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

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  

Cookie Dough 
5 cups Flour
3 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
2 cups Butter
2 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
2 teaspoon Almond Extract 


Royal Frosting
3/4 cup Warm Water 
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar

Make the cookie dough by mixing together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Cream together the butter and sugar until it is light and airy. Add the eggs and almond extract. You can substitute vanilla instead, if you want. Add the flour mix, a little at a time, until it is all incorporated into the batter.
Place some dough on the center of half a piece of parchment paper. Fold the paper over it and start rolling the paper, which means also rolling the dough, to a 1/4" thickness.  Do this with all of your dough. With this recipe, you will end up with 5-6 pieces of parchment paper filled with dough. Stack all the pieces on a half sheet pan, cover with plastic, and refrigerate. It will take about 30 minutes for the dough to chill.
Take the dough out, 1 piece at a time and cut out the cookies. Re roll unused dough and refrigerate again.
Cut out a small piece of cookie dough. Place the stick on the back of the cookie, and cover it with the dough. Turn cookie for baking.
It will look nice and smooth after baking, and the stick will be secure.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Let cool completely.
Mix frosting  by pouring the water and the meringue powder in to a large bowl you can mix in. Whisk together until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and whisk again. Pour all the sugar in at one time. Mix on low for 10 minutes. The frosting will get thick and creamy. Cover so it will not become dry. Tint with colors in separate bowls.
Fill decorating bags with desired colors. Use a #2 tip for outlining.
Outline flowers.
Fill in and decorate cookies. Let dry 24-48 hours.
Enjoy your Spring cookie Bouquet!

Thanks for joining me today! 
Don't forget to check out how all the other SundaySupper family members are celebrating spring! Look at all these great recipes!

Thank you to Renee from Renee's Kitchen Adventures for hosting today!

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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
printable recipe

Cookies
2 1/2 cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
pinch of Salt
1/4 cup Canola Oil
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon Buttermilk
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1 tablespoon Vegetable Shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 large Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Filling 
3 cups Confectioner's Sugar
1/2 cup Butter. softened
8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

 Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Mix together the buttermilk and the canola oil. 
Cream together the butter and shortening.
Add the sugar. Beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Add the egg and vanilla and mix together.
Using low speed, begin adding the flour mixture into the batter. Alternate the flour with the buttermilk mix until it is all combined. Cover and chill for at least 15 minutes.

Using a round object, trace a circle on a piece of parchment paper. Use a pen or marker. When determining the size of your circle, keep in mind that each circle will become half of a cookie. You will be using two for each cookie.
Flip the parchment paper over, and place on your baking sheet. Use a Wilton #5 tip and fill a pastry bag with the cookie dough. Outline the circles with the dough and fill in the rest of the circle.
Bake for 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool on cooling rack.
Make the cream cheese filling by sifting the confectioner's sugar. In a separate bowl mix together the butter and cream cheese. Add the confectioner' s sugar and vanilla to the cream cheese. Beat until smooth.
Divide the frosting equally in to 2 separate bowls. Tint each bowl of frosting with a spring color. 
Place each frosting color in to a pastry bag using a #10 tip, or any tip that will cover the cookie. Pipe the underside of the cookie with the frosting.
Top the frosting with the other cookie half.
Remember, that these cookies need to be refrigerated because they are made with cream cheese.
 Enjoy your cookies, as you say "Hello" to spring! Thanks for joining me today!
Thank you to Cynthia Landrie for hosting today's event!

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

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Day 3 of 14 Days of Valentine's-Valentine Butter Cookies

Today we are celebrating with these
Valentine Butter Cookies stacked on a heart shaped sugar cookie!