Tag: cookies

6 easy, last-minute Halloween treats that are way more impressive than a bowlful of candy corn

You had big Halloween plans, right? And then…time slipped away. I’ve been there. Start by forgiving yourself: it’s just Halloween after all, and to a kid, everything looks delicious. Throw together a one of these super cute, last-minute treats with what you have on hand or can easily grab at the store. No trick here: these 5 festive, tasty treats from top bloggers are perfect and perfectly easy whether you’re bringing them to a friend’s house or serving them up at a classroom party.   Tell me this Halloween donut (at top) from Lovezilla doesn’t make you smile. My little one...

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Web Coolness: Powerful women, iPhone iOS7 problems, hilarious kids’ music parodies, and lots of freebies for kids

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Don’t miss this Tumblr blog that’s celebrating remarkable women for a whole year. Read this before you upgrade your iPhone: 7 big problems with iOS7 Finally, a toy store realizes that girls like trucks and boys like dolls too. Did your kids look like this on the first day of school? Love the inspiration! You’re not alone if you’re an adult wearing Rainbow Loom Bracelets. (And here’s a great roundup of Rainbow Loom how-to’s.)   How insane are these homemade Halloween cookies?  NYC parents: Visit the Artstar/Little Collector...

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Watercolor cookies, the coolest (and easiest) party favor ever

I love to throw parties for my kids, especially with inspiration from all the great party ideas here on Cool Mom Picks. In particular, I’m always on the lookout for activities where our guests can make cool stuff that they’ll actually want to take home (and their parents won’t hate me for it). I’m dying to try these watercolor cookies from One Charming Party. Bake sugar cookies, top with a layer of fondant (recipe and how-to video included), and then get creative with the food coloring. Use a paper towel, small sponges, or even a paintbrush to decorate. So...

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The best ice cream sandwich recipes. As if there could be a bad one.

Soon I’ll be carrying on here about school lunch gear, packed lunch recipes, and the best after school snacks. So this week, I want to take in summer. I want to take it in the biggest, baddest way that I can imagine. This week, I want to forget the school lunch sandwich and celebrate the ice cream sandwich with 5 of the most amazing ice cream sandwich recipes. Take that, fall. I chose recipes that call for you to make either the cookie or the ice cream, but not both. Not that I’m opposed to making both from scratch,...

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Geeky cookie cutters from Game of Thrones, Dr Who, and more. Because who doesn’t want to eat Jamie Lannister’s hand? (Eh, forget we said that.)

NASA recently announced a 3D printer concept that could potentially cure world hunger. We’re not there yet, but here’s a cool way to use 3D printers to make food more fun. And more geeky. Introducing Tyrion Lannister, the cookie. WarpZone Prints is an ever-evolving Etsy shop by a geeky mom of two, producing one-of-a-kind cookie cutter designs to showcase your favorite geeky and otherwise fun pop culture references, including Doctor Who, My Neighbor Totoro, My Little Pony, Mario Brothers, Monty Python, and many other fandoms.  You won’t want to miss the chance to eat your favorite characters considering the results...

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Fantastico fiesta ideas for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, which means you still have time to get ready to throw a little fiesta in celebration of Mexican heritage and pride (and yummy food). So along with getting the ingredients for a Mexican dinner–including one of our delicious guacamole recipes–we’ve got the party decor and crafts you’ll need to really get the party started. (We’re also in favor of celebrating Cinco de Mayo all Mayo long. How about you?) –Christina This entire printable party from happythought is muy fantastico and muy inexpensive at only $5. Includes colorful cupcake wrappers, lime-and-chili garlands, coloring pages, and...

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How to throw the best Star Wars party. Or: Plan a Star Wars party, you will

It’s May the Fourth, Star Wars fans. Get it? May the Fourth…be with you. So party hard, we must with these recommendations for the coolest items and tips for throwing a great Star Wars themed party for the kids. Or…not the kids? One of the great things about Star Wars is that all ages can enjoy it, especially as relates to parties. For example, even the tiniest padawans can enjoy these Star Wars party kawaii cupcake toppers from Party Paper Parade on Etsy without any of the scary rancors or the Emperor’s creepy, veiny face.   Before descending on a...

