Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Butterbeer Cookies . . . for the final Harry Potter movie !

*sigh* The last Harry Potter movie comes out on Friday...and I'm just not ready.

I've posted about my love of Harry and even made Harry Potter cookies before, but couldn't resist doing a little something to commemorate the last movie.

The cookies are a butterbeer sugar cookies with a butterbeer glaze.
 
The Hogwarts house crests are images printed on frosting sheets applied to fondant.

But, not to fear if you don't want to print the images on frosting sheets....the cookies with just the glaze?  "Bloody delicious" as I imagine Ron might say. (Is that a saying?)
 
 See what I mean?

My sign that I have something delicious on my hands?  Kiddo's nostrils flare.  What more evidence do you need?
If you are having a Harry Potter party, I beg, no, I INSIST that you make these cookies.
I'm a first-born and I'm very bossy like that.

Where would the sorting hat put you?
{OK...and don't you think sorority rush would be SO much nicer if there was just a sorting hat?!?} 

"You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart."

"You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil."

"Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind."

"Or perhaps in Slytherin
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends."

{Source: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone}

Now, I know I wouldn't be brave enough for Gryffindor or cunning enough for Slytherin. There's no house that mentions eating sugar all day and avoiding exercise, so I'm not really sure where the hat would put me.

Butterbeer Sugar Cookies

3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
2 sticks butter
1 egg 

1 tsp butter flavoring
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, set aside.

Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg, butter flavoring, and vanilla; mix until well-blended.

Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom. (The dough will be quite thick...you may need to knead in stray bits of flour from the bottom of the bowl by hand.)

Roll on a floured surface to about 1/4" and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 9-12 minutes, depending on the size of your cutter. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Butterbeer Glaze
{This will cover 12 cookies...and I STRONGLY recommend doubling the recipe as you might want to put this in a shot glass and drink it straight.}

2/3 cup butterscotch chips (I used Guittard)
1/8 cup evaporated milk
1 TBSP light corn syrup
pinch coarse salt

Place all of the ingredients in a glass or metal bowl and heat over a pot of simmering water (or a double boiler).  Stir occasionally, until melted and smooth.

Put the cooled cookies on a wire rack on a baking sheet.  Pour the glaze over the cookies and spread with an offset spatula.  If using the fondant house crests, place these on the wet glaze to adhere.


So, here's to Harry, Ron, Hermione...and of course, JK Rowling.  Thank you for precious hours (and years!) spent reading aloud, snuggled under blankets with my kiddo.  Thank you for casting the *perfect* actors for the movies!  Thank you for amazing characters who will stay with us forever...Harry, Ron, Hermoine, Fred, George, Snape, The Dursleys, Professor McGonagall, Bellatrix and Mrs. Weasley (to name a few).

{I could go on....or maybe I already have?  I'd love to hear your favorites from Harry Potter!}

101 comments:

  1. These are too cute! I love the different house descriptions (it has been so long since I have read the first one!). Wish I could be Harry Potter partying it up with your gang!

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  2. I love these!! I've made a butter beer cupcake and cookie, but never with the glaze! Added to my "to do" list for sure! Thanks for your ever amazing ideas and talent! :)

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  3. Amazing! And I think I'd be in Ravenclaw with Luna. :-)

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  4. Oh my!!! I love these cookies (and the other HP cookies you made too!) For every book that has been released...I have taken my girls to a midnight party at our local bookstore where everyone dressed the part! Harry Potter has been such a part of our lives...I'll miss the little chap!

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  5. I just finished re-reading the 7th Harry Potter book and I cried like a baby throughout the last couple of chapters just like I did the first time I read it. I grew up with these books and will miss them and the characters. These cookies sound delicious and I may have to make them for a special Harry Potter occasion (maybe to celebrate the release of Pottermore in October or when I visit Hogwarts at Universal?). Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  6. Amen to your list of thank-yous! I spent many years cuddled up at home glued to my Harry Potter books. So wonderful!

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  7. Those look delicious! We promised our oldest (who just turned nine last week and had a killer HP party! With all you could drink Butterbeer of course!) that if he could finish the books by the time this last movie came out he could go with us. He blew through them in record time and currently has a countdown going on our pantry door (which is a chalkboard) for the movie. We have tickets to see it in IMAX 3D this Saturday! EEE! I'm so excited! I need to make these cookies for it! Thanks for sharing!

    (and one more parenthesis...my boys have Pi shirts too! :))

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  8. Those look amazing!!!! I'll try them! I gotta say I think I would be like harry the sorting would debate wether I should go to Slytherin or Gryffindor :) My faves from the series are killed by Bellatrix so I can't wait to see Molly kicking her ass in the big screen. Yes I loved Sirius and Dobby. I've been blabbing about them on my other blog at http://www.elousions.com/ If you want to read more on it :)

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  9. I love coming here and gazing at your lovely creations!! What dexterity and perfection in each time you bake something...awesome.

