Author Archives: Jennifer Parsons

Macaron Masterclass.

So making Macarons can be anything short of a total nightmare. Everything can make them fail. So, I wanted to spend the next week working on some tips and tricks to hopefully make this tricky but yummy cookie, work for you.

First of all, CupcakeJemma on Youtube has a great video to explain the process of making cookies.

Check back every day on Facebook until Next Friday because I will be sharing different tips each day to help you. Today is How to Whip Your Eggs to make Macarons. Over and Under whipping is the first step in making these a win or fail.

Dont forget to enter our contest. This months give a way is only until the 27th of the month. Here is the post on Facebook.

Check out our Sale and Clearance section to see what is newly on Sale.

The French Macaron.

 

Have you ever tried making this cookie? The French Macaron is a staple in all restaurants and bakeries. Most bakers who went to school, learned to master this cookie.

The Preppy Kitchen describes this recipe as “This easy French macaron recipe makes a batch of the most dainty, delicate, and delicious cookies that will float right into your mouth and disappear. “

Come back tomorrow for tips as we learn all there is to know about this delicate desert.

Check out our Facebook page to learn the history of The Macaron.

Happy Baking.

Traditional Mexican Wedding Cookies

 

Food.com always has some great recipes to share but today I want to share with you a recipe for Traditional Mexican Wedding Cookies.

Did you know ” Those who are not familiar with the Hispanic culture may not know what a Mexican wedding cookie is. Despite popular belief that they originated in ….., the original recipe came from the Middle East. Through trading and exploration, the cookie made it was to Spain and later was brought to America sometime in the 16th Century. The cookie is made of a butterball, powder sugar and sometimes nuts.” Lake Front News has a great read on the history of this amazing cookie.

Check out our Facebook page for a great video from The Icing Artist on how to make Rustic Wedding Shower Cookies.

In the video she used a Cake cookie cutter similar to this one in our store.

She also uses a Gown Dress Cookie cutter that we sell.

Also, this Plaque cutter.

Dont forget to enter this months contest!

Happy Baking you guys!

Flag Day

 

“America’s Flag Day marks the Second Continental Congress’s adoption of the first U.S. national flag on June 14, 1777.  The first flag featured the same 13 red and white stripes we see today.  However, the number and arrangement of stars have changed as the number of states has increased over the centuries. The current flag has remained the same since 1960. Will we ever go from 50 to 51? Read on for a look at some possible statehood candidates. And consider this a warmup for Independence Day — in just 20 days.” from National Day.com

Dont forget to check our Facebook page to enter this Months new contest.

Martha Stewart has a wonderful recipe for making Flag cookies.

Check out our selection of Flag Cookie Cutters.

Happy Baking.

Cactus Cookies!

These are beautiful cookies, aren’t they? Wow, I am amazed at the talent of the bakers who send us these pictures.

Cactus’s always remind me of spiciness. Like, if they were alive they would be feisty and spicy and a little sassy. So I got to thinking..What kind of cookies would make great cactus cookies? I finally found one that sounds so good. Big Soft Ginger Cookies! I do not like the crispiness of Ginger Snaps so this one sounds like heaven! Taste of Home has the perfect recipe. I know what I will be making this weekend.

We have some really great Cactus cookie cutters that would be really nice with this recipe.

Check out Facebook for a video on how to decorate these cookies.

Have a great weekend bakers!

Grandmas old fashioned Tea Cakes.

 

This image reminded me so much of Grandma outside digging in her garden every time the weather was nice. I want to share one of my Grandmas favorite recipes, Tea Cakes. Tea Cakes differ based on what part of the world, some places they are actual cakes, but here in the US they are a dense cookie.

Wikipedia has a fun little article breaking down Tea Cakes and their history.

Check out All Recipes for the recipe to these Old Fashioned Tea Cakes.

To make these cut out cookies you can use some of our Flower Cutters.

Check out Facebook to see some different content then we post here.

Happy Baking.

Nurse Cookies.

 

These are so pretty. The bandages are the best.

Check out our Facebook page for some fun facts about Nursing. Do not forget that on June 13th we post this months new contest!

Have you ever made cookies using cake mix? They make some moist cookies and it is oh so yummy. They only take 3 ingredients are really easy when you need to save time.  Check out the full recipe at All Recipes.

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
½ cup vegetable oil

Directions:

Step 1
Mix together cake mix, eggs and oil in a large bowl.

Step 2
Make little balls with the dough and set on ungreased cookie sheets.

Step 3
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 4 – 10 minutes.

Happy Baking!

Gone Fishin’

 

Ok, These cookies are FISHtastic! How stinkin cute.

Head on over to our Facebook page to see a video on how to decorate Fish cookies and to find a link to our Fish Cookie Cutters on our site.

But lets have some fun Fish facts, shall we?

The Fish Site has some really interesting facts on Fish. How many did you know?

1 – 1. The amazing Spotted Climbing Perch is able to ‘gulp’ oxygen from the air and can crawl over land using its strong pectoral fins in search of water.

2 – Catfish have over 27,000 taste buds, whereas humans have only 9,000.

3 –  Is it true that a fish surrounds itself by its snot to protect itself? Yes – parrotfish produce a mucus “tent” that completely covers them.

Check out the site to find more facts.

Happy Tuesday Bakers!!

National Say Something Nice Day!

 

You are worthy and You can do this! It is easy to fall into the negative of daily life. It is very easy to be consumed by everyday “bad” things that happen but today I want you to know that YOU ARE LOVED!

Because today is a day to say something nice, i also want to share one of my favorite cookie recipes of all time. Cookie Dough Stuffed Oreos! Be prepared to eat these all by yourself.

Check out Facebook for some fun cookie decorating ideas.

Happy Memorial Day!

 

Did you know that it is “Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.” Check out The History Channel for more facts about this Holiday.

Contest Winner!

Todays Blog is just an informative one.

There is no better gift than the gift of one of our Gift Cards!

Check out our Facebook page for this months Contest Winner. We also have amazing picture that have been sent in by our customers. You do not want to miss them! We will be posting a new picture every day to highlight our talented bakers!!

Check back on the 13th of next month for out next mystery box giveaway!

Haooy Baking!