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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.

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Decorated Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are THE Classic Christmas Cookie!  The aroma fills the house to create the mood of the holidays.  Simple decorations turn these delicious cookies into something festive and beautiful!  Plus, let the kids get excited and decorate the classic shaped Gingerbread Men.

Sweet Stackers decorated cookie storage

Gingerbread Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 ¼ cup molasses
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375°.  Cream the butter and sugar together at high mixer speed.  Gradually add the molasses, eggs and vanilla.  Sift the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg together.  Measure 5 cups even cups of flour.  Reduce the mixer speed and gradually add the flour mixture.  Divide the dough into three portions, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours.

Roll cold dough to about 1/4 inch thick, cut into shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet (preferably lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper).  Bake 6 – 8 minutes.  Larger cookies may take longer.  Cool on a rack and decorate.

The glaze used to decorate (1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon light corn syrup, 1 teaspoon milk and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract).

Sweet Stackers decorated gingerbread cookies.

Store your decorated cookies in an air-tight container.  Sweet Stackers layer your beautiful decorated cookies to keep them looking beautiful!  The trays and risers are reusable and insert into a variety of containers you may already own.  Decorate your cookies right on the trays and lower them into your container – a great way to save space on your crowded kitchen countertops!  Plus, it makes it easy to transport “hard to transport” cookies, like jam filled or decorated cookies, to a holiday party and keeps them looking great!

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Rubbermaid’s 1 gallon Take Alongs container is pictured with Sweet Stackers 7.75 x 11 inch tray set.  Get three layers of decorated cookies in this container!

Visit sweetstackers.com to learn more about this handy product!

Czech Crescent Cookies

My Czech grandma made these Crescent Cookies for Christmas every year. Many other neighboring countries seem to use a similar recipe. Today, I have seen them rolled into balls and named “snowballs” or “pecan snowball” cookies. Either way, these are a very traditional Christmas cookie.  Besides tasting absolutely delicious – they are so easy and require only 5 ingredients!

Traditional Crescent Cookies

Czech Crescent Cookies

1 cup butter

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup pecans – finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla.  Reduce mixer speed and gradually add flour and pecans.

Shape into 1 1/4 inch balls (using a cookie scoop helps keep them uniform!).  Then shape into crescents and roll in a small bowl of confectioners’ sugar.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes until the bottoms turn golden brown.  Once cooled, roll again in confectioners’ sugar.

 

Pecan Snowball Cookies

Don’t let your green sanding sugars get on your jam filled thumbprints, and don’t let your powdered sugar get on your slice and bakes!  Sweet Stackers Stackable Food Storage System insert into your air-tight containers.  Layer your baked goods to maximize food storage space and prevent your flavors from mixing or disturbing the decorations!  sweetstackers.com

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Happy Thanksgiving & a Giveaway!

Hoping that you have a thankful day filled with family, friends & feast!

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It’s time to start your holiday baking & Sweet Stackers is hosting a Facebook giveaway.

Sweet Stackers convert your containers to multi-level, layer your baked goods neatly and make it easier to store and transport to a party!

Stop by https://www.facebook.com/SweetStackers – winner will be picked at 10pm CST on Friday, 11/18/14.

Plus find out about current promotions for the big shopping weekend!

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Banana Cookies

This recipe tastes and make the house smell just like Banana Bread…but in cookie form!  The cookies are moist and cake-like with the perfect amount of sweetness drizzled over the top.  The best way to store them, especially during the summer is to layer them separately to prevent them from sticking together.  Sweet Stackers convert your containers to multi-level using stackable trays and risers.  They insert perfectly into major brand air-tight food storage containers to make the perfect cookie container.  This whole batch of cookies were layered neatly in one 3″ deep container.

Sweet Stackers Cookie Storage

This recipe came from a blog called Pots Pans & Parkers.  The banana cookies turned out delicious and of course everyone in the house wanted one immediately when they came out of the oven based on the aroma.  I had to shoo them out of the kitchen in order to make the frosting!

Banana Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 mashed bananas (3 if they are small)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of flour

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cream the butter and sugar together.  Add egg, vanilla and bananas.  Sift flour, baking soda and salt together.  Gradually add the flour mixture.

Place a scoop of cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for approximately 9 minutes or until the bottom are golden brown.

Banana Cookie Sheet

Banana Cookie Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter (one stick)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Scald the milk in a pot. Add the butter, brown sugar and vanilla.  Bring to a boil on a medium heat.  Gradually add the powdered sugar into the pot, constantly stirring to avoid sugary clumps.  (note: you can add more or less powdered sugar depending how thick or thin you want the frosting)

Frosted Banana Cookies

The Sweet Stackers risers are versatile!  The risers are used to stack full-sized cooling racks to let the cookies cool and the frosting dry – saving space on the kitchen counters.

