Today I am posting the Pink Bunny Cookies I made for Easter. [Yes, the bunnies and the duckies are made from two totally different recipes.]
I've seen them cut with 'onesie' cookie cutters for a baby shower.
At one wedding Brian catered, they had heart shaped ones with the bride and grooms names written on them in icing, attached to both a recipe for the cookies and a heart shaped cookie cutter, via a ribbon strung through a small hole near the point of the cookies. These were in baggies given to the guests as favors.
So-o-o, I am going to go ahead and post the goodies I made for Easter this year, with the hopes that you will get creative and use them for some other occasion / event. Please be sure and let me know what you do! :->
We (our neighbor Amanda (Chris and Amy's 13 year old daughter) ) and I started making the dough and I didn't remember to start taking pictures until part way in to the process. Sorry. But hey, at least it did come to mind part way through ;->.
According to the recipe, the first step is to combine the sugar, margarine, shortening, vanilla and eggs. Then beat till creamy. I, of course, do it a bit differently. After measuring the sugar into the bowl, I place butter (not margarine) on top of it and microwave it till the butter is melted. After thourally blending the two together, I add the shortening (I used Crisco (TM) ) and vanilla, blend all of it together good, then mix in the eggs. You are welcome to do it which ever way you prefer.
The recipe then says to add flour, baking powder and salt; mixing well. Add candy sprinkles. Right after that is when I thought of the camera.
: easiest ;->) way to blend it all together is by hand. Blend it till it's smooth looking, like this:
Cover dough and refrigerate for one (1) hour.
Bonus Info. here --> Recently, while Brian and I were watching an episode of the TV show 'Iron Chef America', I learned the scientific reasoning's behind why you need to chill certain types of dough, before you roll and cut them. Or perhaps I should phrase that, I learned what happens to the dough while it is being refrigerated that makes it roll-able and cut-able.
The episode was, "Symon vs. Mendelsohn". The original air date was back on 3/7/2010, but had been aired again on Sat., April 2nd, 2011.
One of the contestants was vacuum sealing pasta dough. The announcer (Alton Brown) said, "Now here's the interesting thing about that. When you are making a pasta dough, you typically need to refrigerate it for at least an hour or so so that the flour granules can hydrate. Soak up the moisture and become pliable. Uh. Before you can actually roll it out. By sealing it up in vacuum bag. Uh. You can compress it and that will actually speed the hydration process."
So then, while your cookie dough is in the refrigerator, the flour granules are hydrating.
After removing your dough from the fridge, scoop out a blob of it and dump it onto a floured covered rolling surface.
Bonus tip --> ) A good rule of thumb on this is, the first time, roll the dough out and cut out your shapes as close to one another as possible. Scoop unused dough up, lightly knead it together, roll it back out and cut shapes out again. This time (the third time), add more fresh dough to the leftover dough before you knead and re-roll it.
IF you plan on making your cookies into sandwich cookies, then fill half of every (sprayed) cookie sheet with cookies cut out from one side of the cookie cutter, turn the cutter over, and cut out enough to fill the other half of your pan. That way you can put the flat side on the inside of the cookie and have the nice sides facing out. (<-- Bonus tip there)
I was not up to frosting the cookies right then, nor was I able to get through the basement to where my deep Tupperware (TM) containers are stored (I'm trying hard to follow at least some of my specialists instructions o;->). So I got out a huge sized bread bag and stored them in it.
did work at keeping the cookies fresh, there was more breakage then I was happy with, due to how the bag got moved, bumped, the innards shifted, etc.. Just thought you should know.
A couple of days later I made the frosting. I didn't re-read the recipe and started my usual way by melting together cream cheese and butter. This recipe didn't call for butter. Oh well.
:-[ I didn't want to wait long enough to drain more strawberries, so I added food coloring. Yes, quite a bit. I wanted the frosting to be REALLY pink between those layers of cookies!
Into the fridge they went.
(Bonus tip -->) Save (or have other save for you) the little plastic 'tables' that some pizza places use to keep the roof of the box, off the top of your delivered pizza. Place a bunch of these on the cookie sheets WITHOUT sticking them into the cookies. You can then slowly and carefully slide additional trays in on top of one another and thus create more use-able space in your fridge. ;->
Yes ;-p, the shelf above the cookies reads "Help Yourself Shelf". (Another bonus tip here) We started this practice back when we were living with one of my (Cheryl's) brothers after our house fire. It worked so good, it continues on. Plan on using that bit of leftover roast in a casserole later this week? If it's not put on the "Help Yourself Shelf", it's left alone. Wish they would finish up/off certain leftovers? Put it on the "Help Yourself Shelf".
Refrigerate the cookies for a good twenty minutes.
Once you remove them from the fridge, test one to see that it did set up. If so, stack them into your Tupperware (TM) containers till your ready to use them. If they are not set good, put them back in the fridge till they are.
Now for the recipes -
"Cream - Filled Confetti Cookies"The recipe is a Pillsbury (TM) one.
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Margarine, softened (I used Butter, 'softened' in the microwave)
1/4 cup Shortening
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Candy Sprinkles
In a bowl, combine sugar, margarine, shortening, vanilla, and eggs. Beat till creamy. Add flour, baking powder and salt; mixing well. Stir in candy sprinkles. Cover dough and refrigerate for one (1) hour.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough a section at a time to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes (till barely light golden brown).
8 oz. Cream Cheese
Thawed Strawberries and juice
1 teaspoon Vanilla
red Food Coloring
(According to the directions, you are suppose to ) Beat together cream cheese and strawberries. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix. Add confectioners sugar and red food coloring. If needed, add milk.
Spread on one cookie and place another cookie on top forming "sandwich".
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