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Star Cookies January 12, 2010

Filed under: Cookies — flyingbubble @ 3:18 pm
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My friend Mary had a birthday recently so I pulled out my cookie book and scoured the pages for the perfect celcbration treat.  I didn’t have a lot of time so I decided to try a simple recipe for chocolate cookies that looked awesome because of the icing.  When the cookies come out of the oven they’re still soft so you press a cookie cutter into the top to create an indented pattern that can later be filled.  It’s great for stacking cookies because the imbedded icing is less likely to stick to other cookies.  These are “star” cookies because that’s the only cookie cutter I had which was small enough for my cookie size.  I don’t have the exact recipe here right now but here’s the basics.


I box chocolate cake mix (equally good with any other cake mix flavor)

1/4 cup oil

2 cups powdered sugar

2-3 Tb milk

2 eggs


Preheat oven to 350 (I’m not positive but I think most cookies bake at 350).  Mix ingredients together in a bowl until well incorporated.  Using a teaspoon scoop dough and form into round balls, place 2 in apart on a cookie sheet.  (I got 48 cookie balls out of my batch).  Then press a glass into sugar and then flatten each cookie ball with the glass.  Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.  As soon as you pull the cookies from the oven gently press a cookie cutter into each one to create the design.

For Icing:  Whisk together powdered sugar and enough milk to achieve a thick but pourable icing.  Then mix in food coloring of your choice.  (I whisked the sugar in four separate bowls of 1/2 cup sugar to easily create 4 different colors).  Pour or scoop icing into a ziplock bag and snip the very end (I tried to make the hole as tiny as possible) to create a piping bag.  Then pipe the icing into the indent of the cookies.  Allow to cool and dry (the cookies don’t necessarily have to cool before the icing step).



Filed under: Dessert — flyingbubble @ 8:24 am
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Today is my roommate’s birthday so last night I spent the evening baking her a cake.  I had been wanting to try this recipe and this was the perfect opportunity.  I had to go out a buy a hand mixer because I didn’t already own one.  I’m slowly building my collection of kitchen tools so the foods I post here may get more difficult as I acquire the proper utensils to accomplish them.

For now, I’m post the photo I took this morning, later I will post photos of the inside (we haven’t cut the cake yet) and when I get my cookbook back from my boyfriend’s house I will post the recipe as well.

The cake is an Albanian Walnut cake with a Lemon glaze.  I baked two 8″ round cakes with glaze (the glaze gets cooked on/in) and then stacked them with a layer of lemon zest cream cheese frosting sandwiched between.  Then I frosted the cake in the same lemon zest cream cheese frosting and to decorated I got some food coloring spray paint and sprayed pink all over. Then I used purple and blue frosting for the writing and stars.  I’ll have to comment on how it tastes, at this point I’m hoping for the best as I’m not sure if I baked the cakes correctly in the first place. At least it looks nice 🙂birthdaycake