A healthy alternative for those who love eating lead-based paint. An unhealthy alternative for vegetables and other health-related food items due to the fact that they’re cookies.
The method is simple: alternate piping thick films of dyed icing onto the center of a sugar cookie until the colors create a marbled rainbow effect and spill over the sides.
Here’s the cookie tutorial!:
For the icing:
3 cups powdered sugar
6 tsp milk
6 tsp light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Food dye (I used the 3 primary colors)
1. Whisk together the milk and powdered sugar, then add the corn syrup and vanilla.
2. Divide the icing into 3 portions and dye each with your colors of choice.
Alternate piping thick films of dyed icing onto the center of a sugar cookie until the colors create a marbled rainbow effect and spill over the sides. Use cooled, flat sugar cookies for the best results.
I really did mean to post this on Halloween, but since it’s a gingerbread recipe, it can also be used for Christmas. I used this cookie cutter for these guys and they turned out great, but they didn’t hold icing well unfortunately. Royal icing is always the way to go with gingerbread.
Make the cookies
1 cup of brown sugar
3/4 of a cup molasses
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 sticks of salted butter at room temperature
4 cups of flour
2 tsp. ginger
1/4 cup white sugar
Cream together the butter and sugars, then add the egg and molasses.
In another bowl, blend your spices, flour, and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the butter and mix until combined.
Refrigerate the dough until it’s firm enough to work with, about 1-2 hours or over night.
Preheat the oven to 350. Roll out the dough, cut into shapes, and bake for about 10 minutes.
Ice them when they’re completely cooled.
Make the Royal icing:
Beat 2 large egg whites until they begin to hold their shape, add 1/2 tsp. of a vanilla extract. Pour in 4 cups of powdered sugar gradually, until the icing looks like icing and has the consistency you want. Frost the cookies.
You’ll actually need the special lavender sugar I used in this recipe. Without it they’re just normal sugar cookies and there’s nothing exciting about that. I got mine at Monsieur Marcel, but you can probably find this brand of sugar (or at least something similar) at any other gourmet super market. It wasn’t intentional to make these cookies baby shower-ish and easter-ish, but they are what they are and they are delicious. Dye the vanilla frosting glaze pastel colors and they come out beautiful.
Make the cookies
2 cups of flour
1 cup of lavender sugar
1/2 cup normal granulated white sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 sticks of salted butter, softened (1 cup)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375. In a kitchen aid cream together the butter and sugars. Add the egg and vanilla.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter gradually until it comes together and forms a soft dough.
Roll the dough into ping pong ball sized pieces and place them about 1 1/2 inches apart on un-greased cookie sheets. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until they’re slightly golden around the edges but still soft in the middle. (Remember: soft when they first come out means chewy later on, chewy when they first come out means crispy later on.)
Make the frosting glaze: whip 3 tbsp. butter and 2 cups powdered sugar together in a medium sized bowl. Stream in 3 tbsp. of milk or until the frosting is thin. Add more milk if it isn’t thin enough, add more sugar if it isn’t thick enough. Add a touch of wilton food dye.
I constantly use this recipe, but for some random reason they didn’t turn out the way they always do. Usually, when you make macarons, they’re baked with a little “foot” on the end of the cookie. HOWEVER, these did not bake with a foot, they were cracked on the top, and the cookies came out very delicate. (Still delicious, just not the same.) I think the reason they came out differently was my oven, which has been acting strange, or the fact I might have over-whipped the egg whites..in any case, I’m giving you my classic recipe and hopefully you’ll find success with it.
Make the macarons
2 cups of powdered sugar
6 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 cup ground up almonds (4 oz of sliced almonds in a food processor)
4 egg whites (at room temperature)
10 tbsp. white sugar
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, and preheat the oven to 350. In a food processor, grind up the almonds, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder.
In a kitchen aid, whip the egg whites until they begin to stiffen, then gradually add the white sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Stop whipping when the mix can hold soft peaks. WIth a rubber spatula, fold in the almond mix.
Fill a piping bag (with a plain tip) or ziploc bag (snip off a corner) with the batter and pipe 1 inch circles onto the lined baking sheets. Bang the sheets on a flat surface a few times to flatten out the circles. Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes.
Ganache (filling) Ingredients:
4 tps. light corn syrup
3 tbsp. butter (cut into small chunks)
1 cup heavy cream
8 oz dark chocolate
drop of vanilla
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the cream, vanilla, and corn syrup. When the edges begin to bubble, remove from the heat.
Add the chocolate, wait 2 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Add the butter and whisk.
Refrigerate or just leave the ganache at room temperature until it thickens. (1-2 hours)
Pipe or spread a layer of ganache between two macaron cookies and sandwich them together.
Easily my favorite cookies. This recipe is actually pretty customizable; if you’re traditional, add raisins, if you have a sweet tooth, add chocolate chips, and if you’re daring, add both. If you prefer a chewier cookie, bake for 8-10 minutes. If you’d rather have a crispier cookie, bake for for 15-20 minutes. I personally prefer roughly chopping 1/2 lb of bittersweet chocolate and stirring it in the dough, and baking them for about 9 minutes. No matter how you bake them, they always come out delicious.
Here’s my recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies:
1. In a kitchen aid or medium bowl with electric mixer, cream the white sugar, butter, and brown sugar. Beat in the eggs, then mix in the vanilla.
2. In another medium bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the butter mixture, then mix in the oats. Stir in the chocolate, raisins, or nuts. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats and drop the dough about 1 inch apart on the sheet.
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes for chewy cookies, or 15-20 minutes for crispy cookies. Enjoy!