Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sweet Treats

Lately, I've had the urge to have a date with my kitchen aid. The poor beauty has been a little neglected since we've been busy with moving and unpacking/decorating/organizing.  So I think this will be the weekend, because what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with baked goods?


Some Sweet Ideas

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

1 Box red velvet cake mix
1/2 Cup butter, softened to room temperature
2 Eggs
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix ingredients until combined.
  • Drop spoonfuls of cookie batter onto baking sheet about two inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Cool.
Recipe & Photo

Cream Cheese Filling
1/2 Cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 8 oz. Package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 1lb. Box of confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
  • In a mixer, cream butter, cream cheese and vanilla.
  • Gradually add sugar and mix until smooth.
Makes about 24 cookies or 12 cookie sandwiches

Molten Mocha Cakes
*Serves 2
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for ramekins
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for ramekins and serving
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
{Recipe & Photo}
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter two 6-ounce ramekins, then dust with sugar. Place butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 20-second increments, stirring after each, until melted. Let cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together egg, egg yolk, sugar, espresso powder, and salt. Add chocolate mixture; whisk to combine. Add flour, and whisk just until combined (do not over mix). Pour batter into prepared ramekins. (Recipe can be made ahead up to this point.)
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted 1/2 inch from edge of ramekins comes out clean, and a toothpick inserted in center comes out wet, 10 to 12 minutes (do not overbake). Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Run a knife around inside of ramekins to loosen. Invert cakes onto serving plates. Dust with sugar; serve immediately.

    Valentine Cookies
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup pale-pink or white sanding sugar (optional)
  • Petal dust in pink, orange, and violet tones (optional)
  • 2/3 cup apricot or strawberry jam, slightly warmed (optional)
{Recipe & Photo}
  1. In bowl of electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into large bowl. On low speed, gradually add flour mixture to mixer bowl, alternating with buttermilk, until combined. Wrap dough in plastic; chill until firm, 1 hour or overnight.
  2. To color white sanding sugar, if using: Place a few tablespoons in a small bowl. Mix in petal dust with a toothpick, a bit at a time, until desired shade is reached. Colored sanding sugar will last indefinitely.
  3. Heat oven with two racks centered to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. On lightly floured surface, roll chilled dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut out hearts using any 1- to 3 1/2-inch heart cookie cutters. If desired, cut centers out of some hearts. Transfer with spatula to baking sheets. Chill for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with sanding sugar, if using. Bake until just golden but not too brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to rack. Continue with dough; reroll scraps.
  4. To make sandwich hearts: Brush bottom heart lightly with jam; cover with a second heart with center cut out; jam will adhere hearts. Fill cut-out area with more jam. Cookies will keep, in an airtight container, at room temperature for 1 week.

So Friday, it's penciled in. Date with the Kitchen Aid. YUM!


Heather J said...

I need to make those red velvet sandwich cookies stat! yum! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your date. ;)

Natalie said...

I've been feeling the same way about my Kitchenaid, it just sits there looking pretty and I don't use it nearly enough. Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse, I'll definitely be trying out these red velvet sandwich cookies!

modern jane said...

hmm they all look so good. I convince myself that if only I had a Kitchenaid I would back more.. but likely not:)

The Southland Life said...

Yum, Yum - Don't you loooove your kitchenaid mixer! it makes life so much easier!

Rissy said...

my old roomie made that molten chocolate for her bf for V-day a couple years ago. Oh how jealous I was of him.

Jillian said...

mmmm those red velvet sandwich cookies look SO good! have fun baking this weekend! xoxo jcd

Jocelyn said...

YUM! Everything looks so amazing!!

everyone calls me bon bon said...

I love my kitchenaid! It's pink too:-) They definitely make baking days fun:-) Those recipes sound divine! I'm all about anything red velvet! Have fun. xoxo

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

love the look of those red velvet sandwiches! yum!!

la petite coquine said...

That sounds like an AMAZING Friday night date! Those red velvet whoopie pies have me drooling all over the keyboard!

Megan said...

i would put ice cream in between the red velvet sandwhich cookies...and it would be UHMAZING.

i miss my mixer..

it was just too big to fit into a suitcase..

i cried.

we write each other though..

Tay Talk said...

D- MAKE ALL OF THE ABOVE! The Kitchen Aid will not mind. Nor will your tummy mouth :)

Delicious. All of it.

Holly said...

I want to make those red velvet cookies ASAP! They look delicious, as do the rest of those sweet treats :)

Faith said...

those red velvet sandwich cookies look sooo darn good! the type of trouble i would get myself in if i owned a kitchen aid!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...


Romance In A Glance said...

Wow~! Looks so yum!

Isabella's Mommy.... said...

Yummy! They all look so good. Great ideas!!

Ashley said...

i need a kitchen aid! is it valentines day yet?! seriously, I feel like ive been preparing for evvver!

Ashley said...

oh all these looks so delish! let us know what you decide to make! have a great week pretty lady!

Marie: said...

My girls love Lava cakes... yes, that's a hint.

Michaela said...

Can I come over this weekend and bake with you? It's my favorite thing to do. Ever (:

Annika said...

yum! all of these recipes look so delicious! :)

CCH said...

so cute girly! I was planning on making my boyfriend red velvet cake for valentines day... might have to try the cookie version!

_kArLy[*] said...

What a fun blog you have! all these yummy treats are making me hungry! :] I love it, and am excited to start catching up on all your posts!

Ashley said...

Oh Wow! Those red velvet sandwich cookies look so delish! My mouth is watering!!!

Thanks for sharing...and happy Vday! :)

Brunch at Saks said...

Everything looks so delicious and yummy!


Brunch at Saks said...

Everything looks so delicious and yummy!


Brunch at Saks said...

Oops- so sorry that posted twice!

PS. Love your blog! Following now :)

{av} said...

ummm...I wish I could have a date with mine too. sigh. our counterspace is lacking and it kills me! I desperately want that red velvety goodness. NOW. sigh. more from me soon! xoxo {av}

Sophie said...

YUMMMMMM! you are seriously making my mouth water. i think i might try the molten mocha cakes this weekend. they look so good.

Megan said...

We have NO room on the counters for my poor Kitchen aid, thus I forget to use it a lot!!

I would love those red velvet sandwiches. Right now!

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

Ok I have a kitchen Aid and I use it but I am not very good a baking. today I made brownies it came out like a cake. But I will try those velvet sandwiches. Wish me luck.

Kelly said...

Molton Mocha Cakes? Be still my heart!

Jenni said...

You're killin' me, Smalls. Killin' me.