Sunday, September 10, 2017

Strawberry and Blueberry Smoothies

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Blueberry Smoothie
I recently made Strawberry and Blueberry Smoothies for breakfast and had one every morning for a week. They came out great and I used my Ninja but you can use an immersion blender or blender. I used fresh fruit but you can use frozen as well. The taste of each smoothie was great, not too sweet and filled me up until lunch. I plan to make a lot more smoothies using more ingredients and protein powder in the near future. I will share the recipes as I experiment with different fruits and veggies. See recipe below.

Ingredients
1/2 cup Fresh (or Frozen and Washed) Strawberries (tops sliced off) or Blueberries

1 cup Fresh or Frozen Spinach

1/2 cup Greek Vanilla Yogurt (if you use Plain Yogurt, add 1 teaspoon of Raw Honey)

1/2 cup Coconut Milk (or Almond, Cashew or any blend you prefer)

Strawberry Smoothie

Directions
Add all the ingredients in blender and combine until smooth.

If desired, add ice and blend.

Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Monday, September 4, 2017

Cherry Pie

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Cherry Pie
I love Cherry Pie and I only bake it once or twice a year which is a darn shame because it is one of my favorite pies. I need to bake it more often. To celebrate Labor Day (yay, a day off but more importantly it's a holiday to honor the labor movement), instead of covering the pie with just crust, I cut the dough using a star cutter and made a bunch of stars. I used my new cherry pitter for the first time today and it worked great. See recipe and directions below. This Cherry Pie filling is from the blog, Sally's Baking Addiction (link below).

Cherry Pie close-up

Ingredients
Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust or your favorite Pie Crust recipe

Cherry Pie Filling:
4 1/2 cups Fresh Cherries, pitted and halved

2/3 cup Granulated Sugar

1/4 cup Cornstarch

1 tablespoon Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract

Egg Wash:
1 Large Egg, beaten

1 tablespoon Milk

To top crust:
1 tablespoon Turbinado Sugar

Cherry Pie just out of the oven, smells delish!

Directions
Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Take one half of your packaged or homemade pie crust and place in pie pan.

With the remaining pie crust, cut stars with cutter. Place stars on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put in freezer for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and extracts with a spatula; set aside.

To make the egg wash, beat egg with fork, add the milk and combine; set aside.

My nifty cherry pitter

Using a spatula add the cherry pie filling into the crust.

Place chilled stars over the cherry pie filling using as many as you like. I spread them out a bit.

With a pastry brush add egg wash over the crust and finish by sprinkling with turbinado sugar.

Place pie on a baking sheet.

Cherries I used from Hood River Cherry Company from Hood River, OR

Bake for 20 minutes.

Cover the edges of the crust with a pie shield or with strips of aluminum foil so the crust does not burn, and reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees.

Bake for another 30-35 minutes.

For the Homemade Cherry Pie recipe, please visit:
https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2017/07/01/cherry-pie/

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Molasses Cookies

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Pumpkin Spice Molasses Cookies
Well, hello September!  The time has come for cooler weather and all things pumpkin spice. I await fall with open arms. 'Tis the season for apple cider, squash, apple pie, and pumpkin everything! This weekend while grocery shopping, I bought a few bags of Nestle Toll House Pumpkin Spice Morsels and some cans of Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin. I made the cookie recipe on the back of the bag and the result was awesome. This Pumpkin Spice Molases Cookie is soft and moist (oh no, that word again) and has a balanced taste of pumpkin spice from the morsels, cinnamon and ginger spices. All of this combined with molasses, make it one great cookie. See recipe and directions below.

Pumpkin Spice Molasses Cookies

Yield: 3 Dozen Cookies

Ingredients
2 1/3 cups King Arthur All-Purpose Flour

2 teaspoons Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Coarse Salt

1 cup Granulated Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger

1/2 cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, softened

1 Large Egg

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 cup Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin (or homemade)

1/4 cup Molasses

1 package (10 oz.) Nestle Toll House Pumpkin Spice Morsels

Close-up of Pumpkin Spice Molasses Cookies

Nestle Toll House Pumpkin Spice Morsels

Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger; set aside.

Using a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.

Pumpkin Spice Molasses Cookies cooling
Add pumpkin, molasses, egg, and vanilla extract, and mix on medium speed until incorporated.

Turn mixer to low speed, and gradually add flour mixture until combined.

