Sunday, July 3, 2016

A Summer Watermelon Theme Party

Easy watermelon cookie bites.  These cookies are fun and will add some color to the desert table!
You will need:
frosting (recipe available below)
icing piping bag with open star decorating tip
chocolate chip cookies
chocolate chips
red food coloring
green food coloring

This is simple if you have a source that has pre-made cookies.  I have a connection in town that makes the best soft chocolate chip cookies, so I cheated and bought them fresh.  I let them sit a day in a plastic zip lock bag until I was ready to frost them.  On the day of decorating, cut each cookie into quarters. If you kind of lightly score them first with a flat edge knife before cutting into them, it will help to cut them with straight lines without cracking the cookie. Prep your frosting (recipe below) and set aside two bowls; one of each in red and green by adding the food coloring appropriate until visully attaining the shade you want to use.  Then if you have kids, hide the frosting, lol.   Just kidding, but my daughter has announced that this is the best frosting ever and can't keep herself from sneaking a taste!  For the watermelon seeds,  I did these in small batches as needed.  I used chocolate chips and cut them in half.  Yes, this is kind of tedius but once you get on a roll, the process goes fast.  I sat the chip on a plate, held the chip with like a pinching gesture, slid the knife in between my fingers and slowly put pressure down the chocolate chip. My knife is pretty dull so I was not worried about cutting myself. If you are worried about cutting your fingers, I think a butter knife would work too.  Once you get that done, it is time to start frosting the cookies.  Grab the light pink frosting from the secret hiding place!  Set aside a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for placing finished cookies on. I simply frosted the two cut sides of the quarter first and then frosted the top of the cookie leaving a small strip unfrosted for where the green frosting will be applied.  Once you get the light pink frosting on, set cookie on a sheet of parchment paper and continue to frost the edge of the cookie with the green frosting using the piping bag with the star tip.   Once frosted, add 3 of the chocolate chip slices to each cookie bite.   You will be tempted to eat them, but stay focused!

Buttercream Frosting Recipe
5 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 cup of room temperature salted butter
2 1/2 tsp of real vanilla
1/4 cup of milk

1. bleat butter and vanilla with electric mixer until fluffy
2. gradually and slowly, add powdered sugar to butter mixture, 1/2 cup at a time until you get to 3 cups (this keeps you from creating a powdered sugar cloud above your head & powdered sugar from flying everywhere.... trust me, I experienced it!).
3. fold in the milk with a rubber spatula and also scape the sides of the bowl into the mix, then continue to slowly add the rest of the powdered sugar to the mix.  Continue to mix for 1 to 2 more minutes. I found that my Kitchen Aid stand mixer worked the best for this whole process.

Shimmer Pink Sixlets Candies in a pretty watermelon bowl

Photo: Pinterest

Straw Umbrellas in a watermelon theme!  Printable here 

Photo: Pinterest