Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Strawberry Malt Sugar Cookies

From cinnamon to strawberry, today's post gives you another twist on Valentine sugar cookies!

These sweet treats start off with the same base cookie and icing recipes (in fact, you may recognize these cookies from the frosting photos!) - but they're about as different from yesterday's Red Hot hearts as you can get.

When I first saw Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers in the stores, I just knew I had to bake with them! A generous helping of these crushed candies provides a bit of fruity flavor, an hint of malt, and a gorgeous pink color. The malt isn't overpowering, but it's a nice change-up from traditional sugar cookies and the usual valentine flavors - there's no chocolate, peppermint or cinnamon here!

The red icing on top is my favorite Better Than Royal Icing

As you can see from the photos, I played around with a few different versions. This fluffy frosting makes a great sandwich cookie filling, but, as with the cinnamon version, a bit of added powdered sugar will also transform it into a great sugar cookie icing. I love the mellow, 'whipped cream' flavor with the hint of malt - it's just like getting a creamy milkshake and your favorite soda shop.

Best Ever Sugar Cookies
Find my fool-proof recipe here.

Strawberry Malt Frosting
1 batch Recession-Proof 'Whipped Cream' Frosting
Powdered sugar, for thickening if desired
Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers, crushed

Stir crushed Whoppers into prepared frosting, until the desired flavor is reached (be sure to crush the candies up small if you intend to make sandwich cookies - otherwise you'll have a hard time sticking the cookies together). Add powdered sugar, if desired, to help the frosting to set. Frost cookies immediately and add sprinkles or decorations while frosting is still wet. Allow cookies to 'dry' or a baking sheet or wire rack.

A few notes: This frosting performs best if kept cold, so you may want to let your cookies set in the refrigerator for a couple of hours - especially if you didn't add much powdered sugar. I wanted to keep the icing soft and fluffy for this version (especially for the sandwich cookies) so I added less powdered sugar than I used with the cinnamon variety. Of course, it's not necessary to add any powdered sugar at all, but if you plan to transport the cookies, I recommend it!

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  1. These are some pretty Valentine cookies. Besides my weekly fri-monday linky, I am hosting a Valentine contest with some great prizes. Hope you will stop by.

  2. What an unusual recipe! They are lovely too!I am pinning to my board!

  3. I've never seen those whoppers! LOVE it. These are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  4. What a creative frosting! Sounds delicious!

  5. Oh yum!! These cookies look incredible! Mouth watering right here. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  6. What a great combination for this Valentine Cookie! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Mmmmm! I would love for you to link up with my party at: http://anoriginalbelle.blogspot.com/2012/01/make-it-yourself-monday-13-link-up.html

    Each week, three items get featured!

  8. I think I accidentally called these strawberry milkshake cookies? Oops, sorry! I've never seen strawberry milkshake Whoppers...I'll have to keep my eye out for them! Thanks so much for linking up this fun cookie to my Valentine Link Party.

  9. What a yummy twist to normal sugar cookies! Thanks so much for linking up to Fun Stuff Fridays!

  10. I still want to dig into that plate of cookies. Good luck at Bacon Time.

  11. I am inviting you come and be part of my blog hop:


  12. Fabulous cookies!! Loved the simple decoration! If you are willing o, you can share this recipe & other romantic recipes with my ongoing-''Valentine's Day Event''(till Feb 20th)