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Dear Mom: I love you more than a stack of Earl Grey cookies

Diamonds are forever, flowers are for this week, and heavenly spiced cookies are for the best ten minutes of Mothers Day. The Mothers Day Cookie Gift Box from Whimsy and Spice on Etsy is the Tiffany’s version of baked goods. Each collection includes fennel olive oil shortbread cookies, honey lavender shortbread cookies, rose and black pepper thumbprint cookies, Earl Grey sandwich cookies, lemongrass marshmallows, and espresso dulce de leche brownies, all handmade by Chef Mark in Brooklyn and wrapped in beautiful Tibetan paper. We haven’t tried ’em, but we’d like to. And more than 6000 reports of positive feedback...

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Tired of cute bunnies and chicks? How about zombies?

Are you sick of bunnies, flowers, and butterflies yet? Okay, we’re not either, thanks to that extra-long winter. Still, we’re year-round zombie fans, especially when they’re adorable and delicious.  The Undead Zombie Cookie Cutters from Perpetual Kid are a slightly skewed way to celebrate the rebirth of spring. Or that’s how I’m seeing it. Each set comes with three cookie cutters made from food-safe plastic that you can even toss in the dishwasher. Whether you prefer your shambling corpses to be hunching, walking, or running, your kids will have tons of fun icing them and adding bloody red sprinkles....

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Who knew T-Rex was so tasty?

Back in the Crumbtaceous period, dinosaurs roamed the earth, devouring each other with glasses of milk and falling into the La Brea Chocolate Pits. Okay, kidding. But we are really excited about these 3-D dinosaur cookie cutters. Making creatures with 3-D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters is pretty simple and doesn’t require any of that fancy faux-science from Jurassic Park. Simply mix up your favorite cookie recipe (or buy it pre-made at the store, we won’t judge.) Use the 3-4 cookie cutters included to stamp out the appropriate number of torsos, legs, tails, and tiny T-Rex arms. Bake, then assemble the...

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Web Coolness – Valentines ideas, Chinese New Year with Kids, and some required reading for parents

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!  Need to get ready for Valentine’s Day? Don’t miss our huge Valentine collection of cards, gifts, treats, and other goodies to love. And don’t miss our Valentine’s tech gift picks too! Think you’ve seen enough winter? Wait until you see this other-worldly winter wonderland at the International Ice and Snow Festival. Does Valentine’s Day give you and your spouse a reminder to reconnect? Today is National Girl Scout Cookie Day: Those of you in New York City can even follow...

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15 of the absolute cutest hedgehog gifts, all handmade

When we first started this site it was birds. Then owls. Then foxes. Now, neck-in-neck with the fox, the cutest animal trend to emerge is definitely hedgehogs. (Not that owls show any sign of going anywhere.) If you think the spiny mammal of the subfamily Erinaceinae is cuter than its Latin name might suggest, well I do too! So I’ve combed the web to share 15 of the cutest handmade hedgehog gifts, toys, tees, artwork and more, all at great prices. After all, they’re too adorable just to come out at night. –Liz Wooden Hedgehog Pendant by decoylab ($16)...

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5 easy red velvet desserts for a red hot Valentine’s Day

Red may be the official hue of Valentine’s Day, but you don’t have to give red roses or wear a splash of red to get in the official Valentine’s Day spirit. You can also whip up something red. Red velvet, to be exact. Using a simple red velvet batter makes anything from pancakes to brownies festive. These five red-colored, cocoa-flavored sweets are proof. They’re also super easy to make and cupid approved. The color of love never looked–or tasted–so good. Be still my heart: Red Velvet Milkshakes! (above) These babies are so potent that Courtney at Pizzazzerie, the mad genius behind this...

