Apple Cider Monkey Bread #TwelveLoaves

Apple Cider Monkey Bread | Bakewell Junction - gooey and delicious

Apple Cider Monkey Bread | Bakewell Junction

I almost ran out of time to create a post for #TwelveLoaves this month.  As the weather turns cooler, we all begin thinking of apple desserts.  This one perfectly marries my monkey bread obsession with the apple challenge.  It’s hard to believe I made my first monkey bread less than a year ago.

I’ll submit this recipe to the Twelve Weeks of Christmas Treats too.  Apples work for fall and winter recipes.  This recipe would be perfect as dessert or brunch or snacks or any time.

What is your favorite apple dessert?

Apple Cider Monkey Bread | Bakewell Junction

Apple Cider Monkey Bread | Bakewell Junction

 

Apple Cider Monkey Bread

Yield:  6 to 8 servings                Cook Time:  30 minutes

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3/4 cup milk, warmed to 110 degrees
  • 3/4 cup apple cider, warmed to 110 degrees
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups flour, plus extra for work surface
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Coating:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 packed brown sugar (I used 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup apple cider

Icing:

  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons or more apple cider

Directions:

Step 1:  For the dough:  I used a microwave safe glass measure and heated the milk and apple cider at full power for 1 minute, 40 seconds to reach 110 degrees.  Mix the milk, apple cider, melted butter, sugar and yeast in a two cup measure.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour and salt.  Using the dough hook attachment, start the mixer on low.  Add the milk mixture slowly.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed until the flour is incorporated.  Increase the mixer speed to medium (raised my KA to the 5 setting) and let it knead for another 6 to 7 minutes.  If the dough looks overly wet, add 2 tablespoons of flour at a time and continue mixing until the dough forms a mass.  Spray a large bowl with cooking spray.  Transfer the dough to the bowl and spray the dough also.  Cover the bowl with a clean dish towel and use my tip below to aid the rise.  Let the dough rise until doubled.  If using my tip, it will double in 45 to 60 minutes.  If not, it may take 1 to 2 hours.

Step 2:  For the coating:  As the dough rises, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.  Place the melted butter and and apple cider in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Step 3:  For the shaping the dough balls:  Sprinkle a clean work surface with flour.  Transfer the dough onto the floured surface.  Spread and press the dough into about an 8 inch square.  Cut the dough into 8 by 8 slices with a bench scraper or knife.  This will give you 64 pieces.

Step 4:  Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray.  Shape each dough piece into a ball.  Dip each dough ball into the melted butter mixture individually and let excess drip back into the bowl.  Then roll them in the brown sugar mixture until they are well coated.  Place the dough ball into the bundt pan.  Layer the dough balls so they are offset and the dough ball on top is placed on the seam of dough balls below.  Repeat preparing the dough balls until all are in the pan.  If there’s any remaining melted butter mixture or brown sugar, set aside.

Step 5:  Cover the bundt pan with a clean dish cloth or plastic wrap.  Let rise until puffy and until they are about an inch or two from the top of the pan.  Mine rose to the top of the pan.  If using my oven tip below, let rise for 50 minutes.  If not, let rise for 1 to 2 hours.  If there’s any remaining melted butter, drizzle it over the top of the dough balls.  If there’s any remaining brown sugar, sprinkle it over the top of the dough balls too.

Step 6:  Bake unwrapped 30 to 35 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven with a cookie sheet underneath the pan.  I’ve found that at least one or two dough balls try to escape during baking and the cookie sheet prevents them from burning on the bottom of the oven and causing a ton of smoke.  When done, the top should be browned and the coating begins bubbling a bit.  Let bread cool in the pan for a maximum of 10 to 15 minutes.  Any longer and it may be difficult to depan.  Invert bread onto a large plate.

