Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Christmas Tree Whoopie Pies / #ChristmasCookies

This is the second day of #ChristmasCookieWeek, and I am so happy that you have stopped by! Today we are celebrating with Christmas Tree Whoopie Pies! I chose these cookies for today because they taste delicious and they are cute too! That is a great combination for building our cookie tins into tasty and pretty gifts! Variety is always important when building your tins, and so far we have a round sour cream sugar cookie and a green cookie in the shape of a Christmas Tree, filled with marshmallow fluff . We are definitely on our way to filling our tins with variety!
This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Christmas Cookies Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Christmas Tree Whoopie Pies
(printable recipe at end of page)

2 1/2 cups Flour
3 tablespoons dark unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
pinch of Salt
1/4 cup Canola Oil
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Buttermilk
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1 tablespoon Vegetable Shortening, at room temp.
3/4 cup firmly packed Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Sugar
1 large Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Green Food Coloring

Filling
5 tablespoons unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 cup Confectioners' Sugar
1 tablespoon light Corn Syrup
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
pinch of Salt
3/4 cup Marshmallow Fluff


Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl, mix together the canola oil and buttermilk. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and shortening. Add the sugars and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix until combined.
Add green color and mix on low speed to completely incorporate the color. Start adding the flour mix a little at a time. you will add the flour and then some of the buttermilk mix. Start with adding the flour, and end with adding the flour. You don't want to overmix, so just mix each time until combined. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.

You will need to pipe the batter onto parchment paper. Begin by finding the cookie cutter you want to use as your stencil. Use a pen to trace around the cookie cutter like above. Trace as many as you can, but don't crowd the designs.
Place the parchment paper face down on a cookie sheet. Make sure the side you drew on is face down. Use a #2 or #3 piping tip and fill a piping bag with the batter. Trace around the outside of the design.
I found the easiest way to fill in the trees was to follow the design above. You want to make the batter level, no matter what design you use, so the cookie will bake evenly.

Ready for the oven! Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Don't worry if it takes a bit longer, but keep a close eye on the time. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Keep in a plastic container until you are ready to make the filling and finish the whoopie pies!
Make the filling by creaming together the butter and sugar on low speed. Stir in the corn syrup, vanilla, and salt. Add the marshmallow fluff and mix on high speed until fluffy. Use as is, or you can refrigerate for 20 minutes until thickened a bit.
Put the whoopie pies together by placing the filling on one inside of a cookie, then putting the top on.
Use green frosting to pipe strings that look like Christmas light wires. Attach a couple pieces of candy decor to look like lights. I used decor I have had for a while, and I don't know where I bought it. You could use small little candy pearls to look like round lights, or maybe a candy like sixlets! You could also pipe a light design onto the cookie with frosting. That would be cute!



Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my cookies! Keep scrolling down the page to find out what all my blogging friends made today. You will also find the printable recipe for the Christmas Tree Whoopie Pies, and a link to the giveaway! If you haven't entered yet, do it today!

Check out all these yummy recipes!:


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Christmas Tree Whoopie Pies

ingredients:

2 1/2 cups Flour
3 tablespoons dark unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
pinch of Salt
1/4 cup Canola Oil
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Buttermilk
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1 tablespoon Vegetable Shortening, at room temp.
3/4 cup firmly packed Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Sugar
1 large Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Green Food Coloring

Filling
5 tablespoons unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 cup Confectioners' Sugar
1 tablespoon light Corn Syrup
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
pinch of Salt
3/4 cup Marshmallow Fluff

instructions:


  1. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the canola oil and buttermilk. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and shortening. Add the sugars and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Add green color and mix on low speed to completely incorporate the color. Start adding the flour mix a little at a time. you will add the flour and then some of the buttermilk mix. Start with adding the flour, and end with adding the flour. You don't want to overmix, so just mix each time until combined. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  5. You will need to pipe the batter onto parchment paper. Begin by finding the cookie cutter you want to use as your stencil. Use a pen to trace around the cookie cutter like above. Trace as many as you can, but don't crowd the designs.
  6. Place the parchment paper face down on a cookie sheet. Make sure the side you drew on is face down. Use a #2 or #3 piping tip and fill a piping bag with the batter. Trace around the outside of the design.
  7. I found the easiest way to fill in the trees was to follow the design above. You want to make the batter level, no matter what design you use, so the cookie will bake evenly.
  8. Ready for the oven! Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Don't worry if it takes a bit longer, but keep a close eye on the time. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Keep in a plastic container until you are ready to make the filling and finish the whoopie pies!
  9. Make the filling by creaming together the butter and sugar on low speed. Stir in the corn syrup, vanilla, and salt. Add the marshmallow fluff and mix on high speed until fluffy. Use as is, or you can refrigerate for 20 minutes until thickened a bit.
  10. Put the whoopie pies together by placing the filling on one inside of a cookie, then putting the top on.
  11. Use green frosting to pipe strings that look like Christmas light wires. Attach a couple pieces of candy decor to look like lights. I used decor I have had for a while, and I don't know where I bought it. You could use small little candy pearls to look like round lights, or maybe a candy like sixlets! You could also pipe a light design onto the cookie with frosting. That would be cute!
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Disclaimer: Thank you #ChristmasCookiesWeek sponsors: Adams Extract, Sprinkle Pop, YumGoggle and Silpat for providing the prizes free of charge. The #ChristmasCookiesWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Four (4) winners will be selected at random from entries received. The prize packages will be fulfilled by and sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. #ChristmasCookiesWeek bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household are not eligible to enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #ChristmasCookiesWeek posts or entry.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Sour Cream Decorated Cookies / #ChristmasCookies

