We have been enjoying watching some of the events in the Winter Olympics in Sochi! Ahhh, the Olympics….such a colorful event. This year there is definitely a lot of extra fodder for conversation around the supper table. I guess these Olympics just highlight what we are capable of as humans….the best and the worst, the agony and the ecstasy, the good the bad and the ugly. Obviously I’m not just referring to the sports themselves…
Well that’s enough deep thinking and introspection for a Monday morning, now let’s think about cookies. I just downed a few bites of these Olympic Rings cookies with a cup of tea. Nice. Nice and chocolaty. Now Let me introduce you to one of my favorite sports: decorating sweet things with other sugary sweet things to make an edible artwork of colorful awesomeness. This easy-to-make cookie will thrill your Olympic fans. The triple chocolate effect comes from a great chocolate roll-out cookie dough recipe, Nutella and M&Ms. A perfect combination.
Here is a breakdown of my easy, do-able sports event:
Search for some M&M’s, the mini kind, sometimes labeled as baking M&Ms. Usually found in the scoop and weigh area of the grocery or candy store, if not already stashed away in your pantry. You will cringe at the price, but the mini size is important.Next, mix up a batch of LilaLoa’s The End All for Chocolate Cookies recipe, (even the name is yummy). And lastly, grab your ever-ready jar of Nutella or other similar chocolaty hazelnutty spread. Ok, truth be told, even chocolate icing would work perfectly fine.
Here’s where the Olympic part comes in: The idea is to frost a cookie with chocolate, then add candies to decorate, candies in the shape of the Olympic rings. This might seem easier said than done, so I’ve made a little tutorial on how to almost painlessly accomplish this feat of sporting awesomeness. (Yes, these are the Olympic events that I would enter in a perfect sporting world….the Sugar Sports: chocolate-eating contests, dough mixing, and the 10-minute cookie-decorating-athalon)
First let’s make a pattern to follow. Draw those Olympic Rings!! I traced the smallest juice glass I could find.Get your dough ready so it can bake while you outline. Roll out the dough and cut in into a rectangle that will fit your pattern. I cut around a rectangle paper pattern (actually made after I did the rings) with a pizza cutter. This chunky mama cookie measured in at 8 1/2 by 5 inches (21 1/2 by 12 1/2 cm)!Let the dough bake for about 8 to 10 minutes (you want a slightly harder cookie so it doesn’t collapse under the weight of all the sweetness!) while you sit and outline the rings in M&Ms. (but don’t forget to check on the cookie at about 7 minutes!)Tip: this is important to remember, do the colors backwards! We are going to transfer this onto the cookie, so flip the way the colors are supposed to be. I actually did them from right to left, so I wouldn’t confuse myself too much. And if you are picky about the end result, make sure the side of the M&Ms with the M is facing up!!! Oh, I also lined my pattern with wax paper so the M&Ms wouldn’t be touching the marker strokes. Here’s a photo to copy from (THE COLORS HAVE ALREADY BEEN FLIPPED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! so just copy this:)It didn’t take very long, honestly….well, kind of depends how many handfuls of orange M&Ms you keep throwing into your mouth while you work….. now check that cookie in the oven!! When the cookie is totally cooled, spread it with a uniform layer of chocolate….(Nutella!)Ready? Set…..
Go! Flip! This is the trickiest part….flip the cookie chocolate-spread-side down and hold over the M&M design, then quickly but lightly set it onto the M&Ms…Move it just slightly, hopefully to pick up all the candies. Hold your breathe and…..lift straight up!!! Now one last flip!!!!Whew, that was a nerve wracking moment! And she did it with only one M&M deduction!!! An almost perfect score!! Yay me! (my other designs had more M&M deductions, but they were easy to pick up and place onto the cookie).
Such a proud Olympic moment:And an even prouder Winter Olympic moment:Coconut snow! We are surrounded by snow today, snow and Olympic events, and now also by M&M cookies (which are disappearing way faster than the snow). Oh yeah, so what are my favorite Olympic events (other than chocolate events)? The pairs ice skating of course!! I just love watching the routines they come up with, the innovation, reviewing everyone’s costume, the grace and quick thinking and skating…..and especially eating cookies while I watch all that exercise! Yay ice skating!!
(ahhg, why is my head buzzing?)