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the thaw: winter-to-spring snowflake cookies

winter to spring snowflake cookies

Even though I’m the curmudgeon that likes the quiet indoors that winter allows, I know the rest of you enjoy that moment of Spring’s arrival. And it does have its appeal, I will concede. Plus, I was really excited by this idea I had in the middle of the night (though less excited about waking up in the middle of the night): Snowflake cookies that turn to Spring.

winter to spring snowflake cookies

These are in the same spirit as my melting snowman cookies, I think. Though truthfully, I don’t know for what purpose you could use these. A Spring Equinox party maybe? Does anyone have those?

winter to spring snowflake cookies

 

how to make winter to spring snowflake cookies

you will need:*

cookie dough
royal icing
snowflake cookie cutter
food coloring (white, brown and green)
white sprinkles
disposable decorating bags
couplers
tips (size “2” and/or “3”)
rubber bands

*Find the cookie cutter, sprinkles, decorating bags, couplers and tips at the craft store. Use any size snowflake, but the one shown here is 3-inches across. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Bright White, Chocolate Brown and Leaf Green). For tips on finding supplies, click HERE, or see below. For basic cookie decorating how-tos click HERE.

winter to spring snowflake cookies

 

step one: bake your cookies. Roll out chilled cookie dough according to the recipe, cut out your snowflakes, bake and let cool completely.

step two: prepare your icing. Prepare royal icing according to the recipe. Divide and tint white, brown and green. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with the colors and close the bags tightly with rubber bands.

 step three: decorate your cookies. Pipe the snow side first. Pipe three spokes and then pipe lines on top. Immediately cover with white sprinkles and shake off the excess.

winter to spring snowflake cookies

 

For the branch half, pipe three brown spokes. Pipe small lines on top, but notice for the branches I staggered the small lines a bit. Pipe leaves in green.

winter to spring snowflake cookies

You can even do some whole snowflakes and some whole branches. Let the cookies dry overnight before handling or packaging.

winter to spring snowflake cookies

 

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St. Patrick’s Day treats from the archives

8 treats to make for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day, also known as the day we can sanction putting Irish Cream in our morning coffee, is coming soon. So in addition to all the beef stew and Guinness you’ll be consuming, here are a few treats from the archives that you can make to celebrate.

1. vodka-dipped rainbow marshmallow pops

2. St. Patrick’s Day decorated cookies

3. St. Patrick’s Day marshmallows

4. Guinness and shamrock snack mix

5. easy shamrock candy pops

6. rainbow marshmallow kebabs 

7. rainbow cookie bites

8. green plaid cookies

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Links: 18 make-it-in-a-MUG recipes

18 mug recipes

Whether for portion control, convenience, the cute factor, or just cooking for one, food in mugs is just a good idea, it seems to me. Here is a roundup of 18 recipes you can make in a mug, from breakfast to dinner and dessert.

Keep up with all the Wednesday Links HERE at Pinterest.

Lots of stuff to eat you can make in a mug:

Start with French Toast.

Or maybe quiche is your thing.

Or scrambled eggs.

How about a blueberry muffin.

Or baked oatmeal.

Make Mexican sweet corn.

I’ve made this mac n’ cheese. It’s really good.

Oh my. Roasted tomato soup with broiled cheddar.

Or spaghetti with sausage and cheese.

How about SpaghettiOs in a mug?

Try potato soup.

Meatloaf in a mug?

Mmm. Strawberry pie.

Or make a chocolate peanut butter cake.

Or red velvet cake.

Try lemon cake.

Quick paleo pumpkin pie.

I’m so curious about this avocado mug cake.

 

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Girl Scout cookies chocolate bark

Girl Scout Cookies chocolate bark

I know what you’re going through right now. You ordered too many Girl Scout cookies, huh? Is your kid selling them? Mine is. Your nieces? Your granddaughters? Your neighbor’s kid? Those kids outside the supermarket who look so darn cute in their vests and are brutal salesgirls?

Not to worry. I’m here to save the day. Chocolate bark is the answer. (Isn’t it always?)

Girl Scout Cookies chocolate bark

Specifically, Girl Scout Cookies Chocolate Bark. (Made with no actual Girl Scouts.) When you can’t decide what to do with all those boxes, when you can’t choose which box to dig into first, make bark.

Girl Scout Cookies chocolate bark

Here I used four different flavors of Girl Scout cookies: Trefoils, Thin Mints, Rah Rah Raisins, and Savannah Smiles. Dang, why didn’t I order Samoas? I always order Samoas. They’d be perfect on this bark. But you can’t go wrong with any cookie combo. Geez, I added the lemon and the thin mints, and even they work great together.

Girl Scout Cookies chocolate bark

 

how to make Girl Scout cookies bark

you will need:

about 25 Girl Scout cookies, any flavor(s)
baking tray
parchment paper
1 package (2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips (or any preferred chocolate)

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. Coarsely chop the Girl Scout cookies with a knife. It’s OK to have a bunch of crumbs in there, too.

Girl Scout cookies chocolate bark

 

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or stove top. (Either pour into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 70 percent power for 90 seconds, then 30 second intervals, stirring until melted or melt in a saucepan over simmering water.)

Girl Scout cookies chocolate bark

Pour the melted chocolate onto the prepared tray. Spread into an even layer. The chocoalte won’t fill the entire tray. Immediately sprinkle the cookies, crumbs and all, over the chocolate and gently press the cookies into the chocolate.

Girl Scout cookies chocolate bark

 

Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Then break into pieces.

Girl Scout Cookies chocolate bark

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Lucky Charms “Pot of Gold” Cookie Cups for Tablespoon

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Did you know cookie cups are a cinch to make? And you can fill them with great things like pudding? Here I made some chocolate cookie cups filled with pudding for St. Patrick’s Day. As in, “pots of gold.”

To make Lucky Charms “Pot of Gold” cookie cups, click HERE.

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