Hey there Mr. Food Test Kitchen fans!
One of the perks of working for the Mr. Food Test Kitchen, besides getting to try all of the great dishes Patty (Test Kitchen Director) serves up, is having access to some great cookbooks from chefs and foodies that have visited the Mr. Food Test Kitchen. As a lover of all things baked and sweet, one of the first books that caught my eye when I began here was Karen Richardson and Alan Tack’s “cupcakes, cookies, & pie, oh, my!”
You might remember Karen and Alan from one of the many times they’ve visited the Mr. Food Test Kitchen. They’re the ones responsible for the Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes and the Corn on the Cob Cupcakes. Everyone here loves them, and who can blame them…how do you not love people who are passionate about making food look absolutely adorable?
Anyway, when I saw this book I knew I had to try my hand at making one of their cute confections. After all, it’d been a while since I put my favorite Kitchenaid mixer to use and I’m pretty sure I was starting to hear whimpering from the kitchen counter…
Here’s another fun fact for you: I love cows. Like, I really love cows. Like, I love cows so much that for a few years in high school my room wasn’t just painted with black and white spots, there was also cow paraphernalia EVERYWHERE. So, logically, I decided to make the adorably named “Moo Pies and Udder Things” cookies.
I took a photo of the recipe and went over to Wal-Mart to buy everything I needed to make these cuties. One of the things I loved about this “recipe” is the fact that I was able to use boxed cake mix. Don’t get me wrong, I like baking from scratch, but when you know you’re going to spend a considerable amount of time in decorating it’s nice to have the option to use shortcuts.
Even though the recipe calls for chocolate cake mix and I wouldn’t even be making it camouflage-style I decided to buy this box since I love Duff and wanted to try out the flavor. (Bonus: I ended up being able to use the pink food coloring for the cow’s pink nose!)
Oh, and in case you were wondering…the cake mix is pretty delicious. It’s the same flavor as their premium white cake mix. The company sells flavors you can add-in to the mix, too!
Unfortunately, I got so caught up in how fun the process was that I didn’t take too many pictures! However, I do have to say that it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
And although I was missing some of the decorating pieces that the recipe called for, I was still able to make do with what I had. It’s important not to get caught up in making sure your cookies or cupcakes look exactly like the ones in the picture. Part of the fun in making these cookies was using our own creativity to design the cows.
I couldn’t find the Swedish fish or Runts candies, so I just used sweetened fruit-flavored multigrain cereal (Froot Loops) for the nostrils and horns. Still looks pretty good though, right?
All in all, we really enjoyed making these cookies. It was fun and easy enough to do on a “date,” and the results were very sweet. I especially loved the marshmallow fluff filling between the two cookies! (Oh, didn’t I mention these were sandwich cookies? Extra yum!)
I hope you all enjoyed my post! Now I want to know: Have you made any adorable-looking food lately?