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Funfetti Passover Cookies

Funfetti Passover Cookies | Lil Miss CakesI couldn’t let Passover go without another funfetti recipe (see my funfetti coconut macaroons), because it’s pretty much everywhere. While doing some Passover ingredient shopping I spotted rainbow sprinkles and knew needed to use them! I took my famous Passover chocolate chip cookie recipe and replaced the chips with sprinkles. I also worked on relpacing the margarine with oil. Passover margarine is very expensive, hard to come by, and not the healthiest option. I had to bake and toss 3 batches of cookies until I got the oil just right. It was annoying, but worth it! Now I will say, these taste a bit more Kosher for Passover than the chocolate chip option because you are missing the delicious chocolate goodness, but this is a great option for people who don’t like chocolate. Or are allergic. I’ll just go with allergic, since I will never understand how people can prefer cookies without chocolate chips! Happy funfetti Passover! Here is the printable dairy free and margarine free recipe.

Funfetti Passover Cookies
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Serves: About 4 dozen
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup matzoh cake meal
  • ¼ cup potato starch
  • 1 pkg. vanilla pudding mix (instant or regular)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½-1 cup rainbow sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the oil, brown sugar and sugar until combined.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined.
  4. With the mixer on low speed add in the matzoh cake meal, potato starch, vanilla pudding, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined.
  5. Add in the vanilla and sprinkles.
  6. Using a 2 tsp. size cookie scoop, drop the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are slightly brown for a soft and chewy cookie. Bake 10-12 minutes for a crispy and crunchy cookie.
  7. Allow to cool before transferring, these cookies are very soft and delicate when hot.
These cookies freeze well.
1 cup margarine or butter can be used in place of the oil.

Funfetti Coconut Macaroons

Funfetti Coconut Macaroons | Lil Miss Cakes

Coconut macaroons are the first dessert that come to mind when I think of Passover. It is probably most peoples first thought as well. I happen to love coconut macaroons, so I look forward to having this treat on Passover. But most of my family members are so totally over macaroons. If I’m going to eat a coconut macaroon, you can bet it will be homemade. So I thought I would bring some fun back to this traditional dessert. I added rainbow sprinkles and shaped them into little hearts! These cookies are sweet, soft in the center, but crispy at the edges. They are dairy-free, kosher for Passover, and really easy to bake-no mixer required! Here’s my printable recipe.

Funfetti Coconut Macaroons
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Serves: About 24
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • ⅓ cups sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼-1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • ½ cup chocolate chips + 1-2 tsp. vegetable oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, stir the coconut flakes, sugar, and egg whites until combined and very wet. Fold in the sprinkles.
  3. On a parchment lined baking sheet place a small cookie cutter down. Fill with 1-2 tsp. coconut mixture. With a finger, press down until fully packed down and even. Carefully lift the cookie cutter to reveal the shape.
  4. Continue until all the coconut is finished. The macaroons can be positioned close together since they do not spread.
  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the edges are slightly browned and toasted. Allow to cool on cookie sheet.
  6. (Optional) In a heatproof bowl, melt the chocolate chips with the oil in the microwave. Microwave for 10 seconds and stir. Keep microwaving for 10 seconds at a time and stirring in between to be sure the chocolate doesn't burn.
  7. Once the chocolate is smooth, dip the macaroons in the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment paper to firm up.

Recipe notes:
These cookies can be made with sweetened coconut or unsweetened. The coconut batter can be made in advance and stored covered in the fridge for a few days before baking. I would just leave out the sprinkled until ready to bake. These cookies freeze well.

Neon Birthday Cookies

Neon Birthday Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

Here’s just a quick post about these sweet sixteen birthday cookies I made for Leeba.  Her mom was making her a really cute black cake with neon splatter paint all over and wanted some cute cookies to match.  I used black royal icing to decorate these cookies and used neon colors for the words and outline.  Happy Sweet 16!

