I can’t believe it’s taken me a month to blog about these! I made the them the same week I first stumbled upon them in my Google Reader from Every Craving for date night! Not only are they too cute to eat, but they are a perfect treat for this summer’s upcoming heat wave.
My favorite part about these ice cream sandwiches is the funfetti cookie! You guys all know how much I love sprinkles!! And this is the perfect sugar cookie! If ice cream sandwiches aren’t your thing, definitely do please try making the funfetti cookies! I love how Chloe uses very simple, basic, and the most minimal ingredients to make these cookies!
As you can see, here’s all that’s needed to make funfetti cookie ice cream sandwiches!
The foundation of the sugar cookie! I love eating cookie dough! So good, yet so bad…why?? :)
I’ve been seeing these frosted sugar cookie bars on Pinterest and the interwebs for awhile now. I’ve had this recipe saved in my must-try list since summer. That’s a long time but I’m very happy I finally got to make it! I don’t have a clue as to where these cookies originate from but they are super delicious and extremely easy to make!
These are definitely not your ordinary sugar cookie! Sure they taste like a sugar cookie, but they have the dense texture of cake. If you love soft cookies, then these would be right up your alley!
Ingredients needed to make your own batch of frosted sugar cookie bars: unsalted butter, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, frosting and sprinkles.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Once that’s nice and fluffy, add one egg at a time, making sure everything is incorporated after each addition. Add in the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, sift all the dry ingredients. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, one cup at a time, until everything is well combined.
Baker’s tip: Once all the dry ingredients have been added, I find that it’s much easier to fully incorporate everything with my hands. It may be a bit messy, but it’s fun! And you’ll end up with a pretty nice ball of dough :)
Lightly grease a medium (or large) rectangular cake pan. The cake pan I’m using is a Williams-Sonoma 9″ x 13″ cake pan and it’s held up very nicely! As you can see, I originally was going to bake this on one of my larger Nordic Ware baking sheets (a monthiversary gift from my boyfriend :) but that didn’t turn out too well (ditch the foil) haha.
I just want to say that I had such a great time hosting our first cookie swap party! And of course to Trish, Erin, Latoya, Leah, Erin, and Suzanne… this party wouldn’t of happen without all your help and hard work into baking all those beautiful cookies! THANK YOU!!
This was my first time making shortbread cookies, and I just cannot believe how simple and easy they are! Plus it only takes as little as three ingredients!!
Since this is such a simple basic recipe, I wanted to jazz them up a little to give it that fun festive touch. A quick way to do that is make jam thumbprint cookies, any favorite jam of your choice will work. I just love the classic appeal of jam cookies! A super easy way to decorate these cookies is to add frosting + sprinkles or simply just dip them in so melted chocolate and coat them in more sprinkles or nuts! So many endless possible ideas!!
Okay, enough with my babbling! Here’s how to make classic shortbread cookies…
KITCHEN TIP: Try cutting the butter into small cubes. It makes mixing the cookies a lot quicker.
KITCHEN TIP: When making the dough, you’ll realize that it’s very fine and crumbly. Don’t worry, just use your hands to help form the dough completely. The warmth from your hands melts the butter, making the dough easier to form.
For classic shortbread cookies…
Bake the cookies at 350°F for about 20 minutes or until the edges and bottom are slightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack and cool. To make frosted or chocolate coated shortbread cookies, be sure that the cookies are cooled completely.
Remember awhile back I posted a list of my current fave sweets that I wanted to try. Banana split bites received the most votes but chocolate thumbprint cookies came in a very close second. And well, this girl cannot resist chocolate and I just had to make!
Let’s just say that these chocolate thumbprint cookies did not disappoint! They were soft, decadent, rich, and chocolatey in every way imaginable. In fact, I don’t even want to call these delicious treats “cookies” because they are so cakey and moist! I want to call them “sprinkled chocolate thumbprint mini cakes”! Ok, ok…it’s just a working title for now.
Anyways, all you’ll need to make these chocolate thumbprint cookies are butter, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, one egg, vanilla, flour, sprinkles, and milk chocolate kisses! Sounds simple enough, right?
Here’s what you’ll need to do to make your own chocolate thumbprint cookies:
First preheat the oven to 375° and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Then gather a large mixing bowl, and…
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Look what kind of trouble blog hopping got me into…
Oh sweets, how much I love you! For me, sweets is up there with bacon! On my latest foodie blog binge on Google Reader, I couldn’t help but click on every link that contained the words chocolate, chocolate covered, ice cream, cookies, and cupcake. I think it’s safe to say that my mind was subconsciously telling me to eat chocolate covered ice cream cupcake sprinkled with cookie bits! Wouldn’t you agree? :)
Here’s what I found that was so tempting/so bad/I’ll regret myself for eating/things I want to make…sweets edition:
Banana Split Bites (recipe here)
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bottomed Vanilla Cupcakes (recipe here)
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies (recipe here)
Either take these recipes away from me, or help me decide which one to make and regret the next day like a really bad hangover!
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