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Gingerbread Easter Eggs

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Delicious gingerbread cookies drizzled with colored chocolate- who says you can only have these cookies at Christmas?!?

I love gingerbread. Goodness, it is probably my favorite cookie at Christmas. My go-to recipe is my grandma’s, and it is already shared on Easybaked (here)- but it is TOTALLY worth sharing again! I made these last week for a friend who requested gingerbread cookies, and I couldn’t resist decorating them up for Easter. They were so cute that I thought I’d share them with you! Once Easter has passed, cut these into flowers or butterflies for spring! So. Fun!

Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 36 medium egg-shaped cookies)

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of dark molasses
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of cloves
  • Wilton’s candy melts in a variety of colors (just maybe 1/4 cup of each color)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  • Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Beat in egg, molasses and vinegar.
  • Blend in sifted dry ingredients.
  • Chill 2-3 hours (this is optional- I have found that the dough rolls out pretty well right away)
  • Roll 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick on a floured counter or board and cut into egg shapes.
  • Place on cookie sheets covered in parchment paper.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes.
  • Check often- take out when cookies have risen slightly. Slide parchment paper off cookie sheet onto counter with cookies on top. Cool.
  • Melt Candy Melts in individual bowls in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted and smooth. 
  • Spoon each color into a small zip-top bag and seal. 
  • Clip a tiny corner off, and pipe back and forth over each cookie, adding as many fun colored stripes as you wish!
  • Enjoy!

My thoughts: I love these cookies all year round. There is something fun about having the scent of gingerbread in the house during spring. New tradition I think!!!  😉 I hope you get a chance to try these! ~r

Other spring recipe ideas: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Mug Topper Cookies!

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Mug Topper Cookies

These adorable little cookies hang on the edge of a cup of coffee, cocoa or milk. Handy for dipping, and a perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

Aren’t these fun? When I have a few minutes of spare time, I like to wander around online looking for fun new kitchen and baking tools. I saw these cookie cutters and had to click on the photo to read more, because they didn’t make sense to me. They had several cute little shapes- but each one had a wedge cut out on one side. WHY?? I quickly discovered that the little wedge makes them not just cookie cutters- but mug-hanging cookie cutters! I happen to love dunking cookies in my coffee- so I knew I had to try them!

Valentine Mug hanging cookie

Does a cookie get more fun than that? I think not.

I was already making two different sorts of cut-out cookies for an event, so I set aside a little dough from each batch to make these. Here are the two recipes I used:

  1. Chocolate Espresso Cut-out cookies (recipe here)
  2. Buttery Cut-out cookies (recipe here)

Chocolate Espresso Cookies!!!  Butter Cut-out cookies

I kneaded some red and pink jimmies into the buttery cut-out dough before I rolled it out to cut it.

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You can use either of my recipes, or use your own- but you must choose a recipe that doesn’t puff up and get bigger in the oven. I have a fabulous gingerbread cookie recipe that would never work with these. If the dough changes shape as it bakes, that little wedge will not be big enough to slide onto the edge of a mug.

I also baked these on parchment paper, so I could slide them all off the cookie sheet and onto a counter to cool, without having to use a spatula to pick them up.

  1. Because they are tiny little cookies to handle.
  2. Because the wedge makes them more fragile until they cool and harden up.

Those are my “helpful hints”. They really are easy to make and so fun!

So a Valentine idea?

  1. Make some of my Spiced Mocha Mix (recipe here).
  2. Spoon 3-4 teaspoons into a cello bag.
  3. Place a cookie into a second cello bag.
  4. Print these tags (open link here).
  5. Staple tag over the tops of the two bags.
  6. Give away as a fun Valentine gift! (instructions for making mocha are on back of tag)

Valentine gift idea

I hope you get a chance to try this little cookie cutter idea out! If you were careful, I suspect you could even use a knife to cut a little wedge out of a plain old heart cookie too…? More time consuming, but then you don’t need to purchase a new cookie cutter. Enjoy!!  ~r

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Other Valentine’s treats here on Easybaked (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Berry Bomb CupcakesRaspberry Fudge Layer Cake1White Chocolate Strawberry Cookies!!Old fashioned Red velvet cake

 

 

 

Cookie Butter Stuffed Oreos

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A creamy layer of chocolate chip cookie butter is a wonderful surprise inside these easy chocolate cookies!

