Showing posts with label food gifts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food gifts. Show all posts

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Stuffed Spring Cookies / Fill The Cookie jar

Spring is in the air, and I am celebrating with these Stuffed Spring Cookies! Cookies are always a great way to celebrate! These cookies take some time to make, but several of the steps can be made ahead of time and the cookies are essentially two cookies in one because they have a top and bottom, so going a smaller size on these is not an issue. For more spring cookie inspiration, when you are done reading this, keep scrolling down and see all the cookies the other members of Fill The Cookie Jar made today! Happy Spring!

Stuffed Spring Cookies
printable recipe

2 1/2 cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
pinch of Salt
1/4 cup Canola Oil
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon Buttermilk
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1 tablespoon Vegetable Shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 large Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla

3 cups Confectioner's Sugar
1/2 cup Butter. softened
8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

 Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Mix together the buttermilk and the canola oil. 
Cream together the butter and shortening.
Add the sugar. Beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Add the egg and vanilla and mix together.
Using low speed, begin adding the flour mixture into the batter. Alternate the flour with the buttermilk mix until it is all combined. Cover and chill for at least 15 minutes.

Using a round object, trace a circle on a piece of parchment paper. Use a pen or marker. When determining the size of your circle, keep in mind that each circle will become half of a cookie. You will be using two for each cookie.
Flip the parchment paper over, and place on your baking sheet. Use a Wilton #5 tip and fill a pastry bag with the cookie dough. Outline the circles with the dough and fill in the rest of the circle.
Bake for 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool on cooling rack.
Make the cream cheese filling by sifting the confectioner's sugar. In a separate bowl mix together the butter and cream cheese. Add the confectioner' s sugar and vanilla to the cream cheese. Beat until smooth.
Divide the frosting equally in to 2 separate bowls. Tint each bowl of frosting with a spring color. 
Place each frosting color in to a pastry bag using a #10 tip, or any tip that will cover the cookie. Pipe the underside of the cookie with the frosting.
Top the frosting with the other cookie half.
Remember, that these cookies need to be refrigerated because they are made with cream cheese.
 Enjoy your cookies, as you say "Hello" to spring! Thanks for joining me today!
Thank you to Cynthia Landrie for hosting today's event!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Last Minute Valentine Gifts~Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix and Chocolate Dipped Thin Oreos

Valentine's Day will be here on Sunday! Are you ready?  These two, cute Last Minute Valentine Gifts are fast to put together, and anyone would love to receive them! The Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix is easy, and the Chocolate Dipped Thin Oreo's are even easier!

hot choclate mix, chocolate covered oreos
 Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Snowflake Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are some of my favorite cookies. I love their versatility, and how easy it is to creatively adapt them to any celebration or party. So these Snowflake Thumbprint Cookies are a celebration of winter and snow, and the fact that I am not in any snow!

These cookies are part of a care package that I am sending to my old neighbor, Skip. As I have mentioned before in this post, he was the best neighbor ever, and since we moved away from Utah, we have gone to visit with him a few times. We really miss him! My son was there a few months ago, and I asked him to go see Skip. I was a little worried that he seemed out of sorts and forgetful when I spoke to him on the phone. To make a long story short, Skip has dementia, and he is now living in a care facility in east Ohio, very near his family. While I am so glad his family is watching out for him,  I am so sad, because I know how much he loved his home in Utah, and his life there. Anyway, I know that Skip will be happy to get these goodies, and I hope they make him smile!

cookies, thumbprint cookies, snow
 Snowflake Thumbprint Cookies

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Candy Cane Popcorn!!

Every Christmas I make a lot of gift baskets filled with food. I stuff them with cookies, candies, and nuts, and sometimes I add sauces, like BBQ or hot fudge. The process of putting it all together, deciding what recipes to make, and how to package the goodies is a source of great joy to me. When I see how happy recipients of the baskets are, it really is a present ~ for me! This year I have an abundance of glass jars (remnants of my biscoff obsession) that I wanted to put to good use. I wanted something that would look pretty and taste great. That's how I came up with this Candy Cane Popcorn!
Candy Cane Popcorn
16 cups popped Popcorn
12 squares of Vanilla Almond Bark
20 Candy Canes
Pop your popcorn and chop up your almond bark.
Let it melt slowly, stirring and using low heat.
Meanwhile, line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
 Crush your candy canes into small pieces.
Pour your popped corn in to a large bowl. 
You will need a large bowl for extra mixing room.
 Add your melted  almond bark. Mix thoroughly.
Distribute the wet popcorn between the two
baking sheets.
Sprinkle with your crushed candy canes.
Let dry.
Here is a close up to see how it sticks to the
popcorn with the help of the melted bark.
To make the jars I tied bakers twine around the lid,
 stuck a mini candy cane in the bow, and.....
 decorated the top of the lid.
They will be the perfect addition 
to the gift baskets!

Thanks for joining me today!

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