Dani’s Blog: THE JUICE

Chocolate Ganache Bunny in Egg Cookies

HOPPY EASTER!

HOPPY EASTER!

As a long time chocolate lover, I have been wanting to experiment with using ganache as cookie icing. Since chocolate bunnies and Easter go together like milk and cookies, this Easter season seemed like the perfect time to try it! Use your favorite chocolate cookie dough recipe our get ours here. Our signature bunny in egg cookie cutter (we used the large one here) is one of my very favorites but any bunny and or egg cookie cutter will do!

While your cookies are cooling… SDB Chocolate Ganache Easter Bunnies and Egg Cookies_2 baked chocolate cookies

…make the ganache using one cup of chocolate chips (I mixed dark and semi sweet chocolate) with one cup of heavy cream…

                                                                                                                                                              SDB Chocolate Ganache Easter Bunnies and Egg Cookies_3 make the ganache

Pour ganache into a bowl to cool for at least one hour.

Make your “quick royal icing” by mixing one cup of confectioners sugar with about 4 tablespoons of heavy cream. You could also use whole milk or water but the cream is super delish and a great compliment to the chocolate!

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Both icing consistencies should be similar to craft glue. Thin out royal icing as needed using a bit of water or cream. Thin out the ganache by warming your icing bottle for 3 to 5 seconds in the microwave.

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Gather your supplies… I wanted to keep these cookies black and white to enhance the chocolate theme. I used cream jellybeans and champagne bubble gumdrops as eyes and nose. Chocolate sprinkles make my bunny look fuzzy. (Yes!)

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After filling your SDB icing bottles, be sure to cover your icing bowls with plastic wrap so they don’t dry out. Outline and fill your bunny with ganache. (For our SweetDaniB TV how-to video on icing our bunny in egg cookie click here).

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Let the bunny half of the cookie settle for a bit then outline and fill the egg portion of the cookie with the white royal icing. Using the ganache, draw horizontal stripes following the curved egg shape across the lower egg part of the cookie. Use a toothpick to drag a line from the center top to center lower egg. Repeat on left and right sides. To watch a how-to video on this icing technique, called marbleizing, click here.

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Let dry and settle overnight. Note: These cookies will never dry as solid as regular royal icing so consider using a clear top box and parchment paper to package them. Or even better, plate them up for your dessert buffet and serve with cold milk and festive straws!

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The combination of the chocolate cookie and the soft chocolate ganache is so yum. If you are looking for an Easter treat that is fit for foodies and chocolate lovers alike hop to it and get baking these… they are totally EGGCELLENT! Xo Dani

Check our or SweetDaniB TV Easter playlist here!

The Sweetest Slice

This year, Pizza is my Valentine! I have finally figured out how to merge my 2 very favorite food items… pizza + cookies. I could not be more excited about this sweet pizza slice cookie! (pun intended)

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While we are kicking these off for Valentine’s Day this year, this is a truly great all year ’round cookie. Inspired by Cece’s Shop Rite Birthday party, I decided to delve deeper into what I’m calling  “Foodie Cookie Fun” this year. (What was I waiting for?)

With olives and Foodie face...

Pizza cookie with olives and Foodie face…

 

Pizza cookie with M&M Meatballs

Pizza cookie with M&M Meatballs

 

Pizza Cookie with Heart Pepperoni

Pizza Cookie with Heart Pepperoni

To get started, here’s the ingredients we used for our pizza cookies…

 

SDB Pizza Slice_ Ingredients

 

As always, an amazing cookie cutter handcrafted by the artisans of CopperGifts.com

As always, an amazing cookie cutter handcrafted by the artisans of CopperGifts.com

Like real pizza, these cookies are so fun to ice and top! Just let that first layer of tomato red icing dry and harden for about an hour. Then ice the crust and add the cheese (ivory royal icing mixed a bit thicker than usual) and toppings. Here’s what we used…

Red M&M meatballs, Red Jumbo Heart pepperoni, Small heart tomato bits, Green leaf basil, Green jimmy basil, Black olive candy pearls, Mini Chocolate Chip olives (note, these get melty if you package them in a cello bag).

If you are adding the face… Icing Googly Eyes and a sprinkle curved mouth (or draw or ice it on).

I feel like we can go on and on topping these! It would be so much fun to set up a little pizza cookie party, with all the toppings and let everyone create their very own pizza cookie art  because really there is nothing better than sharing a slice with someone you love!

For ALL the how-to-ice details, check out our how-to-ice SweetDaniB TV video here:

We hope you love these pizza cookies as much as we do! Xo Dani