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Spring Daisy Spritz Cookies

Bring on Spring!  We are finally getting a break from this crazy harsh winter.  It was so nice to bake with bright sunshine and some fresh air filling the house.  My daughter is having a Daisy Girl Scout Investiture Ceremony tonight and I wanted to make a special little treat for our troop.  These Daisy Spritz Cookies will be perfect to celebrate!

Spritz Spring Daisy Cookie storage

Spritz Cookie Recipe

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sift the flour and baking powder.  On high speed, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the egg, milk and vanilla extract.  Lower the mixer speed and add the flour mixture slowly until combined.  Fill the cookie press (I love my Wilton Cookie Press!) with dough and place the desire disk in.  Press cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Back for 10-12 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.  Place on a cooling rack.  Makes 7-8 dozen cookies.

Girl Scout Daisy Cookies

Once cooled, I decorated the daisy center with the Girl Scout Daisy blue center.  Just like the first patch they earn when they can recite the Girl Scout Promise.  The centers were iced with a dollop of glaze (1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon corn syrup and 1 tablespoon of milk) and dyed with two drops of blue food coloring.  Blue crystal sugars were sprinkled on top.

Sweet Stackers Decorated Daisy Cookies

Sweet Stackers are pictured in an air-tight Rubbermaid Take Alongs container.  Create 3 layers of cookies in this container.

Sweet Stackers elevate your baked goods on stackable trays in your container.  Decorate your cookies right on the trays, place the risers carefully in between and stack the trays without messing the decorations right in your container.  Dry the icing with the lid off, then store  with an air-tight lid to keep them fresh.  They are ready to transport to your event! 

Sweet Stackers are reusable, economical, versatile and fit a variety of containers that you probably already own – visit www.sweetstackers.com for more information.

Valentine’s Homemade Brownie Truffles

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and one of the most special gifts you can give is homemade!  These brownie truffles are extremely easy and super fun to decorate.  Create a beautiful variety, uniquely decorated with just a handful of supplies.

Valentine Chocolate Edible Gifts

Recipe:

The easy part is using a box of brownie mix baked following the instructions on the box.  The brownies filled a 9 x 9 inch baking pan.  Once removed from the oven, slightly cool, then crumble into a bowl to cool completely.  Create uniform 1 inch balls (easiest using a cookie scoop) and place in an air-tight container until ready to decorate.

Dip each brownie ball into melting chocolates:

There are a few different ways to melt chocolate, but I prefer the double boiler method.  Boil 1 inch of water in a large sauce pan, placing a larger heat proof bowl on top of the saucepan.  This technique prevents the chocolate from scorching.  Once the water is simmering, place the chocolates in the bowl on top and stir until melted.  Note to add 1 teaspoon of Crisco to create a smooth finish.  Roll each brownie ball in the chocolate removing with a fork and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or foil.  A few truffles were decorated with sprinkles or sanding sugars immediately.

I started with a 1/2 cup of white chocolate melting wafers to decorate a quarter of brownie balls.  Then added milk chocolate wafers to the same bowl and mixed with the remaining white chocolate. 

Decoration ideas:

Any leftover chocolate?  Don’t toss it…pipe mini chocolate hearts onto wax paper and let them cool completely.  They will easily peel off to use as decorations.

The undecorated chocolate covered balls were enhanced with glaze.  Starting with plain white glaze – 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon of corn syrup and 1-2 tablespoons of milk.  Mix until a thick, smooth consistency.  Pipe a few, drizzle a few, add a drop of red food coloring to create pink…have fun!

SweetStackers chocolate truffle  storage
SweetStackers homemade Valentine truffles

Once the decorations have set, the truffles should be place in an air-tight container.  Each truffle could be placed in mini cupcake liner to separate.  Give a beautiful gift showing off your little works of art using a pretty container!  This red tin with a clear see-thru lid is perfect!

Sweet Stackers Edible Gift Valentines

Sweet StackersTM is a versatile system used to store and transport layers of baked goods in any container!   The product was designed to maximize food storage space preventing cookies and desserts from sticking together and protecting the topping, decorations or icing.  Visit sweetstackers.com for more information about our product.  Sweet Stackers can be found on our Etsy shop.

Sweet Stackers Valentine Chocolate Gift

Poll: Calling all household cooks and bakers!

Hi!  I am taking a quick poll because I am curious what household cooks and bakers prefer to store bakery/cookies/appetizers or any type of finger foods in?  Think about your favorite container that you would transport food to a party or store these foods in to keep them fresh in the fridge, freezer or pantry.  Any details or comments (size, shape, make, etc.) would be greatly appreciated, but not necessary.

Thanks for your help!!

Colleen from the PartyKitchen blog