Monday, February 6, 2012

Virtual Valentine’s Day Party: Have Your Cake (and Cookies) and Eat It, Too!

by Darla

I am so excited to be celebrating Valentine’s Day today with some of my very favorite bloggers! Miss Shelly, the funny and super creative lady behind Cookies and Cups was so sweet to organize this little virtual get together, and I’m thrilled and honored to be partying with such talented women.

I’ve always liked Valentine’s Day. I love love. We’ve never been big Valentine’s Day celebrators in my house, but I still love it. Our Valentines are always homemade…homemade cards, homemade gifts. Usually, I make food. Surprised?

When I was a little girl, the Valentine’s Day party at school was always one of my favorite days of the year. It wasn’t the candy, although that was great, and it wasn’t the Valentines, per se. I just loved that, on that day, everybody was loved. Everybody got a little card that said something nice from everybody else in class. Seriously, what could be better than that? School can be tough. Kids can be mean. But for at least one day, every year, every kid was just as included as every other kid. Even then, I knew that was something worth celebrating.

I never felt like I had to have a boyfriend or a date for every, single Valentine’s Day, either. It all went back to the same idea that everyone was special on Valentine’s Day, so I was just as happy hanging out with my girls, as I was going on a date. We’d all get dressed up in red and pink and sparklyness, or we’d throw on goofy headbands with bobbly hearts, and we would do something fun for the girls. I’m not gonna lie, once it was to go to a romantic movie and playfully heckle the couples. But it was all in good fun.

That’s why I’m so happy to be celebrating with my bloggie girls today! I’m not going to be spending Valentine’s Day with the Hubster this year, so I’m partying hardy with the girls, just like old times. :) So be sure to click through all of the links at the end of the post and check out the amazing Valentine lovliness that my friends have created today. :)

When I got Shelly’s invite, I knew right away what I wanted to share. I knew I didn’t want to settle for just cake, or candy, or cookies; it’s Valentine time, it just had to be all three, or nothing at all. How to manage this, you ask? Easy: fill some cookies with frosting laden caky goodness, dip them in yummy candy melts, and cover them in sprinkles. Then, put ‘em on a stick. Cause treats on a stick are just fun.

Just like I did at Halloween, I found some seriously cute stamps at Michaels for a dollar each. They were seriously too cute to pass up, and I knew when i saw them that they would be used with this recipe, somehow some way!

This time, I decided to use the stamps directly on the cookie dough, rather than on fondant, like last time. I proceeded to color, roll out, cut, and stamp all of my sugar cookies with them.

On some, I used the cute images and shapes, while others got sweet Valentine messages, like “be mine.”

This one was my favorite. :) A cute little Eiffel Tower with “I love you” in French: je t’aime. It turned out so sweet!

Once the cookies were cooled, I placed some cake mixture (the same stuff that cake bites are made of) on half of the cookies. Next, I spread the mixture out so that it covered the cookie evenly. Finally, I added another cookie on top to turn these into the best sandwiches ever.

The only trouble I ran into with these cookies, was while using the stamps on them; some of them really lost their stamp shapes while baking. All of the ones with images did very well, and held their shapes, but the ones with letters ended up basically looking like blank cookies. But it was okay, because I had intended to use colors on them anyway, so I broke out my food writers and proceeded to color the stamps, then stamp the cookies. I used the impressions from before as guides, and they all turned out great.

Next up, it was time to add the candy. I decided to dip the edges of the sandwiches in candy melts to seal in the cake filling, while also providing the much needed Valentine’s Day candy. For the tops of the cookies, since I did hearts, I had to spoon a little candy into the point in the center, then I was able to dip the sides of the cookies into the candy easily.

I dressed my cookies up with more candy, in the form of fun sprinkles.

Sprinkles make everything better. :)

Once the cookie’s sides are completely dipped, tap them gently to remove excess candy, add a lollipop stick, and sprinkle away! The more, the merrier. Of course. :)

The sweet French cookie is still my very favorite, but I adore how all of them turned out.

And they tasted absolutely wonderful! Never again will I have to choose one treat for Valentine’s Day. I can have cake, cookies, and candy…all in one fantastic little dessert. Heaven!

These were super fast and easy, even though they seem pretty involved and time consuming. There’s just a lot of wait times to get through with baking, chilling, and setting up, but otherwise, these are as easy as 1-2-3. And if you want to save even more time, you can use cake mix, store bought frosting, and refrigerated cookie dough! Yay for easy! Plus, they’re super fun for the kiddos to help with. Happy Valentine’s Day and enjoy!

Cake-filled Cookies
Makes 2 to 3 dozen sandwich cookies, depending on size

Ingredients

1 9×13-inch cake, flavor of your choice

16 ounces frosting, flavor of your choice

1 recipe rolled sugar cookies

Candy melts

Sprinkles

Food Writers for stamping, optional

Instructions:

Bake the cake as directed and let it cool completely.