Step 7:  For the Icing:  While the dough cools to almost room temperature, add butter and mascarpone cheese to a large mixing bowl.  Beat 2 minutes.  I beat them on high using a hand-held mixer.  Beat in vanilla extract and cinnamon.  Mix in the powdered sugar at a lower speed (this prevents having powdered sugar everywhere).  Mix in the apple cider.  If you want a thinner icing, add more apple cider in teaspoon increments until you reach desired consistency.  Spread the icing on top of the bread – the icing will drizzle down the sides of the dough.  Serve warm or cold.

Enjoy!

Recipe inspired by Cooks Illustrated.

Tips:  If your house is chilly like mine always is and your dough doesn’t rise, you can boil a pot of water while preparing the dough and place the water and dough in a cold oven.  The boiling water will create a warm moist environment in the oven for the dough to rise well.  Leave the oven light on and it will add to the warming effect.  I use this tip even during the warm weather months.

This month, the #TwelveLoaves bakers are baking with APPLES!

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess and run with the help of Heather of girlichef, which runs smoothly with the help of our bakers.

Our host this month is Heather from girlichef, and our theme is Apples. For more bread recipes, visit the #TwelveLoaves Pinterest board, or check out last month’s mouthwatering selection of #TwelveLoaves Pear Breads!

#TwelveLoaves: Apples

If you’d like to add your bread to this month’s #TwelveLoaves collection, here’s what you need to do:

    1. Post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, making sure to mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post (this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts).
    2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of this blog. The bread MUST meet the Twelve Loaves theme (October = Apples).
    3. Share your Twelve Loaves bread (must be baked and post this month) on your blog by October 31, 2014.

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All Butter Pound Cake

Butter Pound Cake | Bakewell Junction - tender and delicious; melts in your mouth.

Butter Pound Cake | Bakewell Junction

When I had recently made Peach Brandy Pound Cake with Peach Brandy Glaze my hubby said he wanted a plain butter pound cake.  This in no way stopped him from devouring the flavored one.  Anyhow, I set out to find an all butter pound cake.  After reviewing many different recipes, I narrowed it down to this one.

I recently purchased a Nordic mini bundt pan and was dying to use it.  I was not compensated to say this but I love Nordic pans.  They’re made in the USA, they’re a quality product and they last forever.  I’m still using the bundt pan my Mom bought in the seventies.

I made sure I used my new pan for part of the batter in this recipe.  The mini bundts looked so cute and I thought they tasted even better than the loaves.  My loaves turned out a little dense but I think that’s because I only made two loaves and six mini bundts when I should have made three loaves and the mini bundts.  I didn’t cover my loaves with aluminum quickly enough so they were a little darker than they should have been but that didn’t hurt the flavor any.  All the cakes were super moist.  Hubby loved the cake and so did my co-workers.  This recipe would be great for gift giving or a Christmas morning brunch.

I’m posting a little early but why don’t you join us for the fourth week of 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats on Wednesday.

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Enjoy!

Butter Pound Cake | Bakewell Junction - tender and melts in your mouth.So cute.

Butter Pound Cake | Bakewell Junction - tender and melts in your mouth.Share with friends and family.

Butter Pound Cake | Bakewell Junction - tender and melts in your mouth.Want some?

All Butter Pound Cake

Yield:  4 – 8 by 4 loaves                 Cook Time:  45 – 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound butter (4 sticks), room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling

Step 1:  Use cooking spray to liberally grease 4 8 inch by 4 inch loaf pans and then flour.  In my case I prepared my mini bundt pan in the same way.  Beat butter for 30 seconds to soften it a little bit.  Add the sugar and beat on high for three minutes.  Scrape down the the bowl and beat again for another minute.

Step 2:  Add the vanilla extract, eggs, salt and baking powder.  Beat another three minutes until the mix becomes light an fluffy.  Scrape down the bowl and beat again for another minute.

Step 3:  Spoon in the flour and add the milk in alternate additions.  Mix to combine completely after each addition.  Scrape down the bowl and beat to ensure the ingredients are completely combined.  The batter should be light and fluffy and hold a peak.