I may be out of the loop on things, but somehow I missed this whole craze over COOKIE BUTTER. When I was in the Czech Republic about a year ago, my friend Angie (the best gift-giver!) sent me home with a collection of European treats. Nestled in with the coffees and chocolates, there was this jar of “stuff” (all the labels were in Czech) and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I know that peanut butter is hard to find in Eastern and Central Europe- so I knew it wasn’t that- but it was close… it was butter- but not made out of peanuts..made out of COOKIES!!!!! Seriously. I fell in love.

Cookie Butter!

Then I found it at Wal Mart. Here. In Indiana. #smile!!!

So, I’ve been stuffing Oreo Thins with all sorts of things over the past few months. Marshmallows….Key Lime Pie…I can’t stop. I have A LOT more ideas. This is just one more. (Prepare yourself…)

Cookie butter stuffed Oreos

These are simply….delicious. I shouldn’t have been surprised that adding cookie butter to Oreos would create such a yummy combination- but I was. The combination is such a unique flavor- and I’m not kidding you- unbelievably good!

Plus they are SUPER easy to make.

Here’s how we did it: (printable recipe available here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 25 cookies)

  • One box of Oreo Thins Chocolate cookies
  • One jar of crunchy cookie butter (I’ve loved every brand I have tried, but I used Lotus for these)
  • One cup of mini chocolate chips
  • One and 1/2 bags of Wilton’s Candy melts in dark chocolate
  • A little bit of milk chocolate candy melts to make stripes on top (or any sort of sprinkles you’d like to add to make these for any season!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Set half of Oreo cookies on a small tray or sheet that will fit in your freezer.
  • Mix jar of cookie butter and mini chips in a small bowl.
  • Scoop or spoon cookie butter on top of each Oreo and press a second Oreo on top to make a sandwich.

Cookie butter on Oreo Thins

  • Freeze for about 30 minutes.
  • Melt Candy Melts in microwave, in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
  • Take 3 or 4 cookies at a time out of freezer and carefully dip in melted chocolate, using a fork to tap excess chocolate off and sliding the bottom of the cookie along the edge of the bowl to remove excess from the bottom. 

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  • Set on parchment paper to harden.
  • Add sprinkles (if desired) before chocolate hardens, or after it hardens, drizzle or pipe a little bit of contrasting chocolate across the top of each cookie.
  • Enjoy!

Oreo Thins dipped in Chocolate

My thoughts: Mmmmmmm! These cookies were eaten up so fast- and I got back so much positive feedback on them- everyone loved them! The only tricky part might be dipping them (if you haven’t dipped things in chocolate before). The trick is to tap off excess chocolate and to remove excess off the bottom. If you aren’t feeling confident in your dipping skills, try just dipping half of the cookie and leaving half of that yummy cookie butter visible! I hope you get a chance to try these!!!  Enjoy!!  ~R

Cookie Butter stuffed Oreo Thins

More delicious Oreo ideas! (Click on a photo to see the recipe)

Caramel Oreo Brownie BarBrownie Oreo Cookie CupMud Pie!Creamy Coconut Cheesecake

Caramel Oatmeal Bars

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Caramel Oatmeal Bars!

What could be better than oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips? This. This could be better, because we baked them in bars and added caramel. And we all know that caramel makes everything better.

Think “gooey”. Think “rich”. Think “this has oatmeal in it which makes it almost healthy”. Emphasis on almost.

Healthy these are not. But delicious? Yes!

