March Madness and Frozen Four cutout cookies.

Today is one of the coolest days of,the year, if you are a sports fan – the first Friday of the NCAA tournament.. Basically 12 straight hours of games, from opening tip of the first game, until the final buzzer of the last. And, the hockey team at my alma mater, SUNY Geneseo, is playing in the frozen hour. So, I made chocolate cutouts, with some decorated as basketballs (orange frosting and homemade chocolate fondant for the stripes) and others were hockey puck sandwiches with a chocolate Oreo filling!

Go ice knights!

Cookies

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup butter (room temp)
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. Roll and cut . stagged on cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners. Bake 8 minutes. Cool completely and frost.

Frosting

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Orange food coloring

Combine butter and powdered sugar. Add vanilla. Blend in milk, 1 tbs at a time until you get desired consistency. Stir in food color. Frost. Then put rolled and cut fondant as stripes.

Choc Oreo filling

  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Milk
  • Crushed oreos

Combine. Use enough milk to get desired consistency. Spread between 2 cookies.

Store in covered container.

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