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Brownie Roll-out Cookies

I was on the hunt for a tasty chocolate sugar cookie that didn’t spread when baked, didn’t need to be chilled for 2 hours, and could be handled well as a cutout. After looking over several recipes, one from Smitten Kitchen was recommended. After reading the blog post description of the cookies, how to work with the dough, and comments from others who have experimented with it, I decided to give it a go. This recipe is amazing! Some people have used it for hamantaschen and ice cream sandwiches. The chocolate flavor is so rich that it would make for a great s’more cookie or any sandwich cookie (raspberry filling anyone?)! I’m using this recipe to make Cookie Cat sandwich cookies which will include strawberry and vanilla marshmallow creme in the middle. Yum! The Cookie Cat cookies will be available for purchase at the Muggles Market in Charlotte, North Carolina, on November 2nd! I’ll have a post up about how to make the cookies later that month.

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Muggles Market 2019

The dough is soft, which is why there is a recommended time for chilling it, but it is totally workable whether at room temp or having been chilled.  So use it right away or make the dough and store it away to bake later.

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Brownie Roll-out Cookies via Smitten Kitchen

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup lightly salted butter, softened (use 1 stick salted, 1 stick unsalted to achieve lightly salted) *as usual, I used unsalted butter since I bake without salt by choice
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Whisk dry flour and baking powder in a bowl and set aside. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and cocoa in a mixer (can do it all at once, just start the mixer on low speed until the wet and dry ingredients are mixed a bit so they don’t fly out. Then raise the speed to medium). Gradually add flour mixture and mix until smooth. Cover the bowl in plastic and chill for at least an hour (some bakers do 15 mins while they clean everything else up, I’ve done as few as 10 mins and as much as an hour).

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Cutting shapes using brownie roll-out cookies

Roll out chilled dough on floured counter (use flour or cocoa powder). Cut into desired shapes, brushing extra flour off (can do with a dry or slightly wet finger). Bake on a parchment-lined sheet for 8-11 mins (former for 1/8″ cookies, latter for 1/4″ cookies) until edges are firm and centers are slightly soft and puffed. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

 

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Portal Cakes

When I decided on my bundt cake theme, I knew I had to do an orange portal and a blue portal. Portal and Portal 2 are funny fun puzzle adventure games by Valve. If you’re not familiar, you have a gun that shoots two portals, an orange one and a blue one. You can enter an orange portal and come out a blue portal or vise versa. The portals help you solve your way out of sealed rooms as you work your way through a facility. No spoilers here, but I really enjoy the games and their characters.

For the orange portal, I decided on doing the maple pecan cake with cinnamon glaze that I’ve posted on here before.

For the blue portal, I tried a lemon pound cake recipe and added blueberries. This recipe comes from Tarteletthttp://www.tarteletteblog.com/search…

While I didn’t get to do a sample cake for this one to taste, it smelled delicious and came highly recommended. I will make it again in the future for tasting.

Just like the sarlacc cake, I made a vanilla buttercream to fill the center hole of the cake. I made black sugar cookies using the no fridge recipe and ninjabread men cookie cutters. Then, I cut one sugar cookie man in half and placed each half in the buttercream so it would stand up. Once they were set, I poured the colored glaze around the cake and made sure it filled in the center evenly. For the maple cake, I used the cinnamon glaze as before and colored it orange. For the lemon blueberry cake, I used a vanilla glaze and colored it blue.
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Ultimate Lemon Pound Cake (with blueberries)

2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 sticks of butter at room temperature
2 cups sugar
6 large eggs
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp lemon zest
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 package fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 300F.

Butter and flour a 12 cup bundt pan.

Rinse blueberries. Coat blueberries with some extra flour so they won’t sink in the batter.

Sift flour and baking powder together. Cream the butter and 1 3/4 cup sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce the speed and add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Stir in the lemon zest. Fold in the coated blueberries. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 15 mins. Poke holes all over the cake with a wooden skewer.

Meanwhile, bring the lemon juice and remaining sugar to a boil over medium high heat in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

Invert the cake onto a rack positioned over a baking sheet which is lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Slowly pour the syrup over the cake. It will seep through the holes and into the cake. Let cool to room temperature.