Cookies...and surprises

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Blogging is awesome. If you don't know that, you should.
Bloggers are even more awesome.
Scientific fact.


 
Kelly is one of my awesome blog friends. She and her husband-of-the-year Andy and her cute-as-can-be son Weston are going to be a family of four. 
Little Girl is coming soon!

Kelly is unbelievably talented, funny, and sweet so I was thrilled to participate in her virtual baby shower today.

I knew immediately I wanted to whip up a delicious cookie recipe, so I grabbed some eggs and butter and got to work.

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I pause to share a very important lesson with you.
Much like the important parenting lessons Kelly and Andy will embark upon w/ two little ones (Ha, like I know.)
The point: Ingredient freshness is key. Do not underestimate this baking point.
Yours truly did and the results now lie at the bottom of a trash can.
(FYI - if organic un-salted butter is on sale, check the date. There's probably a reason.)


I didn't bake these amazing cookies but Heather Baird {Sprinkle Bakes} did, and she's way cooler than I am anyway.
Plus, I mean can these be more perfect?
Pink, sparkly, strawberry & milk goodness.
I think not.

Cookies are my favorite.
Always.

Not cake.
Not ice cream.
Not candy.
Not pie.

No.
Give me cookies.


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Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies
Recipe via Sprinkle Bakes
Yield: 30-40 whoopie pie shells

Make the shells:
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
8 tbsp. white vegetable shortening room temperature
3/4 cup powdered strawberry milk drink mix - such as Nesquick brand.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp white vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
3. In a bowl whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder, set aside.
4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine vegetable shortening, strawberry milk powder and brown sugar. Mix until crumbly.
5. Add the egg and egg white, to the mixture and beat well, then add the heavy cream; mix until smooth.
6. In a small condiment cup, combine milk, baking soda and vinegar. Stir well, mixture will foam.
7. Pour baking soda mixture into the batter first and then pour flour mixture in on top. Mix on low speed until thick and combined. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl and mix again until well combined.
8. Transfer mixture to a piping bag or a large zip-top sandwich bag with the corner snipped off.
9. Pipe batter into heaped 2" rounds widely spaced on the baking sheet - about 6 cakes to a pan.
10. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Be careful not to over bake. Cakes are done when they just start to turn golden around the edges.

Fill the shells:
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup unsalted butter - softened.
1 tsp. vanilla extract.
1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
2. Beat on low speed until just combined, then whip at high speed until light and fluffy.
Note: Sweetened whipped cream is also a very good filling for these pies.

Decorate the shells :
2 tbsp. milk
Confectioner's sugar
Sprinkles
1. Pour milk into a small bowl.
2. Add confectioners' sugar a tablespoon at a time while whisking constantly until thickened to piping consistency.
3. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a plain piping tip. I used Wilton #4.
4. Pour sprinkles on a plate and dip decorated cake top in the sprinkles, brushing the excess away - or sprinkle nonpareils over tops of cakes, letting the excess fall in the plate.


If you wanna see what some of the other bloggers brought to the party then head on over to Skye {neathering our fest} or Erin's {his and hers} blog for the complete list. Thanks again ladies for doing such a great job of putting this together.

Congrats Kelly, Andy, and Weston!
Much love and best wishes for your soon-to-be family of four!!

Three cheers for (other people's) babies.
And cookies. Always cookies. :)








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10 comments:

  1. These are SOOOO pretty! (and you are seriously so funny!)
    -Katie

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  2. Faith, those look absolutely amazing! I am definitely keeping this recipe close by.

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  3. OH this is so so fun! I'm loving all the great baby shower ideas!! These cookies look delicious and pretty simple to make. I will be trying them for sure!! Thanks so much for pitching in to the party!! xoxo

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  4. These are so adorable! They are so pretty and sweet! PERFECT for a baby shower.

    I'm a new follower! So excited to "meet" you!

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  5. WOW! I am so giddy and excited about this whole day! :) Thank you SO much for bringing these amazing cookies - but why oh WHY does this shower have to be virtual? I would eat at least 15 of those cookies if it was IRL, so maybe it's for the best. :) THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

    (PS - I'll be "attending" the shower on my blog soon, so make sure you stop by!) :)

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  6. Those look fabulous, I love frostingy goodness, I might need to make these before my company comes in half an hour. Or I should wait until they are gone so I have more for me. ;) Beautiful!

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  7. Mmmmmmmmmm, cookies and sprinkles. I was starting to change my mind and I was wanting this virtual thing to be real. But my "get in bikini shape quickly" plan is glad I'm not tempted by these. ;)

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  8. These are so adorable AND they sound super tasty. Wishing this was a real shower and not a computer screen shower...thanks again for participating! :)

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  9. I want like 10 of these, now, please. Since it's a virtual baby shower I'll virtually eat them.

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  10. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum.
    The look as beautiful as they look delicious!

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