Make the frosting as directed and set aside.

Bake the cookies as directed in the recipe above, cutting out shapes, as desired. I made these slightly thinner than usual, since they’re going to be sandwich cookies. Let cool completely.

Once the cake is cooled, break it up by hand, or with a food processor, until it is just crumbs. Stir in the frosting until thoroughly combined.

Place half of the cooled cookies, bottom side up, on a cooling rack or baking sheet. Place 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of the cake mixture on each of the cookies. Using clean hands, press the cake mixture until it fills the entire cookie evenly. Place another cookie, right side up, on top of the cake mixture to create a sandwich. Once all of the sandwiches are done, place them in the refrigerator to chill fro about 30 to 45 minutes, or freeze for 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove from the freezer and dip the edges of the cookies in melted candy melts. You may need to use a spoon to fill in any gaps. Tap off excess candy gently, add sprinkles, and a lollipop stick, if desired. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat mat, and allow them to set up completely before serving.

Recipe by Darla

Now it’s time to PARTAY! Don’t forget to visit all of the other incredible Valentine’s Day treats from my talented friends! You can find a preview of each of their creations, as well as links to them below. You have to check them out; they’re gorgeous! ~xoxo

1. Confessions of a Cookbook Queen  ~ Valentines Twinkies on a Stick
2. Buns in My Oven ~ Hot Fudge and Strawberry Donut Pudding
3. Glorious Treats ~ Red Velvet Cupcakes
4. Cookies and Cups ~ Glass Topper Valentines Cookies
5. Bakingdom ~ Valentines Day Cookie Cakes
6. The Hungry Housewife ~ Valentines Jello Hearts
7. Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle ~ Valentines Dotty Cookies
8. Sprinkle Bakes ~ Red Velvet Cake Minis
9. Bake at 350 ~ Double-Decker, Stripey, Valentine Cookies
10. Two Peas and Their Pod ~ Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
11. Scarletta Bakes ~ Mexican Chocolate Hearts
12. She Wears Many Hats ~ Valentines Popcorn

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{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karly February 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

Did you really just put a cake ball in the center of a cookie or am I dreaming?

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2 Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen February 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

You are awesome! Love these :)

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3 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots February 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

I love this! So cute Darla!

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4 jennifer February 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

These look fabulous!

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5 Joan Hayes@chocolate and more February 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

These are so precious and I love how you use the stamps on the cookies. All that yummy goodness in one place and on a stick!

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6 Debbie February 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

I just pinned a recipe yesterday for DIY conversation hearts, but I didn’t know how I was going to put any messages on them (because my daughter can’t have the dyes in the edible pens). Never even thought about rubber stamps. You are a genius! Combining cookies, cake pops and candy all in one spot is pretty amazing, too. I see a sugar coma in my future.

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7 Cookbook Queen February 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

These are too cute…and that filling?! Best idea ever!!

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8 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch February 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

These are such adorable cookies!!!

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9 Lori @ RecipeGirl February 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

Simply adorable :)

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10 Maria February 6, 2012 at 10:31 am

These are amazing! You are so talented!

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11 bridget {bake at 350} February 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

Cookies, cake, candy melts, sprinkles?!? Does it get any better?!?

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12 Sweetsugarbelle February 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

You just jumped 12 cool points with these! The Star Trek cookies had you in the stratosphere…Now? Off the charts! Better go dig out my stamps !!!

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13 Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more February 6, 2012 at 11:27 am

Those are just adorable, and what a great use for the stamps!

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14 Paula February 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

Your cookies are really cute, but my favourite (as yours) is the one with de Eiffer tower. So cute, and so nice colour!!

I’m going to see the other recipes of the group, I have to catch ideas to destroy in my kitchen (I’m so clumsy!!). But it’s part of love’s day, people won’t say you have make a terrifying cupcake, they’ll say only that you have put your love on them, jajaja.

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15 shelly (cookies and cups) February 6, 2012 at 11:44 am

These are genius!! Cake and cookies all in one? Also, the stamp idea is brilliant.

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16 Deborah February 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I am so amazed by your creativity!!

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17 Kimberly Hundgen February 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

How exactly did you do this? What was your recipe for the cookies? What did you use to fill in the letters?
Thanks!

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18 Darla February 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Hi Kimberly, the recipes and instructions are all contained/linked within the post and the recipe at the end.

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19 Sue February 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I absolutely LOVE these! The Eiffel tower is my favorite too! I need to try this stamp idea on the cookies~love it!

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20 Glory/ Glorious Treats February 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

These look amazing!! I love the colored cookie dough, and you’ve combined cookies and cake so creatively!

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21 Lior February 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

These cookies are soooo cute! and you bare soooo talented!
Lior

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22 SamCyn February 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

These are really awesome! Love the concept.

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23 heather February 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Super creative! I love!!

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24 Blog is the New Black February 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm

So creative! LOVE IT!

