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A Cut-out Cookie Collection!

Cut-out Cookie CollectionIt’s nearly Christmas, and those cute bells, stars and tree cookie cutters are begging to be used!  This post is dedicated to our favorite cut-out cookie recipes featured here on Easybaked. We have everything from gingerbread to mocha, simple sugar cookies to international favorites! Make this year’s cookies your best yet!

Let’s start with the family favorite. My mom’s thick and cake-like cutout cookie recipe features a hint of cinnamon flavor and is truly a part of our Christmas (and Easter, and 4th of July, and back-to-school and GO PACKERS!) traditions. These are easy, and freeze well- so you can make them ahead. Go ahead and click on that photo to see the recipe.

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Next, is my personal favorite: GINGERBREAD!  These, too, have been a part of our family Christmas traditions. This recipe is my grandmother’s, and she faithfully made them every year, cut them as Christmas trees and decorated them with red-hots! Click on the photo to see her oh-so-yummy recipe!

Gingerbread Cookies!Similar to gingerbread are my Pumpkin Spice Cookies. These are sweeter and bake very flat and easy to decorate.

Pumpkin Pie Cutout cookies!Chocolate cut-out cookies that taste like the richest brownie but roll out and cut like a dream? Yes, please!  I love how the frosting colors really stand out on that dark chocolate! These chocolate cut-outs have been in our family awhile too- but as drop cookies that I tweaked to make cut-outs. Click the photo to see this delicious recipe:

Chocolate cut-out cookies

That chocolate cut-out recipe is so yummy that I experimented a little more with it to create a chocolate espresso cut out cookie and…oh my…one of my favorites!

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies!I’ve spent some time overseas and discovered a wonderful dessert in Prague called Medovnic. Then I found these wonderful little honey-filled cut out cookies called Medovniky that are often made at Christmas. I made them for autumn, but they are a delicious flavor for any season!!

Honey cookies cut into leaf shapes!

Speaking of international cookies, these Alfajores from Peru add a totally unique (and deliciously caramel-filled) flavor to the holidays.

Alfajores (Peruvian caramel cookie)!

When it comes to cut-out cookies, the cookie cutters make all the difference! I absolutely LOVE the look created by Linzer cookie cutters. Typically they are layered with a fruit filling, but I just used colored frosting and you have beautiful cookies with very little fancy frosting technique!

Linzer Christmas CookiesOne other thing you’ll need are some good frosting recipes, which I’ve compiled right here in a post called: Frostings, fillings and fun!

mmm......frosting!

I hope that these recipes inspire fun-filled cookie making times with your family this season.

Merry Christmas! 

~r

12/19/14: On a personal note: I blog my recipes ahead, and I prepared this post and my next one (very fun New Years cookies) several weeks ago. Since that time, my mom has been diagnosed with very, very aggressive cancer and admitted to Hospice. I just wanted to ask for all of you who have followed this little blog and enjoyed these recipes to keep our family in your prayers as we say good bye to her this Christmas. After next week’s post (which is already scheduled),  I will probably take a little break from sharing recipes here. Many thanks, friends! ~r

(My personal and ministry blog is at: www.thenavajojourney.com, if you want to keep up with me there.)

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Creepy Earthworm Cupcakes

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Edible Jello Earthworm CupcakesThese fun little cupcakes will entertain your family and friends with slimy (raspberry!) earthworms poking out of the top!

Well, it’s October, and that means it is time for creatively creepy edibles!  Last year I had SO much fun with my Broken Glass Cupcakes and my Toxic Slime Cupcakes!  Oh my goodness, I love both of those recipes so much that it was hard to think of anything that fun and creepy for this year!!!

I loved the idea of worm-filled cupcakes and decided that gummy worms are way too cheery, with all their fun bright colors.  I wanted WORMS- big fat earthworms- in my cupcakes.

I’m not sure why these are not readily available for purchase in the candy aisle of my grocery store, but fortunately I found a TON of recipes for make-your-own gummy earthworms online.  I read about 10 recipes (they were all very similar) and gave it a shot.

