The boys and I made some monster sandwich cookies for a bake sale! A little fun in the kitchen!
Today, we’re going to have a little fun here. I’m hosting a virtual bake sale with a team of 5 other bloggers competing [friendly!] against five other teams of bloggers with our sponsor, McCormick. Don’t worry, nothing’s actually for sale and it’s not going to cost you a thing. In fact, you might actually get to win something in the giveaway we have for you below.
Instead of paying, its all about re-pinning on Pinterest. For every repin of this pin [and others on the McCormick Pinterest Board], it constitutes as a sale at this virtual bake sale!
Onto the bake sale and what we made!
George and I made the Chocolate Candy-Coated Cookies while Henry was at school.
It’s so much fun to bake with him! He gets to dump everything in, and most importantly, he gets to crack the eggs! He begs to do this and he’s impressively good at it! [Scared to have young kids crack eggs? Read this from NutureStore.]
We based our recipe off of McCormick’s Chocolate Mocha Chunk Cookies.
Since my kids are not fans of coffee or mocha, we skipped that flavor and added in McCormick’s Vanilla Flavoring instead. We also substituted the chocolate chunks and walnuts for our favorite candy-coated chocolates.
I also whipped up some orange-flavored buttercream using McCormick’s Orange Flavoring [inspired by McCormick's Whipped Vanilla Buttercream recipe] while George was taking a nap.
I’ll share our recipes below at the end of this post.
Then… When Henry got home, we set up an assembly line.
George spread the orange buttercream frosting onto the bottom of a cookie. And sandwiched it with another cookie.
Sometimes I’d have to plop a good blob of it onto the cookie because George tends to scrape most of it off [he does that when he makes his own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches too].
I would then squeeze the cookies together on the back side to have one side of the sandwich cookie opened wider than the other. This make it look like a big mouth!
I set up Henry up with a pastry bag [just a sandwich baggy with a little hole cut in the corner] and he’d squirt two little dots onto the top of the sandwich cookie that George made. Close together and near the side of the sandwich that’s opened wide.
And then he’d stick the candy-coated chocolates onto the buttercream dots to make monster eyes! [These could be one of the monster activities!]
And that’s it! Simple monster sandwich cookies for a fun virtual bake sale we’re holding! Now, just go repin this!
Here are the recipes:
Monster Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Candy-Coated Chocolates Chocolate Cookies:
- 2 cups flour
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter [softened]
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar [firmly packed]
- 2 eggs
- 3 tsp McCormick’s Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 cups candy-coated chocolates
Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and coffee extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Stir in candy-coated chocolates.
Drop by rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto baking sheets sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or just until cookies are set. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks or cut open paper sack and cool completely.
Orange Flavored Buttercream:
- 1/4 stick butter [softened]
- 1/4 tsp McCormick Pure Orange Extract
- 4 ounces confectioner’s sugar, sifted
- 1/2 tbsp milk
- McCormick yellow and red food coloring in a 3 to 1 ratio, yellow to red.
Beat butter in small bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add orange flavoring and mix well.
Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar, beating until well blended after each addition, frequently scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Add milk; beat until light and fluffy. If frosting is too thick to spread, gradually beat in additional milk. Stir in food coloring to get desired color intensity. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.
My simple bake sale tip for a real bake sale? Keep it simple! Bake something you already know and love!
Support my bake sale team!
Repin the following bake sale goodies from my team!
- Seven Clown Circus: Raspberry Brownies
- Happiness is Homemade: Mocha Brownie Bites
- Our Ordinary Life: Double Chocolate Orange Brownies
- Your Modern Family: Minty Brownie Bites
- B-Inspired Mama: Vanilla Chocolate Chip Inspired Pumpkin Cookies
[Ack, my team didn't win. It was Team #6: Amy from http://amysfinerthings.com/, Emily from http://
If you help “buy” via a repin [hint, hint, pin from the pin shown above!] from my or my team’s virtual bake sale table, let us know in the entry form below and you’ll be entered to win a McCormick prize pack! Here’s how you enter:
Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post by McCormick and Mom It Forward for a Virtual Bake Sale and is all in good fun. Of course, if it were a real bake sale, my kids would not be doing the assembling at this age. Just sayin’.
Henry is 5 years old. George is now 3 years old!