Caramel Oatmeal Bars

Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 c. margarine
  • 1 c. brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups uncooked old-fashioned oatmeal (plain, and not instant!)
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips 
  • 32 Kraft caramels (unwrapped)
  • 1 can (14oz) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Spray a 9×13 cake pan with non-stick spray
  • Beat margarine and sugars together in a large mixing bowl until creamy- and yes, I use margarine here- not butter.
  • Blend in eggs and vanilla
  • Add flour, soda and salt to cream mixture and beat well
  • Stir in oats and chocolate chips
  • Mix until well combined and press a little less than 1/2 of batter into pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • While this bakes, combine caramels, condensed milk and butter in a saucepan and heat (stirring constantly) until caramels are completely melted.
  • Remove cake from oven and pour caramel over the top. Try to keep it away from the edges of the pan. You won’t be able to do this perfectly, but it is the caramel that sticks to the pan when you go to cut it later.
  • Spoon remaining batter over the top of the caramel and bake for an additional 25- 30 minutes- until browned on the top and not “jiggly” in the middle when the pan is moved. 
  • Cool completely before cutting. It is easiest to cut after it is even chilled a little bit, and I kept these refrigerated until serving.
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: These are RICH, gooey, happy cookie bars. Cut them small, as they will fill you up fast! I hope you get a chance to try them!  ~r

Other cookie and brownie bars here on easybaked:

Peppermint marshmallow crunch barsCandy Corn Peanut Bars!!Caramel Oreo Brownie BarCookie Dough Brownie

Andes Mint Cookies

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Andes Mint Cookies!

Creamy mint filling sandwiched between delicious dark chocolate cookies. Add a dip of chocolate on one end and you have the most delicious minty treat ever!!

Sometimes I just crave mint and chocolate. Mint and dark, not-too-sweet, chocolate. I have a favorite chocolate cut-out cookie and for this recipe I changed it around a bit to make it dark and less sweet. I love (love!!) how these turned out. My mom made wonderful mint brownies, and I grabbed the mint filling from those to add as a filling to these.

Andes Mint Cookies!

I think you will love these!!!  Here is how I made them (printable recipe):

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutter)

  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons mint extract
  • green food coloring
  • 1/2 bag of Wiltons candy melts in dark chocolate
  • 1/4 bag of Wiltons candy melts in green

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Combine 2 sticks of softened butter, and both sugars in a large mixing bowl, and beat on low until creamed together.
  • Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Add cocoa powder and beat until combined.
  • Gradually add flour until able to remove beaters and knead by hand. Add flour until a smooth ball of dough is formed.
  • Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut into whatever shape you want. I used a rectangle.
  • Place cookies on parchment paper covered cookie sheets, and bake for 12-16 minutes until firm.
  • Cool completely.
  • While cooling, mix 1 stick of melted butter with powdered sugar and mint extract. Add water until mixture is a thick but smooth icing.
  • Add green food coloring to desired shade.
  • Spread mint icing between two cooled cookies.
  • Melt chocolate and green candy melts in two separate bowls in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until smooth.
  • Place green melts in a small zip top bag, zip it tightly shut and clip a small corner off.
  • Spoon chocolate over 1/2 of a cookie, tap on side of bowl to remove excess chocolate and set on parchment paper.
  • Make lines of green on the melted chocolate and use a toothpick to pull through the green chocolate one way and then back the other to make design.

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  • Allow cookie to harden
  • Enjoy!!

Andes Mint Cookies!

My thoughts: These are delicious. I love the dark chocolate cookies so much. They are almost like a not-too-sweet brownie. The mint adds so much and while I really like the look of the dipped end, you could totally skip it and serve the cookies plain. They are a touch less sweet when not half-dipped in chocolate. I hope you get a chance to try these!!  Enjoy!!! ~r

Andes Mint Cookies!

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Other not-too-sweet desserts here on Easybaked: (click on photo to see recipe)

Granola CupsCarrot Cookie with Orange FrostingChocolate Chip Oatmeal CookiesStrawberry layer cake

 

 

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