Edible gummy earthwormlove them!!!!  I had a hard time biting into one to try out the flavor because they were so realistic!  These are really not very hard to make, and I can think of a TON of desserts these would be fun to serve with.  These are even Father’s Day friendly (I realized this when the men who were eating the cupcakes started talking about fishing with earthworms…) or maybe you could “dress up” my apple cupcakes from last week with a few worms! 🙂

Here’s how to make these fun little desserts: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 boxed chocolate cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla
  • Green sugar crystals
  • About 15 Oreo cookies crushed into crumbs
  • brown and green food color gels
  • 1 (6 oz) packet of raspberry jello
  • 4 (1/2 oz) packets of unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups boiling water

DIRECTIONS:

WORMS: (make the day before)

  • Take about 40-60 bendable plastic straws and pull them out to full length.
  • Place them each in a tall glass with the bendable part down.
  • Put a rubber band around the top to hold them together and upright.
  • Mix jello and unflavored gelatin together in a mixing bowl and add boiling water.
  • Stir until dissolved and refrigerate for about 20 minutes until cooled.
  • Place cream and a little bit of green food coloring in a separate bowl and mix well.
  • Mix cream with gelatin mixture until well combined.
  • Gently pour the mixture over the tops of the straws until they, and the glass are full.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and lightly spray it with cooking spray.
  • Run warm water over the glass until you can pull the entire jello mold out (straws and all!)
  • Gently pull apart straws and use a rolling pin to roll each little worm out.
  • Place each worm on the parchment paper until all of them have been removed from the straws.
  • Keep covered and refrigerated until use.

Gummy EarthwormsMaking Gummy EarthwormsHow to make gummy earthworms

CUPCAKES:

  • Make cake mix according to box and divide evenly among 24 cupcake liners placed in tins.
  • Bake according to package, and allow them to cool.
  • Make frosting by placing butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beating it on high for about 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • Color frosting using a combination of green and brown to make a clay-like color for inside the cupcakes
  • Use a cupcake corer or a small knife to cut a core out of each cupcake.
  • Pour green sugar into a small bowl.
  • Use a knife to spread a thin layer of frosting on the top of each cupcake, around the hole cut out by the corer.
  • Turn the cupcake top down into the green sugar, coating the frosting entirely.
  • Spoon or pipe a small amount of frosting into each cored cupcake.
  • Set a worm into the frosting, letting it “stick” and be held in place.
  • Spoon Oreo crumbs over the worm and frosting, filling up the rest of the hole in the cupcake.
  • Keep refrigerated until serving.
  • Enjoy!!

Worm cupcakes

My thoughts:  These crack me up. Everyone loves them, but kids are SO suspicious that you might have used real worms!  One of my friends gave some to her grandkids and the oldest just sat and stared at hers and finally declared, “I saw one move!”  They are disturbingly life-like.  These are great covered in the fridge for a day, but at room temperature the worms start to dry out after a few hours. I hope you get a chance to try this creepy little treat!  Enjoy!!! ~r

Cupcakes with worms

Other creepy recipes for your October fun: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Mummy Oreo Pops!Caramel Apple Cupcakes with misfortune cookiesBroken Glass Cupcakes3 Radioactive Cupcakes filled with SLIME!

Pancake and Bacon Cupcakes!!!

Pancake Cupcakes!!!!These sweet maple pancake flavored cupcakes are topped with syrup-coated bacon and real mini-pancakes.  The only question remaining is, will you eat them for breakfast???

My answer to that question is a resounding YES, I will eat them for breakfast, and any other time of the day too!

Did you know that today is National Pancake Lovers Day???  There is no better way I know of to celebrate pancakes than by making these!  [Plus, Monday is National Coffee Day, and believe me these go GREAT with coffee!]

Pancake cupcakes with coffeeThese cupcakes were a complete experiment, and when they came out of the oven and I tentatively tasted one, I smiled. They taste like pancakes- they really do!  Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

Cupcakes:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (I didn’t use the real stuff– too expensive!)

Frosting and toppings:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of salted butter, softened
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 8 pieces of bacon, cooked until very crisp
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • Pancake batter- enough for about 50 mini pancakes (I used the add water and shake Bisquick bottle, and it took about 2 cups of batter to make these up.

