Thursday, January 26, 2012

Frosting Cookies aka Funfetti Cookies

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I stumbled on this recipe, on Pinterest,  while looking for treats that went with a "fireworks" themed event that I was helping with at church. Although they look nothing like fireworks and didn't work for the event, they were delicious!

Adding frosting to the cookie batter instead of butter is simple, but genius. It gives the same consistency but instead of pure butter its additional butter and sugar so it gives this rich sweet addition to an already good cookie.

The inspiration for this recipe from its original baker was to use up extra homemade frosting from cupcakes or whatever else. That is a great idea and I am definitely doing that sometime.

However, this time, I wanted these cookies the minute I made them and I didn't want to make homemade frosting and then make cookies. Plus as it turns out, 2 batches of these uses exactly one frosting can, coincedence, I think not! So feel free to use whichever frosting you have available at the moment you crave these :)

Also, the addition of melted white chocolate and sprinkles add an extra layer of richness and makes them look cute too!

Now just to be clear, I call them funfetti because I think they look like funfetti...but I also think you could use funfetti frosting and no sprinkles and would get a similar and very cool cookie. Someone try it, [Caroline!?] and let me know. Plus if it fails, I better take that off of here...

Anyways, I had no problems with these, they baked up perfectly and were awesome. And that is saying a lot for me because most of my "awesome" favorites include chocolate. I think these are a wilder sugar cookie so that's why I like them. :)


Frosting Cookies aka Funfetti Cookies
slightly adapted from What's Katie Baking

Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup vanilla frosting [homemade or 1/2 of 1 frosting can]
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup (4 ounces) white chocolate, melted
optional but awesome: 2 tablespoons sprinkles

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. 

Grease cookie sheet or use parchment paper.

Melt white chocolate in microwave. 

In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. 

In a separate bowl cream together frosting, egg, vanilla and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes. 

Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture [or vice versa] and stir until well combined. Once combined, slowly drizzle in melted chocolate while mixing. 

Finally add sprinkles if desired, but don't overmix.

Drop cookies by rounded tablespoons or using a cookie scoop. 

Bake for 10-12 minutes. For softer cookies bake 10 minutes. For cookies with a lightly golden edge and slightly more crunch, 12 minutes.

I recommend for those you are eating straight out of the oven the longer time, but for those you are storing or serving later, the shorter time so they stay soft.

Let cool at least 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to wire racks and gobbling them up.

Enjoy!

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