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Halloween Cookies

I made these cookies for my kids’ school last week. They have bake sale about 3 times a year to raise money for the school. It is a very exciting event and the kids just love it ! These are Halloween cookies but you can make them for any occasions, Christmas, Valentines, birthdays, etc. Get creative and have fun ! The icing take at least 6 hours to dry depending on humidity.  So plan ahead, you may need up to 2 days to make them.

For the cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups pastry flour
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, salt together, set aside
  3. Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment,  cream butter and sugar until fluffy
  4. Add egg, vanilla and milk, mix well
  5. Add flour mixture in 2 – 3 portions
  6. Mix until a dough is formed, scraping sides of mixing bowl
  7. Roll dough flat on flour surface, about 2-3 mm thickness
  8. Cut with cookie cutters
  9. Bake on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper for about 8-9 minutes until edges turn brown
  10. Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes,  then completely on rack

If the dough is too soft to roll, you can put it in the fridge for about 1 hour before rolling.  Cool cookies completely before icing.

For the icing

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons water
  • food coloring for icing
  1. Sift icing sugar
  2. Add milk, corn syrup and vanilla
  3. Add water, a few drops at a time to get the desired consistency
  4. Add food coloring
  5. Mix until smooth

Use a thicker icing to outline the borders, let dry, then use a thinner icing for the middle.  The icing is almost transparent, so you will need to add white food coloring to make it white.

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Butter Cookie Sandwich with Chocolate Ganache

This cookies are so fun to make. You can use any of your favourite cookie cutters to make different shapes and decorate any way you want. Get the kids involved ! They would love it. For the fillings, I used chocolate ganache just because I love chocolate. You can actually sandwich these cookies with any fillings, e.g. fruit jams, nutella, peanut butter, vanilla cream….even ice cream!

Makes about 20-25 sandwiches

For the cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups pastry flour
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, salt together, set aside
  3. Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy
  4. Add egg, vanilla and milk, mix well
  5. Add flour mixture in 2 – 3 portions
  6. Mix until a dough is formed, scraping sides of mixing bowl
  7. Roll dough flat on flour surface, about 2-3 mm thickness
  8. Cut with cookie cutters
  9. Bake on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper for about 8-9 minutes until edges turn brown
  10. Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes,  then completely on rack

If the dough is too soft to roll, you can put it in the fridge for about 1 hour before rolling.

For the chocolate ganache filling

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate,  finely chopped
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Heat whipping cream in a non-stick pot just until starting to boil
  2. Pour hot cream over chopped chocolate
  3. Wait 1 minute, add vanilla, then stir until smooth
  4. Let cool to room temperature

To assemble, spoon chocolate ganache between 2 cookies and decorate

Chocolate Meringue Cookies

I was trying to make 2 batches of macarons today. The first batch didn’t come out as good as I expected.  Feeling a bit frustrated, I decided to change plan. I started making some meringue cookies. They came out nice but not yummy enough. So I drizzled some chocolate on top…..and wow ! What a difference ! Not only are they scrumptious, they are also low in calories and flourless ! What a treat !

Makes about 2 dozens

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  1. Preheat oven to 225°F
  2. Using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, whisk egg whites and cream of tartar at medium speed until frothy
  3. Increase speed to high and slowly add in sugar
  4. Whisk until a stiff peak is formed
  5. Pour into piping bag with star or round tip
  6. Pipe onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, 2 inches apart
  7. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, cookies should be dry to touch, turn off oven
  8. Leave cookies in oven for about 2 more hours to dry
  9. Remove from oven to cool completely on rack
  10. On stove, melt chocolate in a small pot over a pan of simmering water at medium heat
  11. Drizzle chocolate over cookies with a fork
  12. Let sit until chocolate is dry

Thumbprint Cookies

This is really easy and kids can choose their favourite fillings ! 

