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Today I wanted to share with you a tasty recipe I made with T a while back. We made these for his teachers at daycare for Valentine’s Day (last year!), but you could certainly make them for any occasion (including the everyday occasion of “just to eat”) and change the color of the frosting if desired.
For the cookies, I followed this recipe to a “T”. Thank you Paula Deen. I will never have her baking skills, so head on over to her Food Network recipe page and check out what’s going on with these fluffy, cake-like chocolate cookies. I just made them again last weekend and M reminded me how much he loves them.
I made my own cream cheese frosting with the following recipe and added some peppermint extract for flavor. As with the coloring, you could really add any flavor extract you prefer, so go nuts and customize to your liking.
T and I wrapped up one cookie for each teacher in cellophane holiday bags (below). One nice, very rich and delicious cookie sandwich seemed plenty for each teacher (and it’s all I could fit in the little bags without smashing our “artwork” to pieces).
- ½ stick (4 tbsp) softened butter
- 4 oz Neufchatel (cream cheese)
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 3½ cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup milk
- 15 drops red food coloring (optional)
- Mix together butter and cream cheese until smooth using a hand or stand mixer. Then mix in the remaining ingredients, saving the food coloring for last if desired.
Don’t forget to save at least one (or two or three) for yourself. The baker always must try her work to ensure quality before offering to others ~ at least that’s my motto.