Step 4:  Gently scoop the batter into the prepared pans.  Even out the top with a rubber spatula.  Do not tap the pan to settle the batter as this would make the cake denser.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 to 55 minutes for the loaf pans.  If you see that the tops of the loaves are getting too brown, cover them with aluminum foil.  If you’re using mini bundt pans or cupcakes bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.  Test cakes for doneness using a toothpick – it comes out clean when inserted in the center.

Step 5:  Cool cakes in the pans for 15 minutes before extracting them.  The tender and delicate cakes need to firm up before removing.  Ensure the cakes aren’t stuck before depanning.  Remove cakes and cool completely on racks.  Serve with powdered sugar if desired.

Storing:  Be sure not to tap pans or slamming the oven door.  Store in a sealed plastic container for a few weeks.

Enjoy!!!

Recipe adapted from Chefs Ref.

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Grandma’s Biscotti

I’m a small blogger and this milestone may seem small to others but I’m close to 700 twitter followers.  I’m excited and want to thank everyone who follows on twitter and other social media – it’s much appreciated.

Grandma's Biscotti | Bakewell Junction

Grandma’s Biscotti | Bakewell Junction

I’m a big fan of family recipes, they’re great to share from generation to generation.  This one isn’t from my family though.  Michelle from Brown Eyed Baker shared her Grandmother’s recipe much earlier this year and I knew it would be a great recipe for holiday baking which just around the corner.  I also followed some tips I’d seen here.  I hope you enjoy this recipe with your family too.

I couldn’t easily find the butternut flavor but I found LorAnn Professional Kitchen Butter Vanilla Bakery Emulsion at my local Walmart and figured it would work well and it did.  The emulsion is used one for one to the extract so there’s no amount adjustment.  If you find the LorAnn Oils, use only 1/8 to 1/4 of the required extract amount as the oils are much stronger.

Although this is the first time I made these cookies, I got a few impressions.  When I was mixing the dough, it reminded me of my Grandmother’s pizzelle dough.  While I was eating a few, I was reminded of Stella D’Oro Breakfast Treats and Roman Egg Biscuits.  The cookie just felt familiar.

As the cookies were cooling, my husband swiped one off the racks and said they smelled like Christmas.  The cookies are perfect with coffee or tea and I found them to be a bit addicting.

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Enjoy!

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Grandma’s Biscotti

Yield:  six dozen biscotti                 Cook Time:  40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butternut flavoring (I used LorAnn Professional Kitchen Butter Vanilla emulsion)
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts (optional) (I skipped the nuts)
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling, if desired

Step 1:  Mix together flour and baking powder in a large bowl and set aside.  Add eggs and sugar to a stand mixer bowl.  Beat three minutes until the mixture becomes a light in color.  Beat in the oil, milk and flavoring.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure the ingredients are incorporated evenly throughout.  Add the flour mixture in small increments with the speed on low until all the flour is just incorporated.  Be sure not to over mix.  Fold in the nuts with a spatula as needed.

Step 2:  Since the dough was pretty sticky, I put it in the refrigerator for 45 minutes before shaping it.  Line two cool cookie sheets with parchment paper (I put these in the fridge too while the dough cooled).  Divide the chilled dough into four pieces, taking care to keep them as equal as possible.  I missed on this one, so my logs weren’t all the same width.  Shape each piece of dough into nine by three inch logs.  Place the logs on the cookie sheets along the short side, two per sheet.  Bake the first sheet in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.  Cool in the pans on racks for at least 15 minutes.  Repeat with the second sheet.

Step 3:  While the second baking sheet is cooling, slice the logs from the first baking sheet diagonally into 1/2 inch slices.  Use a sharp knife; I used a serrated knife.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Stand up a cooling rack on the first lined baking sheet.  Place the cut cookies on their side on the rack.  Since the cookies are cut side down, not all of them will fit on the rack.  By baking them on the rack, the air circulates around them and you won’t need to flip them during the second baking.  Bake the sliced cookies for 10 to 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool on racks.  Repeat for remaining cookies and logs.  Since the cookies aren’t as sweet as most cookies we’re used to, you can sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving or you can dunk into your coffee.

