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Valentine’s Cookies March 6, 2010

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I’m sure many of you readers anxiously checked my blog on the days leading up to the holiday of Love (and cookies and candy).  I’m so sorry to disappoint, I made cookies of course, I just didn’t post them.  Better late than never!  There’s not much to say here as these are a variation of the chocolate star cookies I posted earlier.  This time I used red velvet cake mix with cream cheese frosting, and strawberry cake mix with pink vanilla frosting.  I made these for my roommates since they were both returning home on February 15th.  Unfortunately they were so delicious that I ate all the strawberry cookies (despite having frozen them to deter myself, apparently the strawberry cookies are just as good frozen).  I made another batch with a coconut cake mix and the powdered sugar homemade icing (colored pink).  Its just so simple to grab a box of cake mix and you can try any of the flavors on the shelf using the same process!  Here’s the eye candy/photographs:

 

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.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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).