I really like filled treats: cookies sandwiching a cream filling, lemon-curd filled cupcakes, mousse-filled cake...well, you get the idea. To me a filled treat is twice as fun! Looking up different filled-treat recipes i came across Whoppie Pies. Now Whoopie Pies are apparently a long-honored traditional East Coast treat. I must admit, being on the West Coast I've never had the pleasure of enjoying a Whoopie Pie, so i decided to make my own! These Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies are smaller than traditional Whoopie Pies. Each one is about 2" in diameter which is perfect as these little "pies" are rich and delicious! The chocolate cookie part is actually more like a little moist cake, perfect for sandwiching around the fluffy peanut butter filling. Yum! You East-Coaster know a good thing!
For Valentines Day I knew i wanted to make decorated cookies but i didnt want the traditional red, white, pink motif on a sugar cookie. I wanted something a little more eclectic and artsy, so i decided on a pallette of dark chocolate brown with french blue. The chocolate cookie recipe is from a terrifc book that Katie bought me for Christmas, its called Cookie Craft. This book has several cookie recipes and TONS of fun decorating ideas. I choose the Chocolate Rolled Sugar Cookie recipe to use with my 5" heart cookie-cutter. Special-Dark chocolate cocoa powder created a beautiful dark canvas for my delicate french blue icing. I accented with a dark chocolate brown icing for extra contrast. They turned out kinda Parisian-Artsy but still have a Valentine's feel. Hope you like them!
When i came across this recipe for Supernatural Brownies i thought they would make the perfect valentines gift for my dad who loves good, dark chocolate. This recipe calls for bittersweet chocolate. I choose Scharfenberger Semi-Sweet Chocolate as it is made locally here in Berkeley California and is well known as a excellent dark chocolate. The recipe also calls for Muscovado Sugar which is a really dark, distinctive, strong brown sugar. India Tree Muscavado is sold at my grocery store so i decided to try it out. If you can't find Muscovado, you can easily use brown sugar instead. Make sure not to over cook the brownies or they will be dry and hard. These turned out nice and moist, full of rich chocolate flavor. These are definately adult brownies as they are all about the bittersweet chocolate and are not overly sweet. Try them for yourself!
I decided to put to use the cookie cutters i've been collecting and these shoes and handbags seemed really cute and girly! I chose fun icing colors in white, pink and red for a whimsical polka-dot theme. And what could be better than matching shoes and bags? Matching undies of course! So I made a bra and thong set out of a heart shaped cookie cutter and decorated to match the shoes and bag for the perfect girly ensemble! The sugar cookie is a basic dough that i've used throughout this blog and the icing is a glace piped on with a small and medium hole tips.