Haniela's: February 2015

Rose Pattern Strawberry Shortcake Whoopie Pies

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lately I've been experimenting with Whoopie Pie recipes and ideas. Today I'm going to show you how create these beautiful rose pattern cakes.
 To make the roses, as a guide I used an  image from my Cookie Inspiration Board on Pinterest.


1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup corn starch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4tsp salt
1/4 cup room temperature butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk or milk( make buttermilk/sour milk adding 1tsp white vinegar to 1 cup milk, let sit for 5 minutes, stir well and use as directed in the recipe)
1 egg
2tsp vanilla extract
pink and green food colorings

1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2tsp vanilla extract
Strawberries, washed and sliced

Whoopie Pie Pan
Disposable Piping bags- medium size
Disposable Piping bags - large size
Pink and Green Food Colorings
Large Star Piping Tip

Whoopie Pie Batter

Preheat oven to 350F.
Stir together flour and corn starch, add salt and baking powder. Whisk together one egg with vanilla extract.
Beat butter with sugar, until creamy, add egg mixture, gradually.
Gradually on low speed beat in flour, alternating with buttermilk.
Measure 2 tablespoons of batter for light pink and dark pink batter and 1 tbl for green.
Color with food coloring.
Fill small piping bags with colored batter.
Fill larger piping bag with remaining whoopie pie uncolored batter.
Spray whoopie pie pan with a non stick spray.
Pipe batter onto the prepared pan. Smooth the tops with back of the spoon dipped in water.
Pipe rose pattern on 6 of the cakes- refer to the video for how to do this step.
Bake at 350F. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Let cool completely before filling with frosting.


Beat cream cheese, until smooth, add powdered sugar, and then gradually add whipping cream. Beat in splash of vanilla extract. Fit the piping bag with a start tip and fill it with the frosting.

Make Whoopie Pies

Pipe a swirl on the bottom half of the cookie/cake, arrange strawberries on the top. Place the top, rose pattern cake half on top of the strawberries. Store in the fridge for up a day or so. Cakes/ Cookies can be made ahead, and frozen.

Follow the video tutorial to see how to pipe the rose pattern. It is easy and finished cake/cookies are beautiful.

More Whoopie Pie Recipes :

Watermelon Whoopie Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Double Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Banana Chocolate Harry Potter Whoopie Pies
Big Hero 6 Baymax Whoopie Pies

3D Roman Colosseum Cookie

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Today's cookie project was created for Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge over at Cookie Connection. This month's theme was Architecture and so I decided to make Roman Colosseum.
I've made 3D cookie pieces before but this was something new and adventurous and it turned out fantastic.
 Below you can find all the tools and video that shows exactly how  I baked each part and also I how I decorated them with royal icing.

I was delicious.

To make 3D Colosseum  Cookie You Need

Round Cookie Cutter for the base
Metal Tins - large one to make the outer wall, smaller one to make the inside walls
Aluminum foil to support metal tins on the baking sheet
Templates - Free for Haniela's Patrons
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Gingerbread Cookie Dough - recipe below
Professional Needle Tool or toothpick
Royal Icing Recipe
Disposable Piping Bags
Mini Accent Cookies Cutters
Edible Markers by FooDoodlers -fine tip
Royal Icing 15 Second Consistency:  ivory, light brown, light green, dark green
Royal Icing Piping Consistency : ivory
Small Food Only Paint Brush
Old Gold Luster Dust
Baking Sheets - these I use all the time, I love them 

EDIBLE 3D STRUCTURES(used in the video) adapted from Sweetopia

5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2tsp ground ginger
3 tsp Saigon cinnamon
1/2tsp cloves
1 1/2 tsp ground star anise(I absolutely love using this spice, it's magical ;-) )
1tsp baking powder(OMIT if making gingerbread house, and other 3D pieces, or simple if you don't want the cookie to spread/rise)
1cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2cup brown sugar
1/2cup honey
1/2cup molasses
In a medium bowl whisk together flour, spices, set aside
Cream butter with sugars until mixture is light and fluffy.
Gradually add eggs, honey and molasses and mix until smooth.
On low speed, gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until two are well combined. Turn the dough onto a work surface and give it a little knead so it comes completely together. Chill overnight. Bake at 350F for 9-12 minutes, depends on the size of the cookies.
When using small pieces for your gingerbread centerpieces, you need to watch them carefully as they bake, they will be done in less time. Thicker the cookie more time needed to bake them, .I usually bake small pieces on the same baking sheet and large pieces on the another sheet.
Cool the cookies completely before decorating.
For structural pieces I don't add baking powder/baking soda.


