Superheroes Eat M&M’s!

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Captain America: Winter Soldier has just been released on DVD!

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To celebrate, we went to WalMart to find it on BlueRay, have some yummy Superheroes cupcakes, and pick up M&M’s for our movie treats.

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The girls chose Iron Man (Uncle Sean would be proud):

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The toppers were actually little rings, so we all were sporting ours.

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I picked Thor, because…THOR:

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At home, we made Captain America shields out of sugar cookies & M&M’s. They turned out so cute! Are you allowed to refer to a superhero’s weapon as cute?

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I used my Sugar Cookie & Easy Buttercream Frosting recipes (below), then decorated with regular & mini M&M’s. I did my best to make the star out of the frosting, a toothpick helped get it looking like a star and not a blob :)

I’d forgotten how good those Mini M&M’s are! When I was growing up, before we went on an airplane for vacation, my mom would take us to the store to get some snacks for the plane. I remember getting Mini M&M’s in the little colorful plastic tubes and putting them in my backpack. Yum!

Here is a video of us making and playing with our Captain America Cookie Shields, I hope you try making them at home – your kids (& husbands aka big kids) will have a blast!

Simple Sugar Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2-3 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until smooth. Add egg and mix. Add the powdered sugar and beat well, scraping down sides as needed. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out dough to about ½ inch thick. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Cut into desired shapes and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies.

Easy Buttercream Frosting
 
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Recipe type: Frosting
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until very soft and light, about three minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until smooth and fluffy. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate until needed. Enjoy!!

 

Making Sugar Cookies with Ada

Every Christmas growing up, we would make sugar cookies for Santa with my mom. I remember learning how to roll out dough, cut out shapes, and decorate cookies. When I told Ada that I used to do this with her Nonnie, she just laughed and said, “That’s weird!”

Unfortunately, these cookies didn’t make it until Christmas. We’ll just have to make another batch for Santa :)

It’s really hard for me to give up control (especially in the kitchen), so baking with children is a good exercise for me. I just try to relax, know that it’s going to be messy, and keep my cool. Ada couldn’t help but lick her fingers every time they got dough on them, so we made many trips to the sink to wash them yet again! Ah, lessons in life.

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She did such a good job! I loved watching her little hands at work.

Sugar Cookies

This recipe is great for children because it doesn’t require the dough to chill in the refrigerator. Which means you get your cookies faster. Wahoo!!

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We used a simple buttercream frosting and decorated with festive sprinkles. I just love a thick sugar cookie with a buttery frosting and crunchy sprinkles on top. I know Santa will be happy!

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I hope you and your children will try making these together! It’s messy but worth it.

I mean really, look at this face.

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So worth it :)

Simple Sugar Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until smooth. Add egg and mix. Add the powdered sugar and beat well, scraping down sides as needed. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out dough to about ½ inch thick. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Cut into desired shapes and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies.

 
Easy Buttercream Frosting
 
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Recipe type: frosting
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until very soft and light, about three minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until smooth and fluffy. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate until needed. Enjoy!!

This post was originally featured on Mom it Forward on 12/15/13.

Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookie Bars

This year, I participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap again! It was once again hosted by Julie of The Little Kitchen and Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil. For the second time, I have been amazed at how they pulled something like this off! Over $13,700 was raised for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and I am so honored to have been a part of that, however small.

http://www.fbcookieswap.com/

It was kind of a crazy time…coming home from MixedCon in Virginia, Thanksgiving(s), then having to make cookies, photograph them, and ship ’em off to three people! But with a little help from my mom’s old Betty Crocker Cookbook and my best friend (who watched my girls for a few hours), I got it done.

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I looked for an easy cookie recipe that wouldn’t take very long. The second I read about these Toffee Bars, I knew they were the winners.

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They may look like chocolate chip cookies, but don’t be fooled. They have a crisp, buttery bite instead of a squishy, floury one. They are perfect for large gatherings because one recipe makes 48 bars. Bar cookies are also an easy way to save time and not have to keep scooping dough and baking batches. One time and you’re done!

Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookie Bars - karainthekitchen.com

I hope my cookie swap matches liked them, (I know one did)! My family and I sure loved them & I will be making them again soon. You should too :)

Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookie Bars
 
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Recipe type: cookie
Serves: 48
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly cream butter, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla together.
  2. Add the sifted flour and mix well until combined.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed, then pat dough into an ungreased 15½ x 10½ x 1 inch baking pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
  5. While warm, cut into bars, then let cool completely before removing from pan.