Storing:  Store in a sealed plastic container for a few weeks.

Enjoy!!!

Recipe adapted from Michelle at Brown Eyed Baker.

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Root Beer Float Cookies

Root Beer Float Cookies | Bakewell Junction

Root Beer Float Cookies | Bakewell Junction

I have so many recipes pinned from my favorite bloggers that I want to try.  I think I’ll be a hundred years old by the time I try them all.  I’m sharing this one that I’ve wanted to make for a few months now from Joan at Chocolate, Chocolate and More.  My cookies turned out bigger than Joan’s did and I don’t think there was enough of a root beer flavor so the next time I make them I’ll add another teaspoon of flavoring and double the filling.  The cookies were delicious otherwise.

I think this would be a great recipe for Christmas cookie sharing and since this is the first week of 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, it’s perfect timing.

Brenda from Meal Planning Magic hosts 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats and I hope you’ll join us this year.  I’ve participated for the last two and had a great time each year.

Enjoy!

Root Beer Float Cookies | Bakewell Junction

Root Beer Float Cookies

Yield:  20 cookie sandwiches                 Cook Time:  8 to 12 minutes

Ingredients:

Cookie Dough:

  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons root beer concentrate (add an additional teaspoon, optional)
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs

Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons shortening (I substituted butter)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cream or milk

Step 1:  For the cookie dough:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.  Cream butter and root beer concentrate (shake before measuring) for about four minutes.  Gradually add sugar and beat another two minutes.  Scrape down bowl as needed.  Beat in eggs one at time; ensuring that each is completely combined before the next is added.

Step 2:  Add flour mixture in small batches until incorporated.  Portion the dough into 40 equally sized portions.  Drop onto a parchment lined baking sheet about two inches apart.  Flatten the tops of the cookie slightly.  Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 12 minutes.  I needed to bake for 12 minutes to cook completely.  Cool 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.  Repeat for the remaining dough portions.

Step 3:  For the filling:  You can double the amounts if you want a thicker filling.  As the cookies cool, beat butter and shortening (if using) in a medium bowl.  Beat in the vanilla extract.  Mix in the powder sugar slowly so as not to have it flying all over the place.  Add 1 tablespoon of the milk or cream before completely adding the powdered sugar if the mixture becomes too dry.  Based on desired consistency, add up to 1 additional tablespoon of milk or cream.  Since I wanted a thick filling, I used the least amount of milk possible – about 1/3 tablespoon.

Step 4:  Pair similar sized and shaped cookies.  Divide the filling into 20 portions.  Spread a portion on the bottom of one cookie pair and top with the other cookie of the pair.  Repeat for all the cookie pairs.

Storing:  Store in a sealed plastic container for a few days.

Enjoy!!!

Recipe adapted from Joan at Chocolate, Chocolate and More.

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Peach Brandy Pound Cake with Peach Brandy Glaze

Peach Brandy Pound Cake with Peach Brandy Glaze | Bakewell Junction

Peach Brandy Pound Cake with Peach Brandy Glaze | Bakewell Junction

Today I’m sharing another great dessert that I made for my family who visited on Labor Day weekend.  This is an easy pound cake that really packs a punch with all the layers of flavor that are included in it.  My cousins were wowed by the flavor and the lovely thick glaze.  I usually keep the glaze as thick as possible because I love the thicker cake to icing ratio.  This is definitely a recipe that I’ll be making again.

Enjoy!

Peach Brandy Pound Cake with Peach Brandy Glaze

Yield:  1 large bundt cake                 Cook Time:  1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Batter:

  • 3 cups unsifted flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons rum
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup peach brandy

Peach Brandy Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons peach brandy
  • 1/2 to 2 tablespoons water

Step 1:  For the batter:  Mix together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.  Cream butter for about four minutes.  Gradually add sugar and beat until light in color.  Beat in eggs one at time; ensuring that each is completely combined before the next is added.

Step 2:  Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two batches of sour cream.  Stir in the rum, peach brandy and extracts until incorporated.

