Sunday, June 19, 2016

Marbled Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie

Marbled Skillet Cookie

The swirls of chocolate that dance throughout this peanut butter skillet cookie will make you want to dive right in. I know because I could barely wait for a bite once I took this big beauty out of the oven.

Skillet Cookie Ingredients

The ingredients you’ll need are: flour, sugar, brown sugar, butter, peanut butter, vanilla, salt, eggs, baking powder, vanilla and chocolate syrup.

Mini Chips

Oh …  and some miniature semisweet chocolate chips don’t hurt either. Once the batter is mixed, stir them right in for a double dose of chocolate.

Spreading Batter

Spread half the batter in the bottom of a greased 10-inch cast iron skillet.

Chocolate Syrup

Now … yum … pour some chocolate syrup all over the top.

Good stuff.

Spreading More Batter

Then spread the rest of the batter on top of the syrup like so.

Swirled Cookie Batter

Now, gently swirl a thin knife through the batter several times. Be careful not to over mix or it will lose some of the marbled effect.

Okay, let’s bake this baby.

Marbled Peanut Butter Cookie

Beautiful. And even better with a big scoop of ice cream on top.

Marbled Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie

Dig in with friends and several spoons or cut into even slices to serve.

Marbled Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 – 1/3 cup chocolate syrup

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Generously grease a deep 10-inch cast iron skillet.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl and set aside.
  • Using a mixer, beat butter and peanut butter until combined. Add both sugars and beat until combined. Add eggs one at a time beating between each addition. Then add vanilla and mix.
  • Add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture and mix until incorporated.
  • Spread half of batter in bottom of skillet. Pour syrup on top. Gently spread remaining batter on top of syrup. Using a thin knife, gently swirl syrup through batter.
  • Bake 45-50 minutes. (Note: You can also bake in a 13 X 9 inch pan for 35-40 minutes.)

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Skillet Cookie

Enjoy with ice cream and more syrup if desired.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Grab some milk because you’re going to want a big cold glass to go with these chocolatey cookies.

Cookie Ingredients

Here are all the ingredients to make your day a little sweeter.

Cookie Dough

The dough gets off to a delicious start with butter, sugar, brown sugar and creamy peanut butter.

Major Morsels

When the dough is ready, these morsels get mixed in for a perfect marriage of peanut butter and chocolate. My favorite.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s easy to see why.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups peanut butter morsels*
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels*

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt and then set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter, both sugars and peanut butter using a mixer until creamy. Add eggs and then vanilla, beating well until incorporated.
  • Slowly beat in the flour mixture. Stir in both morsels.
  • Chill dough for 15-20 minutes and then scoop onto prepared baking sheet placing 2 inches apart using a 1 1/2 inch scoop for evenly sized cookies.
  • Roll scooped dough into balls and gently flatten the tops of the cookies. * You can reserve some of the morsels to press into the tops of the cookies before baking.
  • Bake 9-11 minutes. Makes about 32 cookies.

Melty Morsels

Yummy melty morsels. Enjoy!!!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sweet Talk Cookie Signs

Sugar Cookie Signs

I bought a little lightbox sign the other day that inspired these sweet message board cookies.

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Look how cute. And I’ve been playing around with different sayings to put on display in the kitchen so I thought it would be fun to say things with sugar, too.

Cookie Cutting

I used this awesome sugar cookie recipe and two rectangular cookie cutters to make the signs.

The big cutter is 2 X 3 inches and the little one is 1 x 1.5 inches.

Sugar Cookies

Once the cookies are baked and cooled, roll out vanilla fondant and you can use the same cutters to cover the cookie tops.

When rolling out fondant, keep your roller and work surface lightly coated in powdered sugar or corn starch so the fondant can be easily lifted and transferred.

Spread a thin layer of frosting on your cookies and then position the fondant in place. Gently press down and smooth out without making indentions in the fondant.

Making Cookie Signs

To make the signs, I used a mini spatula to press indentions into the fondant to create a border. The width of the spatula was also perfect for the middle horizontal lines, but you can also use any straight edge that works for you.

BTW, this mini spatula is one of my all-time favorite things in the kitchen. It’s from Pampered Chef if you want to track one down.

Cookie Sign Boards

I also tinted some fondant light pink for even cuter signs.

Cookie Writing

Let the fondant dry out a little and then use a black edible ink pen to write something sweet … or sassy. If you write right away, the pen may make indentions in the fondant.

Cookie Signs

When done writing your words, use the same edible ink pen to fill in the borders. Indenting with the spatula helps to make sure you stay in the lines.

But wait, don’t you think these signs should totally stand up?

Treat Yo Self Cookie Signs

I think so, too.

Cookie Triangles

Here, I used a small teardrop cutter to make triangle shapes by cutting off the rounded ends.

Cookie Sign Assembly

Then I attached the triangles to the cookie backs with melted peanut butter candy coating. You can use other colors, but the peanut butter wafers blended in with the cookie color nicely.

The sugar cookie recipe will make 24 cookies or 12 standing signs.

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These are so cute… you’ll want to eat your words.

Enjoy!!!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Curious George Cake Pops

Curious George Cake Pops

I’ve been monkeying around this weekend and made the sweetest little cake pops in partnership with Hulu to share with you guys. I’m working with them to help celebrate that all nine seasons of Curious George are now streaming only on Hulu and of course I had to explore how my favorite mischievous little monkey would look in cake pop form.