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  10. Your cookies look wonderful! I am so not ready for the Harry Potter movies to end either : (

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  11. Don't remind me that it's almost over :( Reading the final book was so bittersweet, on one hand I wanted to know what happens on another hand I didn't want to finish it too fast.. Gosh, I only wish they sold butterscotch chips here in Taiwan..

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  12. My daughter is a HUGE Harry Potter fan and is going to the movie tomorrow (well, later) night. She said I should make something to celebrate the opening of it, too. I suggested Booger Cookies like the booger Jelly Belly Jellybeans, but she didn't like that idea. Oh well!

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  13. These cookies are SO cute and would be welcomed by any Harry Potter fan!! You are so talented!

    By the way, we have the same colour KitchenAid :D

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  14. I've never seen Harry Potter, but these cookies look SO good!

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  15. That Butterbeer glaze looks yummy! Nice crests!

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  16. WOW B!! these are over the top fantastic!

    The girls are going to the midnight show tonight.......you sent some over right? {wink}

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  17. i. die. . . . and then i. die. again. . . . sigh . . . i'm wild about Harry . . .

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  18. I absolutely love Harry Potter!! And Part II turned out to be fabulous! I hope you enjoy it.

    As for these cookies, they blow me away. They look delicious, professional and authentically Potter-ish with that butterbeer sauce. I love it! I think I'd be in Hufflepuff, by the way.

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  19. I love the idea of a butterbeer sugar cookie. So clever! In the past two days I've made both butterbeer and butterbeer cupcakes. Now I want to add these to the list...

    I've always thought I'd be sorted into Ravenclaw (assuming, of course, that they aren't too smart to eat a diet consisting mostly of sugar).

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  20. Have you been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter yet and tried the butterbeer there? If you haven't, you must!

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  21. Awesome, Bridget! And I love the picture of kiddo.

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  22. BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEautiful Bridget!!!

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  23. Even without Kiddos validation by way of the *nostril flaring* (great picture by the way) I can see that these are fantastic cookies! What a deliciously creative treat to commemorate the last movie.

    P.S. I think the hat would probably have you split your time between Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw :)

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  24. I'm a baker myself and I will be going to the midnight premiere tonight...think I'll attempt a version of these to celebrate with the girls! :)

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  25. My daughter & I attended part one of a Harry Potter Movie marathon last night. The second half starts at noon and ends with the new movie. We cannot wait. Only wish I had time to make these and share them with the other marathon movie goers. The cookies look so YUMMY!!
    Trista

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  26. Bridget these are gorgeous!!! Im cracking up at J's face!

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  27. I love these cookies! I really like the edible print out on the fondant. I am not ready for the last movie to be out either, but very excited to geek it out at the midnight showing! :)

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  28. ok the cookies are absolutely fantastic but I rolled out of my chair reading.."i'm a first born and bossy like that".....I am the baby of three girls and my older, OLDER sister is that way..mother hen.."bossy" which she describes as "I care"...she is fabulous in every way but I had to comment on that!

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  29. My HP Fanatic eldest son is already sourcing the ingredients from the pantry to make these cookies. "Bloody brilliant!"

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  30. Well you know how I feel about Butterbeer...died and gone to heaven kind of thing. These look amazing!

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  31. I'm not a big Harry Potter fan but the cookies look delicious and look like they would make anyone a fan. :)

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  32. Oh my, these cookies are adorable! A butterbeer glaze?! Amazing. Can't wait to see the new movie.

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  33. Loved your humor in this post! Had to read it to the family. I may just make the Butterbeer cookies, but I haven't explored the using of fondant yet.

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  34. I'm totally making these for tonight! I'm having friends over to watch Deathly Hallows Part I before we head to the midnight release. I was going to make a cake or something, but these are even better.

    Thanks!!

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  35. These look and sound wonderful!! I have never tried or even heard of Butterbeer cookies, but I think I may try to make these one day!!

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  36. When we went on our honeymoon to California nearly 6 years ago we checked out the HP exhibit at the WB studios and would you believe they actually HAD the Sorting Hat there? You put it on and ever so quietly you could hear it hem and haw over what house you should be in. I was Hufflepuff and my husband was Slytherin. It was *so* much fun!

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  37. These are fantastic! I've been following your blog for a month or so now, and I am so eager to try some of your techniques for cookies! I attended a Harry Potter party last weekend and made cauldron cakes (essentially modified cupcakes). If anyone wants to check them out, I posted them on my own new-ish food blog, 30 Pounds of Apples.

    Happy Harry Potter week!

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  38. The cookies look amazing. I'm more of a pastry girl myself and just made some pumpkin pasties for our party tonight!