Lingerie Cookies

Corset Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

I have a cookie cutter problem.  I’m addicted to cookie cutters.  When I saw this shape from Copper Gifts, I needed it!  And I bought it.  But I didn’t have any use for it at the time.  When I got a last minute order for lingerie cookies, I was ready to go!  I made these corset cookies in 3 shades of pink to keep them extra girly.  And the black detailing makes them a bit sexy.

Lingerie Corset Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

I really love how simple and elegant these turned out.  I can’t wait to make these again!  But I couldn’t stop there.  Ever since getting a 3D printer I use it every chance I get.  I wanted to design a bra and panty or bikini cookie cutter.

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I really love how this shape turned out!  I used the same 3 shades of pink for these cookies but I used a thicker black royal icing to pipe the ruffle details.

Bra and Panty Cookie | Lil Miss Cakes

I heard that the bride absolutely loved her surprise cookies!  Congrats on your engagement!

Preschool Of Rock Birthday

Drum Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I love when people get creative with their birthday parties!  This party theme was “Preschool of Rock”; how cute!  All the desserts were made to match the party invitation.  The birthday boy loves music and loves to drum, so the cake was made to look like one.  I’ve done a toy drum cake before, but this one was completely different!  This design was super simple, so I used color and texture to add interest.

First Birthday Drum Cake | Lil Miss Cakes

I made the drumsticks a few days before so they would have time to dry and keep their shape.  I used some stencils to emboss stars on the stars and a herringbone pattern on the number one.

Music Cake Pops | Lil Miss Cakes

The cake pops were red velvet cake to match the color scheme.  I dipped the pops in blue candy melts and then allowed them to dry before piping the musical notes on.  I used paper straws instead of the usual lollipop sticks to keep these even more fun.  I’ve done a similar cake pop before, but I always like to change it up.

Electric Guitar Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

I was asked to make guitar cookies, but I wanted to make a completely different design than I’ve done before so I designed myself an electric guitar cookie cutter (you can purchase it here) and made these!  I really love this color scheme, it’s perfect for a first birthday party.

Pumpkin Chai Hamantaschen

Pumpkin Chai Hamantaschen | Lil Miss Cakes

I can’t believe it took me this long to come up with this hamantaschen flavor!  I love pumpkin and I love chai, but I guess since this isn’t pumpkin season, this idea hasn’t hit me-until now.  And I’m so happy I thought of it!  I always have Oregon Chai tea concentrate on hand because I love making my own chai tea lattes during the winter.  I use the chai tea concentrate as the liquid in the dough, and to further bring out that flavor I  make my own chai spice blend.  The spice blend has a lot of ingredients, but they are all so amazing, once you own them, you will find yourself using them in sweet and savory dishes!  I love pumpkin but don’t really like pumpkin pie.  But this hamantaschen recipe needed a pumpkin pie filling, so I was on the hunt for a filling even I would love.  I remembered seeing a recipe I thought I would like by Bakerella (one of my idols and the inventor of the cake pop).  She uses cream cheese along side the pumpkin in her pie bites recipe; so I did the same thing but used dairy-free tofutti cream cheese and spiced it with my chai spice blend. Holy deliciousness!  My dough is soft, tender, and so easy to work with.  The dough needs no refrigeration and doesn’t lose it’s shape.  These cookies are packed with flavor and freeze so well.  The dough and filling can even be prepared the day before, just wrap and chill in the fridge.  The next day, just shape and bake.  I’m not sure which hamantaschen are my favorite anymore.  These are definitely on par with my cookies n’ cream recipe, but a bit more sophisticated than my funfetti hamantaschen.  Just try them all!