Makes about 24

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1+1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Fruit jams or fillings of your choice
  1. Preheat oven to 325 ºF
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside
  3. In an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Add egg and vanilla, mix well
  5. Add flour mixture in 2 to 3 portions, mix well, scraping sides of bowl
  6. Roll dough into small balls, about 2 teaspoons each, and place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, 2 inches apart
  7. Gently crate an indentation in the middle of balls with thumb or end of a wooden spoon
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes, remove from oven, crate centres again
  9. Return cookies to oven and bake for another 8 minutes or until golden
  10. Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes and then on rack until completely cooled
  11. Fill centres with fruit jam or spread of your choice (Nutella, peanut butter, etc.)

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

My daughter loves peanut butter. This is especially for her!

Makes about 30 cookies

  • 200 g creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/4 cup all-purposed flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  3. Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream peanut butter, butter and both sugars until blended
  4. Add vanilla and egg
  5. Add flour mixture in 2 to 3 portions and mix well, scraping sides of bowl
  6. Stir in chocolate chips
  7. Place tablespoonful of dough on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing about 2 inches apart
    (You can shape them by gently rolling them into balls)
  8. Bake for about 13 minutes, rotating baking sheets half way through
  9. Cool on baking sheets for about 5 minutes then transfer to rack to cool completely

Little Palmiers

This is one of my favourite pastry treat.

Makes about 30

  • 1 box store-bought puff pastry
    (Two 10 inch x 10 inch sheets ), thawed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Sprinkle some sugar evenly on a work surface
  3. Place 1 sheet of pastry on top of sugar, press gently
  4. Sprinkle with more sugar on top
  5. Fold 2 opposite sides to meet in the middle, press gently, fold each side towards centre again, then fold 2 sides together, it will form a log.  Repeat with other sheet of pastry
  6. With a sharp knife, cut dough crosswise into 1/2 ” thick pieces
  7. Dip the cut side of each piece in sugar
  8. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart (no sugar side down)
  9. Bake for about 15 minutes or until slightly golden
  10. Cool on baking sheets for about 5 minutes then transfer to racks until completely cooled

If dough is too soft to cut after roll up, wrap and put in freezer for about 30 minutes before cutting

 

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are not the most good-looking ones, but they are surely chewy and tasty!

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 and 1/2 cup quick oats
  1. Melt butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat
  2. Add milk, sugar and cocoa powder, stirring constantly until smooth
  3. Heat until boil for 1 minute
  4. Remove from heat, mix in vanilla extract
  5. Stir in oats
  6. Place tablespoonfuls on baking sheets or trays lined with waxed or parchment paper
  7. Cool in fridge until hardened, about 1 hour, enjoy! 

The cookies are best kept in the fridge.

 

Sugar Cookies Cutouts

This is a great recipe to make with kids. They can help cutting and decorating the cookies.

Makes about 3 dozens depending on size of cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside
  3. Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Add egg, milk and vanilla, mix well
  5. Add flour mixture in 2-3 portions, mix until dough comes together
  6. Roll out 1/2 of dough at a time on parchment paper to about 1/8 inch thickness
  7. Cut with floured cookie cutters
  8. Sprinkle with sugar or decorate as desired
  9. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and bake for about 7-8 minutes or until edges turn light brown
  10. Cool for about 5 minutes on cookie sheets, then transfer to racks to cool completely

Collect all the dough scraps and roll into a dough again to make as many cookies as possible.

Chocolate Chip Cookie

The chocolate chip cookie is probably the most popular cookie in the world. It’s been around for over 75 years!  WOW!  It is so yummy and easy to make.  You can dip it in a glass of milk or use it to make an ice-cream sandwich. You can also add nuts like pecans and walnuts (but beware of nut allergies! ) or dried fruits like raisins and cranberries.

Makes about 3 dozens

  • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt, set aside
  3. Using an electric mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream together butter and both sugars at medium speed until fluffy
  4. Reduce speed to low, add eggs and vanilla, mix well
  5. Mix in flour mixture in 2-3 portions until well blended
  6. Stir in chocolate chips
  7. Place rounded tablespoons of dough on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges turn golden but centres should still be soft
  9. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer them on wire racks until completely cooled

Cookies can be kept in dry, airtight containers for up to 5 days. When mixing dough, scrape sides and bottom of mixing bowl to make sure it is well blended. When baking, set timer to 10 minutes, check if cookies are ready before adding more time.