DIRECTIONS:

Cupcakes:

  • Combine all dry ingredients and mix in medium bowl
  • In large bowl, whisk eggs, whipping cream and vanilla together, add melted butter slowly while whisking.
  • Alternately add dry ingredients and syrup to the egg mixture, whisking until thick and smooth.
  • Scoop evenly into 18-20 cupcake liners placed in muffin tins. Don’t overfill!
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 14-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove cupcakes from tin and allow them to cool completely.

Frosting and toppings:

  • Crumble bacon into small pieces and toss with maple syrup until completely coated.
  • Make mini pancakes on a hot griddle by using a small spoon and making just a tiny circle of batter.  Let these cool on a piece of parchment paper.
  • Make frosting by placing butters, powdered sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beating on high for 3-4 minutes until very light and fluffy.
  • Place frosting into a large zip top bag that has a decorating tip fitted into one corner.
  • Pipe a circle of icing around the edge of the cupcake.
  • Sprinkle with bacon.
  • Place pancakes on top, using a small amount of frosting to stick them together into a stack.  
  • Add a dollop of frosting on top and add sprinkles or a red “cherry” sixlet, like mine.
  • ENJOY!!!!



Pancake Cupcakes!!!My thoughts:  These are really good.  The sweet cupcake with that salty bacon….yum!  I was a little skeptical about the bacon, but it really adds a wonderful flavor to these!  If you are short on time, skip the mini pancakes on top and just frost these and sprinkle them with bacon.  You could even use a bottle of those real bacon bits, but I suspect that the freshly cooked bacon tastes best.  Happy Pancake Day to YOU!!!  Enjoy!! ~r

Pancake and Bacon Cupcakes!

Other treats that you “could” eat for breakfast:

Tres Leches Cake with caramel and fruitRaspberry Lemon drop Cakes!!!Cinnamon Upside Down Cakes!!Mocha cupcakes in edible fondant mug

Caramel Gelato with Gingerbread Spoons

Caramel Gelato with Gingerbread cookie spoonsThis creamy frozen caramel dessert is perfect when it is eaten with a spicy gingerbread cookie spoon.  Does dessert get much more fun than this?!?

This recipe has a story. I was flying home to Michigan for a wedding when I saw the most amazing dessert in one of those in-flight magazines.  It was some sort of mousse with a COOKIE SPOON in it.  I stared at it and thought….and wondered if spoon cookie cutters exist (they do), and I decided right then that I would make something caramel with gingerbread spoons.

Something caramel…..something sweet and rich.  About a week later, I saw this post on Foodgawker and the words, “Three ingredients. No churn. No machine. No whipping cream. It’s magic.” swirled in my head.  Sour cream, Sweetened condensed milk, Vanilla. No machine.

What if I added Dulce de Leche instead of the sweetened condensed milk?  I had to try it.  I felt like I was surely wasting a container of sour cream when I mixed this up….but then…. creamy, cold caramel deliciousness. It is magic.  You need to try this!

Caramel Gelato!!!

Here’s how: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

Caramel Gelato:

  • 1 1/2 cups of sour cream (use full-fat)
  • 1 can (13.4 oz.) of La Lechera Dulce de Leche (now….imagine coconut cream in this recipe….!)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Cookie Spoons:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves

DIRECTIONS:

Caramel Gelato:

  • Mix all ingredients together well, spread into a freezer safe bowl and cover tightly.  
  • Freeze overnight.
  • Allow gelato to warm a little before serving.

Gingerbread Cookie Spoons:

  • Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Beat in egg, molasses and vinegar.
  • Blend in sifted dry ingredients.
  • Chill 2-3 hours (this is important– the dough is very easy to roll after chilling)
  • Roll 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick on a floured counter or board and cut into spoon shapes, using a cookie cutter, and place on greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Check often- take out when cookies have risen and are easily removed from sheet.

