Sunday, August 30, 2009

Monthly Cookie: Marshmallow Bars

Marshmallow Bars

*3 oz. bittersweet chocolate
*1 stick sweet butter
*1 cup light brown sugar
*2 eggs
*1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
*1 tsp. vanilla extract
*1 cup chopped pecans
*about 3 cups large white marshmallows

1. Preheat the oven to 350*F. Grease

Enjoyyy! :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Watermelon Cookies

This is our Monthly Cookie for July. We didn't post it last month, so here it goes!
And we won't have a prize for this Monthly Cookie but the August Monthly Cookie will have a great prize that you will be able to win as soon as we put the August Monthly Cookie post up! :)

This is my aunt's cut-out cookie recipe. It's great! :)

Watermelon Cookies
*1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
*1 cup sugar
*1 egg
*3 tablespoons milk
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*3 cups flour
*1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Cream together butter and sugar.
2. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla.
3. Stir together, then add in flour, baking powder, and salt gradually.
4. Roll out dough to a thickness of about 1/4". (Flour your rolling pin and surface as needed.)
5. Use a circle cookie cutter to cut out the shapes. Then, use a knife to cut the cirlce in half, so it looks like a watermelon slice.
6. Put the 'watermelon slices' onto a cookie sheet with parchment paper. (If you don't have parchment, use cooking spray.)
7. Bake at 400*F. (Small cookies bake for 5-8 minutes, larger ones for 8-13.) Just be sure to watch them carefully! :)
8. While they are baking, get your frostings ready. You will need light pink, dark green, light green, white, and black frostings. Put each color of frosting (except for the pink) into a seperate plastic bag. Now, cut a little opening in the corner of each bag so that when you squeeze the frosting out, it can come out in a fine line. (You might want to try this out on a 'not up to date' newspaper before you do it on the cookies.
9. Once the cookies have baked and cooled, frost them with the pink.
10. Now, make a fine line at the edge of the 'watermelons' with the dark green, as seen in the picture(s).
11. After that, make tiny light green stripe marks on the dark green strip.
12. Make a white line just above the dark green strip.
13. Lastly, squirt out the black frosting where the seeds should go.
14. And now of course........ ENJOY!!

Baked with Love,

The Gourmet Scrappers

Friday, August 7, 2009

Craft Corner

You can use this craft for decoration in just about any season or in a specific room. Carly keeps this one in her room all the time and we made an orange and black one for a Halloween party that we hosted. To make it, all you need is a styrofoam ball (any size), sequins, stick pins and two different sized beads...small and medium sized.

How to make it:

Put (in this order) small bead, large bead and then the sequin onto the stick pin. Then stick it anywhere in the ball. This is where the top of your ball will be. Then continue to stick the bead filled pins in a line down the ball until you reach the first pin you put in. Once you have a string of beads around the ball, then do it the opposite way so that you will have a cross. Then fill in the four sections and your ball is finished. You can choose any colors to do this in and it can take anywhere from 20-120 minutes depending on how large your styrofoam ball is and your patience level.

This craft is rated with a:

@ Easy

Hope yours turns out great!

Baked with Love,
The Gourmet Scrappers

P.S. Sorry about the monthly cookies...they will be up very soon:)