails me. It can be mixed together one day, and if used within the next week of so, it is still fresh and tastes fantastic. The royal icing recipe is one I have used many times also. It stays fresh for at least a week or so, and I have read where other cookie bakers have refrigerated it and it stays fresh longer. When I made this cookie dough my plan was to make both shamrock cookies and Easter cookies out of the same batch. So after I baked these shamrock cookies, I put my dough back in the fridge, and I will bake the Easter cookies this weekend. I love that the dough doesn't have to be used immediately!

    Happy Shamrock Cookie
     

    Friday, February 12, 2016

    Last Minute Valentine Gifts~Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix and Chocolate Dipped Thin Oreos

    Valentine's Day will be here on Sunday! Are you ready?  These two, cute Last Minute Valentine Gifts are fast to put together, and anyone would love to receive them! The Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix is easy, and the Chocolate Dipped Thin Oreo's are even easier!

    hot choclate mix, chocolate covered oreos
     Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix 

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

    Red Chip Valentine Cookies/ #Fill The Cookie Jar

    What are Red Chip Valentine Cookies? After Christmas I found this bag of mint baking chips at a local store. I picked them up at a good price, but the reason I even looked at them twice was because they were red.  I don't think I have ever seen or used red chips before. So along comes Valentine's Day and what could be more perfect than red chips. But I wanted a white cookie recipe. After looking around, I decided to bake my "go-to" sugar cookie recipe that I usually use for cut out cookies. I made a batch and they were yummy and Valentine festive!
    sugar cookies, red chips
    Red Chip Valentine Cookies

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

    Snowflake Thumbprint Cookies

    Thumbprint cookies are some of my favorite cookies. I love their versatility, and how easy it is to creatively adapt them to any celebration or party. So these Snowflake Thumbprint Cookies are a celebration of winter and snow, and the fact that I am not in any snow!

    These cookies are part of a care package that I am sending to my old neighbor, Skip. As I have mentioned before in this post, he was the best neighbor ever, and since we moved away from Utah, we have gone to visit with him a few times. We really miss him! My son was there a few months ago, and I asked him to go see Skip. I was a little worried that he seemed out of sorts and forgetful when I spoke to him on the phone. To make a long story short, Skip has dementia, and he is now living in a care facility in east Ohio, very near his family. While I am so glad his family is watching out for him,  I am so sad, because I know how much he loved his home in Utah, and his life there. Anyway, I know that Skip will be happy to get these goodies, and I hope they make him smile!

    cookies, thumbprint cookies, snow
     Snowflake Thumbprint Cookies

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    Mittens and Hats Sugar Cookies/ #FBCookieSwap

    I love Christmas cookies, so when it comes time for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap every holiday season, I am definitely in! This year I sent my three secret bloggers my Mittens and Hats Sugar Cookies. This sugar cookie recipe is one of my favorites! It is not difficult to make, but the decorating does take some time. If you are looking for a special sugar cookie recipe, this is the one!

    The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is more than just a cookie swap. We raise money to donate to Cookies for Kids Cancer, and we work with some wonderful sponsors. This year our sponsors are Dixie Crystals, Land 'O Lakes, and OXO! Isn't that a great list?! Thank you to all of the wonderful sponsors!
    sugar cookie, decorated cookie, holiday cookie, winter cookie
     Mittens and Hats Sugar Cookies

    Saturday, November 28, 2015

    Pizzelles/#Cookielicious Exchange Party!

    I am so excited to be participating in this Cookielicious Exchange Party! What could be more fun than sharing cookies with some of my favorite people, during my favorite time of the year! I brought my Holiday Pizzelles today! If you have never had pizzelles you are missing out! You will need a pizzelle iron to make them. They are festive and tasty with the flavor of anise, plus they are quick and easy to make. They usually don't have chocolate and crushed candy canes around the edge, but, it is the holiday season!