Double Chocolate Whoopie Pie for Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Looking for a last minute Valentine's day Dessert? How about these adorable Whoopie Pies.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE WHOOPIE PIES (appr. 18 whoopie pies if using whoopie pie pan, depends on the size)

2cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, melted cooled to room temperature
1tsp vanilla extract
1cup buttermilk (don't have buttermilk? Add 1tsp vinegar or lemon juice to 1cup milk, let sit 5 minutes, sir)
1 stick butter(1/2cup) at room temperature
1/2cup brown sugar
1/2 granulates sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk (reserve egg white for the pattern batter)
Sift/stir flour cocoa powder, salt, baking soda. Set aside.
Melt chocolate, let cool to room temperature.
Whisk together 1egg and 1egg yolk.
Stir buttermilk and vanilla extract, set aside.
Beat butter and sugars, until creamy, gradually add eggs.
Gradually, alternating beat in flour and buttermilk mixture.
Fill the piping bag with the batter. Pipe the mount onto the whoopee pie pan sprayed with non-stick spray.
Using back of the spoon and some water, smooth out the tops.
Using pattern batter, pipe "love" on 6 of the whoopie pie halves.
Bake at 350F, 10- 13 minutes.
Let cool for a minute or two in the pan, transfer onto the cooling rack, and let cool completely before filling.
Pattern Batter Recipe
1egg white
1/4cup powdered sugar
1/3cup all purpose flour
pinch of salt
1/4tsp vanilla extract(optional)
1/2tbl water, to thin the batter a little so it is easier to pipe

Beat egg white with a pinch of salt in a clean bowl, until foamy, gradually add powdered sugar. Gradually fold in the flour. Sift the flour over meringue. Fold in water and vanilla. Fill the piping bag with the batter. Set aside.
Mascarpone Filling
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1cup mascarpone
1 to 1 1/2cup powdered sugar, add more if desired
1tp vanilla extract
Pink food coloring
Raspberry seedless jam
Beat heavy cream until foamy, gradually add powdered sugar, beat until stiff peaks are formed.
Stir mascarpone cheese, add pink food coloring.
Gradually fold in whipped cream, fold in vanilla. Ad more powdered sugar as desired.
Fill the piping bag fitted with large star tip.
Spread raspberry jam on the whoopie pie half, then pipe a pretty flat swirl on top of the raspberry layer. Top with the top "love" whoopie pie half.
These can be made several days ahead, stored in the fridge.

Package whoopie pies in pretty box.

This recipe is also part of a Chocolate Dessert Collaboration. Be sure to check out these delicious desserts. Link are posted below the picture.

Fifteen Spatulas  - Salted Caramel Chocolate Ganache Tart
Simply Bakings - Ferroro Rocher Cupcakes

3D Heart Cookie Box for Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I've always loved 3D cookies, they are so fun to make.
If you remember in December of last year I made 3D Christmas Stocking Cookies. One of my followers, Jennifer, emailed me and suggested that I use the same principle to make a heart cookie box. Brilliant idea I thought. It's easy to make and makes for a pretty presentation, too. Fill it with candies, mini cookies or like one of my you tube fans suggested...place a engagement ring inside.

To make 3D Heart Box Cookies

Heart Cookie Cutter(4 inch),
Templates - Free for Haniela's Patrons
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Sugar Cookies (I omitted baking powder in this project)
Professional Needle Tool or toothpick
Gummy Hearts ( I found them also at Wegmans )
Royal Icing 15 Second Consistency:  red, white, black
Royal Icing 10 Second Consistency : red - to make hearts
White Food Coloring
Small Food Only Paint Brush
Baking Sheets - these I use all the time, I love them 


Heart on Fire Cookies

Monday, February 9, 2015

Is your heart on Fire?
Here is a fun and quick idea : Heart on Fire Cookies.

To make Heart On Fireyou need :

Heart Cookie Cutter(4 inch),
Sugar Cookies or use Chocolate Cookies, Gingerbread Cookies instead
Professional Needle Tool or toothpick
Royal Icing 10 to 15 Second Consistency:  Red, Yellow
Baking Sheets - these I use all the time, I love them 

"I Love You Very Mush " Kawaii Valentine's Day Mushroom Cookies

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ever since last year I've been doing lots of Kawaii inspired cookies. How could I possible I resist, they are so darn cute. Today I made some mushrooms for Valentine's day.

Guess what? I finally joined the Instagram and I love it. It only took so long, but I finally decided to be a part of it.
Be sure to Follow Haniela's . Hope to see you there.

To make Mushroom Cookies you need :
Mushroom Cookies Cutter, one used in this tutorial is from Rolling Pin Prints Custom Cookie Cutters
Sugar Cookies or use Chocolate Cookies, Gingerbread Cookies instead
Professional Needle Tool or toothpick
Royal Icing 15 Second Consistency:  white, red
Royal Icing 10 Second Consistency - white(for the hearts)
Royal Icing Piping Consistency : red(for the outline)
Royal Icing 20 Second Consistency -black, white, for the eyes
Petal Dust - pink or red
Baking Sheets - these I use all the time, I love them 

Cookie Packaging Tools
Cute Tags - available Free for Haniela's Patrons
Heat Impulse Sealer (one use in the video) 

Do you make Kawaii Cookies, too? I'd love to see them Message me at hanielas@yahoo.com

More Kawaii Cookies

Donut Cookies(these double as baby shower reveal party cookies)
Kawaii Bread Cookies
Eskimo  Girl Cookies
Kawaii Owl Cookies