Friday, February 20, 2015

Cupcake Shaped Decorated Cookies

I have a confession to make.  One of my goals for this winter was to learn to make decorated cookies.  Now that winter is soon coming to an end and March is quickly approaching, I pressured myself to learn quickly.  What's my confession?  I like to procrastinate.  Yep, you heard it.  I always have.  I seem to do my best work under pressure.  Even in college, I would wait until the last minute to write a paper or study for a test.  Worked then, and it is still working.  I waited until spring was knocking on my door to complete this goal.  I have a long way to go, but I'm very happy with my beginning cookie projects.

I really had to step out of my comfort zone on these cookies.  Normally I stick to cake decorating and things that I can predict a little better.  But once I started working with these treats I was hooked.  So, next time you have a recipe or project that you are unsure about...just give it a try.  I was amazed at how easy the dough was to prepare.   You don't even have to chill it.  You heard me!!  No chilling!!  It is ready to use straight from the mixer.  Another plus, they only bake for 6 minutes.  I just knew that cookie decorating was going to take too long for my liking.  But I was wrong.  I'm an instant gratification kind of person.  No patience for projects or learning new things.  I want them to be perfect the first time.  I'm trying to be a more patient and prepared person.  I'm getting there, but got a ways to go.  These cookies and decorating techniques exceeded my expectations and calmed my perfectionism.

Supplies:
Roll-out cookie recipe from Wilton
Royal icing recipe from Wilton
Wilton cupcake cookie cutter
Wilton #3 decorating tips 
Wilton couplers
Wilton decorating bags
M&M's for the cherries
Sprinkles

Directions:
  1. Prepare dough as directed in recipe.  Roll out on a floured surface.  Cut out with cookie cutter.  Place on a cookie sheet.  (I prefer to line my cookie sheets with parchment paper.)
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes.  They won't look done, but will cool to be soft buttery cookie.  Let cool completely before decorating.
  3. Prepare icing as directed in recipe.  I tend to add an extra tsp. of water to thin the icing a bit.  
  4. Separate icing into bowls for coloring.  Add appropriate color to each, mix thoroughly.  Spoon half of each color into a piping bag prepared with #3 decorating tip.       
Pipe white icing onto cookie as an outline.

Thin icing left in bowl with another tsp. of water.  After the outline has dried, spoon the icing onto the cookie and fill in the white outline.  You can also use a toothpick to help get into tight spots.  Top with M&Ms and sprinkles.

Create an outline with the other icings to form the cupcake liner part of the cookie.

Thin icing left in bowl with another tsp. of water.  After the outline has dried, spoon the icing onto the cookie and fill in the outline.



Once this has dried, you can pipe the lines on top.




Let dry completely before stacking.  I found it best to bag them separately or put in a large sealed container overnight before stacking.  The cookie will dry out and frosting will become very hard if left out overnight.



Source: A Mandatory Mooch original 
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Yogurt Banana Split



Getting tired of the same 'ol breakfast food?  Kids want something different?  Give these Yogurt Banana Splits a try.  We came across this idea last year at our local grocery store.  They were serving something similar to these to give parents another option for a school day breakfast.  My girls love fruit and yogurt.  So, letting them put together a healthier banana split sounded like a great idea.  Since then, we have made these a standard breakfast option.  We like bananas, yogurt, strawberries, granola, and I allow a few chocolate chips to sweeten the deal.  Try them out!!  Your kids (and yourself) will love you for it!!

Ingredients:
Yogurt of your choice (we use vanilla)
Bananas
Strawberries
Granola
Chocolate chips

Directions:
  1. Split the banana down the middle and lay in the bowl.
  2. Top with yogurt.
  3. Add other toppings of your choice.


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Corn Flake Scotchies


These treats are a long time favorite of my hubby's family.  His grandma would make them every year for Christmas.  I made them for the first time recently and couldn't leave them alone.  If you are a butterscotch fan...look out!!  You will devour one and want more.  Like a potato chip, you can't eat just one.

Makes approx. 75 clusters

Ingredients:
2 (11oz.) pkgs. butterscotch chips
1 1/3 c. creamy peanut butter
8 c. corn flakes

Directions:
  1. Melt chips and peanut butter together in large microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring each time until smooth.
  2. Add corn flakes and stir until covered.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper.  Put in refrigerator to cool.
  4. Best if stored in the refrigerator to keep from melting.
Straws were provided by Party Pail.  
Go visit them to get your own in many fun colors. 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ham and Green Onion Cheeseball {Football Shaped}

My husband's late grandma used to make this cheeseball every year around Christmas time.  The kids would gather together make goodies and spend the night.  Since she has passed away, other family members bring this savory treat to gatherings.  I finally made it myself this week.  It was gone within minutes.  I will definitely be making another one for the Super Bowl next weekend.

Ingredients:
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
2 (2 oz.) pkgs. thin-sliced ham, diced into small pieces
4 green onions, diced
crackers (for a gluten-free option, serve with gluten free crackers)
plastic wrap

Directions:
  1. Mix ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. Place onto plastic wrap.  Wrap and form into football shape.
  3. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. Roll in pecans.  Refrigerated until serving.
  5. Add green onion as the stitches of the football.  Serve with crackers of your choice.




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