Step 3:  Prepare a large 14 cup, 10 inch bundt (or tube) pan by spraying liberally with cooking spray and coat with flour.  Pour batter evenly in to the pan.  Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 to 20 minutes.  A toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean when done.  This cake will bake to the very top of the pan, so you could set aside some of the batter for 2 to 3 cupcakes to be baked separately.

Step 4:  Cool cake on a rack for 15 minutes.  Remove the cake from the pan and cool completely on a rack.

Step 5:  For the glaze:  As the cake cools, combine powdered sugar and melted butter in a medium bowl.  Stir in the vanilla.  Stir in the peach brandy.  Stir in 1/2 tablespoon of water.  Based on desired consistency, add up to 2 additional tablespoons of water.  Since I wanted a thick glaze, I used the least amount of water possible.  Note that the glaze will thicken quickly as it cools.

Storing:  Store in a sealed plastic container for a few days.

Enjoy!!!

Cake recipe slightly adapted from a co-worker’s hand written recipe, original origin unknown.
Bundt Cake Glaze adapted from Desktop Cookbook, Bundt Cake Icing / Glaze.

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Remember September 11, 2001

The above pictures are from the 9/11 Memorial site showing where my cousin’s name is located on the memorial.

Every year I take a day off to remember September 11th.  I watch the memorial show hosted by Fox 5 which includes the reading of the names.  What do you do to remember?

Here are some sites that have poignant messages and pictures:

We must never forget.  I know I never will.  Will you remember?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookie | Bakewell Junction

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookie | Bakewell Junction

I had heard that there was a new chocolate chip cookie dough filled version of the original Oreo.  I hadn’t been able to find any in the local stores until finally a couple of weeks ago the A&P had them on sale.  I bought two packages and brought them home thinking I would just devour them.  I waited until my hubby was home, so we could try them together.  Well, we were so disappointed.  I wasn’t thrilled and the hubby didn’t like them.  I put them in the fridge and the hubby thought they tasted a little better but he still wouldn’t buy them again.  I set out to find a homemade replacement and failed but still found a really great cookie.  The cookies weren’t crisp enough to replace Oreos.

This cookie is chocolatey and you get to make the filling as thick as you want it.  I made them for my cousins’ visit over Labor Day Weekend and they loved them.  I promise you will too.  I barely had a chance to take a picture before they were gone.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Yield:  20 cookie sandwiches                 Cook Time:  8 minutes

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Filling:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 – 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli’s mini chips)

Step 1:  Line a cookie sheet pan with parchment paper.  Set aside.

Step 2:  Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  In another large bowl, beat butter on high for a minute.  Scrape down sides of the bowl as needed.  Beat in the sugars on medium to incorporate.  Mix in egg and vanilla.  Add the flour mixture and mix in on low until incorporated.  Cover dough and transfer to the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes.

Step 3:  Divide dough in half and return one half to the refrigerator.  For the dough that is out of the fridge, divide it into twenty equal pieces (about 2 teaspoons apiece).  Roll each piece into a ball and place on the cookie sheet in 4 by 5 rows.  Flatten each ball of dough and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 6 to 8 minutes.  Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.  Cool on racks.  Repeat for the remaining dough in the refrigerator.

Step 4:  Since my cookies weren’t crisp enough after they were completely cool (probably due to the extreme humidity), I pre-heated the oven to 200 degrees and transferred the cookies on the racks into the oven and baked for 20 minutes and let them sit in the oven with the door open until it cooled.  This made the cookies a bit crisp for a short time until the humidity took over.

Step 5:  For the filling:  Combine flour and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.  Melt butter in a medium sauce pan on low heat.  Using a wooden spoon stir the sugars into the melted butter until the butter begins to melt.  Continue stirring until the sugars are mostly melted.  You will be able to tell when that is by tapping the bottom of the pan with the wooden spoon – the crunching sound will be diminished.  Transfer the butter mixture to a bowl and with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar mixture for about five minutes.  Mix in vanilla and then flour in small batches.  Stir in milk until desired consistency is attained.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Let cool completely.

