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Halloween Cookie Swirls!

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Halloween Swirl Cookies!!!
These festive, fun cookies are made with refrigerated cookie dough, and are SO easy!  A little chocolate on the bottom and you have not only cute cookies, but really yummy ones as well!!!!

I keep seeing these swirled cookies online and I decided I simply had to try them in halloween colors this year.  They were a little time consuming, simply because you need to color your cookie dough and then blend the colors together.  Not hard at all– but set aside a little prep time.

Want to see how to put these together?  Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tube refrigerated cookie dough (I used Pillsbury)
  • Gel food coloring in the colors you desire
  • 1 bag of Wiltons dark chocolate candy melts.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Divide cookie dough into 4 equal parts and color each part using food color gels. (I recommend wearing food-prep gloves to save your hands from being colored along with the dough!   Also, start with the lightest color 1st)
  • Starting with the lightest color, divide each part of dough into small balls (about the size of a small grape)
  • Take one ball of each color in your hand, and gently squeeze it into a 4-color ball.

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  • Roll each ball out into a long strip and then gently coil it together into a cookie.  Tuck end under cookie and gently place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

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  • Bake at 350F degrees for time recommended on cookie dough tube.
  • Remove from oven by sliding parchment paper off cookie sheet and on to a flat surface.
  • Cool cookies completely
  • Melt Wiltons candy melts in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring between until smooth.
  • Spoon a bit of melted chocolate on a clean piece of parchment paper- make it about the size of one cookie.
  • Gently press a cookie on top of the chocolate until you can see it around the edges.
  • Allow chocolate to cool and harden.
  • Peel away parchment paper and ENJOY your cute cookies!!!!

Halloween Swirl Cookies!!!
My thoughts:  These were a fun Halloween baking project.  I really enjoyed how each cookie looked so unique and I learned as I went how to swirl them most effectively (so that all the colors can be seen on top).  I loved using the pre-made cookie dough, that saved a lot of time!  I hope you get a chance to try these!!!  Enjoy!!  ~r


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Other fun Halloween ideas from Easybaked:

Halloween Bundt CakeGinger Maple CookiesSpider Cupcakes!Pumpkin Roll

Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

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Red Velvet Cookies!!

These rich red velvet cookies are covered in a smooth cream cheese icing.  Add a glass of milk and you have the perfect dessert!

I like to experiment in the kitchen.  Usually it takes a few tries before I get something exactly the way I like it (ok, sometimes more than a few tries!)  These cookies were perfect the 1st time.  They are just beautiful cake-like cookies right out of the oven, and they are sooo easy to make.  They honestly could stand alone if you aren’t an icing fan.  The cream cheese icing is incredibly yummy though….so if you are like me and want icing on everything you eat, be sure to try this one!

Red Velvet Cookies!!!

Here’s how to make these yummy cookies: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 24 medium cookies)

Cookies:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter (softened)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • Red food coloring (to desired shade)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 squares (1 oz. each) of unsweetened baking chocolate (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Icing:

  • 4 oz (1/2 package) cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/4 cup of butter (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (melted)

DIRECTIONS:

Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  • Cream together butter and brown sugar.
  • Add egg and blend well.
  • Put evaporated milk into a small bowl and stir in food color until a deep shade of red.
  • Add dry ingredients, alternating with the red evaporated milk.  (I used a mixer at this point to fully incorporate the red)
  • After batter is well combined, add the vanilla and melted chocolate and blend on low speed until completely combined.
  • Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper and use a medium cookie scoop to spoon dough on sheets.
  • Bake at 375F degrees for 10 minutes.
  • Slide cookies off sheet with parchment paper and allow them to cool on paper completely.

Icing:

  • On medium speed, beat together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and salt until creamy.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth.
  • Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between, until smooth.
  • Add melted white chocolate to icing and beat on low until completely combined.
  • Place in a zip-top bag fitted with a decorating tip and pipe frosting on top of cooled cookies.

Red velvet cookies with cream cheese icing!!

My thoughts:  These are easy and really so moist and flavorful.  Perfect with a cold glass of milk or a cup of coffee!  Hope you enjoy them!  ~r

Other fun cookie ideas:

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal CookiesGerman Chocolate CookieGingerbread Cookies!New Zealand Chocolate cookies

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies!

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Confession:  I am addicted to making cookies from cake mixes.  I am intrigued that I use the same recipe each time and each flavor turns out differently not only in flavor (obviously!), but in texture and shape and size.  My recent cookie is from a Duncan Hines Strawberry mix.  These are sooooo good.  Texture: think Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies.  These are amazing unfrosted- sweet and flavorful– or make them sandwiches with frosting (I used leftover Sweet Tart frosting, but thought about my lemonade frosting….mmmmm….).  Or maybe dip half  in white chocolate….oh the possibilities for these little cookies!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box of Duncan Hines Strawberry cake mix
  • 1/3c. softened margarine
  • 1/2 box of cream cheese (4 oz.)
  • 1/3 c. white chocolate chips (melted)
  • 1 egg
  • frosting of your choice (if desired).

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream together margarine and cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add egg, stirring until smooth.
  • Blend in melted chocolate.
  • Add cake mix last and stir until combined.  Use your hands to knead mixture into a heavy cookie dough.
  • Make evenly- size small balls of dough (I use a Small Cookie Scoop) and place on cookie sheets.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool
  • Sandwich with frosting or Cool Whip…or dip in white chocolate….be creative!!!
  • ENJOY!!

 

My thoughts:  This is such a happy summer-tasting dessert!  I started this blog last spring and I’ve never had a shortage of recipe ideas, but suddenly we hit fall and I’m struggling….I am a picky eater (according to my friends and family!)  I hate any kind of cooked fruit…I don’t like pumpkin….I hate cider….what to do????  I am a failure as a fall baker!!!  🙂  I’m trying to expand my horizons, but in the meantime you might still get a few summer recipes that I can’t get out of my mind until I try them!!  Who says strawberries can’t be a fall dessert anyway?? Enjoy!  r-

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