Friday, May 7, 2010

Hand Decorated Sugar Cookies - Mother's Day

Today was cooking decorating day for Mother's Day.  Alfee,  Tracy and Celia came over early in the day to start the decorating process and we had a ball.    If you missed the Easter Blog on Sugar Cookies here is the link for the Sugar Cookie Recipe.  The difference today was that we used an egg white icing so that the cookies would dry faster as we had to transport the cookies right away.  The recipe for the icing follows:

Egg White Icing

3 ozs of egg whites
1 lb. confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice

Put egg whites in the bowl of either a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and beat egg whites until soft peak stage.  Add confectioners sugar one cup at a time and beat for 5 - 7 minutes until very stiff.  Add lemon juice and beat again.   Divide icing into as many bowls as colors you want to make and then thin out to flow consistency with water.  Add color and pour into bottles.  Outline icing and flood accordingly.  We used many colors and lots of sanding sugar to give the cookies depth and texture.  

Here are some of the photos of the cookies that we made.  The sunflowers have chocolate ganache icing in the middle for a super elegant taste,

This is a wonderful way to spend the day being with friends and doing something creative.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

My Signature "SMoores" Brownie thanks to Tracy

So this is it - my signature Brownie - a  SMoores brownie.   My friend Tracy calls me SMoores and she is in fact the only person that has ever given me a nickname - and since it sounded like my childhood campfire favorite I thought that I would create one.  This brownie is  kind of like me - a stable base with lots of gooey softness inside topped with more stability.   This is the second time that I made this brownie because the first one didn't really do the trick but this did and it was really stupendous.

The first thing that you do is make the Blondie Recipe.  After you have made the recipe divide it in half and put one half of the dough on the bottom of the prepared pan.  Then take two cups of mini marshmallows and spread over the dough.   Next take at least two cups of chocolate ships and layer the top of the marshmallows.  

Then take the rest of the brownie dough and put it in pieces on top of the marshmallows and chocolate until it almost covers the entire pan.  Place in the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove after 30 minutes and place on cooling rack for 30 minutes.  Cut into 12 squares.  There is no need to start a campfire for you to enjoy these!   Store in a tight container to make sure that they stay fresh - if they last that long.