Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Big Be Mine Heart Cookie for Creative Cookie Exchange

Giant M&M cookies make the best Valentines.  Who could say no to such a blatantly sweet and clearly heartfelt request?  Be Mine!

I have an enormous amount of optimism about the creativity and potential of the human race.  Just when we think that every idea has been thought, every invention must have been created, someone comes up with something so brilliant and simple that the rest of us all slap our foreheads and wonder why WE didn’t think of it!  It’s so OBvious, right?  This is a silly example of that but take, for instance, those cookies that are as big as cakes.  When I was growing up, we had cakes and we had cookies.  And then suddenly, there were cookies as big as cakes and they were being decorated for birthdays!  Who had that idea first?  I’ve done a little research and even Wikipedia doesn’t seem to have a clue.  And those people make stuff up when they don't know.  I'm certain of it.  (In other news, I’m thinking I could write a Wikipedia article and take credit now.)

Anyway, to cut a long story short (I know – too late!)  I’ve made a cookie cake for this month’s Creative Cookie Exchange Pink and Red challenge because I have a red silicon heart-shaped pan and there’s hardly anything prettier than a huge cookie Valentine.  Plus, this falls right in the middle of Appetizer Week, which started with Cocktail Day and it's also my birthday week!  So I couldn't do a regular sized cookie, it had to be something big and fun!

Ingredients
For the cookie:
2 cups or 250g flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups, firmly packed, or 300g light brown sugar
1/2 cup or 115g butter, at room temperature plus a little more for buttering your baking pan
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 12 oz or 340g bag M&Ms (I used the red, white and pink Valentines edition milk chocolate ones.)

For the icing, to write your message of LOVE:
1 cup or 125g powdered sugar
2 teaspoons butter, at room temperature
Pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 teaspoons milk
Paste food coloring (I used Wilton No-Taste Red.)

Method
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and butter your baking pan really well.

In a small mixing bowl, combine your flour, baking powder and salt and mix well.



Cream your butter and sugar together until you have a nice smooth homogeneous mixture.


Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat again.



Now take a heaping 1/4 cup or about 55-60g of M&Ms and set them aside to decorate the top of the cookie before baking.   Mix the rest of the package into the dough.



Spoon the dough into the prepared pan and spread it around evenly to all corners.


Decorate the top with the reserved M&Ms.


Bake in your preheated oven for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle.


Allow to cool for few minutes before inverting and removing from the pan.  Turn pretty side up once more and allow to cool completely before adding any icing.

To make the icing, combine the sugar, butter, salt and vanilla together with two of the teaspoons of milk and mix thoroughly.


 Depending on your powdered sugar you could need the last teaspoon of milk to get a writing consistency.  Add it in, if necessary.  Then add in some food coloring paste.

This stuff is very hard to quantify.  I usually dip the tip of my everyday knife in the little pot and scoop out perhaps a quarter teaspoonful.  If you use an actual quarter teaspoon, it is very hard to get all the coloring out of the well of the spoon and you end up washing it out.  Which is a waste.  Using a knife allows you to scrape it completely clean.

Mix the coloring in thoroughly.  If you want to add more, always use a clean knife to dip into your color pot.  Keep in mind that the icing will darken somewhat as it rests and even once it's on the cookie.


When the cookie cake is completely cooled, decorate it with the icing in a piping bag and a small round tip.  Have fun with it!  (You'll probably have icing left over for another project.  It can be kept in the refrigerator or even frozen.)



Cut in small squares to serve.



Enjoy!





If you are looking for inspiration for Valentines Day, I’ve got some great cookies for you today, all following the theme of Red and Pink:




You can also just use the Creative Cookie Exchange as a great resource for cookie recipes - Be sure to check out our Facebook page,  our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts.  You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month!

Big shout out to our host and organizer, Laura at The Spiced Life!  The Creative Cookie Exchange is her baby.

If you are a food blogger who would like to join the Creative Cookie Exchange, send an email with your URL to Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.


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11 comments:

  1. I love a giant cookie like yours, they are so much easier to make than a bunch of cookies and they always impress. I hope you are having a good birthday week, it is mine too!! Happy Birthday!!

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  2. That is the prettiest cookie valentine in alllll the land!

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  3. I saw a heart shaped pan at Target yesterday and thought it would be great for a cookie cake. Now I have your recipe and a reason to go back and buy it!

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  4. Fantabulous piping work, Stacy! Your hubby will surely fall in love all over again with your lovely heart <3 Happy Birthday, too! P.s. Love to see your article on Wikipedia =)

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  5. I wish I had your crazy good piping skills, Stacey! Your cookie is pure yummi goodness :)

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  6. I love this and such a steady hand!! I will be yours if you will make me one of those!!

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  7. Looks just fabulous! Perfect for Valentine's!

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  8. All the best people are born in January, Tara! Happy birthday to you!

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  9. If someone gave me a cookie like that, I'd be theirs FOREVER.

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  10. These Valentines Day Cookies look wonderful!
    Yummy!!! Pretty and Super Tasty.
    I adore this!
    I love your Decoration.

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  11. Woo-hoo your comments are working! I tried to leave a comment before and I guess your comment service was down (Discus or whatever it is called). Anyhoo, I LOVE giant cookies! Yum! Love this! :D

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