Sunday, March 11, 2012

Black and Gold Cookies

Black and Gold Cookies: Decadent dark chocolate cookies topped with rich butterscotch frosting

Today, Vandy basketball beat #1 Kentucky to win the SEC championship for the first time since 1951. It was hands down the most exciting sports moment for Vanderbilt since I’ve been a student here, and as a huge Vandy sports fan, I felt the need to do something to celebrate. So, I was thinking of things I could bake that were black and gold (our school colors). I quickly decided the black part would be dark chocolate, and the gold part would be butterscotch, as I had the necessary ingredients to make both of these things, and they’re two of my favorite flavors. After some careful thought, I ended up with these incredibly delicious black and gold cookies: decadent dark chocolate cookies topped with rich butterscotch frosting.

Dark chocolate cookie ingredients: 

1/2 cup softened butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 cup flour

1/2 cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa

1/2 tsp baking soda

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

To make the cookies:

1. Mix the ingredients in the order they’re listed

2. Chill the dough for 1 hour (or put it in the freezer for like 20 minutes)

3. Heat the oven to 350.

4. Grease a cookie sheet

5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls

6. Cook for 8-10 minutes
7. Once you take the cookies out of the oven, flatten them with a fork.

8. Let them cool before icing.

Butterscotch icing ingredients:

· 2 tbsp butter, softened
· 1 tbsp milk
· Pinch of salt
· 1/4 tsp vanilla
· 1 cup confectioners' sugar 

· 1 tbsp butterscotch pudding mix 
· 1/4 cup melted butterscotch chips
· 1 tsp honey
· A few drops of yellow food coloring, if you have it (I didn’t).

To make the icing you can just mix all the ingredients together, the order doesn’t matter. Ice the cookies once they are cooled. You can spread the icing on them with a knife.

Chocolate syrup to put on top (optional). Chocolate icing would also work.

-1/8 cup chocolate syrup

- 2 tbsp flour (to thicken it a bit so it doesn’t just spread when you write with it)

Mix the flour and chocolate syrup in a Ziploc bag, then cut off the end of one of the sides of the bag to make a small hole so you can use the bag as a makeshift piping bag. Then write your Vandy V on top of the butterscotch icing!

Now it’s time to eat these absolutely amazing cookies. They’re super rich, so consider pairing them with a glass of milk!

GO DORES and when in doubt, bake!

<3 Dena

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