Pumpkin Chai Hamantaschen
Serves: 3 dozen
 
Ingredients
Dough
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp. chai spice mix
  • 3 Tbs. chai tea concentrate (such as Oregon Chai)
Pumpkin Filling
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 oz. dairy-free cream cheese (such as Tofutti)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. chai spice mix
Chai Spice Mix
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. ginger
  • ¾ tsp. cardamom
  • ⅛ tsp. clove
  • ⅛ tsp. nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp. black pepper
Icing
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3-4 Tbs. cold water
Instructions
Make the spice mix
  1. Stir the spices together and set aside to use in the dough and the pumpkin filling.
Prepare the dough
  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the shortening with the sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and mix until combined. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and spice mix and slowly mix on low speed. Pour in the chai tea concentrate and mix until a dough is formed. You can use the dough right away, but if the dough is too sticky, wrap and chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
Prepare the filling
  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth and no longer lumpy.
  2. Mix in the pumpkin, egg, and spices.
Form the hamantaschen
  1. On a lightly floured surface, or on a floured sheet of parchment paper, roll out a piece of the dough until thin. Use a round cutter (2½ to 3 inch in diameter) and cut out circles of dough. Fill each round with 1 tsp. of filling and pinch the seams together to form a triangle. Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet and bake in 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool before drizzling the icing.
Icing
  1. Mix the confectioners sugar with a little bit of water and mix until combined. Keep adding water until the desired consistency. I like a thick and opaque icing. Drizzle the icing on the cooled hamantaschen and allow to dry.

Funfetti Hamantaschen

Funfetti Hamanstaschen | Lil Miss Cakes

It’s no secret that I love baking hamantaschen.  I have made some fun combinations like cookies n’ cream, peanut butter and jelly, and pina colada, but nothing beats my classic recipe.  With the funfetti trend going around I thought it would be fun to jump on board.  I’ve seen a ton of funfetti deserts going around, but I hadn’t been in Purim mode so I never put the two together until I saw Chanie’s (Busy In Brooklyn) Funfetti Cake.  I immediately grabbed my recipe and raided my sprinkle cabinet and I’m so happy with these-they are like a party!  I highly recommend trying my recipe for hamantaschen dough because it’s so easy to work with;  and the cookies come out tender, soft, with just the right amount of sweetness to balance with the jam center.  But…you could always just use your personal favorite recipe and add in some sprinkles!

Funfetti Hamantaschen
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Serves: About 6 Dozen
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup rainbow sprinkles
  • Jam filling (I used Baker's Choice Strawberry)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the honey and shortening until smooth.
  3. Add in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Then with the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients and mix until the dough comes together. Do not mix too much or the cookies will be tough.
  5. Carefully mix in the sprinkles.
  6. Wrap the dough and chill for at least an hour.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll the dough out thin.
  8. Using a round drinking glass, or round cookie cutter (2½ to 3 inches in diameter), cut out the cookies.
  9. Using a spoon or pastry bag fitted with a plain tip, fill the cookies with the jam filling.
  10. Pinch 3 corners together and bake for 8-10 minutes until light brown.
  11. Allow to cool-the filling will be extremely hot! Enjoy!

 Check out my video for tips on forming the perfect hamantaschen!

Cookies n’ Cream Hamantaschen

Cookies n' Cream Hamantaschen | Lil Miss Cakes

Sometimes I get a dessert idea that is too good to be true.  After seeing Melinda’s (Kitchen-Tested) Black and White Cookie Hamantachen I immediately got inspired.  Melinda used black and white bakery cookies to make a cookie butter filling.  Then all at once I thought-cookie butter filling is genius…chocolate sandwich cookies…cookie crumbs in the dough…cookies n’ cream hamantaschen!  This idea went from my mind to my oven in less than 24 hours.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  I really really wanted this cookie to work-and it did!  I made my own cookie filling that comes together so fast,  it’s only 2 ingredients! I clearly love baking hamantaschen; and I love coming up with fun combinations such as Peanut Buttter and Jelly, and Pina Colada, but I think this is my best idea yet!

