Showing posts with label treats. Show all posts
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Midnight Black Cookies

I know you are going to love these Midnight Magic Cookies! They are perfect for lots of events, and they are tasty and easy to put together. I made the cookies one day, and made the frosting and decorated them the next day. So no stress, only fun!
These black cookies are definitely different, but sometimes black cookies are needed! They are perfect for a formal party, or a wedding, maybe as a fun food at an "Over The Hill" party! 
Of course, these cookies look great with orange frosting, but any color frosting will work. You know black goes with everything! But, don't forget the sprinkles!
Midnight Black Cookies 
(printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 2 dozen cookies)

1 cup Butter
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 cup Granulated Sugar
2 large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
5 1/4 cup Flour
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
pinch of Salt

Frosting
 3/4 cup Warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar
Super Black Gel Color
Black Sprinkles


Preheat the oven to 350Ⓕ. Beat the butter at medium speed until fluffy. Add sugars and beat well. Add your eggs, oil, vanilla and lemon juice. Beat until blended. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Add to wet ingredients and mix together.
Once your batter is done mixing, set it on the work table and make a small well in the center of the dough. Add black food color. Don't worry about how much. You can always add more later.
Mix together with your hands, distributing the color all around. I like to use disposable food grade gloves when mixing in color. 
I added more color because there just wasn't enough black color, and it had a purple hue to it. Add in the additional color until you are happy with it.
 Scoop the dough using a one tablespoon scoop. Roll dough in to balls and place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
I used a one teaspoon scoop to create the dimples in the cookies. Anything that you have will work, as long as it is round. Place in oven for 8 minutes.
Remove cookies from oven. Use the same one teaspoon scoop to go over the cookies again while they are hot, and make sure the dimples are true and round, and that they didn't fill up during baking. Let cookies cool while you make the frosting.
To make the frosting, place warm water and meringue powder in a large mixing bowl. Mix together with a whisk for 30 seconds. Add cream of tartar and whisk for 30 more seconds. Pour all the confectioner's sugar in at one time. Turn on mixer, on low, and mix for 10 minutes. Once you are done, place frosting in an air tight container. This will make more than you need for this recipe, but it is perfect for any sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies you might be making later. It keeps for weeks in an air tight container. I have used this recipe for many years, but it is not mine. I got it from the cakecentral.com sight. It is called Antonia74 Royal Icing. It is wonderful icing! 
Add the frosting to your cookie dimples. Add sprinkles and let dry.
Enjoy your Midnight Black Cookies!





Midnight Black Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

Cookies
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 5 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • pinch of Salt
Frosting
  • 3/4 cup Warm Water
  • 5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar
  • Super Black Gel Color
  • Black Sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350Ⓕ. Beat the butter at medium speed until fluffy. Add sugars and beat well. Add your eggs, oil, vanilla and lemon juice. Beat until blended. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Add to wet ingredients and mix together.
  2. Once your batter is done mixing, set it on the work table and make a small well in the center of the dough. Add black food color. Don't worry about how much. You can always add more later.
  3. Mix together with your hands, distributing the color all around. I like to use disposable food grade gloves when mixing in color.
  4. I added more color because there just wasn't enough black color, and it had a purple hue to it. Add in the additional color until you are happy with it.
  5. Scoop the dough using a one tablespoon scoop. Roll dough in to balls and place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  6. I used a one teaspoon scoop to create the dimples in the cookies. Anything that you have will work, as long as it is round. Place in oven for 8 minutes.
  7. Remove cookies from oven. Use the same one teaspoon scoop to go over the cookies again while they are hot, and make sure the dimples are true and round, and that they didn't fill up during baking. Let cookies cool while you make the frosting. To make the frosting, place warm water and meringue powder in a large mixing bowl. Mix together with a whisk for 30 seconds. Add cream of tartar and whisk for 30 more seconds. Pour all the confectioner's sugar in at one time. Turn on mixer, on low, and mix for 10 minutes. Once you are done, place frosting in an air tight container. This will make more than you need for this recipe, but it is perfect for any sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies you might be making later. It keeps for weeks in an air tight container. I have used this recipe for many years, but it is not mine. I got it from the cakecentral.com sight. It is called Antonia74 Royal Icing. It is wonderful icing!
  8. Add the frosting to your cookie dimples. Add sprinkles and let dry.
  9. Enjoy your Midnight Black Cookies!
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Texas Sugar Cookies / #foodbloggers4tx

Today I am joining some of my fellow bloggers in a show of virtual support for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. At the end of the page you will find a list of reputable charities, if you wish to donate money to help.
Throughout my life, I have met a lot of people from Texas, but I have never met one who wasn't proud to be a Texan. So I thought I would share this sugar cookie in the shape of the state, with a heart near where Houston is located. Our hearts go out to you and your beautiful state as you struggle with the aftermath. God bless.

