Have you ever watched Napoleon Dynamite? In the intro, they write all of the movie’s information on food with ketchup, mustard and mayo. The art work is beautiful and ugly at the same time.
This is a good segue to my cookie piping skills . . . which are mediocre at best. I know it, you know it. We all know it.
I’ll admit, my solar eclipse cookies are beautiful in an ugly way. Meaning they aren’t perfect, but it’s kind of what makes them cool to look at. But they are fun to make, fun to write on and fun to eat. So I’d say it’s an all around win.
Okay, so let’s start with a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe. I got mine from here, but I tweaked it a bit to fit what I had at the house.
First, you sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and kosher salt) together.
In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Then, add your egg, egg YOLK and vanilla. Stir really good!
TIP: I used to get confused with what was the yolk and what was the egg white. Now I remember YOLK is the YELLOW part. See? They both start with the letter “Y.” Dear people like me, you’re welcome.
Use a cutting board to chop your chocolate! It looks beautiful! I am a huge fan of Lindt Chocolate, so I got one bar that was 70% dark and then a dark chocolate bar with sea salt.
TIP: The cookies should be about the size of golf balls.
While the cookies are cooking, I like to make the buttercream icing. Mix together softened butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, shortening and milk.
Tip: Heat the butter in the microwave for eight seconds . . . twice. It will come out perfectly softened!
My mom uses this icing recipe for most of her cakes! We LOVE it!
Separate the icing into three bowls and add black food coloring to one, yellow to another and then white. Put each color in piping bags (or in a ziploc bag with the end cut off) and decorate!
I dedicate this last cookie “Where the LIGHT isn’t” to John Mayer. XOXO