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pumpkin-shaped sandwich cookies

I couldn’t pass up a $1 pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter from the craft store. Normally, when I buy cheap cookie cutters, well, you get what you pay for – sloppy edges and rounded corners that resemble some type of cookie shape. You’re just not sure what. At least it’s still a cookie. That’s the great thing about baking.

I had a really great feeling about this cookie cutter. And while I know I’ll only use it once this year, it was worth it, because these cookies were fantastic.

Pumpkin Cookies

See below for ingredients and printable instructions.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter and sugar together until you get a custardy look.

Whisk

Add the egg and the vanilla extract. Continue whisking.

whisk egg

Once blended, begin mixing in the melted chocolate chips, until they’re fully combined and you get a nice, smooth chocolate texture.

add chocolate

Slowly fold in the flour mixture until well combined and you get a thick dough ball.

add flour

I switched to a wooden spoon here. You want your dough to look something like this.

chocolate dough ball goodness

On a piece of wax paper, roll the dough flat. You want it to be about 1/4 inch thick. Then let it firm up in the firm up in the fridge for about fifteen minutes. If you’re having a hard time rolling the dough flat, stick it in the freezer for a few minutes.

roll it flat

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

After the dough has set, pull it out of the fridge and get to work with that cookie cutter.

cookie cutting

You can ball up the extra dough and roll it out flat. If it gets too gooey, just stick it back in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes.

Cookie Dough

cookie cutouts

Place them about an inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. These cookies spread a little. Bake for 20 minutes.

Let them cool before you add the frosting.

frosted cookie

I added about a tablespoon in the middle and Smush!

For the Filling
Beat all of the ingredients until they are soft and creamy. Add food dye until it looks like this (or desired color).

orange filling

These cookies are great for Halloween. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good picture of the baked pumpkin shapes. I was too busy eating them.

pumpkin cookies

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pumpkin-shaped sandwich cookies
 
Author:
Yields: 12 3-inch sandwiches or 24 cookies
Ingredients
Cookies
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 egg
Frosting
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. milk (I used almond milk)
  • red and yellow food coloring
Other Things
  • Whisk
  • Wax Paper
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Cutter
Instructions
For the Cookies
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter and sugar together until you get a custardy look.
  3. Add the egg and the vanilla extract. Continue whisking.
  4. Once blended, begin mixing in the melted chocolate chips, until they're fully combined and you get a nice, smooth chocolate texture.
  5. Slowly fold in the flour mixture until well combined and you get a thick dough ball.
  6. On a piece of wax paper, roll the dough flat. You want it to be about ¼ inch thick. Then let it firm up in the firm up in the fridge for about fifteen minutes. If you're having a hard time rolling the dough flat, stick it in the freezer for a few minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  8. After the dough has set, pull it out of the fridge and get to work with that cookie cutter.
  9. Place the cookies about an inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. These cookies spread a little. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Let them cool before you add the frosting.
For the Filling
  1. With an electric mixer, beat all of the ingredients until they are soft and creamy.
  2. Add food dye until it reaches the desired color

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our carved pumpkins

We did the pumpkin thing this weekend.

baby pumpkinsIs it weird to call pumpkins cute?

pumpkins

I love the different shapes and sizes.

And I can’t even express how cool gourds look.

gourds

We went home to carve our pumpkins and saved the seeds for roasting. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve carved a pumpkin. I forgot how cool they look.

pumpkin carvedI love Halloween. Do you know what you’re going to be? We still have no idea.