Cookies n' Cream Hamantaschen
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Serves: 3 dozen
 
Ingredients
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  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 Tbs. soy milk
  • 3 chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed
Chocolate Cookie Butter Filling
  • 12 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • ¼ cup liquid non-dairy whip topping, defrosted (such as rich's whip)
Instructions
Prepare the dough
  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the shortening with the sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and mix until combined. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and slowly mix on low speed. Pour in the soy milk and mix until a dough is formed. Sprinkle in the cookie crumbs and mix until evenly distributed. You can use the dough right away. If the dough is too sticky, wrap and chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
Prepare the filling
  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, crush the 12 sandwich cookies until finely ground. Pour in the ¼ cup of defrosted whip topping and process until smooth. Refrigerate if it is too runny-it will firm up. Filling can be made in advance and stored in the fridge.
Form the hamantaschen:
  1. On a lightly floured surface, or on a floured sheet of parchment paper, roll out a piece of the dough until thin. Use a round cutter (2½ to 3 inch in diameter) and cut out circles of dough. Fill each round with a ¾ tsp. of filling and pinch the seams together to form a triangle. Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet and bake in 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool and enjoy!
  2. * The filling puffs in the oven so if you overfill, you will lose your perfect shape, but they will taste even more amazing! The filling settles in once the cookies are cooled.

 If you need help forming the hamantaschen, check out my handy video!

Tiaras and Stars Birthday Cookies

Tiara and Star Sugar Cookies  | Lil Miss Cakes

I was asked to make some birthday cookies for a first birthday.  The colors of the party were pink and gold.  Talya’s mom asked for pink tiaras with gold accents and gold stars with pink accents.  When she received the cookies, she was even more excited about the cookies than she expected!

Pink and Gold Tiara Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

I baked some tiara cookies using my favorite sugar cookie recipe that you can find here and here.  I used my favorite tiara shaped cutter that I once got as a birthday gift!  Once baked, I piped the tiara cookies with pink royal icing.  Once dry, I used yellow royal icing for the details.  Once the yellow was dry, I painted over all the yellow with gold pearl dust mixed with some vodka.

Stenciled Star Sugar Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

I had a clear vision of what I wanted these cookies to look like and they look just as I imagined!  I baked a simple star shape and then iced them with yellow royal icing.  Once dry, I airbrushed the star cookies with gold airbrush color.  Then I used a star stencil that I designed and 3D printed.  Working one cookie at a time, I placed the stencil over the star cookie and airbrushed it with bronze airbrush color.  I carefully lifted the stencil off and had an amazing starry effect!  I didn’t want to cover it up, but the cookies needed a number 1! So I piped the 1’s on in pink and they looked perfect!  Happy birthday Talya!

Elegant Hanukkah Cookies

Elegant Hanukkah Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

The first time I ever ever made this sugar cookie recipe I was small, and made them with my mom for Hanukkah.  This cookie recipe is a holiday family tradition!  But every year I like to design new ways to use this perfect cookie dough.  A few years ago I made stenciled cookies that came out cute, but the colors were much darker than I intended.  My favorite design to date is my standing menorah made from cutters that I designed!

Menorah Hanukkah Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

I wanted to make some elegant Hanukkah cookies so I chose a simple color palette of blue, white, and silver.  I used some cute shaped cutters to cut out these shapes.  This small plaque cutter is actually available in my shop.  I iced these cookies with white royal icing, and then swirled in some silver airbrush color to give them a marbleized look.  I used an amazing tutorial from Amber of SweetAmbs which you can see here!  Once the cookies dried overnight, I piped simple menorahs on top.

Happy Hanukkah Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

These cookies gave me a hard time.  I had an idea that just flopped, twice.  I covered the cookies with light blue royal icing, that was easy.  I had an idea that I saw in the latest  issue of JCreate Magazine to use silver and stamp out the dreidel shape.  I could not get it to look good in edible form!  So I needed a new idea fast.  I decided to stencil these cookies using silver airbrush color.  The only problem was that  I had no stencil!  So I designed one and had my husband print it out using our 3D printer.  It is the best gadget we have ever gotten; we keep coming up with new uses for it!  Once my herringbone stencil was printed, I airbrushed the cookies.  My next idea was to pipe some dreidels, but every design I tried just looked gross.  I was starting to get frustrated.  Then I remembered that I had a “Happy Hanukkah” stencil and tried that.  Now my simple and elegant cookies were actually simple and elegant!  Happy Hanukkah!  Here are some great holiday recipes from some of my best blogging buddies!