Yum FX777 CookieWorld: 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Decorated Cookies To Make Your Next Occasion More Enjoyable




Author Resource: Kathleen Westley is a gourmet cookie lover. She writes about where to find the best cookies for all occasions. This month she covers decorated cookies at Cookie Gallery and Article Online Directory



Decorated Cookies To Make Your Next Occasion More Enjoyable

Finding the appropriate gift to express your holiday well-wishes, congratulations, or thoughtfulness can be difficult. Flowers may be too personal, or not personal enough, and a greeting card offers the recipient little in the way of practical use or real enjoyment. When you need a gift that's original but just right for almost any occasion, consider giving a batch of attractive decorated cookies. Bright, vividly decorated cookies will gratify both children and adults, and are ideal for coworkers, friends, and family alike.

What makes decorated cookies the ideal gift is that they are very suitable for any occasion. Expectedly, cookies are magnificent for birthdays, both as gifts and as party favors for your guests. Unique cookie shapes help you commemorate special birthday milestones, or you can choose cookies decorated to match a number of popular party themes. Number cookies are a perfect choice for wedding or similar anniversary celebrations as well.

There are decorated cookies specifically designed to celebrate the arrival of a newborn, or to use as lovely snacks at a baby shower. Personalized cookies bearing the name of the baby are a marvelous way to welcome the latest member of the family. Bridal showers are another great opportunity to use decorated cookies, where they help to create the theme for the party. Cookies can even be used in the wedding reception itself: Using an edible ink marker, you can turn a wedding gown decorated cookie into a place card or a table number display.

Decorated cookies are wonderful for celebrating a wide assortment of special events. The various sports themed cookies you can get would make a fantastic addition to the refreshment spread at your Super Bowl party. They can be used to celebrate a Little League victory (or console the players should the game have gone the other way), serve as snacks at a bowling league tournament, or reward an admirable performance at a dance recital. At a pool party, beach themed party decorated cookies would be quite the hit!

The beautiful thing about cookies is that they bring comfort as much as celebration. Cheerful colors add to the recipient's day, and the delicious taste will perk anyone up. You can send out cookies to a friend as a get-well gift, to cheer them up, or simply so they know that you're thinking of them. If someone close to you is going away after a graduation, a gift of decorated cookies will both congratulate them and let them carry the sweetness of your well-wishes with them. Cookies are an exquisite compliment to a care package for young people away from home, at school, or members of the armed forces serving overseas, offering a small taste of home for them to share with friends.

Any accomplishment can be celebrated with cookies, no matter how big or small. Whether you know a child who has received an award at school, or a doctoral candidate having successfully defended her his thesis, or a lawyer who has just won an important case, you may show your congratulations with adorable, artistic cookies. If your section at work achieves a major milestone, cookies will be a pleasant contribution to the office party refreshment table. No matter what the reason for your celebration, or even if there's no reason beyond just having a fantastic time, a batch of tasty and bright cookies will add some sparkle to your celebrations!



Friday, June 29, 2012

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

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Photo Source: "Chocolate Sandwich Cookies by lynn.gardner, on Flickr">

Containing a full cup of cocoa, these cookies are deliciously chocolaty, and pecan and coconut add a sweet crunch. Try Chocolate Sandwich Cookies if you're hankering for a summer taste during the colder months.

Ingredients:

•1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
•1 1/2 cup sugar
•3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
•2/3 cup cocoa
•3/4 teaspoon baking soda
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•2 eggs
•2 tablespoon milk
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
•Coconut and Pecan Filling (recipe follows)

Procedures:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together flour, sugar, butter, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk and vanilla; beat on medium speed of electric mixer until blended. Dough will be stiff. Stir in pecans.

2. Shape dough into 1 and 1/4 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; flatten slightly. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until almost set. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

3. Prepare Coconut and Pecan Filling. Put cookies together in pairs with about 1 heaping tablespoon filling for each cookie. Serve warm or at room temperature. About 17 sandwich cookies

COCONUT AND PECAN FILLING RECIPE:

• 1/2 cup butter or margarine
• 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
• 1/4 cup light corn syrup
• 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted
• 1 cup finely chopped pecans
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat; add brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir constantly until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in coconut, pecans and vanilla. Use warm. About 2 cups filling.



Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Coconut Almond Cookies

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I really like the combination of chocolate and coconut in this cookie, and the almond flavoring gives it a little something special.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup Egg Beaters or other egg substitute
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chocolate chips

Procedures:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.

3) In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Beat in egg substitute, water and almond extract.

4) Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until well combined. Stir in coconut and chocolate chips.

5) Drop by spoonfuls onto ungrease cookie sheet, 2-inches apart.

6) Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are light brown.

7) Let cookies cool for 3 minutes on cookie sheet and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

8) Makes approximately 4 1/2 dozen cookies.



Saturday, March 24, 2012

White Chocolate-Nut Cookies

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A tasty flavor cookies which could be prepared in advance and be given as a gift. Really with creamy taste for snacks and easy to make.