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Christmas Cookies Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Welcome to #ChristmasCookiesWeek2018! I am so happy that you stopped by. All this week, a group of blogging friends and I will be sharing #ChristmasCookies that you will love! Make sure to come back by everyday through Friday to find a new recipe!
 
So....let's talk cookies!

Every year I make dozens of cookies for friends. I give them out during the holidays so they know that my family and I are thinking of them and wishing them the best of the season! It's my favorite thing to do, at my favorite time of year!

So I thought it would be fun to make the cookies for my tins this week, with you! While we are baking I will be talking about why I chose a certain cookie, how I decide which cookies to include, the importance of choosing variety, fillers to make the cookie tin full, and make ahead pointers to make everything less stressful and more fun!

Plus, as part of the party, we are having a giveaway! You can enter at the bottom of this page! Good Luck!

Today we are making Sour Cream Decorated Cookies with sprinkles courtesy of Sprinkle Pop! Thank you, and I love your sprinkles! These cookies are easy to make, and they are quite different from the cookies we are making later this week. These cookies are made with sour cream, which makes them softer, and they also have nutmeg which is definitely a different flavor than most traditional sugar cookies. They are differently delicious! 


Sour Cream Decorated Cookies
(printable recipe at end of page)

1 cup Butter (softened)
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 pinches Nutmeg

Royal Frosting
6 ounces Warm Water
5 tablespoon Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Powdered Icing Sugar


Cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the sour cream and egg.
Add vanilla and mix. In a separate bowl stir together the flour, nutmeg, and salt. 
Add a little at a time to the wet ingredients, until fully incorporated.
Take a large spoonful of dough and set it between 2 pieces of parchment paper. If you use large parchment, fold it in half, placing dough on one side of paper.
Fold the paper over the dough, and use a rolling pin to roll dough flat, about 1/4" thick. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Once dough is chilled, cut out the pieces with a round cookie cutter.
Place dough on cookie sheet. Bake dough for 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees. 
Take your cookies from the oven and using a small cookie cutter, press it into the center of the cookie. It will make an indentation like above. Let cool. Make the frosting. You can find directions to the frosting where I made Place Setting Cookies last year. 
Take about 1 cup of frosting out of the white frosting and tint it green. Set it aside. Use a #2 tip and fill your frosting bag with white frosting. Make a circle of frosting, not too far from the edge, around the cookie. Use your Sprinkle Pop sprinkles to go around the circle. You can go on to the next step, or wait for the circle of sprinkles to dry first.
Use the green frosting and a #2 tip to outline the Christmas Tree. Top it with a star sprinkle! Let dry!
So now we have the first cookie for our cookie tins. One of the reasons I love these cookies is because they are simple, yet very creative. You can make this cookie your own by filling in the tree, and maybe adding sprinkles to it, or making the circle of frosting wider, which would use more sprinkles, and give it a different look. Either way, it's going to fit in the cookie tin perfectly. 

I hope you will stop by tomorrow to see my Christmas Tree Whoopie Pies! They will make a great addition to our cookie tins because they take a little extra time to make, but they are not difficult, and they are always a favorite around this time of year!

So what did all my blogging friends bake today? Check it out below!:

#ChristmasCookiesWeek Monday Recipes



Make sure you enter the #ChristmasWeek giveaway!! So many great prizes! Keep reading to find out more!!

This post is sponsored on behalf of #ChristmasCookiesWeek. The generous sponsors, YumGoggle, Sprinkle Pop, Silpat and Adams Extracts have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.   Thank you to Ellen at Family Around the Table and Christie at A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting #ChristmasCookiesWeek. 

