10.28.2009

Cat Cookies and Quick Meatloaf Muffins

How about some food? Yes? Good lets go! I saw these adorable cookies on Coleen's blog and I knew we would be making them. I'm glad we did, while they were fairly work intensive (small easy kid friendly steps mind you) they are worth it. Ours were not hardly as cute as Coleens but made by kids makes up for that. I think.

Cat Cookies-oven 350˚

1 cup butter at room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup baking cocoa
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
candy corns

in a large mixing bowl or your KitchenAid mixer, cream butter & sugar until smooth
beat in eggs and vanilla
combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in another bowl
slowly add it to the creamed mixture

Roll dough into 1½" balls
roll the ball in sugar
place on a cookie sheet ( I used my silpat mat too)and flatten with a glass
pinch the top of the cookie to form ears
for the whiskers, press a fork on each cat cheek
add 2 green or orange M&Ms for eyes and a black one for a nose (Halloween colors)
bake at 350˚ for 10 minutes
cool on wire racks.

Next up is a family favorite! Meatloaf muffins, these tasty little guys cook up fast making it a great weekday meal for any family. My son actually asked me to make these and everybody loved them, as usual excect my 4 year old who was completely crushed when he realized his "muffin" was meat and not chocolate. Poor guy he was doubly confused because I used moose meat and he thought we meant chocolate mousse when we were talking about the "moose muffins". He did eat the required 3 bites and a few more to prove he was a good sport. Gotta love him, right?

Meatloaf Muffins oven 350˚ makes between 20-24 muffins

2 pounds lean ground beef, I used 1 pound 10% ground beef and 1 pound ground moose
2 slices of bread
1/4 medium onion, more if you like onion
1 pickle
1 large carrot
2 eggs
2 teaspoons salt more to taste
1/2 pepper more to taste


preheat oven to 350˚
break up the meat into a large bowl
in the bowl of a food processor whirl the bread until it is crumbs
pour over meat
in the same food processor bowl(no need to wash) add the onion, pickle and carrot process until finely chopped
add to meat
break to eggs and add to meat in bowl
sprinkle in salt and pepper
mix gently until ingredients are completely incorporated
spoon in muffin pans (no papers)
I usually get between 20-24 from that amount of meat but you can make them bigger if you like be careful if you use a fattier meat as the fat may bubble up and out, yuck!
bake between 25-35 minutes watch them because bigger muffins may take longer while ours were smaller tonight and almost burned, not quite though

If you like you can use your own meat loaf recipe and just bake it in a muffin pan. I like my recipe because it has carrots and pickle and I think the flavor is spectacular, in my humble opinion.

Thanks for leaving such wonderful and thoughtful comments on my post yesterday. I was expecting a mass exodus of followers and commenters but I picked up a few more actually! I do like to keep my blog about raising MY kids and how WE live but sometimes I just can't stand the idiocy anymore and have to speak out. Thanks for listening and coming back.

Peace and Love,




8 comments:

  1. Your cookies are adorable!! I also like the idea of making mini meatloafs and their shortened cooking time!!

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  2. The cookies are adorable. I am m eaning to try them with my kids too.

    LOVE the meatloaf muffin idea, they sound fantastic.

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  3. Cute cookie. A new way to eat meat loaf...

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  4. cute cat cookies. I think the kids did a fine job!

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  5. hehe...I love the cookies. Sooo cute. I'd love to snack on some right now. lol.

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  6. I love both of theseeee!!! I have a recipe for cute little peanut butter mice cookies. Cat AND mouse!? Adorable!

    And, I totally have to remember the cupcake sized meatloaf in the future. I hate forgetting that a big meatloaf takes forever to bake until it's too late!

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  7. Those cookies are adorable, Laura! The the meatloaf muffins look and sound scrumptious. I need to try that next time and I'm going to add a pickle too ... because why not?! It sounds delicious!

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