Texas Sugar Cookies 
( makes approx. 5 dozen, depending on size)
(printable recipe at end of page)
5 cups Flour
3 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 cups Butter
2 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
2 teaspoons Almond Extract
Pinch of Salt

Frosting
6 Ounces Warm Water 
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar



Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and almond extract and mix well. Mix dry ingredients together. 
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, a little at a time. Mix until flour is incorporated and dough comes together.
The dough needs to be chilled. On the Kitchen Gifts web site they recommend this great idea so you can start cutting out your cookies sooner than later. Take a spatula full of dough, and put it in the middle of a piece of parchment paper. Cover the dough with the same size parchment paper. Roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness.
Place the dough on a baking sheet, cover with plastic, and let it chill in the refrigerator. Repeat the process until all the dough is used, and all the sheets of parchment are in the fridge. By the time you are done, the first sheet you put in should be done. Take out the first batch, cut out, and start baking at 350℉ for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely before decorating.
In a large mixer bowl, add warm water and meringue powder. Whisk together until frothy and thickened, about 30 seconds. Add cream of tartar and whisk for 30 seconds more. Pour in all of the sugar at once. Mix on low for a full 10 minutes. Icing will be thick and creamy.
Start decorating by mixing navy blue color. Use royal blue and a bit of black to get navy blue. Use a #2 decorating tip and a pastry bag. Outline the blue area, then fill in as shown. Let dry for a couple hours.
 Add the white color as shown. Let dry for a couple hours.
Add the red color to the bottom of the cookie.
Add heart to Houston area.

Thank you for joining me today for this very special blog post! 

Keep reading to find the list of charities, lots of other wonderful food that celebrates Texas, and a printable recipe for the Texas Sugar Cookies.  


CHARITIES:



Find lots of wonderful food that celebrates Texas:


Yield: approx. 5 dozen

Texas Sugar Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

Cookies
  • 5 cups Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 cups Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Almond Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
Frosting
  • 6 Ounces Warm Water
  • 5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cookies
  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and almond extract and mix well. Mix dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, a little at a time. Mix until flour is incorporated and dough comes together.
  2. The dough needs to be chilled. On the Kitchen Gifts web site they recommend this great idea so you can start cutting out your cookies sooner than later. Take a spatula full of dough, and put it in the middle of a piece of parchment paper. Cover the dough with the same size parchment paper. Roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness. Place the dough on a baking sheet, cover with plastic, and let it chill in the refrigerator. Repeat the process until all the dough is used, and all the sheets of parchment are in the fridge. By the time you are done, the first sheet you put in should be done. Take out the first batch, cut out, and start baking at 350℉ for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely before decorating.
Frosting
  1. In a large mixer bowl, add warm water and meringue powder. Whisk together until frothy and thickened, about 30 seconds. Add cream of tartar and whisk for 30 seconds more. Pour in all of the sugar at once. Mix on low for a full 10 minutes. Icing will be thick and creamy.
  2. Start decorating by mixing navy blue color. Use royal blue and a bit of black to get navy blue. Use a #2 decorating tip and a pastry bag. Outline the blue area, then fill in as shown. Let dry for a couple hours.
  3. Add the white color as shown. Let dry for a couple hours.
  4. Add the blue color as shown. Let dry for a couple hours.
  5. Add the red color to the bottom of the cookie. Let dry for a couple hours.
  6. Add the star to the area near Houston. Let dry.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fruit Cones / #ColorMyWorld

 Sometimes simple is best, and these Fruit Cones are both simple and refreshing! Filled with both fresh blueberries and cherries, they make the perfect way to end a meal, or a light treat for the end of the day!


Fruit Cones  
(recipe at end of page)
10 ounces Milk Chocolate
Fresh Blueberries
Fresh Cherries
6 Sugar Cones

Melt chocolate in double boiler. 
While chocolate is melting, wash, pull out the stems, and pit the cherries.
Wash blueberries.
Dip top edge of cones in chocolate. Add some chocolate inside, dripping down for fun!
Refrigerate. Have fruit ready to put the cones in.
Once chocolate has set up on cones, fill cones with a mix of the fruit!
My friends and I at #PBColorMyWorld are cooking with red and blue ingredients today! I hope you enjoy the recipes! Click the link below for more.







