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We are putting the final touches on our September boxes!  We are having a hard time deciding on 2 flavors!  Please comment with what 2 flavors you would like to see!

 

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Surprise Coffin Cookies

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Looking for a last minute Halloween treat?  Our Surprise Coffin Cookies are fun and easy to make!  These start out as a basic sugar cookie, with a fun treat inside!

You will need:

  • Your favorite sugar cookie recipe, try ours here
  • Coffin Cookie Cutter (featured in our September box)
  • Your favorite small candy, we used Reese’s Pieces and M&M’s- the mini’s work great!
  • Your favorite frosting, we used store bought chocolate
  • Food Coloring of choice- we used black gel
  • Icing pens, writers or royal icing

How to:

Make your favorite sugar cookie dough and cut out cookies.  We used our Coffin Cookie cutter.  These surprise cookies are actually 3 cookies in one, you will need to cut out the middle on the cookies you would like to have the surprise inside.  You can use a smaller cookie cutter, or we just used a knife to cut out center.  To keep edges smooth, try dusting knife and cookie cutter in flour!

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Bake according to recipe and let cool.  Once cooled, it’s time to assemble the surprise cookies!  We used store bought chocolate frosting and added black gel food coloring to achieve our desired black.  Chocolate frosting is easier to get a nice black color with, and will not get gray or ashy!  Start with a few drops, adding more until the perfect black is achieved!  Start out with 1 normal cut cookie, then take a cookie where the center was removed and carefully frost the back edges.  The sides are thin, so be careful not to apply too much pressure or cookie will break.  “Glue” to top of cookie.

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As you can see the cookies were not all the same sizes after baking.  It’s okay!  Next add a few pieces of your favorite candy.  The mini candies will work the best.  You can also add sprinkles!

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Next, frost the back of another full cookie and place on top.  Using an icing spatula or knife, frost entire cookie sides and top and smooth out.  Let dry, then you can use an icing pen, writer or even royal icing to decorate top of cookie.  We used our CK Writers that we have featured in the past.  We also made scary faces with the eyes from our September box.  Have fun getting creative!  My boys loved these!!!

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Spooky Spiderweb Cupcakes

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I love the spiderweb wrappers that were in our September box- they are the perfect addition to add a bit of spookiness to your cupcakes!  I decided to make cupcakes for the boys the other day, and with 2 little boys running around the house- I am all about easy!!!  I started with a box mix and then added some Chocolate Ganache to dress them up a bit and used the Candy Writer from our September box to create some spiderwebs!

First I started with this Duncan Hines Triple Chocolate Cake Mix.  Have you guys tried this yet?  If not- run to the store now!!!  Oh my, its like little chocolate mini molten cakes!  My Grandmother used to make Chocolate Lave Cake which I loved as a kid.  This is the closest to it out of a box- yum!!!

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Make the cupcakes according to package directions and let cool.  I then frosted them with store bought chocolate frosting.  I frosted them using a knife and made the frosting as flat and even as I could.  Set aside.  The Candy Writer that was included in your September box comes in solid form.  To use it, you will need to melt it first.  The easiest way is to get a bowl of hot tap water and to set the writer in there.  Knead it every so often and refill with hot water as needed till it is fully melted.  Keep the writer in the bowl of water to keep it melted as it will start to turn solid.

Next make the Chocolate Ganache Icing.  You will need:

  • 8 oz. semi sweet chocolate – finely chopped ( put in blender or food processor till fine crumbles)
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Place finely chopped chocolate in a bowl.  In a saucepan, heat cream over medium heat.  Do not let it boil, heat it until there are little bubbles along the outer edges.

Pour cream over chocolate and stir till melted.

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Dip the top of your frosted cupcake into the ganache until covered.  Next using your writer, starting in the middle, pipe out a round circular swirl moving outwards toward the edge of the cupcake.

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Next, using a toothpick, start in the middle and drag the frosting out towards the edge of the cupcake.  Repeat around the whole cupcake till you get a spiderweb!  You need to do 1 cupcake at a time, the ganache and the writer harden up pretty quick.  I found out the hard way!  If the ganache starts to thicken up, pop the bowl in the microwave for 15-30 seconds and stir.

Don’t forget, we now carry all the items from our boxes in our store!

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Happy Baking!

-mbb