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  39. OMG! I love Harry Potter too and these are AMAZING! You are my cookie hero. :-)

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  40. Oh I wish I had seen these sooner! Kidlet and I are getting ready to head to the theatre now! Ours is running a triple feature of Sorcerer's Stone, Deathly Hallows 1 and then Deathly Hallows 2 at midnight :D woo!

    These cookies look delicious! I will save them for Kidlet's birthday :D

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  41. I think "bloody delicious" IS indeed a saying. I found one example straight from the UK:

    http://www.bloodydelicious.co.uk/reviews/

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  42. Fah-reaking brilliant. I posted a link on edible crafts. :)

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  43. A delicious cookies. What a handsome son you have!
    Hugs!

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  44. Bridget, these are the cutest!! Love your Harry Potter font too. I wish I was your neighbor so I could stop by and "taste test" a few of these babies! ;-)

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  45. I loved this post. I too, am very sentimental about the last movie. I'm just not emotionally ready to say goodbye to them!

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  46. I'm going to go see this with some friends tomorrow... in 3D in the IMAX! I was thinking of trying to make butterbeer, but now I just want cookies.

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  47. You would be one of the professors with your amazing cookies.

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  48. You are so crazy talented. And is that cute boy your son? Do you realize he looks a bit like Harry Potter? :)

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  49. Ha! I love the nostril flare, now that's the true sign of cookie success!

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  50. I'm totally making these for our after-movie snack. :)

    Your little dude is adorable...flared nostrils are totally sign of deliciousness.

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  51. We are planning a HarryPotter-thon leading up to seeing the last movie, and these butterbeer cookies are definitely going to be a part of that!

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  52. Loving your blog! Thank you for sharing your cookie ideas. These Harry Potter cookies are totally brilliant!! Can't wait to whip up a batch to taste for myself.

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  53. Gorgeous! I could lick the monitor :) Where did you find the house crests? With kids at camp we can't go see the movie until next week, I'm tempted to sneak to the movies before then ;) I wish she would write something new, even if it's not HP if she could keep the whole wizarding world and muggles theme.

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  54. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    I made these today but changed the recipe a little so it was gluten-free. Mine are not quite as beautiful as yours, but they will be devoured while we enjoy HP tomorrow! The butterbeer sauce is delicious. Yum.

    I posted the recipe (with my changes) on my blog. I made sure to give you and your genius decorating skills credit :)

    http://goodbyegluten.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/butterbeer-cookies/

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  55. This look yummy! I love the nostril flare comment. I thought that was just my kid ;)

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  56. OMG! I'm a HP fanatic and this is definitely something I want. SOooo cool :)

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  57. This makes me wish more that I was with my sister waiting in line to see it at midnight and I could have made these for her and her friends. They are soooo cute and I bet taste amazing!

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  58. I'm not quite a Harry Potter fan but I certainly wouldn't say no to one of those cookies! They look delicious!

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  59. OK, so i'll be the one not watching the movie (can't sit through movies, i know not a shock) I WILL be the one slamming these cookies in the corner. Love butterscotch & that expression on your sons face!

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  60. I may just have to forgo my one set of sweets a week rule and make these. They look absolutely to die for.

    And in my opinion one of the most under rated characters is Neville. What a wonderful friend to have in a time of need. He may not be the most brave but his loyalty is unquestioned. I love him!

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  61. Those edible images are amazing! And your cookie recipe sounds really YUM!

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  62. Great job! These cookies are beautiful! I am a huge Harry Potter fan myself, and just went to the midnight showing last night. What a great way to commemorate the series. I will have to give these cookies a try. Quick question though, did you paint the detail yourself or was it a decal?

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  63. You are so lucky to have an icing printer. Those images look great & the cookies look really yummy.

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  64. I went to a midnight showing double-feature where they showed part one and part two together. I dressed up as Luna Lovegood and had a blast! I cried so hard during the 19 years later. The best part of the movie? When Mrs. Weasly killed Bellatrix and everyone cheered.
    -Sarah

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  65. Bridget, these are amazing!!! You have outdone yourself--beautifully done. I ♥ this post! xo

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  66. These are so great! I am a total HP geek, and as soona s my husband and I can get to the movies- we will see it. (hot date huh?)

    You could be part of the same house as me. The lesser known huffle-pudge house for those who like to eat sugar all day and wear yoga pants while not doing yoga.

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  67. An absolutely genius idea!

    I am a big HP fan as well, but unfortunately I thought the last movie was a bit disappointing. Just rushed through a lot of important points for me. That said I still love the series and the stories, and LOVE your cookies!

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  68. Alright, so in the UK nobody has a clue what 'butter flavouring' is. Can you help a girl out please since we've just had an epic HP weekend (with official Dumbledore wands and such) and we need us some butterbeer flavoured anything.

    We also went to see the film Friday and other than a creepy couple intent on procreating two seats to our left, it was amazing. Seriously!!