Prize Package #1:

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Prize Package #2:

  YumGoggle is giving away a variety of holiday and Christmas cookie cutters. The winner of this prize package will receive a sleigh, large ornament and two cookie cutter sets. The first is a mug/ sweater set called Ugly Sweater Specialty Cookie Cutter Set and the second is a Santa/ reindeer set called North Pole Specialty Cookie Cutter Set. Each set includes 2 cookie cutters, 2 templates, 2 instruction cars and 4 bonus templates.   The YumGoggle gallery features food photography from contributors around the world. If you’re looking for a recipe, chances are you’ll find it on YumGoggle. The photos not only whet your appetite but you can easily find the recipes by clicking the photo.  

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  a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclaimer: Thank you #ChristmasCookiesWeek sponsors: Adams Extract, Sprinkle Pop, YumGoggle and Silpat for providing the prizes free of charge. The #ChristmasCookiesWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Four (4) winners will be selected at random from entries received. The prize packages will be fulfilled by and sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. #ChristmasCookiesWeek bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household are not eligible to enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #ChristmasCookiesWeek posts or entry.

Sour Cream Decorated Cookies

prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients:

Sour Cream Decorated Cookies
1 cup Butter (softened)
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 pinches Nutmeg

Royal Frosting
6 ounces Warm Water
5 tablespoon Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Powdered Icing Sugar

instructions:


  1. Cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the sour cream and egg.
    Add vanilla and mix. In a separate bowl stir together the flour, nutmeg, and salt. 
  2. Add a little at a time to the wet ingredients, until fully incorporated.
  3. Take a large spoonful of dough and set it between 2 pieces of parchment paper. If you use large parchment, fold it in half, placing dough on one side of paper.
  4. Fold the paper over the dough, and use a rolling pin to roll dough flat, about 1/4" thick. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  5. Once dough is chilled, cut out the pieces with a round cookie cutter.
    Place dough on cookie sheet. Bake dough for 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees. 
  6. Take your cookies from the oven and using a small cookie cutter, press it into the center of the cookie. It will make an indentation like above. Let cool. Make the frosting. You can find directions to the frosting where I made Place Setting Cookies last year.
  7. Take about 1 cup of frosting out of the white frosting and tint it green. Set it aside. Use a #2 tip and fill your frosting bag with white frosting. Make a circle of frosting, not too far from the edge, around the cookie. Use your Sprinkle Pop sprinkles to go around the circle. You can go on to the next step, or wait for the circle of sprinkles to dry first.
  8. Use the green frosting and a #2 tip to outline the Christmas Tree. Top it with a star sprinkle! Let dry!
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Celebrate It! Link Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It!
I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, 
full of tasty food and your favorite people!
And just like that, it's the holiday season, so let's get to the party
and share how we Celebrate!

Featured links from last week:

How to Make Rustic Star Christmas Ornaments
from


Thomas and Friends
Holiday Candy Trains
from



Chocolate Dipped Clementines
from



Thursday, November 22, 2018

Celebrate It! Link Party!


Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope everyone had a great day!
Mine was wonderful and very filling!
I love that the holidays are in full swing, and I hope you plan to enjoy every minute of them!
~
Link up and share as many posts as you want!  
Let's celebrate them together!

Features from last weeks party:





Wish List 2018 for the Craft Room
from


Table Decorations Ideas for
Thanksgiving and Christmas
from



Adorable Farmhouse Style Christmas Pillows
from



Let's get the party started!





Thursday, November 15, 2018

Celebrate It! Link Party!


Welcome to Celebrate It!
I am so happy you stopped by!
Feel free to link as many posts as you would like, 
and let's Celebrate what you have been creating!
I can't wait to see what you are sharing!

Features from last weeks party:

Fudge Cookies
from


Hand Warmer Muff
from

DIY Santa Share Sack
from



Let's go to the Party!




Thursday, November 8, 2018

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It! Link Party!
I am so happy that you stopped by! I hope fall is treating you well and that you have been able to enjoy the cooler weather a bit! Link up below, and let's celebrate together! Link as many as you want!

Features from last weeks party:
DIY Fence-Mounted Outdoor Chalkboard for Kids
from

How to Save an Old Laminate Table w/Gel Stain 
from



$5 Bathroom Vanity Light Makeover
from






Let's start linking!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

I hope your Halloween was fun and festive, full of laughter and lots of tasty food! I can't believe it is already over! That means that we are now in November, and the holiday season will be quickly upon us! 

I am glad you are here today, and I am looking forward to celebrating your latest creations with you!

Features from last weeks party:


Easy Christmas Chalkboard
from


Handmade Ornaments
from


Wired Headband: A Sewing Tutorial For Kids

from