Okay …Who’s curious to find out how to make George and make people smile.

Making Cake Balls

First, we need to mix up some cake and frosting and roll the mixture into balls. You can reference my basic cake pop instructions here for the full how-to and then follow along below to make them into mini monkeys.

Shaping Faces

Once you have all your balls rolled out, begin to shape the heads. Use a paper lollipop stick to make indentions on the front of the face and then roll it along the sides and surface to help smooth it out.

After shaping, chill the balls until firm.

Butterscotch Morsels

Have some butterscotch or peanut butter morsels handy because they will be our ears.

Moon and Star Sprinkles

Okay, first let me say… I really wanted to try and get George’s hair to curl like his cartoon. That said, you can skip this step and then just use a toothpick to swirl on little curls of melted chocolate on top of his head at the end of decorating.

But, if you are up for it… These are Moon and Star Sprinkles and the moons made perfectly proportioned hair. Let’s see.

Adding Hair

Dip the ends of three moon sprinkles (one at a time) into melted chocolate candy coating and attach to the top and side of George’s head. You can help secure them by adding a little more coating around the base where they are attached. Just smooth it into the surface of the pop. Place shaped balls back in the fridge to chill again before dipping.

Insert a lollipop stick into the shaped ball and carefully dip the entire pop into chocolate candy coating. Remove and gently tap off any excess. Before the coating sets, attach two butterscotch or peanut butter morsels to the side of the head with the bottoms facing forward for ears. Let dry completely.

Monkey Cake Pops

Voila… now we’re ready to fill in these blank faces.

Dipping George

For the fronts of the faces, you can use peanut butter or butterscotch candy wafers. If you can’t find those flavors, then you can also just make your chocolate candy coating lighter by mixing in white candy coating. Here I placed some peanut butter flavored candy coating in a small container and dipped the front of George’s mouth area into it. Remove and then apply more coating to his eye area using a toothpick. Gently use the toothpick to coerce the coating where you want it. You can also place the melted candy coating in a small squeeze bottle and pipe it quickly on the front.

Curious George Faces

When dry, draw on a nose using a toothpick dipped in melted candy coating and attach the eyes.

Confetti Sprinkles

The eyes are white confetti sprinkles.

When completely dry, draw on the eyes, ears and a big grin with a black edible-ink writing pen. For the final finish, dot the eyes with melted white candy coating.

Curious George Cake Pops

Super cute.

Curious George Balloons

But I think we need some balloons.

Balloon Pops

Just dip round cake pops in red, yellow and blue candy coating and let dry. Then use a toothpick to apply coating around the base of the stick for the knot.

Curious George Cake Pops

Now it’s a party and I think Curious George agrees.

Enjoy!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookie Candy Buttons

Chocolate Chip Cookie Candy Buttons

I was playing in the kitchen this weekend and made these super fun candy buttons.

And instead of sugary pink, blue and yellow dots, I made them into these soooo super tiny chocolate chip cookies. Eeek!

Making Tiny Cookies

Here’s what you’ll need:

Royal Icing (see recipe below)
Chocolate brown icing color
Black non-pareils
Toothpicks
Small squeeze bottle
3 X 4 inch plastic treat bags
Double-sided tape
Template and tags (download here and print out on letter size paper)

Candy Buttons

Piping Dots

Use the printables provided above to pipe dots of brown royal icing onto paper. (Note: I tried using parchment paper and wax paper to pipe on, but the buttons fell off way too easily). Pipe one sheet at a time using a small squeeze bottle. If the dots have peaks on top from piping then, gently coerce them down with the tip of a toothpick until it blends into the dome of the dot.

Royal Icing
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons meringue powder
3 tablespoons water

  • Sift confectioners’ sugar and meringue powder into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add water. Then, using the paddle attachment, increase speed to high and beat for 5-8 minutes until glossy and stiff peaks form.
  • Tint icing with brown icing color. (I used chocolate brown from AmericaColor.) Check consistency before filling your squeeze bottle. If the royal icing is too thick, add a teaspoon of water at a time. (Note: I only added one extra teaspoon) Alternatively, if the icing is too thin, you can mix in more confectioner’s sugar to thicken it up.
  • Recipe will make enough for 40 sheets of 15 dots each or 600 dots. : )

Sprinkling Chips

As soon as you finish piping each sheet, go ahead and pinch a few nonpareils at a time and drop them on the tops of each dot of sugar. If you try to sprinkle too many at a time, they will fall in between the dots and attach to the sides making the cookies look kinda weird.

I kept a small amount in the cap of the bottle they came in so they would be handy and to avoid making a mess.

Sprinkle Chips

If any of the nonpareils are sitting too high on the sugary “cookie” then just use a clean toothpick to gently press them down a bit.

Tiny Cookies

Now just let them dry! Let them sit out for several hours or overnight before packaging them.

Easy peasy!

Treat Tags

I made the tags for these little treats in the iconic happy colors you usually associate with candy buttons. Just a little subliminal association to help since my treat bags weren’t the normal long and skinny size they usually come in.

Candy Button Packaging

When the cookie candy buttons are completely dry, place each sheet in a treat bag and use double-sided tape to attach the tags to the tops.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Candy Buttons

Super cute.

Cookie Candy Buttons

I can’t help but thing how fun the blue ones would be as party favors from Cookie Monster at a Sesame Street birthday party.

Candy Buttons

But really, they’d be fun to give to out anytime.

Cookie Candy Buttons

Enjoy!!!

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