Today we have a guest post from creative and award-winning home cook Suzanne Clark. We came to know Suzanne after she won the appetizer category in one of our holiday recipe contests. We hope you will enjoy this fun, yummy, and beautiful recipe perfect for Valentine’s Day…made of course with Challenge Butter.
As a young child I used to make a version of this cookie at Christmas. Through the years, I have transformed the recipe into a unique Valentine’s Day cookie. The dough is full of buttery goodness with a hint of almond and vanilla. The unexpected center is made from candy, and when melted resembles stained glass. Have fun putting your own spin on these beauties and embellish them with icing, sprinkles or candy. For an added bonus, give the petite center hearts as an extra hug and kiss to your Valentine!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar until smooth in a large bowl. Mix in eggs and almond and vanilla extract. Slowly add flour, mix until a stiff dough forms. Remove dough from bowl, and form into a large log. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
When chilled, remove from refrigerator and divide into three sections. Working with one section at a time, roll out into a 1/8 inch thick rectangle. Using large cookie cutter, cut as many hearts as possible and place onto prepared sheet. Using the small cookie cutter, cut a heart in the center. Remove heart to create cut out.
Unwrap candies and place into heavy duty zipper bag by color. Place a towel over bag. Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, crush candies. Place small cookie cutter back into center of the heart to use as a guide. This will keep your cookie clean and make filling them much easier. Fill each center with crushed candy. Bake cookie in oven for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around edges, and candy has melted. Let cool. If desired, decorate with your favorite icing, sprinkles or candy.
Extra Bonus: Place remaining small hearts on cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Decorate with frosting if desired, or sprinkle with colored sugar before baking.
Suzanne Clark is a mother of five and enjoys living in Phoenix with her husband and her family. Every day is a creative endeavor for Suzanne. A self-taught artist and cook, she creates award winning recipes and decorates homes with her unique style and artwork. A few of her many accomplishments include winning first place in the top ten in The World Food Championships, and winning many other national cooking contests throughout the past years. As an artist, her artwork in showcased in many homes across the country from Michigan to California. Suzanne loves to share her creativity by teaching art and cooking classes to people of all ages. She also is featured on several local television shows in the Phoenix area, as well as being featured in an upcoming miniseries coming this spring.
posted on January 21, 2014
Baking cookies is a fond family tradition during the holidays, and for many of us the sweet aroma of freshly baked cookies signals the beginning of the season. Here's a short list of cookie recipes we enjoy making to give away as gifts, serve at gatherings, and reward Santa's little helpers, young and old.
Nutmeg Cookie Pretzels
Delicious cookies folded in a traditional pretzel shape and sprinkled with coarse granular or turbinado sugar on top.
Double Ginger Cookies
Minced fresh ginger root and ground ginger combine for a depth and complexity of flavor that pleases any ginger lover.
Cocoa Biscotti with Cranberries
Crunchy twice-baked cookie slices contrast tart/sweet dried cranberries with rich cocoa cookie base — the perfect indulgence with a fresh brewed cup of coffee.
Black Forest Cookies
The rich cocoa, tart dried cherries, and Kirsch (cherry brandy) flavors of Black Forest Cake come together in a delightful chocolate crinkle cookie form.
Chocolate Topped Orange Morsels
Orange butter cookies with easy decorative chocolate topping. Simply place a chocolate chip on a hot cookie fresh from the oven. Then, drag a toothpick across the melted chocolate to give it a drizzled-on appearance.
posted on December 20, 2013
Challenge Butter took center stage at this year’s World Food Championships in Las Vegas where more than 300 professional recipe competitors and celebrity chefs from all over the globe gathered to vie for more than $300,000 in cash prizes.
As the official butter of the World Food Championships, Challenge was used by every competitor in their competing dishes, and the Challenge team performed an on-stage demo showcasing ways to best incorporate our butter in quick, easy and flavorful ways.
Challenge also sponsored competitor Suzanne Clark who won first place in both of the initial rounds in her category and took home second overall in the Recipe category!
posted on December 17, 2013
Although Challenge Dairy began with and built its reputation upon our premium quality butters, people may not know we have won hundreds of Gold Medals over the years for several other dairy products including: cheddar cheese, ice cream, instant nonfat milk powder, fresh milk, evaporated milk, cheese spreads, Swiss cheese, Parmesan cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, and even eggs. That's why we are excited to introduce a distinguished line of cream cheese products with superior flavor and an ultra smooth finish.
Our silky cream cheeses are crafted with real milk, cream, and natural ingredients for a taste that's pure and unmatched. All four of our cream cheeses come in 8 ounce packages. We offer two cream cheese blocks and two spreads. Traditionally, the blocks make incredible ingredients in recipes, and the spreads are a delicious topping.
Our cream cheese will have a limited release to specific locations and retailers in the West. We will keep you informed as new locations become available. Pick some up and give them a try.
Please contact or visit the store near you for selection and availability.
posted on November 12, 2013
As the Official Butter of the 2013 World Food Championships, we’ll be providing Challenge Butter to over 300 competitors who are traveling from around the globe to battle in the $300,000 World Food Championships cooking competition. That’s a lot of butter, and we don’t want to bring it back.
The World Food Championships combines food, fame, and fortune into one jackpot event and brings the biggest and best food competition champions from around the world together to Las Vegas for one ultimate defining moment. In tournament-style, competitors will battle for their chance to claim the World Food Champion title across seven iconic food categories: BBQ, chili, burger, sandwich, recipe, dessert, and bacon. The competition takes place at the Fremont Street Experience and Fremont East District in Downtown Las Vegas, November 7-10.
“Butter is a staple to nearly every dish that will be created at the World Food Championships,” said Mike McCloud, president and CEO of Trybe Targeting, producers of the World Food Championships. “It’s only natural for a us to pair with a premium dairy partner like Challenge Butter, to help some of the world’s best cooks and chefs create their amazing recipes.”
We couldn’t be more excited or proud to be the official butter of the World Food Championships. To stay up on the food champ chatter, visit facebook.com/WorldFoodChampionships or Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp).
posted on November 1, 2013
Great news! Now you can find Challenge Butter at over 200 Meijer stores throughout Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Please contact a store near you for selection, availability, or to request specific Challenge Dairy products.
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posted on October 10, 2013
With school back in full swing, we thought we'd put together some delicious recipes for your hardworking students. These handheld goodies are easy to pack with lunches or make rewarding after-school treats—after the homework is done, of course. There might even be enough for mom or dad, too.
posted on September 19, 2013
Great news! Now you can find Challenge Butter at over 300 Jewel-Osco stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa. Please contact a store near you for selection, availability, or to request specific Challenge Dairy products.
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posted on August 29, 2013