Caramel Gelato!My thoughts: This caramel desert is unbelievably creamy and rich.  I pictured 2 scoops in my photos, but I would serve just one.  It is almost like frozen custard- so heavy and rich.  The caramel flavor is amazing though!  Amazing.  The cookies are so delicious with the caramel.  They are hard to actually use as spoons until the frozen caramel warms a bit.  I love this flavor combination!  I hope you get a chance to try it!  Enjoy!!! ~r

Caramel Gelato and ginger bread cookiesOther fun chilled desserts you might enjoy:

Heath Bar Ice Cream Dessert3Peppermint Ice cream pieIce Cream Cakefrozen s'more cups

Cheesehead Cupcakes!

Cheesehead Cupcakes!!!!!These colorful Green Bay Packer CHEESEHEAD cupcakes are the perfect treat for game day!!!  Make them in YOUR team colors and start the season off with some fun!

Today is the day!!!!  NFL football season starts!!!!  Tonight it’s the Packers vs. Seattle (GO PACK GO!!!!!!!), and I had to add some cheese on these fun little cupcakes to make them just perfect!

Wait— what’s inside?  That’s what makes these so much fun!!!!!

Green Bay Packer Cupcakes!A little splash of team color hidden in the middle.  You can make these in any team colors you want- but if you make them for the Chicago Bears or the Detroit Lions you will need this tutorial here to make your cupcake toppers. 🙂

Here is how we made these: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed white cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to box)
  • Green and gold food color gels (or your team colors)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of salted butter, softened
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla (or any flavoring you’d like to add to your frosting)
  • 1 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in yellow (if you want cheesehead toppers!!)  You will also need little triangle chocolate molds for these.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix as directed on box, and take about 1/4 of the batter and mix it with yellow food color gel.
  • Using a cake pop maker or a small mini muffin tin, make 24 small, baked balls of cake in yellow. (click here for pictures of how to make these cake balls)
  • Color remaining batter with green food color gel.
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Spoon a little bit of green batter into 24 cupcake liners placed in muffin tins.
  • Place one cake ball in each cavity in the center of the green batter.

Cheesehead Cupcakes!!!

  • Carefully spoon more green batter over the top of each yellow cake ball, filling each cup only 2/3 to 3/4 full (be careful to not over-fill. That is easy to do when you are focused on covering up that cake ball!)
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 15-18 minutes.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  • Make frosting by placing butters, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and beating on high for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Divide frosting in half and color one half gold and the other half green. Place each color in a zip top bag that has been fitted with a decorating tip.
  • Pipe yellow icing on 1st followed by green and top with a bit of cheese!!!!!

Cheesehead Cupcakes!!!!!To make little cheese head cupcake toppers:

Say Cheese!!!!

Yes, that is a tire pressure gauge…..

  • Melt yellow candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl, in the microwave, in 30-second increments, stirring in between.
  • Put candy melts into a sturdy zip top bag, clip a corner and pipe into triangle candy molds.
  • Tap on counter to remove bubbles, and place in the freezer for 5 minutes, or until completely hardened.
  • Turn mold upside down and tap on counter to remove chocolate.
  • Repeat this process.
  • Allow the triangle chocolates to return to room temperature, and use whatever you find handy to put “holes” in your cheese.  I used a (cleaned in hot soapy water) tire pressure gauge for mine.  Let’s hear it for problem solving in the kitchen!!!!!!

Green Bay Packer Cupcakes!

My thoughts:  These are just plain fun.  I recommend using a cake pop maker for the center circles.  It really does take less time and it makes the most adorably round little cake balls.  Plus you can make a Polka-Dot cake with it too!!!  I hope you get a chance to celebrate your team with these fun and colorful cupcakes!!!  IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON!!!!!!

 

Cheesehead Cupcakes!!!

Other fun cupcake recipes you might enjoy:

Peanut Butter Cupcakes!!Coconut Cupcakes!!!Brownie Oreo Cookie CupPile of Cupcakes!

Chocolate Football Cookies!

Chocolate Football Cookies!

These soft and chewy chocolate cut-out cookies make the perfect little footballs!  Are you ready for the season to start?  Kick it off with these adorable treats!

NFL football starts this week with a Thursday night game against the Packers (GO PACK GO!!!!!!) and Seattle.  Let the season of fun tailgating and snacking begin!!!

