Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Skulls

Dollar store once again proved itself to be useful. I bought the skull ice cube mold there thinking I'll use it for something. I'm sure you buy things for that purpose all the time, right?

Well anyway, it wasn't until I skyped with  Marlyn from Montreal Confections and we were talking about  The Day of the Dead and I showed Marlyn the mold and she is like " why don't you make cookies" and I'm like  "well the mold is pretty stiff since it is actually made for ice cubes. Not sure if I can get the cookie dough out."
I didn't dismiss the idea completely, it was fermenting.
Week after I started testing it out, first I put the dough into the mold without spraying it with the non stick spray. The dough stuck, even after freezing, sculls were stuck. So I tried lining it with the plastic wrap.That didn't work the skull details didn't get imprinted onto the cookie
Then I tried the Smart Balance Butter Flavor Spray  and they started to pop out of the mold. Yay.
Then I baked them off and here there are. Rainbow Sugar Cookie Sculls.
Hope you like them. They taste pretty yummy too. I used my Sugar Cookie Dough recipe, minus the baking powder. I have tried them with Linzer Cookie Dough and it worked as well, so if your Sugar Cookie Dough uses powdered sugar you should be good to go.

To make 3D Sugar Cookie Skulls you need

Sugar Cookie Dough(recipe and video ), don't use baking powder. Linzer cookie dough (recipe) works great also
Scull Mold - I got mine at a Dollar Store, you can also purchase one here if you don't have a Dollar Store around.
Smart Balance Butter Spray
Food Colorings- I used Americolors, use gel based colors if possible, they will produce vibrant color results.
USA baking pans - I love using these, the results are great

Learn how to make these fun cookies in my video

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Harry Potter Banana Whoopie Pies

I don't know about you but I always  seem to have extra bananas to bake with.  Overripe bananas  are perfect for baking. Banana makes cakes and cookies most and soft and just pure delicious. Today I wanted to share with a fun twist on a traditional Whoopie Pies : Harry Potter Banana Whoopie Pies.

Banana Whoopie Pies (makes 6 sandwiches, recipe can be doubled)

1 cup 1/4cup all purpose flour
1/4tsp baking soda
1/4tsp baking powder
1/4tsp salt
1/2 generous cup mashed banana, about 2 small or 1 large banana
1/4 buttermilk ( if you don't have buttermilk on hand make your own : to 1/4 cup whole milk add 1/2tsp white distilled vinegar, let sit for 5 minutes, then gently stir and use in the recipe as directed)
4 tbl room temperature unsalted butter
1/4cup granulated sugar
3tbl brown sugar
1tsp vanilla extract

Food Coloring - orange and black

Preheat oven to 350F.
Combine dry ingredients together - add baking powder, baking soda, salt to flour, sift or stir well with a whisk, set aside.
Mash the banana really well, stir in buttermilk, set aside.

Beat butter and sugars until creamy and fluffy, add egg beat until combined, add vanilla extract. Scrape the bowl as needed.

Gradually, add flour mixture into the butter mixture, stir on low speed, add 1/2 of the buttermilk, alternating the two. Scrape the bowl and stir until combined.
Measure 3 tbl and 2 tbl of the batter.
Color 3tbl portion with black food coloring and 2tbl portion with orange food coloring.
Fill 2 sandwich bags with orang and black batter, set aside.
Fill a piping bag with remaining batter.
Prepare whoopie pie pan, spray it with non stick spray.
Pipe batter onto the prepared pan.
Smooth the tops with the back of the spoon and some water.
Cut the corners on sandwich bag with orange batter and pipe lightning bolt pattern on 6 unbaked whoopie pie rounds. Continue with black batter, piping the glasses.
Bake at 350F for about 10-12 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for couple minutes.
Transfer onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Fill the Whoopie Pies with you favorite frosting/buttercream.
Using a piping bag fitted with a star tip, or use a round tip, pipe the filling onto the bottom portion of the whoopie pie. Place the top portion onto the buttercream. Store in the airtight container in the fridge until ready to use. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Tools used:

Whoopie Pie Pan by Wilton
Whoopie Pie Pan by Williams Sonoma
Food Colorings
Star Piping Tip
Piping Bags
Mini Spatulas
Whoopie Pie Recipe Book

Learn how to make Harry Potter Whoopie Pies

More Banana Recipes
Roasted Banana Oat Cookies
Banana Cherry Oat Scones with Peanut Butter Glaze
Caramelized Banana Blueberry Cupcakes
Banana Cookie Sandwich Bites
Banana Drop Cookies
Caramelized Banana Peanut Butter Brioche
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