Monday, June 20, 2011

Red, White & Blue Cookies

The Fourth of July summer holiday is coming soon so I thought I'd post some a few of our stars and stripes decorated sugar cookies. The colors of red, white and blue always remind me of summer, the colors just seem right for a hot summer's day. I like the simplicity of these decorated sugar cookies in shapes of stars. We are baking the stars in different sizes, frosting with royal icing and then rimming with sanding sugars. These cookies can be made easily at  home, star cookie cutters are easy to find and if you don't want to bother with royal icing, just use a simple buttercream icing and add some sprinkles. The buttercream frosting we use here is so easy!

Easy Buttercream Frosting
2 LB Confectioner's Sugar
1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick ) melted Butter
1/2 cup Water ( approximate)
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla

Mix the melted butter in a bowl with the sugar. Just mix until the butter is coating the sugar. Add the water slowly and beat until you like the consistency for frosting. Beat for 1-2 min  for a creamy mixture. Add vanilla or any other flavoring you may like. This frosting is so easy to spread and sets up nicely at room temperature, but you can also place the cookies in the refrigerator to help set your icing. The key to this recipe is the amount of water you add, add slowly and if you add too much, you can always add more sugar.

I really like the look of white icing with colored sprinkles, but you could also use food dye to add some color to your frosting, just allow for the added liquid. Food dyes will thin your icing somewhat.

We will be shipping our 4th of July Cookies next week. You can place your order online now and we'll ship the cookies when baked. This is a festive gift for a fourth of July summer picnic or to ship to friends and family. Visit our website for more ideas for your holiday gift giving today! We bake our cookies fresh daily and ship Nationwide!
Enjoy your summer get-to-gethers and cook outs! This is one tradition that seems to have remained in our lives despite our everyday "I'm so busy" schedules. Everyone enjoys a backyard cook out and getting together with friends and families. I love when everyone brings a favorite dish or dessert. You know people will prepare a dish that is one of their best, so the food is always great! Hope you can add some new recipes to your file this summer, I  know I've already picked up a few, starting with the great 5 bean salad I enjoyed yesterday at my niece's grad party!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Father's Day Cookie Delivery

Father's Day is June 19th, Sunday this year, 2011. We are starting to make our boxes and plan our baking for next week when we start to ship cookies for this special day. Cookies and brownies are a perfect gourmet treat to send for a Happy Father's Day message. If you have time, mix up a batch of cookies, most men love classic chocolate chip cookies, what could be easier. A plate of homemade cookies would go well with any other gifts or card you may want to give the special guy in your life. My dad loves Oatmeal Raisin, I know I'll be taking him a batch when I go to visit!

           If you are creative and want to try your skill at cookie decorating, shirts with #1 Dad on them would be fun especially for children to design. We used a "onesie" cookie cutter, then just cut off the bottoms with a knife prior to baking for these cute shirt decorated sugar cookies. We will be decorating them daily during this week and next so we'll have lots of variety to add to our Father's Day cookie gifts.



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