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What is a Butter Cookie and Where Did They Come From?

Published March 05, 2013        by Sarah

adriennf1 150x150 What is a Butter Cookie and Where Did They Come From?Crisp, tender, and delicious, many people associate butter cookies with Christmas. Whether it’s the holiday season, though, or an average rainy Tuesday afternoon, butter cookies are the stuff of legend, and if you’ve never had one, you’re certainly missing something special. What is a Butter Cookie? Butter cookies are sometimes called butter biscuits in other countries. The basic ingredients for any recipe include sugar, butter, and flour, and thanks to the ratio at which you combine them, you get a fairly crispy cookie. It can be tough to work with these kinds of cookies, so most of the recipes you’ll find have you chill them for up to twenty-four hours just so you can create the perfect cookie. You often see these in a number of different shapes, though ovals and pretzels are, by Read more

Convey Your Condolences with Cookies

Published May 07, 2012        by Sarah

marcin wichary1 150x150 Convey Your Condolences with CookiesWhen someone experiences loss, it is often difficult for us to express our condolences.  We don’t want to say the wrong thing, make things worse, or fail to convey our well wishes and desire to help out.  Words often fail us, but there is one thing that does not: thoughtfulness. Being there, and offering your sympathies in whatever form you can, is always treasured by the mourners. For many of us, food says what we cannot: that we are here, that we wish them comfort, and that we care.  It is not only appropriate to convey your condolences with sympathy cookies, it will be very much appreciated. When conveying your sympathies, it is best to do so simply.  For instance, a lovely basket filled with homemade treats will send your message effectively. Some ideas for inclusion: Chocolate Read more

Cookie Tins - An Easy Gift Packaging Idea

Published February 06, 2012        by Sarah

cookie tin1 150x150 Cookie Tins   An Easy Gift Packaging IdeaWhat is the best part about using cookie tins as gift packaging?  It’s easy; you don’t have to worry about your baked goods getting crushed in transit. The sizes and shapes make it possible for you to deliver just the right amount of cookies, brownies, or other goodies for holidays, birthdays, and other occasions.  They are reusable; your recipient can use the cookie tin for everything from storing hair accessories and toys to organizing drawers.  Cookie tins are always an excellent gift packaging idea. You probably have more than a few cookie tins laying around the house from long-eaten gifts you’ve received yourself.  Why not put them to use?  With a little creativity and a few craft supplies, you can revamp your cookie tins and get them ready for more gift-giving.  You can Read more

The History of Cookies

Published October 21, 2010        by Rae Ann

PhotoPin large 4338543465 150x150 The History of Cookies The world has long had a love affair with their cookies. In any American supermarket, you can  walk down the cookie aisle and be bombarded with multi-color packages tempting you to try them. There are hundreds of choices in everything from super sweet to biscuit to fruit filled. Believe it or not, what is now known as the beloved cookie once started out as a humble tester cake. Sugar was beginning to be cultivated way back in the days of the Persian empire. Royal bakers began to test out different cake recipes. The problem was, there were no temperature regulators on the ovens they used. They were brick and clay fire pits, essentially, and the cook could not be certain how hot the oven was or when it was ready. So when it came time to cook the cakes for the royals, bakers had to find Read more

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake Recipe

Published September 27, 2010        by Rae Ann

shutterstock 18251269 600 150x150 Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake RecipeWe've taken the deliciousness of a Pineapple Upside Down Cake and made it bite sized!  Perfect for a Sunday morning brunch, cupcakes are garnished with a pineapple ring and maraschino cherry along with brown sugar for a sweet and fruity treat! Once you try this recipe, you'll be sharing the recipe in every dessert gift basket you give! Ingredients: Cake Batter 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter 1/2 cup milk 1 cup flour 1 1/2teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Topping 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter 3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar, tightly packed 12 maraschino cherries 2 (20-ounce) can pineapple rings Directions: 1. Heat oven to 350º. Place butter and milk for the batter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Read more