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Showing posts with label treats. Show all posts

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Candy Cane Cookies/ 12 Days Of Cookies!

I love everything about Christmas Cookies! The smells, the colors, the yumminess! But my favorite thing about them is all the emotions and memories that immediately come back. Memories of my mom and I making them every year, since I was 4 years old. The neighbor across the street that taught me how to make pizzelles when I was ten. The many plates full of cookies we would wrap up and deliver to friends at school, church, and the neighborhood. The tins I would carefully fill with special cookies for a boyfriend or two. The mailing boxes carefully filled with sturdy cookies and bubble wrap after my husband and I moved 2000 miles away and couldn't come home for the holidays. The trays full of cookies I brought for classroom parties over the years, and the many boxes of cookies I sent to my son and his room mates when he was away at college. All these memories flood my mind and make me smile when I think of Christmas Cookies.
So, yes, I do love everything about Christmas Cookies, and you probably do too! I hope you will create some memories with these Candy Cane Cookies, and I would love if you would share any of your Christmas Cookie memories with me in the comment section below. I would love to read about them!


Candy Cane Cookies 
(printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 1 dozen)
3/4 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 large Egg
1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
Red Food Coloring



Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix together. Add the peppermint and vanilla extracts. Add the flour.
Divide dough in half. Leave one half plain.
Color the other half with red food coloring. 
Take a tablespoon of red dough and a tablespoon of white dough. Roll each piece out into a 6" long piece.
Twist them together into candy canes. Pinch the ends together.
Bake for 7-8 minutes until done. Cool on rack for 3-4 minutes, then remove cookies to rack to cool completely.
I hope you enjoyed these cookies, and thanks for joining me today!
For more cookie inspiration and recipes, scroll down and check out all the cookies baked especially for you during the 1st day of 12 Days of Cookies!



      Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Day 1

Anginetti from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Candy Cane Cookies from The Freshman Cook
Christmas Sprinkle Cookies from Family Around the Table
Chocolate Coconut Layer Bars from Making the Most of Naptime
Cookie Butter Crisps from Palatable Pastime
Crispy and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Cuppa Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies from Simple and Savory
Melting Snowmen from Cindy's Recipes and Writings 
Meyer Lemon Shortbread Cookies from Caroline's Cooking
Pizelles from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Red Velvet Snowballs from The Chef Next Door
Rogaliki from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Snowday Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal








yield: 1 dozenprint recipe

Candy Cane Cookies

prep time: 30 MINScook time: 8 MINStotal time: 38 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • Red Food Coloring

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix together. Add the peppermint and vanilla extracts. Add the flour.
  3. Divide dough in half. Leave one half plain.
  4. Color the other half with red food coloring.
  5. Take a tablespoon of red dough and a tablespoon of white dough. Roll each piece out into a 6" long piece.
  6. Twist them together into candy canes. Pinch the ends together.
  7. Bake for 7-8 minutes until done. Cool on rack for 3-4 minutes, then remove cookies to rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween Sandwich Cookies

Today I thought I would rerun a post from a few years ago when I made these Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with a Halloween theme! These cookies were a popular post, and there is no question why. They are cute, colorful, and so good!!! You don't need anything special to make these except for 2 cookie cutters, which if you need to buy them, should cost about $2.00. These cookies can easily be changed up. You can use the same base, a ghost for the cutout on the top, and leave the frosting white!!

 Chocolate Orange Sandwich Cookies
(printable recipe at end of this post)
(makes 2 dozen cookies)
3 1/2 cups Flour

1/2 cup Cocoa Powder

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

pinch Salt

1 cup Butter

1 cup Sugar

1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

1 tablespoon Vanilla
Frosting

6 ounces Warm Water

5 tablespoons Meringue Powder

1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

2.25 pounds of Confectioners Sugar
Mix together your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar, until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until combined.
Add the flour mixture, and mix together. 
Take dough and divide into pieces. Roll out between wax paper.