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  69. Hi Bridget,

    Your cookies look yummy, as always. :)

    I am looking for a good chewy sugar cookie that retains its shape... this cookie looks like it didn't spread much yet you put brown sugar and baking powder in it. So, am I correct in my assumptions?

    Let me know!
    Carrie

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  70. Hi! Your cookies look fantastic, I think you have had fabolous idea!!!

    My husband and I watched the movie yesterday night...great great final, but maybe I wasn't ready for the end of the saga...I cryed like a baby :/

    I'd like to write a post on my blog about the movie and I'd like to add some of your pics of cookies, may I??

    Thanks for share with us your fantastic creations! Ciao Kat

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  71. These cookies look so rich, decadent and DEEEELICIOUS!

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  72. I'm a nerd so... Ravenclaw girl over here. ;)

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  73. I made them! FABULOUS!! I added some sea salt flakes to the top and loved them even more. Thanks for all the awesome and darling ideas you come up with Bridget. I love your blog!

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  74. We finally see it tomorrow! I can't wait, and the cookies look fabulous!

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  75. LOVE these! They are incredible! We are *finally* going to see the last movie tonight, and I can't wait. We will most likely have a Harry Potter marathon w/ some friends when the movie finally comes out on DVD, so I'll save these for our big party. :)

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  76. Just dropped my son off with the youth group............wish I had seen these and been struck with the idea to sneak cookies into the theatre!

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  77. I wish I'd seen this two weeks ago... I drove home to IL (from OH) to see the movie with my best friend. These cookies would have made our three hour wait in line a little less.... impatient! c:

    If you'd be interested in reading my thoughts on Harry Potter, my last post says it all... or at least as much as I could say without sobbing. ;)

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  78. The cookie decorating is flawless!! I tried butterbeer earlier this year and since then have had a strong longing to be reunited with the flavor. These cookies sound like they're EXACTLY what I'm looking for. Thanks for the recipe!

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  79. I made a batch of these last night for a fellow HP fan's going-away party. They look great and I had to taste test one, of course, and the glaze is amazing. You were totally right...I wanted to drink the stuff.

    My husband and I went to the HP park at Universal Studios in January and had several glasses of butterbear there. These tasted really similar and I think will be a hit at the party tonight!

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  80. hi =D

    love it ! , i will try it soon

    =D

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  81. These look great! I am definitely going to make some the next time I go home so I can send some to my friends who don't go to college with me! They'll love them! :) I won't be able to do the crests though....My printer will not do such things :/

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  82. Looks great! I will definitely try this recipe.

    “Spice it Up”

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  83. Ive got a party next week I can just see my guests feasting onthese yummiklicious ookies..can u please tell me how many normals sized cookies would this recipe yield? and does the icing harden when it sets or are they gooey and sticky?

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  84. what is butter flavoring?

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  85. I can't wait to try these! My mom and I are both huge Harry Potter fans - we just took our second trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter a few weeks ago, and we have plans for a marathon of the movies every year for Harry's birthday. I will plan on making these for our next one!

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  86. What the heck, these look sooo good - and I just happen to have evap milk and butterscotch chips at my convenience. Thank you!

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  87. could you use heavy cream instead of evaporated milk for the glaze???

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  88. Everything looks delicious, these cookies has excellent decorations, I would like to learn do that.

    Regards,
    Stephany

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  89. Wow you are a genius, what is the recipe of all these delicious cookies?...

    Regdards,
    Karen

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  90. 1) these are shortbread cookies, not sugar cookies. extremely easy to roll out, but expect the finished goods to have a dryer mouthfeel.
    2) next time, i'm going to double the glaze recipe, as i didn't have enough for the whole batch anyway, and opening a whole tin of evaporated milk just for 2 tbsp seems like such a waste.
    3) i didn't have any butter extract, so didn't add any. still tasted delicious!

    don't fool yourselves, you're going to need a glass of milk with this one!

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  91. I gave these to my new neighbors as a "welcome to the neighborhood" gesture and they LOVED them...come to find out they love HP as much as I do...our wireless network is Hogwarts Castle and theirs is Gryffindor Tower. Fellow nerd UNITE!

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  92. hello there,

    my boyfriend asked me if i would get him butter beer. i said yes, so i looked up a recpie how to make them. now, my question is how or where do i get those harry potter wafers that are on the cookies?

    thanks!

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  93. I am a massive Harry Potter Fan!
    So I will have to give these a bash, thank you so very much!

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  94. I just made these as a present for a friends and pinched a few, They look and taste ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! they are perfect for a harry potter obsessed pair like us!! Thanks for the recipe!! Also I used tate and lyles golden syrup instead of corn syrup and no butter flavouring as we dont have them here in the uk, and they came out wonderfully! Thanks Again!!

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