Fruit Cones

INGREDIENTS:


  • 10 ounces Milk Chocolate
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Fresh Cherries
  • 6 Sugar Cones

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Melt chocolate in double boiler.
  2. While chocolate is melting, wash, pull out the stems, and pit the cherries.
  3. Wash blueberries.
  4. Dip top edge of cones in chocolate. Add some chocolate inside, dripping down for fun!
  5. Refrigerate. Have fruit ready to put the cones in.
  6. Once chocolate has set up on cones, fill cones with a mix of the fruit!
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Creamsicle Doughnuts / #TasteCreations

This month we are all about Doughnuts at #TasteCreations, so I made some Creamsicle Doughnuts I would love to share with you! Would you do just about anything for a doughnut? I think a lot of people would! I lived in Las Vegas when the first Krispy Kreme opened in the city. Everyone was excited! The television news talked about it, it was in all the papers, and the lines were out the door everyday for at least a week. It seemed everyone had a story about waiting in line for the delectable doughnut! It was craziness, and everyone was talking doughnuts! Fun and a little nutty at the same time!
Well, these doughnuts are very tasty and easy to make, but I'm not sure they will get that much press! But, then again, you won't have to wait in line to get them! Even though they are worth it!
Creamsicle Doughnuts

(makes 15-17 doughnuts)
(printable recipe at end of blog)
 2 cups Cake Flour
3/4 cup Sugar
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
3/4 cup Buttermilk
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoon Butter, melted
1 teaspoon Orange Extract
2 teaspoon Orange Zest
1/8 cup fresh squeezed Orange Juice from zested Orange
Orange Sprinkles

Glaze 
2 cups Powdered Sugar 
4-5 tablespoon Light Whipping Cream

Preheat oven to 350° F

Place the cake flour, sugar and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk, eggs, and butter. Mix together. Add the extract, zest and juice. Mix together.
Grease a doughnut pan.Fill each doughnut cavity with batter, about 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 1/2 -7 minutes. Remove from oven. Take a toothpick around the edges of the pan to loosen the doughnut a little. Let cool for 2 minutes, then remove from pan and cool.
Place all doughnut on a baking sheet, or something similar. This is where they will be iced.
Make the glaze by mixing together the powdered sugar and cream. Add the cream a tablespoon at a time until the glaze is thick but pourable.
Pour the glaze into a small bowl. Drop each doughnut onto the glaze, then lift off, let drip a little, and set back on tray.
Decorate doughnuts with orange sprinkles or jimmies, and enjoy!



 Check out these awesome donuts from the rest of our group! 




Blueberry Baked Donuts 

Don't they sound delicious?! Click on the link for the recipe!


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Thank you for joining me today!  Happy Baking!

 
print recipe

Creamsicle Doughnuts

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Cake Flour
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoon Butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Orange flavor Extract
  • 2 teaspoon Orange Zest
  • 1/8 cup Fresh Orange Juice from zested Orange
  • Orange Sprinkles
Glaze
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoon Light Whipping Cream

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Place the cake flour, sugar and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk, eggs, and butter. Mix together. Add the extract, zest and juice. Mix together.
  3. Grease a doughnut pan.Fill each doughnut cavity with batter, about 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 1/2 -7 minutes. Remove from oven. Take a toothpick around the edges of the pan to loosen the doughnut a little. Let cool for 2 minutes, then remove from pan and cool.
  4. Place all doughnut on a baking sheet, or something similar. This is where they will be iced.
  5. Make the glaze by mixing together the powdered sugar and cream. Add the cream a tablespoon at a time until the glaze is thick but pourable.
  6. Pour the glaze into a small bowl. Drop each doughnut onto the glaze, then lift off, let drain, and set back on tray.
  7. Decorate doughnuts with orange sprinkles or jimmies, and enjoy!
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Friday, June 2, 2017

Cookie Butter Chocolate Cookies / #15 Minute Friday

Happy Friday Everyone! This week for #15MinuteFriday I am sharing some yummy Cookie Butter Chocolate Cookies!                          These are quick and easy and I am sure you will love them!
Cookie Butter Chocolate Cookies 
(makes 3-4 cookies)
(printable recipe at end of page)
4 tablespoons Cookie Butter
1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 package Famous Chocolate Wafers
Chocolate Sprinkles

Mix together the cookie butter and the heavy whipping cream on high until the whipping cream is absorbed into the cookie butter.
Use a 1M (wilton) size tip and put mix into pastry bag.
Fill bottom cookie with mix. Top with another cookie.
 Decorate the sides with chocolate sprinkles and enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this simple recipe, and I would love to know if you make these tasty cookies!

 

yield: 3-4 Cookiesprint recipe

Cookie Butter Chocolate Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 tablespoons Cookie Butter
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 package Famous Chocolate Wafers
  • Chocolate Sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix together the cookie butter and the heavy whipping cream on high until the whipping cream is absorbed into the cookie butter.
  2. Use a 1M (wilton) size tip and put mix into pastry bag.
  3. Fill bottom cookie with mix. Top with another cookie.
  4. Decorate the sides with chocolate sprinkles and enjoy!
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