Step 6:  Divide dough into twenty equal pieces.  Match up cookies based on size.  Place cookie dough between two match cookies and compress so the dough squeezes towards the edges of the cookie.  Repeat for remaining cookies.  Serve chilled.

Enjoy!

Chocolate chip cookie dough filling recipe adapted from Food Network, courtesy of George Duran.  Cookie adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Tips:  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Vanilla Sugar Cookie Hearts

For those of you who joined in on #GetHimFed Fridays, I regret to say that I won’t be co-hosting any longer.  Many thanks to all that joined the party.  I enjoyed seeing all the shared recipes.  You can still join Jess from Hungry Harps on Fridays.

On to what I wanted to share with you…

Vanilla Sugar Cookie Hearts | Bakewell Junction

Vanilla Sugar Cookie Hearts | Bakewell Junction

Two weeks ago was my Mom’s 80th birthday.  We had a get together with family and friends at a local Italian restaurant.  It’s one of the places we liked and helped us decide that we could move into the area.  A few doors down is the other place that gave us that feeling – it’s and Italian deli with all the right aromas.

Instead of having the usual favors for the guests to take home I made cookies.  I made the two varieties of tri-color cookies I usually make for the holidays.  Those are one of my Mom’s favorites.  I also wanted to make something specific for Mom’s 80th, so I settled on Vanilla Sugar cookies in a heart shape with 80 in chocolate.  I used white icing so my chocolate would stand out more than if my icing was red.  My lettering (or numbering in this case) is shaky but I think they turned out kinda cute.

Vanilla Sugar Cookie Hearts | Bakewell JunctionAll packaged and ready for the party.

Vanilla Sugar Cookie Hearts | Bakewell Junction

Enjoy!

Vanilla Sugar Cookie Hearts

Yield:  45 cookies

Dough:

Royal Icing:

Decoration:

  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • a few drops of oil to thin out the chocolate

Step 1:  Prepare dough as per the recipe.  Shape dough into a flat disc.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Step 2:  Place the chilled dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll to 3/8 inch thick with a floured rolling pin.  Using a 4 1/2 to 5 inch Christmas Tree shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies.  After you finish cutting the rolled dough, you can gather the scraps into a flat disc and roll out the dough again and repeat cutting out the cookies.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.  Set aside.

Step 3:  Place the cookies on the cookie sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart and refrigerate for 15 minutes.  Bake chilled cookies 10 – 12 minutes until edges begin to become slightly golden.  Cool 10 minutes on cookie sheets.  Carefully move cookies to cooling racks and let cool completely.  Repeat for the remaining cookies.

Step 4:  Prepare the icing as per the recipe.  The icing should be the consistency of honey.  I’m leaving the icing white because I want to have contrast with the chocolate numbers.

Step 5:  Line an inexpensive cookie sheet with wax paper.  On top of the wax paper, ring the edges of the cookie sheet with the cooled cookies facing outward.  Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons of the icing into the corner of a ziploc bag and cut about 1/8 inch of the tip off.  Pipe the icing along the outline of each of the cookies.  Cover the remaining icing with a damp paper towel and then plastic wrap to store for several hours or until the next day until the outline drys

Step 6:  Using a spatula, fill in the outlined cookies to the edge of the outline.  Let dry overnight.

Step 7:  Melt chocolate over hot water or in the microwave.  Stir chocolate to ensure it’s of smooth consistency.  Add in a few drops of oil to loosen up the chocolate.  This will allow you to pipe an 80 onto the center of the cookie.  Place several tablespoons of the chocolate in a ziploc bag and cut about 1/8 inch of the tip off.  Pipe two small zeroes, one on top of the other, for the 8.  This worked better for me than trying to make a figure 8.  Then pipe a large zero next to the 8.  Repeat for the remaining cookies.

Enjoy!

Recipe from Family Circle magazine, 12/12/2000.

Tips:  Store in an airtight container.  Use Bridget’s decorating tips on Bake at 350.

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