DIY madeline costume

Happy Halloween! I made a DIY Madeline costume this year. It really turned out well, considering it was a last minute thing. Really, I officially decided on it on Thursday, after I found a great hat. I made the costume in just a few hours. Also, this is the first ensemble I’ve ever made without a pattern.

madeline-1

That’s the view from my back porch. I love my home. It’s right in the heart of downtown, too. I was remarkably close to running out of fabric for this piece. Here’s a close up of the neckline/scarf.

madeline2

Close up of the back of the hat. It didn’t have ribbons hanging down from it, so I had to pin some on. You can tell the ribbon is made of two separate fabrics, but it still was cute.

madeline3

I hope everyone has a great Halloween. I really wish I had some trick-or-treaters, but unfortunately, my neighborhood is too spooky for kids.

more cute no-carve pumpkin ideas

In case you’re in a crunch, here’s another no-carve cutie. Halloween is less than a week away, but no worries, I still haven’t carved mine yet. Yikes. Admittedly, I’m behind this holiday season. I have some yummy treats to post (but first bake), and my costume pattern is still pinned to the fabric. Here’s hoping for some free time this week.

via AnnilyGreen

halloween whoopie pies

 

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You know I couldn’t make these without  saying, “I made whoopie…pies.” I have a lot to say about my experience making whoopie pies.  Yes, they’re fun to say and pretty easy to make, but I’m not crazy about the taste and, of course, the sugar factor. That oozing cream filling that you see up there, well that’s two cups of marshmallow fluff mixed with another two cups of confectioners sugar and a cup of butter. Just looking at these things are sinful. And the mallow filling is far too sweet. I just assumed that whoopie pies were made with buttercream frosting, but that’s not the case. The authentic Amish whoopie pie is made with marshmallow. Next time, if there is one, I’d much prefer to stuff them with buttercream. The only saving grace was the buttermilk I placed in the cake. It left room for extreme sugar.

Recipie: Chocolate Whoopie Pie
I followed a variation of this epicurious recipe.

For cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg

Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl until combined. Stir together buttermilk and vanilla in a small bowl. Beat the butter and brown sugar until you get a fluffy mixture. Don’t wimp out, it takes time to do this. Once it’s fluffy enough, you can place the egg in. Slowly put in the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture, alternating between the two. This also took a lot of time and beating, but it’s worth it because it makes them fluffy.

Drop the batter on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The Epicurious recipe called for 1/4 scoops, but I did a 2 tablespoon scoop and placed them about two inches apart. Be sure to round out the drops of batter, so they’ll rise in a nice shape. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes. Pull parchment paper and cookies off of the baking sheet and transfer to cooling rack until finished. I only had one baking sheet, and it only fit 8 cookies, so I had to do this a second time.

Total Time: 45 minutes
Yields: 16 cookie halves, or 8 full pies

Surprise! I made blondie whoopie pies also!

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Well, I dyed them orange, that’s why they’re not blonde. They’re also filled with chocolate! It was remarkably difficult to find a recipe for blondie whoopie pies on the internet. My instinct told me to just find a cake recipe, but I didn’t want this to be a disaster. In fact, the only place I could find one was from Redbook. Yes, the magazine. I should have known. What do they know about baking? (They’re the ones I got the filling recipe from.)

But they didn’t turn out all bad. I switched this recipe a little. Instead of adding milk, like the recipe called for, I substituted buttermilk. After all, I had an entire quart of it, and I didn’t plan on using it. Here’s a caveat with this recipe, these suckers spread out and make huge saucer patties. They’re twice the size of the chocolate whoopie pies.

While the cookies cooled, I worked on the frosting. Take a look at how pretty they looked on cooling sheets. I love Halloween colors.

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The Epicurious filling recipe had awful reviews, and I was scared away from trying it. So instead I went with the Redbook filling recipe. I followed the instructions and split the filling into two parts, so I could make one chocolate and one orange. By the way, orange has got to be the hardest color to make out of food dye. I mean, I used an entire bottle of both red and yellow for the cookies and the filling.

This filling was pretty disastrous. It just started running everywhere. The cookies were completely cooled off. It’s not a pretty sight.

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It’s like all of the whoopie pies decided to burp at once.

Regardless, it was quite a delicious dessert. I also didn’t have too much of a problem with the frosting spreading on the blondies. I attribute this to two reasons: 1. They were huge and could take excess movement, 2. The chocolate I added worked as a stabilizing agent.

I made them for a much in-demand game night that my boyfriend and I usually host. What’s more fun than good old fashion aggression and board games? I hope my guests enjoy these. I couldn’t imagine them even finishing one of them though. They’re huge and very sweet.  The end result:

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