With a spatula, fold in pumpkin spice morsels.

Pumpkin Spice Molasses Cookies cooling
Once dough has formed, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 1 hour or chill in fridge for 2-3 hours.

Note: This dough is sticky from the molasses so the more chilled the dough the easy to work with it.

Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, form and place dough balls on baking sheets spacing 2 inches apart.

Bake for 11-15 minutes or until cookies are set. My cookies baked in 14 minutes. Oven temperatures vary so keep this in mind.

Pumpkin Spice Molasses Cookies cooling
Wait 3 minutes and then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely but be sure to eat one warm.

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Eclipse Galaxy Cookies

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Eclipse Galaxy Cookies

Galaxy Cookies
I love the Galaxy Cookies on Sugar Spun Run (link below) and last month for July 4, I made Marbled Star Cookies using the marbling technique I learned from this blog. With the Solar Eclipse tomorrow, I wanted to make a cookie resembling the Eclipse and Galaxy Cookies. They are so pretty and really fun, and super easy to make! The only thing to keep in mind is the mess on your fingers from dipping each cookie into the glaze so wash your hands often, have paper towels handy, and place them under the wire racks to catch any excess glaze. For the eclipse cookie, I used a sun and a round cookie cutter, and a star cutter for the galaxy cookies. The dough is a decadent Dark Chocolate and has a great chocolate taste, and is not too sweet with a chewy texture. See recipe and directions below.

Yield: About 4 Dozen depending on cutter size


Galaxy Cookies

Galaxy Cookies

Ingredients
2/3 cup Granulated Sugar

2 cups King Arthur All Purpose Flour

1/3 cup Dark Cocoa Powder

1/2 teaspoon Coarse Salt

1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened and each stick cut into 8 cubes

1 Large Egg, beaten

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Galaxy Cookies

Galaxy Cookies

Directions
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, dark cocoa powder and salt; set aside.

In a stand mixer with paddle attachment on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Scrape sides of bowl and mix for 10 seconds.

Add vanilla extract and incorporate for 5 seconds.

Add egg and incorporate for 5 seconds.

Scrape sides of bowl and then mix for 5 seconds more.

Turn mixer to low speed and slowly add flour mixture until incorprated. Scrape sides of bowl and continue to mix until dough starts to clump around the paddle attachment.

Form dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge 2-4 hours or overnight. If pressed for time, place in the freezer for 45 minutes.

Heat oven to 350°F.

Eclipse Cookie (sorry about the flash exposure)

Sun, star and round cookie cutters

Use two sheets of parchment paper with dough in between and roll with rolling pin until desired thickness is reached.

Make the sun with the sun cutter, and eclipse using the round cutter making one of each. Use the rest of the dough with the star cutter and make shapes. Repeat until you have used up all the dough.

Place onto cookies sheets lined with parchment paper, and put in freezer for 20 minutes. The cookies hold their shape when you do this.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until the edges have slightly browned. My cookies baked in 12 minutes.

Make sure cookie sheets cool in between baking. I place them in the freezer for a few minutes.

Then I place cut-out dough on cold cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, and put in freezer for 20 minutes as mentioned above.

This is important. Do not use hot cookie sheets or the cookies will spread and lose their shape.

Wait 2-3 minutes before transferring cookies with cookie spatula to cooling racks to complete cooling, about 1 hour.

Decorate once the cookies are cool to the touch.

Luster Dust on the cookies except the Eclipse


Luster Dust on the Galaxy Cookies

Marble Glaze Icing Ingredients
3 cups Powdered Sugar

3 tablespoons Light Corn Syrup

3-4 tablespoons Milk

1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract

AmeriColor Soft Food Gel Paste Food Color in Yellow, Super Black, Violet, Royal Blue, and Fuschia

Optional: Wilton Edible Accents Silver Stars

Optional: Wilton Silver Luster Dust

Added Silver Stars and now they need to dry

Silver Stars on

Directions
In a large bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk, and light corn syrup until smooth.

If the glaze is too dry, add 1 more tablespoon of milk.

Add vanilla and almond extracts and stir.

Put a little amount of glaze just to cover the sun cookie in a container, and use 1-2 drops of AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste Color in Yellow.

In a separate container put a little amount of glaze to cover the eclipse cookie, and use 1-2 drops of AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste in Super Black.

