So, it feels a little funny to be writing a post about cookies when there are so many people in this world in so much pain right now. That being said, one reason I bake is that I love sharing what I bake with others and feel like I can not only share cookies, but also a little bit of joy. So, I hope this, and all my posts really, help to spread a bit of happiness in this time that feels very shaky and unsettled! This week’s cookie embodies fun and joy so here you go!!
My oldest found these cookies on Tasty and asked if we could make them together. I thought it was a great idea. I love anytime I can get in the kitchen with my kids, luckily the other two didn’t want to get involved and there was no fighting over who was cracking the eggs. To be honest, I was pretty sure we were going to screw these up, but we didn’t. They were pretty easy and the finished product was pretty awesome. This recipe only makes about 8-10 cookies, so it is not really a cookie to make for a large crowd, but it is a super fun cookie to make with your kids. I hope you enjoy these and they help to spread lots of joy!
Aquarium Cookies (adapted from Tasty)
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 20 pieces hard candy, broken into pieces (Jolly Ranchers, we liked the way the blue looked the best)
- sprinkles for the inside of the cookies
- ¼ cup white chocolate, melted
What to do…
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl if using a hand mixer, mix softened butter and sugar until smooth.
- Add the egg and vanilla mix well to combine.
- Stir the flour with a whisk in a separate bowl and add to sugar mixture in batches until incorporated.
- Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Form dough into a disk and wrap with the plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F
- Sprinkle flour onto a work surface and rolling pin.
- Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thickness. (If you roll them any thinner the cookies will brown, if you don’t watch them while baking)
- Using roughly a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the dough.
- Cut out the center of half the cookies using a 2-inch round cookie cutter. *You can use whatever two cookie cutters you have, as long as one is smaller than the other.
- Place the cookie on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 10-13 minutes.
- Remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Place hard candy pieces in the center of each cutout cookie, enough to cover the entire open section. Bake for 3-5 minutes or until the hard candy melts and spreads out. You may need to add more candies if you notice there are parts where you can still see empty spaces.
- Let the cookies cool completely.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate.
- On the center of the whole cookie, pour some of the sprinkles of your choice.
- Pipe or spread some of the white chocolate on the outside of the cookie with the candy.
- Immediately sandwich the 2 cookies and set in fridge for 15 minutes.