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5 healthy lunchbox snacks that make that healthy snacking resolution a little easier

This year, a lot of parents are resolving to buy healthier lunchbox snacks that are kid and cool mom approved. Seem like a tall order? Not with these five healthy snacks. I know that healthy snacks can be hard. So many taste, well, healthy. These five products are different. They get high marks on health and taste, and I’m not the only one doing the grading. My boys have signed off on these treats, too. Hooray for one no-brainer resolution! –Stacie I Heart Keenwah clusters (above) Thought the quinoa trend was over? Think again. The most genius product churned out...

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5 beloved Girl Scout cookie recipes that you can make at home

It’s Girl Scout cookie time. Which means I’m in trouble. I love Girl Scout cookies. Every year I’m taken by surprise by a cute little girl with a dangerously powerful sell. Whether I resist or not, I always end up baking a batch of my own homemade Girl Scout cookies. (An especially good way to stave off the craving while I wait for the order, but still support our local troops.) Making Girl Scout cookies at home is easier than you think, and it’s a fun way to spend time with the kids. The only problem with baking Girl...

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What’s the difference between a macaron and a macaroon? Where do we start!

Macarons are all the rage these days, and certainly not to be confused with those big coconut things that one eats at Passover and generally stay in your stomach until oh, June. The difference is, macarons are melt-in-your-mouth delicious French almond cookie sandwiches in gorgeous colors and exotic flavors. Now that we’ve settled that, if you’re ready to try macarons (not macaroons) we’ve got the perfect way to do it, with a smaller size and a smaller price. For ages I’ve been a crazy groupie of Richart, some of the best chocolate on the planet, all packaged with gift-ready...

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8 spectacular holiday cookie recipes to kick off the holiday baking season

If you ask me, the best part of the holiday season are the holiday cookie recipes. Holiday cookies are affordable and easy to make, they never fail to make everyone happy, and they always give us a good reason to get together with friends and family. (Hello, cookie swap!) Holiday cookies make both a great dessert and a fabulous gift. Enough said. As your faithful cookie elf, I’ve rounded up 8 amazing holiday cookie recipes so that you can start getting your holiday baking on. And, no, it’s not too early. Make, bake, eat, freeze, then make more. I’ve even...

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Alphabet awesome: cookie cutters as easy as A-B-C

My son has been obsessed with the alphabet since he was two years old–so much so, that he was the alphabet for Halloween two years in a row (ask me how I pulled off those costumes). And his nickname? Letter Boy. I kid you not.  So you can imagine how excited I was to find these alphabetastic cookie cutters. Because what’s better for an alphabet-obsessed kid than the ABCs masquerading as COOKIES? LETTERPressed cookie cutters, from the always fun company The Spoon Sisters, come with all 26 letters, an ampersand and exclamation point, packed into a reusable storage tray–all this for a friendly $21....

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10 delicious recipes that use leftover Halloween candy

It’s been quite a week, filled with a flurry of sweet Halloween activity and some not-so-sweet weather for some of you. Whether or not you braved Frankenstorm in your neck of the woods, I’m guessing that you’ll have leftover candy. Hopefully yours is from a big ol’ trick-or-treat haul. Even if it’s just candy you didn’t get to hand out, though, these recipes will come in handy. Check out these ten super delicious, highly decadent treats that make genius use of leftover Halloween candy. You know, when you get bored of stealing it straight out of the kiddo’s bag....

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5 geeky, spooky, and altogether kooky cookies for Halloween

Get out the flour and sugar. Crack the eggs (better use than egging the grouchy neighbors, trust us). Monster mash everything up. And then select the perfect creepy cookie cutters for a very happy Halloween snack. First we brought you NINJAbread Men. Now we’re digging these GingerDEAD Men! Just cut out the shape with one side and impress the bones with the other. Mmm…crunchy. Future mad scientists might enjoy the four fun shapes in the Labcutters Science Cookie Cutters. Some iced beakers and test tubes would be the perfect accompaniment for chemistry homework. Baking involves tons of science, you know. Don’t...

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