Brighten Someone's Day with Cookies

Whoopie Pies Recipe

Do you have a friend who is going through a rough patch?  A family member who you haven’t seen in a while? A buddy who you just want to make a bit happier?  This is the perfect time to send a thoughtful just because gift.  You can easily – and deliciously – brighten someone’s day with cookies, especially when they are homemade with an extra helping of love and appreciation.

Bring on the Fun

While a pile of fresh, moist chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies is sure to brighten anyone’s day, why not try something a bit different?  Sometimes, just a push out of the ordinary brings a smile to our faces – and the cookies taste just as good!  Here are some ideas for fun, day-brightening cookies.

Fun Cookie Suckers, recipe courtesy of AllRecipes

You will need:

  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Paste food coloring, assorted colors
  • 24 lollipop sticks

To make:

  1. Cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add this to creamed mixture.
  4. Stir until dough is soft.
  5. Divide dough into fourths and tint each section with a different color.
  6. Wrap in plastic and chill for 2 hours.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350˚F.
  8. Shape dough into ¾-inch balls and grease cookie sheet.
  9. To make the cookie, place 1 of each color together to make a large rainbow ball. Roll into 12-inch log (it’ll look like a snake).

10.   Starting at one end, roll the dough to make a 2 ¾-inch round cookies.

11.  Place on cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart, and insert lollipop sticks into bottom of cookie.

12.  Bake for about 8 minutes, or until lightly browned. These are great for get well cookies!

Whoopie Pies, from Delish

Cookie Dough Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extra
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg

Crème Filling Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons butter, slight softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 (7 to 7 ½-ounce) jar marshmallow crème
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make:

  • Grease 2 cookie sheets and preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • Mix all dough ingredients until smooth.
  • Drop by heaping tablespoons, 2 inches apart, on each cookie sheet.
  • Bake 12 to 14 minutes until puffy. Transfer to cooling rack.
  • For crème filling, beat butter until smooth with mixer on medium speed. On slow speed, gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar. Beat in crème and vanilla until smooth.
  • Spread filling on flat side of 12 cookies. Top with remaining cookies.

Yum!

Candy Bar Cookie Pops, from Betty Crocker

This recipe combines all that is good in the sweets world. For a once-in-a-while treat, this cannot be beat.

Ingredients:

  • 14 fun-size 100 Grand candy bars (or other bars with chewy caramel and crispy crunchies covered in milk chocolate).
  • 28 craft sticks
  • 1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup powdered sugar or candy sprinkles

To make:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ and line cookie sheets with foil.
  2. Cut fun-size candy bars in half crosswise.
  3. Insert craft stick into the side of each.
  4. Mix cake mix, oil, and egg with spoon until dough forms.
  5. For each cookie, form a rounded tablespoon into a ball. Flatten with your palm and put candy on top.
  6. Form dough around candy, sealing it well.
  7. Roll in powdered sugar.
  8. Place cookies 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  9. Bake 11 to 13 minutes, or until set.  The cookie will appear moist, like cake, in the cracks. This is great.

10.  Let cool for about 30 minutes.

It is worth taking the extra time and effort to make fun or decorated cookies when your goal is to brighten someone’s day.  They’ll appreciate not only the delicious gift, but the thought that went into it.

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