Hii! I know, it’s been a while and I missed you guys! I’ve been galavanting around and then generally trying to shake the post-vacation blues because we went to Maui and can I say that it was DAMN AMAZING. Somehow more of a dream than I expected. I really can’t complain, though because fun times were had by all and now it’s back to the grind because that’s just life, ya know?
Anyway, it’s almost Halloween! I wanted to make something super EASY, yet festive, and these marbled dudes are perfect, especially if you have some kiddos who might be at that hands-on, “helper” phase. I love the holidays and I kind of feel like Halloween is the first celebration of many during this season (even though I almost never really dress up or carve a pumpkin. I’m the real monster). I love handing out candy and dressing up my kid, though (duh)! We don’t go nuts, but we definitely decorate a little and try to make the day special and festive. Do you participate? Dress up? Decorate? Tell me! I’d love to know what your costumes are. Casper and my mom are going to be Link and Zelda (respectively)! I think it’s going to be hilarious and cute.
Since I’m the mom of a
wild animal young child, more often than not I’m compelled to keep things casual in the celebration department. That means one-pot meals, like soup with fun toppings for dinner and candy-stuffed brownies or fun-yet-easy treats like these White Chocolate Dipped Cookies. I wanted to use this marbling technique that Stephanie from I Am a Food Blog did recently. Instead of icing I used white chocolate thinned out with coconut oil and I am so pleased with how they turned out! I did gray and white marbled mummies (using Milano cookies), affixed candy eyeballs to each one with some extra white chocolate, and drizzled with more of the marbled white chocolate for a bandage effect. The round cookies are just Oreos dipped in an orange and gray marbled white chocolate sitch. Casper and I totally agree that they look like planets (or “PANETS! as he’d say shout). Besides being pretty cute and totally easy, this little “recipe” only requires FOUR ingredients:
- white chocolate
- coconut oil
- gel food color
Well, five if you make the mummies because you’ll need eyeball candies. But, that’s it! Really!
Just a note: On its own, white chocolate is way too thick to get the marbled effect you want, so thinning it with coconut oil helps to allow the chocolate to sort of enrobe the cookies. Plus, if you freeze the cookies beforehand (highly recommend) the coconut oil fortified white chocolate will set up quickly.
- Place your cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze for at least one hour, until very cold.
- Leave the cookies in the freezer while you melt the white chocolate. Place the white chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl along with the coconut oil. Microwave on high for 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until the white chocolate is melted. Stir until completely smooth. Spoon 3 tablespoons of the white chocolate into a bowl (or bowls if you are marbling more than one color). Stir in food gel, a little at a time, until you achieve a color you like. Drizzle the colored white chocolate over the larger bowl of plain white chocolate and swirl with a knife or toothpick.
- Remove the cookies from the freezer and set aside. Set up another baking sheet with parchment (for easy clean-up), then set a wire cooling rack on top. Dip the cookies, one at a time, by gently pressing them into the marbled white chocolate and flip gently with a fork--I find that you get better marbling if you do a shallow dip, so resist the urge to plunge the cookies into the white chocolate. Using the tines of a fork, lift the cookie out of the white chocolate and set on the wire rack to drain. Once you've dipped and drained all of the cookies, move them over to the original parchment lined baking sheet (the one you froze the cookies on) and chill until the marble coating is firm.
- To make the mummies: After dipping and transferring from the rack to the baking sheet, affix the candy eyes to the cookies with a dab of white chocolate, then drizzle each cookie with the white chocolate--I think they look best if you get some "bandages" around the eyes, but be careful not to cover the eyes completely.