Use the remaining glaze and divide in equal amounts in 3-4 containers with lids.

One of my swirls to dip the cookies in

1 tray of stars out of the oven

Use one bowl at a time and dip toothpick (1 toothpick per color) into each of the gel colors and then into glaze, and swirl with Wilton Scribe Tool or a toothpick to make a pretty design.

Take the round cookie and dip it into the black glaze making sure you cover the entire cookie, and place on wire rack to set.

Take the sun cookie and dip it into the yellow glaze making sure you cover the entire cookie, and place on wire rack to set.

Make each container a different variation of color with more or less of the colors.

I only used Super Black with Violet and Royal Blue in one container and for the rest of the containers I used Fuschia, Violet, and Royal Blue in different amounts in each one for variation.

Dip each cookie into glaze, swirl around, and place on wire rack to set.

Make sure cookies are on wire racks in cookie sheets with paper towels under the racks to catch icing overflow.

If you wish, add Wilton Edible Accents Silver Stars and repeat until you are done.

To make the Eclipse Cookie, make sure the glaze is dry and with a brush dipped in Light Corn Syrup dab onto the center of the sun cookie. Place black round cookie on top pressing lightly to adhere. Be gentle or you will break your cookie.

Once cookies dry, take a brush and gently add a little Wilton Silver Luster Dust on each cookie. To do this, dip the brush into the luster dust and gently flick the brush with your finger over the cookie. Repeat until you are done dusting all the cookies. This is optional but makes the cookies shimmer.

For the Galaxy Cookies recipe, visit Sugar Spun Run:
https://sugarspunrun.com/galaxy-cookies/

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Firetruck Cookies

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Firetruck Cookies
My nephew Matthew celebrated his 3rd birthday and for his party, my sister-in-law Sonia made an awesome firetruck cake, and the decorations, plates, napkins, and balloons all had a firetruck theme. My sister-in-law asked me to make firetruck cookies for the party yesterday, and bought me the firetruck cookie cutter. Since my nephew cannot have royal icing due to raw egg whites and this is a common allergy for many kids, to be safe I made an egg free icing.  I used this icing when I made Christmas Cookies for my nephew and his friends at the daycare he attends, and the icing worked great. This icing behaves like royal icing and dries hard, tastes great, and is so shiny giving the cookies a pretty look. The firetruck cookies are vanilla, but you can substitute any extract flavor you like. I think lemon would have worked great in this recipe as well. The kids and adults loved the firetruck cookies. See recipe and instructions below.

Yield: 2 1/2 - 3 Dozen Firetruck Cookies or more depending on cookie cutter size


More Firetruck Cookies

Ingredients
5 cups King Arthur All Purpose Flour

2 cups Granulated Sugar

1 teaspoon Coarse Salt

2 cups (4 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened and cute into cubes

1 tablespoon Milk

2 XL Eggs

3 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

Firetruck Cookies dry and ready to transport

Directions
Whisk together flour and salt; set aside.

Cream butter and sugar in a hand held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment on low; 1-2 minutes. Do not overmix.

Scrape sides of bowl with spatula and mix for 10 seconds.

Add eggs one at a time, mix until incorporated. Scrape sides of bowl and mix for 5 seconds.

Add milk and vanilla extract, and mix on low until incorporated, about 20-25 seconds.

With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour mixture and incorporate. The dough is ready when it begins to clump around paddle attachment.

Cut in half and roll dough into 2 balls, cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 1-2 hours or overnight.

Take half of the dough leaving unused dough covered with plastic wrap in fridge until ready to use.

Heat oven to 350°F.

Use two sheets of parchment paper with dough in between and roll with rolling pin until desired thickness is reached.

I did not need to use flour but if you do, dip firetruck cutter in flour, shake off excess, and make shapes. Repeat until you have used up all the dough.

Place onto cookies sheets lined with parchment paper, and put in freezer for 20 minutes. The cookies hold their shape when you do this.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until the edges have slightly browned. My cookies baked in 13 minutes.

Make sure cookie sheets cool in between baking. I place them in the freezer for a few minutes and then place cut-out dough on cold cookies sheets lined with parchment paper, and put in freezer for 20 minutes. This is important. Do not use hot cookie sheets or the cookies will spread and lose their shape.

Wait 2-3 minutes before transferring cookies with cookie spatula to cooling racks to complete cooling, about 1 hour.

