Monday, March 14, 2016

Stuffed sugar cookies


My posts have been sparse the past few months. Moving was a big part of that, but this post will provide a bigger explanation for my absence. Life has been crazy lately and it's only going to get crazier, but in a really amazing way! After many years of struggles and loss and heartache, my husband and I are expecting twins this summer and we couldn't be more thrilled and excited! The past few months I struggled with all-day "morning" sickness and couldn't even stand the smell of most food cooking, so blogging was tough! Now that phase is behind me and all I want to do is eat (and sleep)!

I made these cookies for a surprise treat recently at an open house we had for our family to come see our new home. The pregnancy is considered high-risk, but we are almost halfway there and very hopeful and looking forward to their safe arrival.

 Cookies for "Baby A" and cookies for "Baby B."

I modified this recipe to make these cookies to share for a surprise "gender reveal." They turned out just as I was imagining so I was very happy. We gave everyone an "A" cookie and had everyone bite on the count of three and then did the same with the "B" cookies. The below recipe made just over 2 dozen cookies.

Stuffed sugar cookies
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
about 24-28 melting candy wafers, or milk chocolate discs 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour through salt and set aside.

In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. 

On low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough comes together. Use a rubber spatula as needed to clean off the sides of the bowl.

Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Take about 1-1/2 tablespoons of dough into your hand and flatten. Place the candy disc (color of your choice) or chocolate disc in the center and then fold the dough around the wafer making sure it's covered. Roll into a ball*. Slightly flatten and place on the cookie sheet. Repeat until all the dough is used.

Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the bottom and edges are just golden. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool. When fully cooled, store in an airtight container.

*At this point you may want to roll the cookies into sugar to make a classic sugar cookie. Since I was using them for a gender reveal and didn't want any color showing through the top, I skipped this and frosted them instead.


 
The cookies say - it's a boy and it's a girl! 

So I'm hoping to pick-up my posts again now that my relationship with food is back to love versus hate. It will all depend on how I'm feeling.   

What was I cooking one year ago?: maple walnut cookies 
Two years ago?: honey orange sherbet 
Four years ago?: Mexican macaroni & cheese 

27 comments:

  1. Amy, congratulations!!! That is such exciting news! And TWINS! OMG. Will be thinking of you and hoping for a safe remainder of your pregnancy! These cookies are adorable. Are you going to find out the sex of the twins, or be surprised?

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    1. The last photo (if you can see the inside of the cookies) shows it's a boy and it's a girl! Thanks! We are so excited.

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  2. Congratulations, Amy!! Twins..wow..this is so exciting! These stuffed cookies look so tempting!

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  3. Congratulations Amy, I am so happy for you and you are having one of each, the best of both worlds. Clever idea to use cookies with a surprise middle to tell your family.

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  4. Such happy news! Congratulations and all the best wishes for an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery

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  5. Hi Amy,
    Congratulations! Twins! Wish you best and smooth delivery to welcome the lovely twins to the family. These stuffed sugar cookies look pretty and delish.

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  6. Wishing you much felicitation at this thrilling junction with twins! They will keep you busy. That and moving. Love the cookie gender reveal, great idea! These cookies look fabulous, usually it is the simple recipes that are best!

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  7. Maybe is time to start baby food recipes! (From Isa Hannes)

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  8. Congratulations and I shall hold positive thoughts for you that the second half of your confinement goes off without a hitch :)

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  9. Huge congratulations!! How exciting to be expecting twins. I wish you all the best! These cookies are such a cute treat. I'm glad your 'morning' sickness is better. I remember (way back!) how rough it was...I had it only for about a month and then it was far better.

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  10. Huge congratulations! Love these cookies, what a lovely thing to do.

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  11. What a wonderful post and such great news. Congratulations! You are going to be a busy lady and we can't wait to see photos. I have two granddaughters expected in the next few months (8 weeks apart) one for my daughter and one for my son. Babies everywhere! So happy you are going to be a mom soon. Best job ever!

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  12. Amy, congratulations!! Twins, so exciting. I am wishing that all goes well with the rest of your pregnancy!! Such an exciting time for you!!

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  13. Congratulations to you and your husband! What a lovely way to reveal the gender of your babies! My twin boys are 13...time flies fast but I still remember everything about my pregnancy....I was huge! Hoping your last few months go well!

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  14. Congratualtions Amy! You must be thrilled beyond belief to be expecting twins. I can imagine it must have been pretty miserable to blog about food when facing morning sickness.
    These cookies are such a fun way to do a gender reveal. And they look yummy too!

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  15. what exciting news! congrats, so many congrats! this cookie idea is as cute as it is delicious. :)

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  16. Congrats! What exciting news! And what fun cookies to herald the big event -- very creative.

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  17. Awwwww.....congratulations! Yay - I'm so excited for you and your husband! Kiddos are soooo much fun! Take it easy & enjoy your pregnancy! Hugs :)

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  18. Twins??!! Oh my gosh!! I'm so happy for you!! This is amazing news :)

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  19. Oh Amy! So happy for you. My set of boy/girl twins are now 25 and I can tell you, it went way too fast. If you ever need any pointers, just let me know-seems like it was just yesterday-wish it was. Enjoy every moment!

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  20. Ahhhh, congrats! Twins! I love these cookies and I was so happy (and smiling big) when I saw their reveal for what they were stuffed with. I'm so happy for you! <3

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  21. Awwww, many many congratulations to you! pregnancy is so much fun. Ans these cookies look fantastic, Amy.

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  22. Dear Amy - congratulations!!! What fabulous news - I am very happy for you and your husband! And these lovely filled cookies with pink and blue "stuffings" are a very "sweet" way to break this fabulous news to family and friends!
    Take the best care of yourself possible!
    Andrea

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  23. Oh Amy, congratulations! This is such a wonderful news...and your cookies A and B are just perfect for this happy event...so good to "hear" from you.
    Enjoy your weekend :)

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  24. i know i am like a month late but CONGRATULATIONS! i don't know how i missed this post...probably because that week we were getting our nursery ready & it was my husband's birthday. :) but when i looked at your blog facebook page and saw the mobile, i was like, wait did i miss something? so exciting! you're just a few months behind me!

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    1. Thank you so much!! We are so excited! It's been super crazy. Congratulations to you as well!! I'm due around the end of July (less easy to predict with twins) and can't wait.

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