I’m not much of a cookie aficionado, but Halloween brings out the baker in me. (It also brings out the witch in me, but that’s for another post.) In honor of my favorite cookie-making holiday, we’ve found the cutest, yummiest Halloween treats ever. So feast your zombie eyes on these. The kids are going to freak out! I’m telling you, Halloween cookies are easy, and there isn’t all that Christmas-y pressure. These days, finding Halloween-themed cookie cutters is a cinch (like the “gingerdead” men cookie cutters, heh). The color palette can be more limited to orange, black and green–and if your...Read More
I’m not a huge cook but I do dabble in cookie-making. Even I know my way around a hand-mixer, and can manage cookie cutters without any major culinary trauma. However if I had mad fondant skills? I would totally be making these vintage toy cookies and handing them out at every single baby shower for the rest of my life. The Vintage Toy Cookies spotted at The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle are absolutely mindblowingly amazing. You will recognize all those Fisher-Price toys from your own childhood, like the xylophone, the ring stacking toy, the vintage phone, and that corn popper push toy that...Read More
Earlier this week it was fun finding some of the most beautiful Fourth of July printables and decor, and now for you DIY’ers, I’ve rounded up fun Fourth of July crafts so you can celebrate America’s 236th birthday party in style. Whether you’re firing up the grill or not. Independence Day is a great day for family fun: the kids are out of school, chances are there’s a parade nearby, and the sky will soon be filled with fireworks. Days like this only happen once a year–let’s make it special! –Roxanna I always suspected candy buttons were easy to...Read More
Gourmet gifts make great Father’s Day gifts for any dad, at least in our families. It’s hard not to be thrilled by a little something sweet (or salty or sour or beer-y) to go with that sentimental card. Here, a few tasty Father’s Day picks for the food-loving dad in your life, whether he’s big on grilling it, cooking it, or just eating it. The knives from Schmidt Bros Cutlery (at top) make great gifts for men who rule the kitchen, and this single 8″ teak handled chef’s knife is a great value. ($40 at Schmidt Bros) Cliche though it...Read More
As Valentine’s Day creeps closer, I’ve been looking out for treats that don’t list corn syrup or “chocolate-y” filling among the ingredients. One ingredient I do like: Felt. And that’s pretty much all these adorable fortune cookies are made of. The Valentine’s Fortune Cookies from Helen of CMP favorite Curly Birds is ridiculously adorable. You can tuck your own fortune inside and send it off in your kid’s lunchbox on the 14th, leave one at each place setting at breakfast. The box of 3 cookies plus fortune slips is only $8, but Helen, being as awesome as she is,...Read More
I was so glad to learn last year from all of you that I’m not alone in my obsession with Biscoff cookies. You know, the ones you secretly hoard from the plane. So when I heard that they’ve now got a spread that’s made from the cookies, hello! I just had to give it a taste test. I admit that the idea of a spread made from cookies did seem a little odd, but then I popped a spoonful into my mouth and I was completely sold. It’s not as sweet as you might imagine it would be, but...Read More
My Foodzie tasting box arrived this month, as always, but this one was mayyyybe the best one ever. Thanks in part to some of the best cookies I’ve ever devoured. Salted Rosemary Shortbread may not sound like three words that go together, but oh lord, do they ever. This sweet, sophisticated concoction from Lark Fine Foods is so subtle and addictive, it would be a shame to waste them on kids. Not that they didn’t beg for a bite too. I wouldn’t even bother with the single pack of 12 cookies. Just go for the savings on the three-pack....Read More
Despite light-up toys, dolls that talk, and, um, iPads, at the end of the day, nothing holds a candle — or backlit touchpad screen — to a good kids’ book. It’s a lesson my 3.5 year-old daughter has already learned, and I’m sure your kids are totally on board with that message, too. So imagine the joy of this: a big party featuring storytime, glasses of milk and plates of cookies, and — coolest of all — helping get good books into the hands of kids who don’t have any. Milk + Bookies is a neat charitable organization that facilitates...Read More
I have Joe Cocker in my head right now. He’s singing You Are So Beautiful to Me, and I’m getting all choked up when his voice cracks at that one point at the end. He also happens to be singing the song to the unbelievably amazing treats from Ugly Truffles (at least in my head) which happen to make the perfect last minute Valentine’s Day gift. If to you, perfect = ugly. I first discovered Chocolate Gourmet’s Ugly Truffles (and their homely cousins, Damn Good Cookies) two years ago and have been an evangelical fan of these small-batch treats every since....Read More
We were delighted with the Martha Stewart makes Cookies app when it was introduced this past fall for the iPad, and now there’s one more reason to like all this four-color, interactive deliciousness–more yummy cookie recipes and a new lower price. At least for a limited time. The app is just $2.99 for the next week; a nice discount over the original $7.99 price. Especially since there are now more heart-shaped treats that look so fantastic, my five year-old just enjoys scrolling through the pages as if it were the best storybook in the world. (A story that ends with me eating...Read More
