Feb 15, 2013

Pink & Red Cookies


Love is in the air, I can feel it and I hate it
Jk, I don’t hate it, but only because we get to eat as much chocolate as we want

I don’t think that Valentine’s Day has to be celebrated only by you and your valentine; I think it can be celebrated with anyone you care about. I also think that it’s the perfect excuse to make anything pink and red.

I’ve been using this recipe for years and finally decide to share it with you because you know how much I love you. It will be our little secret.

Cake Mix Cookies
Ingredients:
½ C unsalted butter or margarine*, softened
2 eggs
1 (18.25oz) box cake mix
1 C add-ins (chocolate chips, dried fruits, nuts, etc)
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. In a large bowl, mix together softened butter, eggs, cake mix until the dough almost comes together. Stir in any add-ins your little pink loving heart desires.
3. Drop cookie dough on cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart, they do spread out as they bake. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

Promise me you won’t bake them for longer than 10 minutes, please. Do that for me on Valentine’s Day. And tell me I’m beautiful.

I was using butter for the longest time, and one day I ran out of butter but was craving for cookies so went for margarine. I’m glad I ran out of butter because the result of the cookies was amazing. They spread out more but still stay chewy. Try it, you won’t be sorry. Ok, I know word on the street is that margarine is bad for you, but you’re already using a box of cake mix, so…

For this special day, I made some strawberry cookies with white chocolate chips and red velvet cookies with dark chocolate chips





p.s. I apologize for being a day late, I had this all typed up yesterday but couldn't put it up then because this happened...

Anyways, Valentine’s Day. Love it, hate it, there’s no escaping it. So let chocolate help you enjoy it.
enjoy 

Feb 13, 2013

Strawberry Cookies For Your Valentine


Valentine’s Day’s tomorrow, are you ready? I’m never that into the holiday but I’d find any excuse to bake.

I don’t really get into all the cute and fun food ideas because let’s be honest, in the end they’re all gonna end up in the same place… However, this time I decided to spend some extra time and dress up these little cute strawberry cookies with cookie icing and sprinkles.

Strawberry Cookies
Recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes.com
Ingredients:
1 ¾ C all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
¾ C (1 ½ stick) unsalted butter, softened
¼ C granulated sugar
½ tsp salt
1 package gelatin, any flavor. I got strawberry for its lovely pink color
½ egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375F. In a bowl, sift together flour and baking powder, set aside
2. In another bowl, cream together softened butter, sugar, salt and gelatin, until light and fluffy.

Mix in egg and vanilla, and then the flour mixture.

3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place them about 1-2 inch apart. Slightly flatten the dough with bottom of a glass.

4. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then transfer them to cooling rack to let cool completely.
5. Drizzle the cooled cookies with some icing and sprinkle some colorful sprinkles before the icing sets

Feel free to add some chocolate chip into the dough. Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is pretty much all about chocolate.

Easy Cookie Icing
Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com
Ingredients:
1 C powdered sugar
2 tsp milk or cream
2 tsp light corn syrup
¼ tsp almond extract -> I used ½ tsp vanilla extract instead
Directions:
1. In a bowl, stir together powdered sugar and milk until smooth, then beat in corn syrup and vanilla extract until icing is smooth and glossy.

* If icing starts to thicken, you can add a little more milk to thin it out

If you really want to impress your valentine, you can add food colorings to the icing and make it fancy and more colorful.

Nothing says “I love you” more than homemade cookies. Especially the pink ones with colorful sprinkles. Now get in the kitchen and make these for your loved ones.
enjoy 

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