Freeze pieces in the freezer overnight.
 Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Take 1 frozen piece of dough out of the freezer at a time. Cut out the outside circle with your cutter. Then cut out your inside design. Re roll scraps of dough, and refreeze for 30 minutes. 
 
Cut a back and a front for each cookie. Bake for 8 minutes. Let completely cool.
Make your frosting:
Pour warm water in a bowl and add the meringue powder. Mix with a whisk by hand until it is frothy~about 30 seconds. Add the cream of tartar and whisk for 30 seconds more.

Pour all the confectioner's sugar into the bowl. Mix together on low speed for 10 minutes.
Place some of the frosting in a small bowl and color it orange.
Put the remainder of the frosting into a bowl and cover to prevent drying. If the frosting is too thick, thin with water, a tiny amount at a time.
 
Using a small knife or an offset spatula spread the frosting onto the solid cookie base.
Place the top of the cookie gently over the frosting. If you make these cookies I would love to hear about them! I know you will enjoy them!
 Happy Halloween!!!

print recipe

Halloween Sandwich Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

COOKIE
  • 3 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla
  • Orange Coloring
FROSTING
  • 6 ounces Warm Water
  • 5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2.25 pounds of Confectioners Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

COOKIES
  1. Mix together your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar, until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  4. Add the flour mixture, and mix together.
  5. Take dough and divide into pieces. Roll out between wax paper. Freeze pieces in the freezer overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Take 1 frozen piece of dough out of the freezer at a time. Cut out the outside circle with your cutter. Then cut out your inside design. Re roll scraps of dough, and refreeze for 30 minutes.
  7. Cut a back and a front for each cookie. Bake for 8 minutes. Let completely cool.
FROSTING
  1. Pour warm water in a bowl and add the meringue powder. Mix with a whisk by hand until it is frothy~about 30 seconds. Add the cream of tartar and whisk for 30 seconds more. Pour all the confectioner's sugar into the bowl. Mix together on low speed for 10 minutes.
  2. Place some of the frosting in a small bowl and color it orange. Put the remainder of the frosting into a bowl and cover to prevent drying. If the frosting is too thick, thin with water, a tiny amount at a time.
  3. Using a small knife or an offset spatula spread the frosting onto the solid cookie base.
  4. Place the top of the cookie gently over the frosting.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups / #Choctoberfest2016

If you are a lover of Reese Cups, chocolate, and/or cookie butter, this recipe is for you! I saw these cute little tart pans at the store and my mind immediately went to making these Cookie Butter Chocolate Cups. I had been thinking about them for a while, with thoughts of using a large tart pan, but I love these individual ones. There are so many ways to present these as gifts for someone special! I wrapped these in a fall design, but they would be adorable for any holiday!

Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups
(makes 1-3" round tart)
Recipe at end of post

5 ounces Milk Chocolate
1/4 cup Cookie Butter
small tart pan

Melt the milk chocolate in a double boiler. 
Use a paintbrush, that you use only for candy making, and paint the chocolate over the entire mini tart pan. Cover completely, making sure that you come up the sides of the pan. Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes, or until the chocolate is firmly set.
Melt the cookie butter in a double boiler. Pour it in to the tart pan on top of the chocolate.
Return to freezer until cookie butter is firmly set. 
Spoon chocolate on to the top of the cookie butter. Carefully spread the chocolate to cover the cookie butter, making sure to carefully cover the fluted edges. Return to the freezer until completely set.
Once the chocolate is completely set, flip the pan over and pop the chocolate cup out. 
The cookie butter center is soft, and the chocolate outside is firm and amazing!
Decorate for the season or occasion! I wrapped the Chocolate Cookie Butter Cup in a piece of bakery paper, and then placed it into a glassine bag, and tied it with twine.

Have fun making this tasty, yummy treat! Thanks for stopping by today!

