Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sugar Cookie Garden Stone for Mother's Day

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This Sugar Cookie Garden Stone couldn't have been easier to make and believe me I needed something to go well in my kitchen this week. The past two days I worked in total frustration.

A few days ago, my friends and I took a class to learn how to bake Macarons. Sadly, the teacher didn't really instill confidence in us, because her cookies didn't turn out. We came back to my place after class and tried our hands at making some of our own, and it was a total disaster. We tried again the next day and after making 5 batches of cookies, we only ended up with a hand full of good ones. Uhg!

Macron cookies

I was hoping to make some pretty Macarons for Mother's Day. Nope, aint gonna happen. 

Mother's Day Dessert Idea - Sugar Cookie Garden Stone | HungryHappenings.com

Instead, I went for something that would look really pretty, yet be super easy to make.

You might remember me sharing a recipe to make Cookies 'n Cream Fudge Garden Stones a few years ago. I loved that idea and thought it was time to revisit it using a frosted sugar cookie instead. So, I baked up a large Pillsbury Sugar Cookie, frosted it with Betty Crocker Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Frosting and decorated it to look like a garden stone using candies. 

Garden Stone Cookies

I loved the large version so much that when I was asked to start creating kid friendly projects for Kids Activities Blog, I thought it would be fun to create small Garden Stone Cookies for my first post. I felt sharing a similar, yet slightly different project was a great way to introduce you to their website.

If you have small children, be sure to check out all their fun recipes, crafts, and activities. I'll be posting there several times a month and will always share links to my post. 

Mother's Day cookie ideas

Sugar Cookie Garden Stone

Ingredients:

1 roll of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough
1 tub Betty Crocker Hershey's Cookies 'n Cream Frosting
candies

Supplies Needed:

1 - 8 inch round or square baking pan (I used a disposable pan that has a scalloped edge)

Instructions:

Bake a Pillsbury Sugar Cookie in 8 inch pan

Press cookie dough into pan. If you are using a metal pan, you might want to spray the pan with non-stick spray. I didn't need to. 

Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and the center is cooked through. Cool completely, then remove from pan. 

Frost Pillsbury Sugar Cookie with Cookies 'n Cream Frosting

The cookie will have a sunken center. Spread half of the frosting over the center of the cookie cookie. Heat the remaining frosting in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, until it's easy to pour. If you heat the frosting directly in the plastic tub, be sure to completely remove the foil seal, pealing off even the tiniest pieces from the edge of the tub.

Pour the frosting over the cookie and spread it out to completely cover the top of the cookie. 

Decorate Sugar Cookie Garden Stone with Candy

Decorate the top of the cookie, using candy. I used M&M's in both regular size and minis, candy coated chocolate sunflower seeds, and one yellow NECCO wafer. You can use any candies you like and create any type of design. 

You can see in the smaller kid friendly Garden Stone Cookies over at Kids Activities Blog the nice variety of candies that look great on these cookies. 

Mother's Day cookie recipe
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19 comments:

  1. I always love how you make edible stones - they would go perfect in my edible flower garden! You know it's the only kind of flowers I can grow! Love it!

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    1. Edible flowers are my kind of flowers too:)

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  2. Please don't think I'm being rude, but I'm slightly comforted that even you couldn't make macarons. I gave up after the 3rd batch. They're impossible to make :(

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    1. Nope, I don't think your being rude at all. I do realize I'm quite an experienced baker, and macarons have been a total pain in my *ss. We were so determined to get them right, but after 5 batches, I just couldn't make any more.

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  3. The "cement" looks perfect! I love this idea~easy and cute...nothing better! BTW, I feel your macaron frustration:(

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    1. It's amazing to me that such a little simple looking cookie like a macaron can be so much trouble!

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  4. at first i thought this was a real stone and thought "hey! Beth is doing crafts now?" lol that's how real it looks and then you go and make small stone cookies that just about made me die of cuteness! oh how i LOVE these SO! :>D

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    1. I'm usually only crafty in the kitchen, although just recently I did make some wall hangings for my candy kitchen. I do think these stones look pretty real in the picture, in person you can tell they are cookies:)

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  5. Stopping over from the Kitchen Fun link party. I at first thought these were actual garden stones from the tiny picture, but I'm so glad I clicked the link. What a fun and super cute idea! And that kids could actually do themselves (well, if Dad saw the post and bought the ingredients for them, but you know what I mean) ;)
    Pinned!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I love making projects for Mother's Day that can be done by kids and dad. This really is such an easy project even for little hands.

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  6. What a clever idea. You make everything look so fabulous. I would hate to eat them. lol!
    Have a great weekend,
    Bev

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    1. Thanks, I did have a lovely weekend. We actually had two beautiful days, so I spent lots of time outside working on my garden.

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  7. what a cute, creative and very yummy idea! Love it! Checking it out from mix it up Monday :-)
    Cathy

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  8. This is fabulous! What a great way to involve kids in honoring mothers and grandmothers!

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    1. These cookies are a perfect project for little hands. I love that kids can be as creative as they's like when decorating their own stones.

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  9. I know it's already official..but I'm just saying, (macarons or not) You're Awesome! These are just fantastic and so colorful! Happy Mother's Day!

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    1. That's so sweet, Karen. I'm determined to master macarons, if for no other reason than to say I can bake them:)

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  10. I thought it was a real stone too! So now I have to search for a real stone craft to put in our preschool garden.

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