Ingredients:

• 3/4 cup butter-at room temperature
• 3/4 cup white sugar
• 3/4 cup brown sugar
• 2 eggs
• 2 teaspoons pure Vanilla
• 2 tablespoons dark Rum
• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon Salt
• 1 cup Macadamia nuts
• 2 cups white Chocolate or good quality Vanilla baking chips

Procedures:

1) In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugars. Beat in the eggs, rum and vanilla.

2) In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.

3) Lastly add in the macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips. Chill dough in freezer for about 15-20 minutes. Using a tablespoon measure out a large rounded size spoonful, and place onto a greased baking sheet.

4) Bake at 375°F for 8 minutes. Cook on pan for 1 minute, then, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.



Monday, March 12, 2012

Chocolate Tassies

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Photo Source: "Chocolate pecan tassies by spiderkakes, on Flickr">

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Tassies are little cakes and cookies that are baked in muffin tins. It's essential that you use mini muffin tins in this recipe; in regular tins, the mixture will not bake through. There are many new varieties of chocolate chips that appear (and unfortunately disappear) on the market. Current favorites include dark chocolate/white chocolate swirl as well as a caramel-filled milk chocolate chip. As long as the label says “100 percent real” you can substitute generic brands of chocolate chips for the name brands and save quite a bit of money. Yields 48 cookies.

Ingredients:

• 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips, divided
• 2½ cups finely crushed graham crackers
• 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
• ¼ cup butter
• ¼ cup margarine
• 1 (13-ounce) can evaporated milk
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Procedures:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Spray mini muffin cups with nonstick baking spray containing flour and set aside.

3. In medium microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 cup of the semisweet chocolate chips at 50 percent power; stir until smooth; set aside.

4. In large bowl, combine remaining semisweet chocolate chips, graham crackers, and walnuts.

5. In medium bowl, combine butter, margarine, and brown sugar and mix until fluffy.

6. Gradually add melted chocolate, then evaporated milk, beating thoroughly. Pour over graham cracker mixture; stir until combined.

7. Fill each muffin tin about ⅔ full.

8. Bake 8–12 minutes or until set. Let cool in muffin tins for 3 minutes, then carefully remove and cool completely on wire rack.

9. In microwave-safe small bowl, heat milk chocolate chips at 50 percent power for 1 minute; remove and stir until smooth.

10. Frost tassies; let stand until firm.



Thursday, February 23, 2012

Texas Cowboy Cookies

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These delicious Texas cowboy cookies are a great addition to any lunchbox, or make them for a weekend treat.

Ingredients:

• 1 1/2 cups flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup butter, softened
• 1 cup peanut butter
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 1 cup packed light brown sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 cups quick cooking oats
• 2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
• 1 cup coarsely chopped peanuts or pecans

Procedures:

1) Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment or silicone mat. Heat oven to 350°.

2) Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

3) In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and peanut butter with granulated and brown sugars until creamy. Beat in vanilla and eggs until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture, then, stir in oats, chocolate chips, and peanuts or nuts.

4) Drop cookie dough by teaspoonful onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned.

5) Store cookies in a tightly covered container or food storage bag.
Makes about 4 to 5 dozen cookies.



Friday, February 10, 2012

Easy Coconut Macaroons

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Very easy to make and tasty for snacks.

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients:

• 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 8 ounces shredded coconut
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Procedures:

1) Generously grease cookie sheet.

2) Combine condensed milk and salt in the top of a double boiler. Cook over boiling water, stirring frequently, until mixture is thick; remove from heat.

3) Add coconut and vanilla; stir to mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoons about 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet(s).

4) Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are set. Remove macaroons from cookie sheets to wire rack to cool completely.

5) Makes 2 to 3 dozen chocolate coconut macaroons



Friday, January 20, 2012

Chocolate Dip Wafer Cookies

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Chocolate lovers truly love this tasty cookie.

Ingredients:

1 18.25-ounce package Betty Crocker chocolate fudge cake mix
3 tablespoons shortening, melted
1/2 cup cake flour, measured then sifted
1 egg
3 tablespoons water
Non-stick cooking spray

Coating:

3 12-ounce bags semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
6 tablespoons shortening

Procedures:

1. Combine the cookie ingredients in a large bowl, adding the water a little bit at a time until the dough forms. Cover and chill for 2 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out a portion of the dough to just under 1/16 of an inch thick. To cut, use a lid from a spice container with a 1 1/2-inch diameter (Schilling brand is good.) Arrange the cut dough rounds on a cookie sheet that is sprayed with a light coating on non-stick spray. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the wafers from the oven and cool completely.

4. Combine chocolate chips with peppermint extract and shortening in a large microwave - safe glass or ceramic bow. Heat on 50 percent power for 2 minutes, stir gently, then heat for an addition minute. Stir once again, and if chocolate is not a smooth consistency, continue to zap in microwave in 30-second intervals until smooth.

5. Use a fork to dip each wafer in the chocolate, tap the fork on the edge of the bowl so that the excess chocolate runs off, and then place the cookies side-by-side on a wax paper - lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm.