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Showing posts with label cut out cookies. Show all posts

Thursday, December 3, 2009

12 Days of Cookies – a bon appétit cookie extravaganza! Chocolate Peppermint Stars


This wonderful event, in it’s second year, is the brain child of Andrea of Andrea's Recipes, but this year is being organized and ran by Sandy of At the Baker's Bench.

How I got asked to be involved with this incredible group is beyond me but all the thanks goes to Kelly of Sass & Veracity and after last year I sure earned my way in the hard way! There are 10 of us that have decided to do The 12 Days of Cookies – A bon appétit cookie extravaganza. We will be choosing, baking, tasting, blogging and sharing with you a cookie a day for the first 12 days of December.
These cookies are coming from bon appetit's Holiday Cookie-a-Day Slideshow.

These are my partners in crime. We will all be choosing different cookies and surprising each other. How fun is that???? Be sure to check out their selections for the day!

Andrea of Andrea's Recipes
Claire of The Barefoot Kitchen
Courtney of Coco Cooks
Di of Di's Kitchen Notebook
Kelly of Sass & Veracity
Michelle of Big Black Dogs
RJ of Flamingo Musings
Sandy of At the Baker's Bench
Tiffany of The Nesting Project

CHocolate stars

So, I guess you can tell that they don’t look very star like right?  These cookies and I were doomed right from the start.  Still not sure where I went wrong.  I followed the recipe to a tee.  The only thing I can think of is that it was just too stinky hot in here and the recipe is kinda weird.  No egg, no baking soda or baking powder.  Hmmm…

Here is my star attempt…


Not very star like right?  I decided that I was not gong to waste any more chocolate on these cookies so I just put the candy cane crumbles on them before I baked them.  I realized after that wasn’t such a good idea so on the drop ones I made I just pressed it into it when it was baked.

Chocolate Peppermint Stars
Servings: Makes about 32 cookies. 

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (about 3 1/2 ounces) finely crushed red-and-white-striped hard peppermint candies
  • Sift flour, cocoa, and salt into medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add dry ingredients; beat until dough holds together. Divide dough in half. Shape each piece into disk. Wrap in plastic; chill until firm enough to roll, at least 45 minutes and up to 1 day.

  • Set rack in center of oven and preheat to 300°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment. Roll out 1 dough disk on floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Using 3-inch star-shaped cutter, cut out cookies. Transfer to sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Gather scraps into ball. Wrap; chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

  • Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until tops feel firm to touch, about 25 minutes. Cool on sheets 10 minutes. Transfer to racks and cool completely. Repeat rolling, cutting, and baking until all dough is used. DO AHEAD Can be made ahead. Store airtight at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 2 weeks.

  • Stir chocolate in small metal bowl set over saucepan of barely simmering water until smooth. Using small spoon, drizzle chocolate over cookies in zigzag lines. Sprinkle with crushed candies. Drizzle remaining chocolate over. Let stand until chocolate is set, at least 1 hour. DO AHEAD Can be made 3 days ahead. Store cookies between sheets of waxed paper in airtight container at room temperature.

CHocolate stars 2

Would I make these again?  No way!  As RJ of Flamingo Musings pointed out they could be saved by adding an egg, more flour, change to regular sugar and add baking powder...Hehehe!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Aren't they sweet looking? The girl's decorated them themselves!!!

The other day I asked on Twitter (yep I am an addict...follow me here) for a good recipe for sugar cookies. I wanted to do some cutouts for the girl's Valentine Parties. Worked out great as Elle from Elle's New England Kitchen responded to me with a perfect, huge and simple recipe.

Thanks Elle these were so awesome. They made enough for both of the girl's classrooms with some leftover for us!!!

I made a simple powdered sugar icing (1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, cranberry juice (for pink without dye) added by the tsp full) and let the girls spread it on the cookies and add sprinkles before it hardened.

These were definitely a hit in the classroom and in my oldest daughters they were the only homemade ones there :)

Sugar Cookies (Elle's New England Kitchen)

6 cups flour
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups (1 lb) softened butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
4 tsp vanilla
2 tsp almond (or other) extract

Sift or combine the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
Throw all four sticks of butter and the sugar in your mixer and mix until it gets fluffy and the color gets lighter.
Add the eggs and extracts and combine.
Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until it is all combined.
Throw the whole mess into the fridge for a while to firm up
Bake 350 for 8-10 or until edges are just golden

As Always...

Happy Entertaining!!!