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25 nicole {sweet peony} February 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm

these are amazing!!! and so stinkin’ cute! i love how creative you are :) these cookie/cake pops are so colorful and festive… perfection!

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26 Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com February 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Wow…these are amazing!!!

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27 Choc Chip Uru February 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Too perfect and yummy for valentines day :D
Delicious!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

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28 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Aww these are just the cutest!! Love it!

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29 Amy February 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

These would make many smiles on Valentine’s Day! So cute.

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30 Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes February 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Oooh I LURVE it when you bust out your stamps!

And I love a good partay as well – this one rocks. Happy V-Day!!

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31 Becca- Cookie Jar Treats February 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Iliked Valintine’s Day in emelentary school where we all got to decorate shoe boxes for our special valentine cards. I remember carefully picking out each card for everyone just so that it would match how I felt about them. Man, I miss the old days.

As for these candy-coma-inducing treats, I think you hit the trifecta of sweets. This really looks like sugar on a stick, which is a good thing :) I really like the last heart (the yellow one with “Happy Valintine’s Day” written on the front. It just looks so happy and cute <3

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32 Emily ~So Domesticated~ February 6, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Loving the stamped cookies!!!

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33 jo-lyn's cup cakes n' candies February 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm

These are way cool! Love the colors! So very sweet!

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34 sara February 7, 2012 at 12:18 am

These are SO cute! Love them – totally perfect for valentine’s day! :)

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35 Krissy {Krissy's Creations} February 7, 2012 at 1:04 am

Cake filled Cookies? Really? Wow Darla your amazing! I am definitely going to be making these sooooo soon.

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36 Tesei February 7, 2012 at 6:59 am

A cake-filled cookie, a simple & great idea! Will definitely try it :) How creative!!!

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37 Tiffany February 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Best idea EVER! Will you share where you got your sprinkle cork bottles? I’m looking for an way to store my sugars and sprinkles but want a mini container…

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38 Dee February 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

These are gorgeous! I had to pin it on the CraftBliss Valentine Freebie Bliss Board on Pinterest and link back to you.

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39 GrannyKKC February 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm

What an awesome idea. Can’t believe it hasn’t been done before. What a genius! My piano students will go wild or these next week… got to reward them with something for coming to lessons on Valentine’s Day.! And I love what you wrote about everyone being loved on Valentine’s Day. My parents’ anniversary was on February 14 so it was always a family celebration when I was growing up… life is like that with 5 kids on a ranch 30 miles from nowhere. But looking back on it, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Thank you for more ideas for family celebrations!

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40 Cluttercafe February 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Darla those are awesome! So clever and unique. And any cookie with a cake ball smooshed in it and coated in chocolate and sprinkles is a cookie I’d like to partake in.

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41 Angela @ The Dancer Bakes February 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm

What a clever idea! They’re gorgeous and they sound intoxicating :)

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42 Ania, NaStole.pl February 8, 2012 at 3:14 am

Cute! :)

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43 marla February 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

These cookies are stunning!! How fun :)

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44 Erica February 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Ridiculously cute! Those belong in a bakery.

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45 Chloe February 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Super super cute!
How would you recommend storing them and how long can they be kept for?

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46 Mannie February 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

These are absolutely adorable! I want to make them for my son’s Valentines party tomorrow. What coloring did you use for the dough and when did you add it in? Would Wilton gels work well? Super cute! You’re so creative!

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47 Darla February 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Hi Mannie. Thank you so much!! :) I used Wilton gel colors for my cookies, and I added the coloring right after I was finished mixing the dough (before chilling it).

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48 Riana February 13, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Thanks for the recipe! I made them and they were delicious… will definitely be coming back for future recipes!

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49 Sugar Daze/Cat March 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

OMG these are so creative and original. I am absolutely in love with these. Hope you don’t mind if I steal the idea???

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50 Valen January 4, 2013 at 3:22 am

I’m amazed ! I wish I had your creativity !!!! Gosh that’s gorgeous

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51 Amber February 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Did you use a vanilla frosting?

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52 Darla February 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I used chocolate frosting with mine, but you can use any flavor you like. As for the ganache, I think you could, but it will likely be a lot sticky than a regular frosting. I hope this is helpful! :)

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53 Amber February 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Also do you think a ganache frosting would mix well with the cake?

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54 Maysem February 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Awesome cookies!! Love the idea. Pinning them!

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55 Lisa February 13, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Thanks for the awesome idea. I made these today for my kids and their teachers for Valentines Day and they turned out great. The only issue I had was with my food writers..they didn’t do the job, but you could still see the stamps so it was all good!

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56 Ashley February 14, 2013 at 9:17 am

I made these for Vday, they are so yummy!!! Mine didn’t look as good as yours, but still fantastic! Thank you!

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57 Amber March 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm

How did you color the cookies? Did you just put some food coloring in different sections of the the cookie dough? Or as you were going to roll each individual cookie you put some food coloring in?

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