Cookie "cakes" seem to be everywhere at the moment! Whilst I have some issues with the name - as they are not cakes in any way, but are merely large cookies with icing on top, and sometimes in the middle - I do have to say I adore this trend, which shouldn't be much of a surprise as you all know how much I love making cookies.
Another reason I just had to jump on this treat bandwagon is because I instantly knew I wanted to make a heart eyes emoji version, which is when I realised that I've never made anything related to emojis before! As I love emojis, I knew how completely wrong this was straight away, so I quickly begun brainstorming!
As I have been talking about in my last few cooking posts, I am really trying to branch out when it comes to making desserts. I've got a big list of things that I have never tried making before, and I am hoping to slowly cross them all off the list. Before you start to think, Well, Indya, a giant cookie really isn't THAT different from your usual content, believe me that I do realise this - BUT I made this at the end of a weekend where I had basically no baking ingredients left.
I had just spent a few days trying out new recipes and DIY projects, and I was out of supplies for any more technical recipes, but I still wanted to make something, so I whipped up this guy! Which is also why you can barely see the icing in between the two cookies, as I had only 40g of butter to work with 😅
Whilst I do want to try out older, tried-and-tested recipes that everyone loves, I also want to see what all the fuss is with the newer trends that are out there in the baking world right now. According to my Pinterest dashboard, cookie cakes are all the rage, so I decided to make one myself.
Plus, as much as I want to challenge myself in the kitchen, I also want to make time for the fun and simple treats too, as not everyone has a few days - or even a few hours - to churn out a difficult recipe. Anyway, enough of me defending myself to... myself, and let's get onto the recipe!
Fries Shaped Rice Krispies Treats
You will need:
♡ Your favourite sugar cookie dough that won't spread, I swear by this recipe
♡ Your favourite frosting to go in the middle (I coloured mine yellow to resemble emojis, and flavoured them lemon just for fun)
♡ Rolling pin and piping bag
♡ Baking paper and large baking tray
♡ Small knife or pizza cutter
♡ Red and black fondant
♡ Medium sized dinner plate
♡ Heart cookie cutter (optional)
♡ Yellow food gel and lemon flavouring (also optional, for the icing in the middle)
1. Measure two pieces of baking paper that are both the same size as your tray. Place one aside, then grab a large handful of dough and roll it out onto the other sheet until it's wider than the dinner plate that you have.
Since you're rolling out the dough to such a large shape, it's going to quite thin if you don't have enough to work with, so make sure that it'll still the same thickness as any regular cookie you would make. If it's too thin, it will go brown and burn much easier!
2. Once the dough is larger than the plate, place the plate upside down on top of the dough and cut around the edge with your knife or pizza cutter. Put the excess pieces with the rest of your dough, then pop your dough circle onto the tray by lifting up the two ends of the baking paper that it's on and placing that onto the tray. This eliminates the need to pick up the cookie with your hand and possible ruining the shape. Place your cookie into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.
3. Grab another large handful of dough and roll it out onto your second piece of baking paper. Once it's larger than the plate, measure and cut the dough once again, then place that one in the oven for 8-10 minutes - after your first one is done, of course!
4. Wait until both cookies are completely cook, choose which one you want to be your top piece, then roll out your red fondant onto some baking paper. I actually traced my eyes and mouth shapes off a photo on the internet so they'd resemble the emoji more accurately, but you can always use a heart cookie cutter, or even just hand carve it!
If you're going the stencil method, I cut out the heart shape, placed it onto the red fondant, then used a small knife to carve around the piece of paper! If some of your edges are looking a little wonky, use the edge of the knife to slowly press them back into shape. Once you're happy with the shape, place the excess fondant aside and flip the baking paper over onto the top cookie so that the fondant hearts fall onto it, then reposition if needed.
Note: If you're worried about the fondant slipping off the cookie, lightly brush one side with some water, then put that side onto the cookie, and press down on it ever so lightly. The water makes the fondant a lot sticker, so it should stay put!
5. Now roll out the black fondant onto some baking paper and cut out the mouth shape. Once again, I traced the shape from the internet, cut it out and used it as a stencil. When you've cut out your shape and placed the excess fondant to the side, hold the baking paper over the cookie and flip it over once again, allowing the fondant mouth to land on the cookie.
6. Fill your piping bag with the frosting of your choice (I used buttercream, as always, which I also coloured yellow and added a lemon flavouring to!), and cover the cookie that you have deemed the "bottom" cookie with the frosting. Be careful not to go too close to the edge as the weight of the other cookie on top may push the frosting out the sides. Once you're happy with the frosting, carefully pick up the other cookie and place it on top, and you're done! You now have one big emoji cookie "cake" 😋
Of course, you don't have to make a heart eyes emoji version of this if you don't want to! There are so many emoji faces out there now, the possibilities are practically endless! Let me know in the comments what your favourite emoji is, and I might even try to make a recipe or project inspired by it 😜
Until next time,