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Saturday, March 12, 2011

A.M. Robinson's "Vampire Crush" Blog Tour Stop #5

Welcome to the 5th stop on A.M. Robinson's "Vampire Crush" Blog Tour. A.M. Robinson will be giving away three PRIZES to three different people who follow the tour. To enter, all you have to do is visit every Blog (Mine being the fifth) copy the secret code and follow A.M. Robinson on Facebook and Twitter. At the end of the tour, your final stop will be Good Choice Reading where they will have a form for you to fill out and submit everything you have collected. It is not a requirement to follow my blog, but we would really appreciate it if you did. Each blog participating in the tour will have a secret saying at the bottom of their post. Visit each blog for the next ten days to collect all the sayings and then make sure to check back with us on March 18th for the final stop in the tour and to fill out the FORM to enter to win one of the follow prizes:

+++Signed HARDCOVER copy of Vampire Crush
+++A pair of whale-dotted pajama pants, a la Sophie.
+++Bat-shaped cookie cutter
+++Cute vampire monster mirror
+++"Vampire Blood" hand gel.

+++Signed paperback copy of Vampire Crush
+++"Vampire Blood" hand gel

That is a total of THREE WINNERS!!! This giveaway will be open INTERNATIONAL! All you have to do is collect all the secret sayings and follow A.M. Robinson on Twitter or Facebook.

Here are the blogs participating in the tour:

March 8th: With a Book! Guest Post/Giveaway
March 9th:
Once Upon A Twilight Guest Post/Giveaway
March 10th:
A Simple love of Reading Guest Post/Giveaway
March 11th:
365 Days of Reading Guest Post/Giveaway
March 12th:
Skyla11377 Reviews Guest Post/Giveaway
March 13th:
Without a Bookshelf Guest Post/Giveaway
March 14th:
Dark Readers Guest Post/Giveaway
March 15th:
IB Book Blogging Guest Post/Giveaway
March 16th:
Another Book Junkie! Guest Post/Giveaway
March 17th:
Read for your Future Guest Post/Giveaway
March 18th:
Good Choice Reading Guest Post/Giveaway

A.M. Robinson wanted to stop by and share her Vampire Bat Cookie Recipe with everyone. Don't forget at the bottom of this post you will find my secret code word for this days blog stop.

Cooking and Crafting with Vampire Crush

Since you are reading a book blog, I am going to assume that you are a big fan of books. How many times have you thrown a book across the room and said, “Great book, but why didn’t it come with a cookie! Why do they never come with cookies?!” . . . Never? Hmm. I am going to have to reevaluate some things. But in the meantime, I wanted to share a recipe for Vampire Crush Sparkle Bat Cookies! They are fashioned after the sparkle bat on the jacket like so.

Tada! Astute readers might notice that it is actually a gummy sugar bat and not a sparkly bat cookie, but candy-making requires more equipment than the mixer and rolling pin so I am cheating just a little bit.

You will need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For those of us who like to think in pictures or see food all lined up in a row:

Step One: Sift flour, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon into a bowl.

Step Two: Place butter and confectioners' sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. If you don’t have a paddle attachment, never fear! It works just as well with a handheld mixer and regular attachment as long as you pause every 30 seconds or so to de-butter the beaters.
Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Once it’s looking like dough (see pic below) form into a ball and wrap in saran wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

Step Three: Roll out chilled dough to 1/4 inch thick and then cut out cookies with your bat-shaped cookie cutter. (If the dough starts to stick, re-chill for fifteen minutes and then start again). You could also take a page from my book and volunteer this task to your assistant while you stand on the sidelines taking pictures and making helpful comments.

Step Four: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake cookies until crisp, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Step Five: As soon as you have removed the cookies from the oven, add sparkly sprinkles of choice for ultimate stickage. Afterwards, let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.
Step Six: EAT THEM EAT THEM ALL. *cough* I mean: Enjoy them and eat responsibly.


Because of some, er, techinal difficulties, this was actually my third time making these. I wanted to share a few special Dos and Donts I learned along the way.
DO remember your bat cookie cutter. No matter what sort of artistic genius you think you may possess, I promise you that it is not as easy as you think it will be to cut out a bat using only a butter knife! If you intentionally mean to make deformed bats, disregard this!

DON’T overcook the cookies. It will leave your bakeware looking as though it was attacked by Batman.

DO watch out for Kitten Vultures. They wait until your back is turned and then attack!

Here is the 5th secret code...."I'm with"

You will find the next code on/at:
March 13th: Without a Bookshelf Guest Post/Giveaway
If you missed any of the secret codes here is were you can find them:
March 8th: With a Book! Guest Post/Giveaway
March 9th:
Once Upon A Twilight Guest Post/Giveaway
March 10th:
A Simple love of Reading Guest Post/Giveaway
March 11th:
365 Days of Reading Guest Post/Giveaway


aurora M. said...

Now who doesn't love some great bat cookies! Great post and stop along the tour. Thanks for participating!

Tricia said...

Those sound delish!

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