Valentine’s Day

I know this post is waaay last season but hey, there’s always next year right? This past Valentine’s Day my boyfriend and I were doing long distance. I wanted to do something that was cute, fun and relatively easy to ship.

These customizable sweetheart cookies were just what I was looking for. I personally find regular sugar cookies to be boring and funfetti is my absolute favorite. Luckily I was able to find this recipe to make cake mix into shape cookie dough. I followed this wonderful royal icing guide, and employed the help of my bake savvy roomie.

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The only downside to these cookies is they were a multi-step process and ended up taking me several hours to finish. However I did enjoy getting to think of classic, funny, and personal cookie sayings.

Classic

Classic

Personalized

Personalized

Once I finished making the cookies, I packaged them up all cute in this little paint can like container, added a ribbon and headed to the post office.

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I also made this super cute card. All it took was:
Black Card-stock
Red Card-stock
adhesive
Cuttlebug with Disney cartridges
and obviously loving words

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The boyfriend loved the cookies and appreciated the card. So I’d have to say this was a pretty successful Valentine’s Day. 🙂

Kabobs…for Dessert

Who doesn’t like kabobs. They are the perfect mix of various foods that could easily complete a meal. After a day of working the front desk at work I was introduced to a new idea…dessert kabobs. I had never eaten or even heard of such a thing, but it sounded like fun to me. So over my winter break I set out to try my hand at dessert kabobs.

I thought that oreo truffles, brownies, cake balls, chocolate covered strawberries and rice krispies would make a nice well rounded kabob. Well strawberries are out of season and therefore were taken off the menu. Next I decided to skip on the rice krispies as well (next time I will definitely include them). I also thought that I should make some chocolate chip cookies while I was baking, because well why not, they are one of my favorites.

The Fixings

The making of the various desserts went well and I started to assemble…not as easy as I had expected. I decided that I didn’t need five million cake balls so I left half of the cake and decided to add cake chunks to the kabobs. I started assembling and realized that I needed to have a somewhat solid piece at both ends, which lead to adding cookie halfs to the kabobs. Another slight issue was that the brownies were very crumbly (perfect to eat not perfect to stay on a stick) and kept falling off the stick if not added just right.

Final product (minus the cake balls)

However after some careful assembly the kabobs were finished and everyone at work was quite excited to try them. They definitely would not win a prize for looks but they were delicious to eat and unique; so I am satisfied.

Peppermint: The Key Ingredient

My roomate and I decided to kick start our winter break with some baking…so long as it involved some peppermint. Peppermint bark, peppermint gluten free sugar cookies, chocolate chip peppermint cookies and peppermint rice krispies.

The peppermint bark was delicious but I will have to make it again for the regular chocolate to the white chocolate ratio was  bit off. We used this recipe.

For the peppermint gluten free sugar cookies, we used a basic sugar cookie recipe, substituting for gluten free flour and adding crushed candy canes. And for the chocolate chip peppermint cookies we just added crushed peppermint to a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Now…the peppermint rice krispies were my favorite. A few weeks ago we bought peppermint marshmallows for our hot cocoa, then decided they would be the perfect substitution for regular marshmallows in rice krispie treats, and well, we were right. (Although you will need a few more then 40 peppermint marshmallows)

The Final Products