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Lemonade Cookies…with a twist!

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Lemonade Cookies with Strawberry Bits!

Chewy lemonade cookies made with bits of strawberry licorice…a fun treat that every kid (or kid at heart) in your life will love!

Months ago I received a baking challenge from an 8 year old boy named Zao.  His mom Erika works with me and he asked her, “Do you think Ruthanne could make cookies with red licorice in them?”  Well, of course we can!

Now, as a little warning to you:  the bits of licorice are yummy, but they are very chewy and you end up eating licorice after the cookie is all gone in your mouth.  Remember bubble gum ice cream?  It’s a little like that sort of dilemma.  The taste combination is wonderful though and if you can get past the consistency you will love these!

For those of you not-so-brave folks out there….the cookies are soooooo yummy without the licorice too!  I made two batches– one with and one without the licorice.  I loved both varieties (and it gave me an excuse to eat TWO cookies instead of one!)

Lemonade cookies!

Here’s how to make them:  (printer- friendly recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 packet (0.23oz.) Kool Aid Lemonade
  • Yellow food coloring gel 
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of chopped Twizzler Strawberry Licorice. (I just chopped them into chocolate chip-size bits using a sharp knife)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  • Using a mixer, beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  • Add Lemonade powder and coloring gel (if needed) to create a nice yellow color. Mix well.
  • Blend in the dry ingredients, using clean hands to knead the dough together at the end.
  • Add chopped strawberry licorice bits at the very end and blend well (this step can be skipped if you aren’t feeling wild and crazy– you’ll just have yummy lemonade cookies!)
  • Roll rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and place on baking sheets that have been covered in parchment paper.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are set. 
  • Slide parchment paper (with the cookies still on top) onto a cool counter and allow cookies to cool right on paper.

lemonade cookies!


My thoughts:  With or without the strawberry bits, these are great cookies.  I think they balance perfectly between sweet and tart. I was surprised at how many people loved the idea of putting licorice bits into cookies. I think they would be great with a strawberry or raspberry icing on top.  Yum….!  Enjoy!

Enjoying his cookies-- thanks for the recipe idea Zeo!

Enjoying his cookies– thanks for the recipe idea Zeo!

 Lemonade cookies with licorice

 

 

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Chocolate Fudge Cut-Out Cookies!!

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Chocolate cut out cookies!

The rich dark cocoa flavor of these cut-out cookies sets them apart as one of the yummiest cookies I’ve ever had!!

This weekend was a special treat — my good friend (and fellow baker/blogger) Megan came to visit me from Pennsylvania.  We met in 2010 on a mission trip to Russia and we have been best of friends ever since.  Russia with Megan

Megan and her mom and sisters create the most beautiful and unique cakes I’ve ever seen, and they blog about life and caking on their blog Happily Ever Cakes.  Megan has such great decorating ideas and she promised to share some of her recipes and techniques with me this weekend.

We spent hours in the kitchen (often accompanied with friends who wanted to help and learn too!)  It was so much fun, and I’m so excited to share with you all the things I learned!!

Holding our personalized mug cupcakes--technique coming soon to Easybaked!   Such a fun weekend!

Holding our personalized mug cupcakes–technique coming soon to Easybaked!
Such a fun weekend!

I wasn’t sure which project to tell you about first, so I decided to begin by dedicating this post to some truly yummy chocolate cut-out cookies.

Megan wanted to prove to me that royal icing isn’t always a tedious mess…. but honestly, royal icing is a tedious mess no matter what your technique or recipe (in my humble opinion!)

Chocolate cut-out cookies


They are cute.  Super super cute cookies.  But  24 cookies took three of us about 3 hours….which means if I’d done them alone they would have taken me 9 hours….yeah.

So there are a lot of pictures because this will likely never happen again.

Cut out cookies with Royal Icing!

We even put some of them on lollipop sticks which was a really fun way to display them.

Cut out cookie pops

When Megan suggested a royal icing project I immediately thought of this great family recipe.  I’d never made them as a cut-out cookie or attempted to bake them with sticks inserted, but I thought it would be worth experimenting with since they taste SO good.  The verdict??  These dense chocolate cookies are easy to cut into shapes and worked great with or without lollipop sticks.  The dark cookie really made all the fun colors in our frosting stand out too!

Ready for the recipe?   (printer friendly recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 24 large cookies)

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Add butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa together in  large mixing bowl.
  • Blend on medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, to knead into a soft ball of dough)
  • Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour.
  • Allow cookie dough to soften a little at room temperature
  • Roll out cookie dough on floured counter.  If you are adding sticks, you will want to roll the cookies out thick (about 1/3″)
  • Cut into desired shapes and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Insert lollipop sticks, if desired, by gently pushing stick into cookie about 1- 1 1/2 inches. You will need to arrange cookies to fit with sticks on top of cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8 to 11 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Gently slide parchment paper off of cookie sheet and onto a flat surface.  Cool completely before moving- this allows the cookie to “set” around the stick.  Even when it is cooled, handle it with care.  It takes a little time for the cookie to harden around the stick.
  • Frost as desired.  A simple powdered sugar glaze will be delicious on these, or if you want to get fancy (and have a nice hard surface on your cookie) click here for Megan’s royal icing recipe and instructions for use.

Fun chocolate cookie cut-outsMy thoughts:  These cookies are SO yummy.  I’m not usually a huge fan of cut-out cookies, but these are truly worth the effort of rolling out and cutting!  I like them thick- even if you don’t add sticks to make them into pops.  They are so much fun all set up in a vase~ what a perfect way to serve cookies at a party!  You could wrap these in cello bags and tie them with cute ribbons too- a perfect favor for a wedding or shower!  Hope you have fun with these treats!!!   Enjoy!! ~r  

Royal Icing!!!


Other fun cut-out cookies to try:

Sugar cookie cut-outsHoney cut-out cookiesGingerbread Cookies!Easy Easter cut out cookies

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