Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dippidy Do Da

Like I said in last week's post, my husband needed a dessert for a brunch lunch they were having at work. So to go along with the chocolate waffle cookies, I also made a chocolate chip cookie dough dip. Pretty easy to make, and was a big hit. I found the recipe here and you will find it down below.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

½ c butter
¼ c brown sugar, slightly packed
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
8 oz. cream cheese , room temperature
½ c confectioners’ sugar
1 c mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a medium saucepan melt, the butter and brown sugar. Whisk together over medium-high heat until sugar has dissolved, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract. Set
aside and let cool, and if you’re in a hurry stick in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
While that is cooling, cream together the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar for 1-2 minutes. Slowly pour in the butter/sugar mixture. Beat until the mixture is combined and not separated. It may take up to 5 minutes. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Put in your container and top off with some extra chocolate chips for fun.
You can pair it with waffle cookies, or graham crackers, or fruit.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ironing out a Cookie

Last week, my husband's work had a lunch at work that required me to whip up some dessert. Sometimes, they have themes for their lunches, and this time it was a Waffle Bar Brunch. At first, I had no idea what to make, but then, thanks to Pinterest (again), I had my answer.
I found a recipe for really simple cookies to make and I thankfully had all the ingredients I needed. The special trick with these cookies is that they are made in a waffle iron.
Chocolate Waffle Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 ½ cups sugar
½ teaspoon salt
4 eggs
¾ cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
Preheat your waffle iron.
Cream together the butter, sugar and salt. Then beat in the eggs until well incorporated. Mix in cocoa powder and vanilla extract. At last, add the flour and mix until just combined.
I did spray the iron with some cooking spray, but I'm not sure I really needed to. Using a 1 ounce scoop, I put my batter in my waffle iron, shut the lid and "baked" for 90 seconds.
You could even go a little less on the time with the cookies being this small. After they are done simply remove the waffle cookies with a small spatula, let the cookies cool on a wire rack, and start all over again.
The recipe I was following decorated the cookies with some chocolate frosting. I decided to make a chocolate chip cookie dough dip (that I also found thanks to Pinterest) to go with these cookies. Also you can use a larger scoop to make these cookies, and once I had enough to send with my husband, I did use one to finish off the batter. Next week I plan to share the recipe for the dip, so stay tuned. :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Another Eggperiment

Last week when I was playing around with the bunny cookies, I also tried something new on some egg cookies.
I bought these stencils awhile ago, and had never used them. So I thought they would be fun to use on the egg cookie. On Pinterest, I saw a post with some beautiful cookies that used stencils. The only problem with the post is it was in another language and I could not read it. Thankfully I could understand basically what to do from the pictures. So the first step was to lightly brush some shortening over the stencil.
I sprinkled the cookie with some disco dust. I recommend doing this over a paper towel so you can tap the excess off over the towel and then fold the towel up to create a funnel to pour the dust back into the container.
Sorry for the blurry photo. I was in a rush and this goes to show that it's a good thing my hobby isn't photography.
Now because I was in a rush, I didn't let my royal icing completely dry on the cookie. And because of that, my stencil sunk into the icing. To cover that mistake, I piped some royal icing to hide the cracks and ridges I created by not having any patience.
Here are the cookies I made while playing. It was fun and my family enjoyed eating all my creations.