Saturday, May 2, 2009

Dana's Flower Cookies

Flower Cookies for Mother's Day

(So easy the kids can make them)
My friend Dana introduced these super fun cookies to me. It is a great activity to do with kids.

Flower Cookies(Makes 4)
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1/4 cup soft brown sugar, packed
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
4 bite-sized candy bars (without nuts)
4 wooden craft sticks

Petals and FrostingIngredients:
8 large marshmallows
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
Food coloring
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Make the cookie dough: In a large mixing bowl, stir the butter and sugar together until light and creamy.
3. Add the flour and mix well. Form the dough into a ball in the bowl with your hands. If the dough is sticky, add more flour, one tablespoon at a time.
4. Unwrap the candy bars and insert a stick into the side of each candy bar.
5. Place a heaped tablespoon of dough in the palm of your hand. Flatten it into a round and place one of the candies on a stick in the center of the dough. Wrap the dough completely around the candy. Repeat with the other candy pops.
6. Place them on a lined (parchment or foil) cookie sheet and slightly flatten each with the palm of your hand.
7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges are golden. Cool completely on a wire rack.
8. Wash a pair of scissors and dry them. Snip each marshmallow into 4 slices to form the petals.
9. Make the frosting: Cream the butter with an electric mixer until soft and creamy. Gradually add confectioners sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Add the vanilla and milk and continue beating until light and fluffy. Divide the frosting into 2 small bowls, tint one with yellow food coloring and the other any color.
10. Decorate the cookie: Spread some frosting over the face of each cookie.
11. Carefully press marshmallow slices into the frosting to look like flower petals.
12. Spoon the remaining yellow frosting into a small ziplock bag and close securely. Cut a small corner of the bag with scissors and squeeze some icing into the center of the flower.

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