Decorate once the cookies are cool to the touch.

Yay, Firetruck Cookies are all dry

Egg-Free Icing
(Double recipe if you have more than 40 cookies)

6 cups Powdered/Confectioners' Sugar, sifted

1/2 cup Whole Milk + 1 tablespoon extra (for flooding cookies)

1/4 cup Light Corn Syrup

2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

Finished filling the Red icing and they are all wet and need to dry

Directions
In a large bowl, sift powdered sugar; set aside.

Using stand or hand held mixer with paddle attachment on medium-high speed, combine sugar and 1/4 cup of milk and mix for 1-2 minutes until smooth.

Add remaining 1/4 cup of milk one tablespoon at a time until you reach the consistency you need. (I made one batch for the borders, and 1 batch to fill the cookies). For filling the cookies, I added 1 extra tablespoon of milk.

Add corn syrup and vanilla extract and mix for 10 seconds.

Note: The corn syrup gives the icing a lovely shine.

Made the ladders after the Red icing dried

I separated the icing in plastic containers with lids according to the different colors needed for tinting.

I used AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste Food Color in Black, Super Red and Yellow.

Use 1 drop of the Black to make the Grey color, and 2-4 drops (or more) for the Red, Black, and Yellow colors.

Keep the containers covered until you are ready to color.

Transfer the icing immediately into squeeze bottles using a small funnel to prevent spilling and keep covered when not in use.

I first made the outlines of the wheels and window of the firetruck using the Black icing.

After 30 minutes, I filled each one.

I then did the outline for the firetruck light in yellow. I made the border consistency for this color not both.

After 30 minutes, I filled each one.

I did the border for the firetruck in red.

After 30 minutes, I filled each one. This step takes awhile since there is a lot of Red icing to fill the cookies with.

Firetruck Cookies on wire rack to cool

I waited 6 hours for the Red icing to dry and then with the Grey icing made the ladder. I made the border consistency icing for this color not both.

Use a paintbrush or cookie stick to reach edges, and use tip of cookie stick or a toothpick to pop any air bubbles.

Let the firetruck cookies dry overnight. This is essential so the icing does not stick together when you stack them or place in cookie tins for gifts.

If you are baking and it is humid, you will need additional time for the cookies to dry. In my case, it was hot, humid and also raining the next morning, so the cookies took longer than expected to dry completely.

For further information:
Please visit, Sweetopia for the Vanilla Sugar Cookie Recipe:
http://sweetopia.net/2009/12/sugar-cookie-recipe/

Please visit, The Slow Roasted Italian for the Egg-Free Icing Recipe:
http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2013/12/best-tasting-sugar-cookie-icing-recipe.html

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Allegheny City Farms Products PA

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Allegheny City Farms Products
Tom Motta - Founder
Pittsburgh, PA.

Hot Sauce on breakfast sandwiches

Sauce close up you can see the hot pepper pieces

I have been for some time cooking with and trying out both a hot sauce and a outstanding rub from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. These products were made by Tom Motta in PA. The Sauce is called Allegheny City Farm Hot Sauce "Pittsburgh Style" and the rub is called Allegheny City Farms BBQ Pepper Rub. The sauce is extemely hot and could be used as an additive for your home cooking. The sauce straight up is HOT and contains some of the Worlds Hottest Peppers. The sauce is so hot it comes with a Warning to use with extreme caution due to the heat level. I used the sauce on various breakfast meals and it packs a punch. The ingredients contain a fermented super hot mash of Ghost, Scorpion, 7 Pot, Primo, and Reaper Peppers. Also there is lemon juice, spices, Turbinado Sugar and More.

Nice sauce consistency on the sandwich, hot stuff!

The Allegheny City Farms BBQ Pepper Rub was a nice addition to oven baked sweet potatoes. They came out wonderful and also I made baked cubed Butternut Squash. This is an easy recipe that worked well with the BBQ Pepper Rub. I also had the Rub on a Bacon Egg and Cheese Hero and it added a sweet spiciness to the sandwich. The Allegheny City Farms BBQ Pepper Rub is a good addition to your pantry, and the hot sauce is extreme and only for lovers of extreme heat. I am the only one in my family that could tolerate the burn.

