Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pixie Surprise

So a few weeks ago I saw a cookie recipe on one of my favourite recipe blogs, Our Best Bites, that I really wanted to try. I printed the recipe, bought the ingredients, and then didn't do anything. I was so busy with birthday planning, and cleaning, and dealing with some weird shoulder pain, that the cookies just got pushed further and further down the priority list. But they were constantly nagging at my brain. So yesterday, with the two bigger ones at school, and the Sous-Chef at work, the littlest critic and I decided to give them a whirl.

Super delicious! They were a great after dinner treat. But let me warn you, these babies are SICKLY sweet. Like burn the back of your throat sweet. So now I had made 2 dozen cookies, gotten my fill of them from just one cookie, and had so many more left. I tried to convince the Sous-Chef to take some with him to his Young Men's activity. He didn't want to bother. Seriously, the amount of sugar contained in these leads me to not wanting to let my kids indulge in too many. What am I going to do with nearly 2 dozen cookies?

And then a beautiful plan was born. It was pixie time. Dad was gone to Young Men's. With the car. So that left us the only choice of pixie-ing someone within walking distance. We had pixied our next door neighbour just last week with Valentine Sugar Cookies, so it was someone else's turn for some treats. There's a family down the street with 2 little kids close to our critics ages, and they ride the bus together. Super nice. Super welcoming. We figured they were the perfect prey.

So everyone got bundled, and headed outside in the cover of night. The plan was for the littlest critic and I to hang back with the stroller, so we wouldn't be seen, and the bigger two would sneak up, leave the cookies, ring the bell and run. The biggest critic said, "But Chef, I'm not quick on stairs!" So a new plan was devised. She would leave the cookies, and hurry down the steps. Once she was down, the middle-critic would ring the bell and we'd all run.

They were so excited and it was fabulous. We ran home and hid in the cover of our garage and played hockey. Then, about 10 minutes later, we went for another walk to make sure the cookies had been snatched up.

It was fun to act all innocent at the bus-stop this morning when we saw them.


1 chocolate cake mix (we prefer Duncan Hines)
1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
2 eggs
12 large marshmallows
1/2 c. melted butter
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 c. evaporated milk
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla


Preheat oven to 350. Combine cake mix, eggs, and shortening in the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer and mix until well combined. Drop dough by the tablespoon onto a baking sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the cookies appear done but are still soft in the center.

While the cookies are baking, use a pair of kitchen shears to cut each marshmallow in half. When the cookies have baked, remove the pan from the oven and place a marshmallow half on each cookie, cut side down. Return the pan to the oven for about 2 minutes. Remove from oven and very gently push each marshmallow down. Allow to cool completely and repeat with remaining cookie dough.

When the cookies have cooled completely, combine the powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a large bowl. Add melted butter, vanilla, and evaporated milk and beat on high until smooth, light, and fluffy. Transfer the frosting to an icing bag fitted with a large tip and swirl onto the cookies. Makes 24 cookies.

Be prepared...sickly sweet, but OH SO GOOD.

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