Ramblings of Random Rashawn

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies November 4, 2011

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Have to apologize for my absence, I have no excuses for not posting these cookies sooner besides sheer laziness. Cold weather does that to me. It also puts me in a slump which makes me in horrible mood. But what would turn my mood around is one of these spicy cookies and big hot mug of tea! I found this recipe from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen on FoodGawker and I instantly thought well aren’t those the cutest things ever (oh how I wish I could decorate cookies like that)! I grumbled a little bit that they were frosted, to me frosting belongs on cupcakes not cookies, but I reminded myself that they were sugar cookies. I didn’t frost the batch that I did because I was already having a bad day in the kitchen (should have run when I dumped the pumpkin pie spice all over the floor) but next time I will try it with the frosting. These cookies have a nice mellow spice taste to them that is not too overwhelming, they crunchy with a slight soft center. The only complaint I had to add almost another 1/2 cup of flour to them in order to get them to roll out. You can find the recipe here and I also posted it below.

Ingredients

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

Source: Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

Cookies:

2 c. Flour

1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

16 tablespoon (2 sticks) Butter, softened

1 c. Sugar

1 tablespoon Brown Sugar

1 Egg

1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice, set aside.

In your stand mixer bowl cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape sides of the bowl as needed, will take about  3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, beat at medium speed until combined. Add in dry ingredients and beat on low-speed until just combined, scrap sides of the bowl as needed. Shape into a disk and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Remove dough from refrigerator onto a lightly floured surface. Let the dough sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes.

With rolling-pin, roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Use cookie cutter to cut out cookies, placing on prepared baking sheet.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place cookie sheet with cookies in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes until edges are just ready to turn the slightest bit light brown. Cool on wire rack before decorating.

Can't believe we don't own pumpkin cookie cutter!

Icing:

4 c. Powdered Sugar

1/4 c. and 1 tablespoon Cream

1/2 c. Butter

2 teaspoon Vanilla

In a saucepan over medium heat, heat cream and butter until butter is melted. Stir in vanilla and sugar. Remove from heat, and beat with electric mixer until smooth and thick.

Icing sets up very quickly , if it becomes hard to work with, place in microwave for 10-15 seconds and it will re-soften and be smooth again.

*As always, please check out the original recipe over at Sweet Pea’s Kitchen and the pictures posted in this post our mine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think Pink Cupcakes October 22, 2011

So this year I wanted to do something for the lovely survivors in my life. I decided that pink cupcakes would be an awesome idea to let them know that I am thinking about them! I got the wonderful idea from the blog Love from the Oven who did pink cupcakes as a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen. So I whipped up a batch of the pink velvet cupcakes and topped them with homemade buttercream, decorated them with lovely pink sugar and sprinkles, boxed them up and delivered them in the rain and wind to my 3 lovely ladies. Posted below is the pink velvet recipe from Love in the Oven and my buttercream recipe that I use.

Ingredients

Pink Velvet Cupcakes

Source: Love from the Oven

1 cup Butter, softened

1 1/3 c. Sugar

Pink food coloring

3 eggs

2 teaspoon Vanilla

2 1/2 c. Flour

1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1 c. Buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350°F and line cupcake tins with liners. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Once light and fluffy add the food coloring. Start with a small amount and increase to your desired color. Blend well with butter and sugar. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Add in vanilla and beat well.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in separate bowl. Add 1/3 of the dry mix to the batter and beat until well combined. Add in 1/2 the buttermilk, beat until combined, followed by another 1/3 of the dry mix, then the remaining buttermilk and finally the remaining dry mix. Batter may look a little lumpy after buttermilk is added, but beat well and it will combine.

Fill paper liners about two-thirds full and bake at 350°F for approx 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Watch cupcakes closely in the last few minutes of baking so do not over brown. Allow to cool in cupcake pan before removing to cooling rack.

Filled Liners

Classic Buttercream

Source: Wilton

1 teaspoon Clear Vanilla (or Almond) Extract

2 tablespoon Milk or Water

1 c. solid Vegetable Shortening (mom swears by butter)

1 tablespoon Meringue Powder

1  lb. sifted Powdered Sugar (approx. 4 cups)

Sift the sugar and meringue powder into a large bowl. Cream shortening, flavoring and milk or water (I use water so I don’t have to refrigerate). Gradually add sifted dry mix on medium speed until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed. Add additional water while mixing to get the consistency you want (I added about another tablespoon).

Finished Cupcakes