These are seriously the yummiest chocolate cookies ever, and the PERFECT, not-sticky, dough for cookie cutters.  I’ve used this recipe SO many times here on easybaked.  When I thought about making football cookies I automatically defaulted to this wonderful family recipe. I promise, you will love it!!!

Here’s how they are made: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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)
  • Roll out cookie dough on floured counter.  I roll mine thick, so I get nice and chewy cookies.
  • Cut into football shapes using a football cookie cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Leave a little room for the cookies to spread.
  • Bake for 10 to 14 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”.  
  • Frost as desired.  I used royal icing in a zip-top bag with a corner clipped off to decorate these.  You can click here for my royal icing recipe and instructions for use.  You could also use regular icing or even melted white chocolate.
  • Allow icing to harden up before stacking.

Football Cookies!!!

My thoughts: These are so cute, and so yummy that I kept wandering by the table just took look at them while they hardened up. I couldn’t help but smile every time….and eat one.  Which was bad, because I’ve eaten too much fry bread here on the Navajo Nation and I need to diet!  They are irresistibly good…so I quickly have given them all away!  Happy football season everyone!!!  Bring on the fun!!!!!  ~r

Football Cookies!!!!!Other desserts that use this cookie recipe:

Chocolate cut-out cookiesTriple Chocolate Truffle CupsEspresso Cookies!!!Cadbury Egg Cookie Cups!!!!

 

Piña Colada Cupcakes!

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Pina Colada Cupcakes!

 These pineapple cupcakes are full of coconut and rum flavored happiness.  A perfect pool party treat!

Aren’t these just the cutest little things?  I love the flavor combination of coconut and pineapple, it is such a refreshing taste!  The light whipped frosting on these, combined with the crunch of toasted coconut makes them such a delicious summer treat!  I even added a cute little edible coconut drink topper that I found on Party Pinchers.  So. much. fun!!!!

Pina Colada Cupcakes!!

INGREDIENTS: (printable recipe here)

  • 1 boxed pineapple cake mix (I used Duncan Hines), plus water, oil and eggs to make according to box directions.
  • 5 cups of shredded, sweetened coconut
  • 3 teaspoons of rum flavoring (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut flavoring
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • Decorations (as desired)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 325F degrees
  • Spread 5 cups of coconut out on a large baking sheet that has edges.
  • Toast in 5 minute increments, stirring with a big spoon to evenly toast (It usually takes me about 20 minutes)
  • Allow coconut to cool, then place in a large zip-top bag, and crush into smaller pieces.
  • Make cake mix according to directions on box, and after it is made, add one cup of crushed, toasted coconut and mix completely into batter.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of rum flavoring and stir completely into batter.
  • Divide batter evenly into 24 cupcake liners placed into tins.
  • Bake according to package directions and cool completely.
  • To make frosting, place butters, coconut flavoring, remaining rum flavoring, and powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl and beat on high for 3 or 4 minutes until very light and fluffy.  Add one cup of crushed, toasted coconut and stir until well blended.
  • Use a spoon or a cookie scoop to place a rounded scoop of frosting on the top of each cupcake.  
  • Place the rest of the crushed coconut into a small bowl, and turn each cupcake upside down into it, pressing coconut into the top and sides of each scoop of frosting.
  • Decorate as desired. I found these cute little edible “coconut cups” on a site called Party Pinching, and I couldn’t resist making them for my pina colada cupcakes!  You just cut the tops off of a Whoppers malted milk ball, put a dab of melted white chocolate and add little flower sprinkles and a bit of string licorice.  FUN!

Pina Colada Cupcakes!Pina Colada Cupcakes!

My thoughts: I really thought these captured the flavors of coconut and pineapple in a perfect combination.  I loved the little crunchy bits of coconut in the cake and frosting.  These are such a festive cupcake and make a perfect refreshing summer or vacation dessert for all ages! 
Pina Colada Cupcakes!Other fun cupcake recipes:

Malted Milkshake CupcakesKey Lime Cupcakes!Brownie Oreo Cookie CupButter beer cupcakes

 

 

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