Two Frys Baked Butternut Squash Recipe using the BBQ Pepper Rub

BBQ Pepper Rub close up

Dinner using the rub, Pork and Roasted Butternut Squash 

Also an honorable mention to the Allegheny City Farms pepper jelly which combined well with a bagel and cream cheese. NOTE: This company is currently changing their product line and adding to it so be sure to see the website for the more current and available products.



Website: alleghenycityfarms.com

Facebook: alleghencityfarms

Two Fry Butternut Squash Recipe: 
(add the rub instead of salt and pepper)  
Two Frys Roasted Butternut Squash  

- Allen/TwoFrys

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Chocolate Cake

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Chocolate Cake

Today, I turned 49 and got up early to bake my birthday cake. This is the final recipe I made from our California vacation and the most decadent one of the four. My family took me to Black Angus Steakhouse in Dublin, CA to celebrate and it was scrumptious. I cannot believe how old I am but things could be worse. I am trying to make the best of it but after turning 30 eons ago, I do not look forward to celebrating subsequent birthdays since getting older can be traumatizing, and it has been for me in certain ways I would rather not get into. Enough of my bickering and let's get to the cake! This chocolate cake has a tender and "moist" crumb texture. Yes, I used the dreaded "m" word but it is the best word to describe this cake. The rich chocolate taste is welcoming and as I previously mentioned, decadent. Happy 49th Birthday to me! See recipe and directions below.

Chocolate Cake

Cake Ingredients
2 cups Granulated Sugar

1 3/4 cups King Arthur All-Purpose Flour

3/4 cup Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Coarse Salt

2 Large Eggs

2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

1 cup Milk

1/2 cup Vegetable Oil

1 cup Boiling Water

Chocolate Cake

Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a small sauce pan on medium heat boil water.

Grease and flour bottom and sides of 2 9-inch baking pans. Line bottom of each pan with parchment paper and grease and flour over it shaking off excess flour.

Transfer flour mixture to mixing bowl fitted with paddle attachment on medium speed and add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract and mix for about 2 minutes, until incorporated.

With mixer on low speed, carefully and slowly add boiling water and mix until incorporated.

Batter will be thin.

Chocolate Cake

Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. My cake baked in 32 minutes.

Check it after 28 minutes and since ovens vary, you may have to adjust baking time.

Place cake on wire racks and cool for 20 minutes and then run a butter knife around the edge of the pans.

Take wire rack and place on top of the cake and carefully invert so that the top of the cake is face down on the wire rack.

Cool completely; about 1 hour.

Chocolate Frosting
1/2 cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, melted

2/3 cup Hershey's Unsweeted Cocoa Powder

3 cups Confectioners'/Powdered Sugar

1/3 cup Milk (+ 1-2 teaspoons if needed + 2 tablespoons if you want the frosting to drip over the cake)

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

My slice with Dreyer's Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Directions
In a small sauce pan, melt butter.

Stir in cocoa and transfer to bowl of mixer fitted with paddle attachment.

With mixer on low speed, alternately add powdered sugar and milk and mix until incorporated and you reach frosting consistency.

Mix in vanilla extract.

If needed, add 1-2 teaspoons and mix for about 10 seconds more.

Makes 2 cups Frosting.

Take cake and with the top down place on serving platter or cake turntable.

Insert pieces of parchment paper under and all around the cake for easy clean up.

Take spatula and spread generous amount over the top of the cake all the way to the edges.

Place second layer of cake with top face down and firmly but gently press down making sure the top layer is even above the first layer.

Happy 49th Birthday to me ;)
Take frosting (only do this if you want frosting to drip over the cake edges but if not, continue frosting cake), and place in mixer again and add 2 tablespoons of milk and mix for 1 minute.

The frosting will have a thinner consistency but not as thin as a typical drip cake, but enough to go down on the sides.

With spatula, frost from the center of the top layer out leaving about 1 inch unfrosted around the edges of the cake.

Take frosting and frost the edges and with the spatula add more frosting and place on the very edge so it drips down. Continue to do this all around the cake until you have nice drips.

Add chocolate jimmies on top of the cake if desired.

Cover and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

Take out and bring to room temperature (about 20 minutes) and serve with vanilla bean ice cream if desired.