The cookies in this container didn’t last long!

SS Banana Cookies

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Bubble Cookies & The Taste Test

My niece turned 2 and she was celebrating with a Bubble Guppies tv show theme.  She is already recognizing her letters, so I wanted to make small bubble shaped cookies spelling out “Bubble Guppies”.  I thought she would enjoy that.  The rest of the cookies were bubbles!  They were glazed with pastel colors pink, blue and white.  These would be cute & easy for any spring or summer theme too!

…and now for the taste test!

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The Taste Test

My theory was put to the test!  During the decorating process, cookies should be stored in an air-tight container to keep them fresh.  I have heard many people say that they leave their cookies out of their kitchen counter top to let the cookies dry completely.  Hence, my taste test.  I reserved a few extra cookies to leave them out to dry overnight.  With the large batch of cookies, I followed the instruction below.  As there is success with safely letting the icing dry, the cookies also dry out during this process.  First thing in the morning, I tasted a cookie that sat out all night and a cookie from the container.  The overnight cookie had a crunchy texture and a slightly different taste.  Definitely not a fresh, soft texture like the one that was stored in the air-tight container!

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Instructions for Storing Decorated Cookies

  • Once the cookies cooled completely after coming out of the oven, they were placed in an air-tight container until I was ready to decorate.
  • During the decorating process, I placed 12 cookies in the bottom of my container and 12 more on each Sweet Stackers tray.   I glazed the cookies with a thin layer of icing (mixing 1 cup confectioner’s sugar and 1-2 tablespoons milk). 
  • Place the risers carefully in between the cookies and lower each tray into the container.  I was able to fit 36 – 2.5″ cookies in one 9×12″ container in three layers without the cookies touching each other.  Placed the lid on the container to dry.
  • After drying, I then embellished with a thicker combination of icing.  Piped the dots to imitate the reflection of light on each bubble.  Then piping the letters in blue.  Again, placing the layers of cookies back into the container and sealed to keep them fresh!

Sweet Stackers are for more than just cookies!  Visit sweetstackers.com to get more ideas on how to use them.

 

 

 

 

Frozen Birthday – Snowflake Sugar Cookies

There is a Frozen Birthday Party brewing in our house, so keep posted for more to come!  My daughter is turning 5 and we are throwing her a kid’s birthday party at home.  She picked the theme from Disney’s Frozen for her party.  I was actually very excited because this would be very easy to pull off.  The ideas were flowing, despite party supplies don’t exist yet for this party theme.  I was able to start executing my plans by making these beautiful snowflake sugar cookies a few days ahead of the party.  The key to soft, fresh and beautiful decorated cookies is storing them properly!

Frozen Birthday Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour

Preheat oven to 400°.  Cream the butter and sugar.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  Sift the flour and baking powder together and gradually add to the butter mixture.  Divide dough into two balls.  Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut using cookie cutters.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 6-7 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.  Transfer immediately to a cookie rack to cool.

Store cooled cookies in an air-tight container or decorate.

The icing recipe is so simple.  I combine about 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar to approximately 2-3 tablespoons of milk.  Stirring until a get a shiny thick icing (if not coming together, then add 1 additional tablespoon of milk).  Thick enough so the icing will not run and thin enough that it can be piped.  Add a drop or two of  desired food coloring and stir.

SweetStackers Cookie Storage

The piping was very simplistic, consisting of dots and lines.  Before the icing sets, I placed a snowflake shaped sprinkle in the center.  On a few others, I sprinkled some silver crystal sugars.  There were about 5 different patterns made.

Once the icing just starts to set, I transfer the cookies to an air-tight container to keep the cookies soft and fresh!  I don’t like the taste and crunch when the cookies are set out to dry for long periods of time (like overnight).  Sweet Stackers – stackable trays insert into a long, 3 inch deep, air-tight container.  Using a container that was approximately 9×12 inches, I was able to store 36 cookies, in 3 layers (without them touching).  Sweet Stackers are reusable and yet an inexpensive solution to storing cookies, dessert bars and even appetizers without a mess.  Stop by the product website sweetstackers.com to find out more or shop on Etsy or Amazon.

SweetStackers Snowflake Cookies

The morning of the party, I transferred each cookie to a small clear bag.  Each guest could bring home a sweet “Frozen” treat and I even added one to each party favor bucket.