Just around this time last year, my husband was returning home from his deployment in Afghanistan and he mentioned how he and his fellow troops really did appreciate the goodies and treats folks sent their way. With that in mind, I couldn’t help but pass along this great initiative from Kenmore (yes, that Kenmore) who’s thanking our troops through cookies–hopefully with your help too. Through their Baking for the Troops program, Kenmore is hoping to donate 250,000 cookies to troops who won’t be able to spend the holidays with their family. And if they can reach their goal, they’ll...Read More
Posted by Mir | Nov 15, 2010 |
I’ve been gluten-free for coming up on a couple of years, now, and while I’ve learned to bake a few essentials, I’ve mostly given up on cookies. Because gluten-free cookies–by and large–suck. And I love to bake, but I’m certainly not going to spend hundreds of dollars on specialty flours and xantham gum and stuff. So when my package of Purely Elizabeth cookie mix arrived, promising gluten-free, vegan, organic goodness… I was already imagining exactly how “delicious” that would be (hint: not very). Sure, the ingredient list is impressive (including my new favorite superfood, chia seeds), but… gluten-free cookies...Read More
Every year, I make two kinds of holiday cookies from recipes that have been passed down from my mom. But yummy as the traditional family recipes are, I’m ready to branch out from the same old pecan balls and sugar cookies, and try and start my own new tradition. Now, thanks to a little help from Martha Stewart and my iPad, I’ve got a plethora of awesome cookie recipes to choose from and a whole lot of inspiration. The brand new Martha Stewart Makes Cookies iPad app is an amazing interactive recipe book that’s probably as close to having...Read More
If you’ve flown on a particular airline, then you’re probably familiar with the scarily yummy Biscoff cookies. And as a wife of a pilot who flies for said airline, I have to giggle every time someone tells me that they hoard them, mostly because we’ve got our own personal stash too. (Shhh.) Well, now you don’t have to wait to take another fun-filled family flight in order to refill your stockpile, and our staff at CMP is more excited about it than we should be. You can snag the Biscoff Cookies in various sized packs at their website, find...Read More
To say I’m not a baker would be like saying childbirth is somewhat uncomfortable. But I also happen to be a major baked goods addict, which means lot and lots (and lots and lots) of store-bought cookies and cakes make their way into my house. So needless to say when the opportunity to review Ice Box Bakery’s ready-to-bake cookie dough became available I practically dislocated my shoulder from raising my hand so quickly. Ice Box Bakery cookie dough is as close as I’m ever going to get to making cookies from scratch. Given that the all the ingredients are...Read More
I’m in heaven. Floating above the clouds, birds tweeting around me, angels singing sweet melodies heaven, all because I’ve discovered the sweet caloric glory of Elsylee cookies. Let’s just say these handmade-to-order artisanal cookies from a Manhattan patisserie make those “Milan” and “Bordeaux” cookies (which are pretty darn good) seem like Eurotrash wannabes. Inspired by her European grandmothers, master baker Elsylee has absolutely blown me away with these all-natural, bite-sized treats that I forced myself to sample this week. (I know, get out your tiny violins.) The Sevilla snowball style cookies are to die for — I could seriously...Read More
It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week, meaning free pedicures and lattes should be raining down on all those lovely people who take care of our kids’ precious minds throughout the school year. So, don’t hold back: Tell a teacher how much you appreciate all the hard work they do. And while you’re thinking about the teachers in your life, it’s a great time to pick up something special for those end-of-year teacher gifts. Something easier to wrap than pedicures and lattes. -Christina Sweet Treats I have two words for you: School Lunches. I think our teachers deserve a little something...Read More
I am beyond grateful for all the pretty boxes and gift bags out there because I am 1. Totally spazzy with wrapping paper (seriously, it’s sad) and 2. Totally impatient with long gift wrap lines at department stores. Let’s also add 3. Totally annoyed with the $5 gift wrap charges that some shops want to bilk you with over the holidays. So here are a few cool holiday gift boxes and gift bags I’ve come across recently that make things easy for those of you like me: Martha Stewart Crafts does a smashing job with the holiday cookie and...Read More
Normally, if you were to call me lazy at this time of the year, you’d find a candy cane in a most uncomfortable place, but the kind people at The Lazy Baker are my new best friends for creating gourmet baking mixes, like their Gingerbread Cookie Kit, which saved me a bunch of time, effort and mess. It’s almost like an elf came into my kitchen and threw together all the messy, dusty dry ingredients for all-natural holiday-ready gingerbread, and I didn’t have to crack a recipe book. And we’re talking “real” ingredients like flour, brown sugar and spices—nothing...Read More
The holidays aren’t so sweet for those people who have to pass up all the trays of Christmas cookies because of a food allergy or vegan lifestyle. So, when I heard that Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero were following up their most-awesome Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World with the new Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, I couldn’t wait to get my grubby little hands on it. I knew they wouldn’t let me and my milk-allergic daughter down. And, oh, did they pull through with this cookbook, whose photographs are food porn for those of us...Read More
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