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Peanut Butter Alien Cookies

Peanut Butter Alien Cookies

 Ingredients:

  • 1 package (about 16 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Green decorating icing
  • 1 cup strawberry jam

 Method:

Let dough stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Grease 2 cookie sheets.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine dough, peanut butter, flour, powdered sugar and vanilla in large bowl; beat with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Reserve half of dough; wrap and refrigerate.

Roll out remaining dough between parchment paper to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out 14 circles with 3 inch round cookie cutter; pinch 1 side of each circle to make teardrop shape. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Roll out reserved dough between parchment paper to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out 14 circles with 3 inch round cookie cutter; pinch 1 side to each circle to form teardrop shape. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Cut out 2 oblong holes for eyes. Make small slit for mouth. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Spread icing on cookies with faces; let stand 10 minutes or until set. Spread jam on uncut cookies. Top each jam topped cookie with green face cookie.

 Makes 14 sandwich cookies

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Mint Chocolate Brownies

Mint Chocolate Brownies

 Ingredients:

  • 1 package brownie mix
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 6 drops green liquid food coloring
  • 2 drops yellow liquid food coloring
  • Shaved thin crème de menthe chocolate mints

 Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of an 8 inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions; pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F according to package directions. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 1 hour).

Meanwhile, beat butter and powdered sugar at medium low speed with an electric mixer until combined; add milk, peppermint extract and food colorings, beating until blended. Increase speed to medium high and beat 1 minute or until fluffy.

Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles. Gently remove foil. Spread frosting evenly over brownies, and cut into 16 squares. Sprinkle with thinly shaved mints.

 Tested in the THASC kitchen. Photo by THASC.

 THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.

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Orange Ombre Cake

Orange Ombre Cake

Ingredients:

  • Parchment paper
  • 2 packages white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix boxes
  • ¼ cup thawed, frozen orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. orange zest
  • Orange food coloring paste
  • Sweet Orange Frosting

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 4 (8 inch) round cake pans; line with parchment paper. Prepare double batch of cake mix according to package directions, using water, oil and egg whites and adding ¼ cup orange juice concentrate and 1 tbsp. orange zest. Divide batter evenly between 4 bowls (about 2 ½ cups per bowl).

Set 1 bowl aside. Add dash orange food coloring to second bowl, stirring until blended. Color batters in remaining 2 bowls gradually darker shades of orange. Spoon batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 22 to 24 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

Sweet Orange Frosting: Beat 2 ¼ cups softened, salted butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 8 cups powdered sugar, beating until blended. Beat in ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed), ½ tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tbsp. orange zest. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Set aside 1 cup Sweet Orange Frosting in a small bowl. Divide remaining 6 cups frosting evenly among 3 bowls. Add dash of orange food coloring paste to one bowl, stirring until blended. Color remaining 2 bowls of frosting gradually darker shades of orange.

Place darkest orange cake layer on a cake stand. Spread 1 cup darkest orange frosting evenly over cake. Repeat process with cake layers and frosting, layering from darkest to lightest. Spread remaining darkest tinted orange frosting on bottom third of cake sides. Spread remaining medium tinted frosting on middle third of cake sides. Spread remaining lightest tinted frosting on top third of cake sides. Spread plain frosting on top of cake.

Tested in the THASC kitchen. Photo by THASC.

THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.

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Halloween Poke Cake

Halloween Poke Cake

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 package white cake mix with pudding
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (3 oz.) package orange flavored gelatin
  • 1 (16 oz.) container ready-to-spread dark chocolate frosting
  • 2 tbsp. orange decorator sugar crystals

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat bottom only of a 13×9 inch pan with cooking spray. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using water, oil and egg whites and adding orange zest. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 27 to 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan or wire rack 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, pour boiling water over gelatin; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Poke cake every inch with handle of wooden spoon or long skewer halfway into cake. Pour gelatin slowly over cake, allowing gelatin to fill holes. Cool completely (about 1 hour).

Frost cake. Sprinkle with sugar crystals. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.

Tested in the THASC kitchen. Photo by THASC.

THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.

www.thasc.com