Friday, April 22, 2011

Peanut Butter Balls

Yes, these are balls of a simple peanut butter concoction rolled in sprinkles. Doesn't that have "kid craft" written all over it?! My daughter loved making these so much that she randomly asked if we could do them again, and I'm sure that won't be the last time! My husband said these didn't look appetizing, and, okay, I'd probably have to agree that they aren't the most asthetic thing to eat, but does that matter so much?

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix. Roll into 1" balls. Roll in sprinkles.

I love this, because it takes very little time to mix, and then I can let my daughter add sprinkles, and I can tend to the baby...or the dishes, etc. She was so focused, I couldn't quite get a smiley pic of her.
Oh, and I actually did the recipe wrong the first time- if you want you can add this step:

After rolling the balls, chill for an hour. Line 2 cookie sheets with wax paper; set aside. Microwave 1 1/2 cups light cocoa candy melts, stirring every 15 seconds, until smooth. Drop the balls 5 at a time in the melted chocolate to coat. Remove balls with a fork, allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Roll in sprinkles to coat. Place on lined cookie sheets. Chill until chocolate is set.

I'm sure it's yummy, just not as little kid-friendly.

Either way, it makes about 40 1" balls.

{Kudos to Parent's Magazine!}

I thought this one looked cool- and kind of Easter-ish. :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Spiced Springtime Sugar Cookies with Colorful Cookie Glaze

This is a great recipe I found on a magazine ad. The cookies came out a little hard at first, but softened and became perfectly chewy after we put the glaze on!

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Beat sugar and butter in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight until firm.
2. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place on greased baking sheets.
3. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Colorful Cookie Glaze

1 cup confectioners' sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons milk
1/4 teaspoon or 1/4 teaspoon
2 teaspoons light corn syrup

Mix confectioners' sugar, milk and extract in small bowl until smooth. Stir in corn syrup until glaze is smooth and glossy. (If glaze is too thick, stir in small amount of additional corn syrup.) Stir in 3 to 4 drops food color until evenly distributed and glaze is smooth. Add additional drops of food color until glaze is of desired color.

Yield: About 1/2 cup.

{Kudos to:!}

Yes, there is a cookie under all that coconut! ;)