Batman Sugar Cookies

Tickets purchased for the midnight showing of Batman? Check.

Themed cookies for the event? Check.

These are a little time-consuming to make…but so, SO worth it.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Black food coloring (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy.
  3. Add in the baking powder, salt, egg, milk, vanilla and slowly add drops of the food coloring until you get your desired color.
  4. Slowly add in flour.  Mix until fully incorporated. (Add in more food coloring if needed to reach desired color).
  5. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes.
  6. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thickness.
  7. Using a cookie cutter, cut out dough. Place on cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 6-7 minutes.

*If desired, wait until cookies cool completely and line edges with colored frosting.

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Birthday Cake Oreo Funfetti Cheesecake

Yes, this happened.

First of all, I’d like to thank Oreo, Nabisco and Kraft Foods for giving us 100 years of this tasty treat.  Let’s be honest, a “girls night” isn’t complete without a good romantic comedy (The Notebook, Love Actually and Wedding Crashers are my personal favorites)  and a package of Double Stuff Oreos…so for all those nights I thank you.

Anyways, back to the matter at hand. You really can’t go wrong with funfetti ANYTHING so when it’s combined with Birthday Cake Oreos and Cheesecake it’s pretty much a home run.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Birthday Cake Oreos (or any other type)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Funfetti Cake Mix

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250F
  2. Line cupcake pan with foil or paper liners
  3. Place one Oreo in each liner
  4. Mix cream cheese for 3 minutes
  5. Add in sugar, vanilla, eggs and sour cream. Mix until creamy.
  6. Add in Funfetti cake mix, mix on low-speed for 1 minute.
  7. Fill each cupcake liner to top with batter.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Let them cool for about 10 minutes then put them in the fridge for about 3 hours.

Makes 18 mini cheesecakes

Irish Soda Bread

By now you should know that I’m a suburban soccer mom stuck in the body of a 23-year-old city girl.

My friend was throwing a St. Patrick’s day themed party and, naturally, I had to find an appropriate baked good to bring with me.  This is a traditional Irish bread so it was kind of uh…perfect.  The bread is awesome and for any actual moms out there reading (or other losers like me)..it would be AWESOMEEEE to serve it with green eggs and ham (NOT Jameson like in the picture below) on the morning of St. Patrick’s day.

Enjoy and HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

St. Patty's Party with my Taste Tester

I used a great recipe from Epicurious which you can find here or written out below

Ingredients:

  • Non-stick spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup raisins (I’d recommend soaking them in water (or rum?) for about 10 minutes before putting them in the batter.  The original recipe didn’t call for this and I didn’t do it with this loaf but I think it would keep their moisture better and I’ll definitely do that next time I make this)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Spray 8 inch diameter cake pan with non-stick spray
  3. Whisk flour, 4 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in large bowl to blend
  4. Add butter. Using fingertips, rub in until coarse meal forms
  5. Make well in center of flour mixture. Add buttermilk. Gradually stir dry ingredients into milk to blend. Mix in raisins.
  6. shape dough into ball. Transfer to prepared pan and flatten slightly (dough will not come to edges of pan). Sprinkle dough with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the top is nice and browned
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes. It’s best eaten within 24 hours so slap some butter on it and eat up! 🙂