    I learned to make pizzelles when I was about eight years old. I grew up in a very small town about 40 minutes outside Cincinnati, a city with a lot of German heritage. One cold winter day in early December, the lady who lived across the street from us asked my mother if I could come over to her house and make cookies with her. I never did know why she asked me to help her out. She spoke with a thick german accent, was always so nice and sweet, and I was thrilled to go. For 2 whole days I helped her mix batter, and stack the cooled pizzelles, and count them. She ran the pizzelle iron! By the end of our cookie marathon we had pizzelles stacked high on every available space in her kitchen, including her huge kitchen table. I don't remember what she was doing with all of them. I assume they were gifts to the many people she and her family knew. I do know that she made me feel special and important. I am the oldest of six children, and little did she know what welcome relief it was to escape the craziness, if only for a couple days. Or, maybe she did know, and it was her Christmas gift to me. Regardless, of why she invited me, I am so glad she did.
    These are for you, Mrs. Mihalovich!

    Holiday Pizzelles, chocolate, cookies, candy cane, holidays, Christmas
     Holiday Pizzelles

    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    Back to School Cookies/#SundaySupper

    Today we are celebrating "Back to School" at #SundaySupper, so I made Back to School Cookies! I love making decorated cookies and I like to give them as gifts for special occasions, birthdays and holidays. These cookies make a tasty after school treat for the first day of school!
     
    Back to School Cookies

    Sunday, July 26, 2015

    Sheetz "Gobbz" Cookies for #SundaySupper

    Copycat recipes are the fun theme for today's #SundaySupper, and I knew immediately what I wanted to create! Sheetz "Gobbz" cookies. Sheetz is a gas station and convenience store near my home that I frequent occasionally, and along with gas they sell made to order food, and bakery items called Shweetz that are delivered daily. One of their bakery items is a cookie called Gobbz. It is quite tasty, slightly addicting and sort of resembles a whoopie pie. I made my cookie a little smaller, and I used  buttercream for the middle. I think they are yummy!


    Copycat "Gobbz" Cookies

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    A Round~Up of Red, White and Blue Treats

    This round up of Red, White and Blue Treats has a little bit of something for everyone! I love red, white and blue treats all year round, but they are especially fun to celebrate with during the summertime.  With Memorial Day coming up this week, and the Fourth of July, mid summer, I hope you will find something you can use to help you celebrate in style! Have Fun!


    Monday, April 20, 2015

    Springtime Chocolate and Almond Biscotti

    It's finally spring! So to celebrate, I made Springtime Chocolate and Almond Biscotti! They have the crisp outside of biscotti, and they are filled with the sweet taste of Springtime morsels. Then, about a quarter of it is dipped in chocolate and decorated with sprinkles! Sounds yummy, doesn't it! This biscotti would be the perfect addition to your Mother's Day luncheon or dinner, May Day celebration, or even an end of school teacher's luncheon!

    Springtime Chocolate and Almond Biscotti

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    Leprechaun Thumbprint Cookies

    Thumbprint cookies are some of my favorite cookies. I love their versatility to fit in to any party or celebration. Plus, they are so tasty!! These Leprechaun Thumbprint Cookies are all dressed up for St. Patrick's Day and ready to party!

    St. Patrick's Day Cookies

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    A DIY Cookie Bouquet!

    Have you ever wanted to give someone a little gift, but you didn't want it to look like a big deal.? You just wanted to let them know you were thinking of them, or you wanted to thank them, or maybe you don't know them very well, but you like them and want to wish them a Happy Birthday! This Cookie Bouquet is your answer.

    Cookie Bouquet

    DIY Cookie Bouquet

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

    Simple and Sweet Heart Sugar Cookies/Day 10 of 14 Days of Valentine's

    Today's Valentine's treat is simple and sweet.
    It is a yummy sugar cookie, topped with red frosting,
    and wrapped in an sweet organza bag.
    These look adorable placed on the top plate
    of a table setting, or attached to a special Valentine!

    Mini Valentine Cookies


    Sunday, February 8, 2015

    Hidden Kiss Cookies/Day 7 of 14 Days of Valentine's!

    Today's treat for celebrating 14 Days of Valentine's are cookies!
    Hidden Kiss Cookies!
    I thought these cookies were perfect for Valentine's Day.
    Their name is so seductive, conjuring visions of stolen kisses
    in the shadows, star crossed lovers that will never be together
    to fulfill their destiny, or if you are a Peter Pan fan you know
    that the hidden kiss is the kiss meant for your one true love.
    So, I nominate these cookies to become the
    Official Cookie of Valentine's Day!


    Valentine Cookies