For the "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake, visit Hershey's:
https://www.hersheys.com/en_us/recipes/hersheys-perfectly-chocolate-chocolate-cake.html

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Monday, July 24, 2017

Hedgehog Cookies

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Hedgehog Cookies

Pretty Hedgehog Cookies

My mother-in-law Laurlee loves hedgehogs so I baked Hedgehog Cookies while on vacation in California for her. These hedgehogs cookies were easy and fun to make. I did not bring my bottles or hardly any of my cookie supplies with me so I went to Michael's and purchased Sweet Sugarbelle's Icing Bottles. I brought from home two hedgehog cookie cutters and my cookie stick. I used Sweet Sugarbelle's Rainbow Funfetti Cut-out Cookie recipe (see cookie and icing links below), and omitted the sprinkles. This is the first time I made Chocolate Royal Icing, and it worked beautifully and tastes so good! I used Unsweetened Cocoa Powder but it you want a deep drown color use Dark Cocoa Powder. Recipe and instructions below.

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen large cookies or 3 dozen small cookies (depends on cutter size)

Vanilla Sugar Cookie Ingredients
1 cup, 2 sticks Unsalted Butter, softened and each stick cut into cubes

1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar

1 Large Egg

2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

2 3/4 cups King Arthur All Purpose Flour

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Coarse Salt

Hedgehog Cookies

Hedgehog Cookies

Directions
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside.

Cream butter and sugar in a hand held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment on medium speed; 1-2 minutes. Do not overmix.

Scrape sides of bowl with spatula and mix for a 5 seconds.

Add eggs, and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated. Do not overmix.

Scrape sides of bowl and mix for 5 seconds.

With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour mixture and incorporate.

The dough is ready when it begins to clump around paddle attachment.

Roll dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in fridge for 1-2 hours or overnight.

If you are pressed for time place in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

Take half of the dough leaving unused dough covered with plastic wrap in fridge until ready to use.

Heat oven to 400°F.

Use two sheets of parchment paper with dough in between and roll with rolling pin until desired thickness is reached.

Cut hedgehog shapes and place onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

Place cookie sheets in freezer for 15 minutes. The cookies hold their shape when you do this.

Bake 7-9 minutes or until the edges have slightly browned. My cookies baked in 9 minutes.

Wait 5 minutes before transferring cookies on cooling racks to complete cooling.

Decorate once cookies cool completely.

Cut hedgie with turquoise flower

Hedgehog Cookies - pretty and yummy!

Hedgehog Cookies

Chocolate Royal Icing Ingredients
8 cups Confectioners'/Powdered Sugar

1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1/2 cup Wilton Meringue Powder

1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

3/4 cup + 2-4 tablespoons Warm Water

Chocolate Jimmies and Wilton Icing Decorations

Chocolate Jimmies and Flowers for the hedgehog cookies

Directions
In the bowl of mixer with paddle attachment and on low speed, mix together powdered sugar, cocoa powder and meringue powder.

On low speed, mix in half of the water slowly adding the rest of the water until thick like molasses.

Turn mixer to high speed, and mix for 2 minutes until the icing is light and fluffy like a meringue. Do not overmix.

If it is too thick add 1 tablespoon of warm mixer and turn mixer to high for 5 seconds more.

I used one consistency good for both the border and to flood the cookies.

Transfer to icing bottles. Keep tips covered with paper towel when not in use or it will harden.


Sweet Sugarbelle Icing Bottles

Sweet Sugarbelle Icing Bottles

Decorating Ingredients
Chocolate Jimmies

Wilton Flower Icing Decorations

Cookie Stick or Toothpick

Decorating Directions
Do a border around each cookie leaving room for the feet and face, and then flood cookie one by one.

Use a cookie stick or toothpick to pop any air bubbles.

Take the cookie and add chocolate jimmies while the icing is wet all over the cookie.

Gently shake off excess.

Then dab a drop of icing over the head of the hedgehog and gently but firmly press a flower on top.

The 2 hedgehog cookie cutters I used

Hedgies on cookie sheet chilled and ready to bake

With the icing make a nose and eye, place on wire rack to set, and move onto the next cookie and repeat the steps above until you are done.

Let the cookies set on wire racks for 4-5 hours or overnight.

Place in cookie jar or tin for up to 1 week.

For the Rainbow Funfetti Cut-out Cookies visit, Sweet Sugarbelle:
http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/2015/07/rainbow-funfetti-cutout-cookie-recipe/

For the Chocolate Royal Icing visit, Sweet Sugarbelle:
http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/2012/02/chocolate-royal-icing/

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys