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Hot Chocolate Cookies

 

Ok now these sounds AMAZING! Hot Chocolate Cookies from The Pioneer Woman is something I think that I could eat on a daily basis.

Ingredients
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped

2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

envelopes hot cocoa mix without marshmallows (about 1.38 ounces each)

1 tsp. instant espresso powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

sticks salted butter, at room temperature

1 3/4 c. sugar

large eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 c. white chocolate chips

24 marshmallows, halved crosswise with kitchen shears

Directions
  1. Put the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set over a saucepan filled with a few inches of simmering water over low heat. Let melt, 3 to 4 minutes, then stir until smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and let cool slightly.
  2. Combine the flour, hot cocoa mix, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl  and whisk to get rid of any lumps.
  3. Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined. Beat in the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the melted chocolate. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until smooth and light, about 1 minute. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and beat until just combined, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in the white chocolate chips. Cover the dough and refrigerate until it just begins to firm up, about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350˚. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop the dough into balls (about 1 tablespoon each) and place on the baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until the edges just begin to set, 9 to 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and place a marshmallow half on the center of each cookie, cut-side down. Continue baking until the edges of the cookies are set and the marshmallows are stuck on, 2 to 3 minutes more. Let cool 5 minutes on the pans; remove to racks to cool completely.

Valentines Day Sandwich Cookies.

 

With Valentines day coming soon, I wanted to share a classic recipe. This recipe is for Sandwich Cookies. Check out All Recipes HERE to see this recipe and add it to your collection.

Check out our huge collection of Valentines Day Cookie Cutters HERE to see what your collection is missing.

Ingredients

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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and confectioners’ sugar. Beat in egg, vanilla and almond extract. Mix well.

  • In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; blend into the butter mixture. Divide dough into thirds and shape into balls.

  • Working with 1/3 of dough at a time, roll out dough into desired thickness on a lightly floured surface. For each heart sandwich cookie, cut out 2 3-inch hearts. Cut out the center of ONE of the 3-inch hearts with the 1 1/2-inch cutter.

  • Place each piece separately on an ungreased cookie sheet, 1 – 2 inches apart. Bake in a preheated, 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven until lightly browned (7-8 minutes for 1/4 inch thick cookies). Cool completely on wire rack. Frost bottom cookie with Pink Valentine Frosting and place an open centered cookie on top to form the sandwich. Also frost the small 1 1/2 inch hearts and serve as separate cookies.

Honey Pot Cookie Cutter

 

This is one of our new Cookie Cutters. It is a Honey Pot and it is absolutely adorable! Buy this Cookie Cutter HERE!

If you use this cutter with some of our coloring supplies you can easily make the most adorable cookies ever. Personally, I think that this yellow, which we call Lemon Yellow, is the most stunning shade for the honey itself.

 

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Martin Luther King Jr Cookies

 

Since today is Martin Luther King Jr Day I wanted to share Sweet Tablescapes and the cookies she made to honor this man today. Check them out HERE!

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Valentines Day Cookies

 

Preppy Kitchen has a recipe for these sparkly cookies made with a mixture of sanding sugar and royal icing. These cookie have been made using our vast selection of Heart Cookie Cutters which you can find HERE.

 

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Cookie Cutter Painting for Valentines Day

 

The website Hands on As We Grow has a great craft for taking cookie cutters and using them for young children or anyone really, to make Valentines Day Crafts. Check it out HERE.

 

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National Shortbread Day.

 

Today is National Shortbread Day.

What is a Shortbread Cookie? Well “Shortbread or shortie is a traditional Scottish biscuit usually made from one part white sugar, two parts butter, and three to four parts plain wheat flour. Unlike many other biscuits and baked goods, shortbread does not contain any leavening, such as baking powder or baking soda. Shortbread is widely associated with Christmas and Hogmanay festivities in Scotland, and some Scottish brands are exported around the world.” Click HERE to read more on the history of this little cookie.

While reading some of the wonderful history around Traditional Scottish Shortbread Cookies, I came across The Daring Gourmet. She has a beautiful little story of her trip to Scotland and her recipe.

 

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Whipped Cream Cookies

 

Today is National Whipped Cream day and I got to thinking about how Cool Whip makes some yummy cookies. So I went to All Recipes and found a wonderful recipe for Some Cool Whip Cookies.

“Whipped cream is a sweet treat that we’ve been creating for centuries. As air is beaten into milk with a high enough fat content, the fats trap the air in tiny bubbles. With enough bubbles, the cream loses its liquid qualities and starts to hold its shape. The earliest recipes for whipped cream date back to Italy in the mid 1500’s. Not actually called “whipped cream” until the late 1600’s in England, early recipes dubbed the confection “snow milk” and recommended beating heavy cream with a willow branch until foamy. Now that we have sanitized whisks and modern food processing machinery, whipped cream is widely available in a range of flavors and textures. You can find chocolate whipped cream, mint whipped cream, and tubs of whipped-cream substitute that never goes flat. Then there’s heavy whipped cream, which has a higher fat content for a richer taste and sturdier peaks. Whether you like the convenience of whipped topping from a can or the sweet satisfaction of whisking up a homemade batch, be sure to celebrate the joys that whipped cream has brought you personally —and to all of us around the world —on National Whipped Cream Day this January 5.”

See the National Whipped Cream Day Timeline HERE.

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Make your own Cookie Cutter Kit?

 

Have you ever wished that you could find a specific cookie cutter but you have yet to find it? Well, did you know that we have a kit to make your own Cookie Cutters?! Click HERE and get your hands on it while supplies last!

 

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New Years Resolution Cookies.

 

We all know that most people make a New Years Resolution and more then half of us do not follow through, how about making a beautiful treat stuffed with your resolution to share at a New Years Party? Our website has this beautiful Champagne Flute Cookie Cutter to be the main attraction to this cookie. Find it HERE.

All Recipes has the recipe to make this bubbly little Cookie.

“These festive sugar cookies shaped like mini champagne flutes are the perfect sweet treat to ring in the New Year. Whether you are throwing a fancy black-tie affair or a small family dinner, these cookies (with two surprises inside!) will surely be a hit.”

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National Pfeffernusse Cookie Day

 

Today is National Pfeffermusse Cookie Day. Did you know “Pfeffernusse, also known as ‘pepernoten’ or peppernuts, originated from Central Europe. A confectioner from Offenbach am Main, named Johann Fleischmann, is believed to have created the recipe in 1753. Since then, the cookie became very popular, attracting the interest of so many people, including renowned individuals like Felix Mendelssohn.” Learn more about this cookie HERE.

All Recipes has a great recipe HERE.

National Cookie Exchange Day

The Spruce Eats has a great way to throw the Ultimate Cookie Exchange Party.

“A cookie exchange party is a fabulous way to celebrate the holidays, or ring in the New Year. Nothing brings us together like baked goods, and unlike a White Elephant party where the guests bring gifts, a cookie swap event asks each guest to show up with a dozen or more home-baked cookies. At the party, everyone gets to sample an assortment of cookies baked by other guests, and then leaves with a take-away container of their favorite cookies—and a whole lot of delicious cookie recipes. Host a cookie exchange for the ones you love with our complete party planning guide, including a detailed timeline.”

 

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Soft Eggnog Cookies

 

“Soft Eggnog Cookies are the ultimate Christmas cookies. Santa is going to love these. They have a slight taste of egg nog and are perfect for neighbor gifts or for dessert at a Christmas party this holiday season.” Check out Six Sisters Stuff to make this great treat!

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No Bake Ritz Cookies

 

What goes together better than Chocolate and Peanut Butter? I don’t know if you are like me and wait until the last possible second to get together a desert for a party or cookie exchange, but you cannot get any more simple then this recipe. Averie Cooks has a great recipe that will make anyone who eats these think you spent hours in the kitchen.

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