Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pinkies & April's Give-Away Winner

It feels like forever since I've baked, not to mention post and I realize that time really does fly when you're having fun:-D  I arrived back home to a mountain of work and requests as a result of my new die line that launched with Ellison and to prepare our home to go on sale--all of which makes for a hectic life, but a good kind of hectic!

After 10 days of being with my girls, I couldn't help but think of baking something pink and these cookies came to mind.  Pinkies are the Pacific Northwest's version of New York's Black & White; a cake-like cookie with a luscious frosting instead of a white and chocolate glaze.  The original pink frosted cookie was sold under the name of Uncle Seth's Cookie which was later sold to a larger bakery called Pink's Original Bakery. And, they say, Pink Frosting tastes better than any other!


Pinkies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 cups granulated
4 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup whole milk

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees and line two baking with parchment paper.

In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together thoroughly, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Add the eggs, one at a time while the mixer is running, again, scraping down the sides.  Add the vanilla.

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl and add to the batter alternatively with the milk.  Mix on low to combine. The dough is soft and somewhat sticky.
Use a 1/4-cup scoop to measure out the dough onto the parchment-lined pans.  Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes, or until lightly brown--they will be lighter than you might expect.
 The center of the cookies should be set when touched with your finger tips.

Pink Frosting: 
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
6 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. strawberry flavoring
3 to 4 drops of red food coloring

2 T 2% milk

In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter and confectioners's sugar until combined.  Add the vanilla, strawberry flavoring, and red food coloring gel and mix again, adding the milk while the mixer is running.
After the cookies have cooled, use an offset spatula to spread the frosting...being generous with it!
 Even on the dreariest day, these cookies will definitely put a smile on your face and I'm hoping on my grands who will get a box of them in a few days.  Enjoy!

Now, for the winner of April's Give Away Apron...
Congratulations to PC Stamper!  Please email me your mailing information and I will get this apron to you to enjoy.  I promise to have the next beautiful apron up shortly and apologize for being so tardy.  XOXO

13 comments:

  1. What beautiful cookies Susan! Your grandaughters are beautiful and I know you loved your time with them. Sounds like you are one busy girl. Good luck with all of your exciting goings on. ♥
    Martha Ellen

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  2. oh my gosh! those cookies look FABULOUS!!!!!

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  3. Congrats to the winner! Oh Susan. Your heart must be so filled with love for the darling grandaughters! Susan

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  4. Such pretty cookies! Your cute Grandgirls are so lucky to have a wonderful Grandma like you!! Congrats to the apron winner!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  5. I can't think of any better reason to be away from baking or blogging. They are both so beautiful, I'm sure you had a hard time leaving! We love pink in my house, these will go on my must-try list! xoxox

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  6. Pinkies sound wonderful for Mother's Day. Congrats to your winner...she's getting a cute one!

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  7. Those gorgeous girls are a very good reason not to bake or blog! I'm sure you all enjoyed your Mimi time, and it must have been difficult to leave. Good luck with getting the house ready for sale, and for the move so that you can be closer to them.

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  8. How lucky you are to spend so much time with your grandbabies! Mmmmmm these cookies look good. congratulations to petti on winning april apron.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  9. Congratulations PC Stamper! You are going to love your apron!
    Jane x

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  10. I cannot wait to bake Pinkies! Love this post! Precious pictures!!

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  11. A very warm welcome back, Susan! We've missed you!! I've never heard of Pinkies before...But, I like these already. :) And, you know I'd be adding frambroise to that frosting, for sure! Great for Mother's Day, too. Lv, me

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  12. Just back from watching my grandddaughter's Betsy Ross presentation; loving the description of the Pinkies; then, to my great surprise seeing that I've won the lovely April apron!! Thank you! Happy Mother's Day!
    Hugs,
    Petti

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  13. The girls are just adorable! And congrats to Petti! She will love her apron...we all love them! Happy Mother's day my friend and Sis!

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