This post is part of the fun and tasty group, #Choctoberfest 2016!
Scroll down to see all the other tasty recipes being presented today by other #Choctoberfest participants!
>Don't forget about the #Choctoberfest2016 giveaway! Click here to enter to win a prize package worth over $350!



print recipe

Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 ounces Milk Chocolate
  • 1/4 cup Cookie Butter
  • 3" Tart Pan

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt milk chocolate in a double boiler.
  2. Use a paintbrush, that you use only for candy making, and paint the chocolate over the entire mini tart pan. Cover completely, making sure that you come up the sides of the pan. Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes, or until the chocolate is firmly set.
  3. Melt the cookie butter in a double boiler. Pour it in to the tart pan on top of the chocolate.
  4. Return to freezer until cookie butter is firmly set.
  5. Spoon chocolate on to the top of the cookie butter. Carefully spread the chocolate to cover the cookie butter, making sure to carefully cover the fluted edges. Return to the freezer until completely set.
  6. Once the chocolate is completely set, flip the pan over and pop the chocolate cup out.
  7. The cookie butter center is soft, and the chocolate outside is firm and amazing!
  8. Decorate for the season or occasion! I wrapped the Chocolate Cookie Butter Cup in a piece of bakery paper, and then placed it into a glassine bag, and tied it with twine.
Notes
  1. I used a mini 3" round tart pan that I found at Michael's. They come 2 to a pack. I used milk chocolate from Trader Joe's. It is excellent and easy to work with. I used Trader Joe's Cookie Butter. For any questions, please email me at thefreshmancook.com
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Baked Pumpkin Doughnut Holes / #PUMPKINWEEK

There is just something about Doughnut Holes that make me think of fall! They always taste so great when there is a slight chill in the air, a roaring campfire, and lots of friends! These Baked Pumpkin Doughnut Holes are the perfect way to welcome fall, start your day, or celebrate anything!

Baked Pumpkin Doughnut Holes  
(printed recipe at bottom of page)
Makes 3 1/2 dozen

2 cups Flour
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
Pinch Salt
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Sunflower Oil
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Pumpkin

Glaze 
4 ounces Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Confectioner's Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3-4 tablespoon Milk


Mix flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in mixing bowl. Set aside.
Add eggs, oil, brown sugar, and pumpkin to a separate bowl. Mix together.
Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together.
Lightly spray a mini cupcake pan with baking spray. Fill each cavity with 1 tablespoon scoops of batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Cool completely.
Add cream cheese glaze ingredients to a blender. Mix on high until glaze is smooth with no lumps. If too thick, add another tablespoon of milk.
Pour into bowl and dunk doughnuts into glaze, submerging them to completely cover. 
Let doughnuts drain and dry on a wire rack on top of parchment paper. 

Sprinkle and Enjoy!

Look at all of these amazing recipes from blogging friends!!

Ginger Pumpkin Leek Soup from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread from Gluten Free Crumbley
Lula Na Morango from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
No-Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream from Love and Confections
Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies from Family Around The Table
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from The Redhead Baker
Pumpkin Doughnut Holes from The Freshman Cook
Pumpkin Fudge from Palatable Pastime
Pumpkin Grilled Cheese with Apples and Cheddar from Making Miracles
Pumpkin Ooey Gooey Cake from Cooking With Carlee
Pumpkin Sage Cloverleaf Rolls from The Crumby Cupcake

yield: 3-4 dozenprint recipe

Baked Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

prep time: 30 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 50 mins

INGREDIENTS:

Doughnuts
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower Oil
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Pumpkin
Glaze
  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3-4 tablespoon Milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. Add eggs, oil, brown sugar, and pumpkin to a separate bowl. Mix together.
  3. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together.
  4. Lightly spray a mini cupcake pan with baking spray. Fill each cavity with 1 tablespoon scoops of batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. Add cream cheese glaze ingredients to a blender. Mix on high until glaze is smooth with no lumps. If too thick, add another tablespoon of milk
  6. Pour into bowl and dunk doughnuts into glaze, submerging them to completely cover.
  7. Let doughnuts drain and dry on a wire rack on top of parchment paper.
  8. Sprinkle and Enjoy!


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!

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