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Best Valentine’s Day Treats

16 Jan

Valentine’s Day Treats

sugar-cookies

Valentine’s Day is a month away!  Valentine’s Day is a great time to let someone know how much you love them.  While we’re still in a pandemic, it’s more important than ever to reach out to friends and loved ones.  I think a homemade Valentine is a great gift.  Why not make your special someone homemade Valentine cookies with messages?  We have a terrific recipe from when we were featured on WGN-TV.  Of course, these look amazing in our personalized Valentine’s Day gable boxes.  They are the perfect treat to leave on a doorstep!  You could also fill the boxes with candy and little love notes.

The recipe below is also featured on our website in our Studio Insights.  You can find all types of tips from writing etiquette, personalized napkin tips to party accents.  

 

 

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Photo credit: Pinterest

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and egg.  Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl.  Add to butter mixture and mix to combine.  Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment to ¼ inch thickness.  Chill for 1 hour to overnight.  Cut into shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Chill again for 15-20 .  Bake at 350 for 7 minutes, rotate pans, then bake for approximately 3 minutes more until cookies are just beginning to turn golden brown.  Cool on wire racks until completely cool.

Cookie Glaze

3 ¾ – 4 cups powdered sugar
6 Tablespoons whole milk
1 tsp almond flavoring
6 Tablespoons corn syrup

Combine powdered sugar, milk, and flavoring.  Mix until smooth.  Add corn syrup.  Stir until combined and smooth.  If desired, add paste food coloring.

Tips

  • Chilling sugar cookie dough for rolled and cut sugar cookies hardens the butter in the dough so that the cookie dough rolls out more easily.  After cutting the cookies, you can chill them again so that the cookies retain their shape while baking.
  • Instead of store bought frosting, take time to make a cookie glaze which makes cookies look professional, smooth and dries hard for decorating.
  • Use paste food coloring to make vibrant colors for cookies.  Liquid food coloring may change consistency of glaze or royal frosting.  Experiment by combining different colors to make unique shades.
  • For a clean edge on the cookie, outline with royal frosting, then fill in with cookie glaze.  This stops the glaze from running down the sides of the cookie.
  • Great tip for decorating:  Use a squeeze bottle to “fill” surface with glaze.  Spread glaze to corners with toothpick or small knife.  You can purchase bottle at any craft store or Wal-Mart
  • Once the glaze is dry (can take several hours) decorate cookies with a pastry bag for a professional look.  Pastry bags are available at any craft store or in a pinch use a zip-loc bag.
  • Experiment with different types of sprinkles, sugars, and decorations.  For instance, make a border with pearl candies or large sprinkles and/or use sanding sugar for a sparkling effect.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Jennifer

2021 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

8 Jan

All You Need is L-O-V-E

With a little planning, Valentine’s Day can be just as special this year.  In fact, during a pandemic we could all use a little extra L-O-V-E right now.  We’ve put together some fun ideas to help you celebrate with family and friends.

For Kids

If your kids are still attending school in-person, Valentine’s Day exchange cards are still the go-to.  Personalized exchange cards are not only *extra*, but they are easy!  Just add a sweet treat and you’re done. If you’re not in-person, exchange cards are still a fun way to send a Valentine’s Day greeting to their friends and family.  Here are some of our favorite cards for 2021.

We love the Like the Way You Roll exchange card for a few reasons.  It’s gender neutral and oh-so-cute with the sushi theme.  We love the subtle nod to the pandemic with “the way you roll.”  You really can’t go wrong with this on-trend card.  Why not attach some cute gummy sushi candies to this exchange card to complete the theme?

The Pizza My Heart exchange card is so fun because … who doesn’t love pizza?  No matter what your favorite topping is, this card is sure to please everyone.

The Stuck on You exchange card is on-trend with all things cactus.  This would make a great card to attach to a succulent plant as a gift for a teacher, a neighbor or best friend.

For Neighbors & Friends

If you’re thinking about a sweet treat to give neighbors and friends on Valentine’s Day, why not bake some cookies to gift?  We have a great recipe for Valentine’s Day sugar cookies that would make a great treat to leave on doorsteps.  You can put your homemade treats in personalized gift boxes or personalized gift bags.  Add your own sweet note to make their day.

 

For Loved Ones Far Away


Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to send someone special a handwritten letter.  Take the time to tell them how much you love and appreciate them!  This is also the perfect time to reach out to loved ones that may be isolated during the pandemic and not able to have much contact.

 

For Someone Special

 

Not sure what to gift that someone special in your life?  We have great personalized gift ideas for men and women. Personalized wine glasses make a great Valentine’s gift idea.  Just add their favorite bottle of wine and you have a great gift you can enjoy that evening!

Working from home during the pandemic? Why not give them a personalized sticky memo cube that’s both practical and stylish (and hint-hint … maybe encourages them to write little love notes!)?

We’d love to hear your ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day this year.  Please share in the comments below!

XO,

Jennifer

Emoji Cookies for Valentine’s Day

24 Jan

 

I am lucky to have daughters who love to bake.  We try and reserve Sunday afternoons for baking and love trying new things.  This last Sunday we decided to make emoji cookies to share with friends.  Seeing that emojis are still so popular, these cookies were a huge hit!  I even brought some to work to share with coworkers and everyone commented on how cute they were.

If you’re looking for something sweet to gift this Valentine’s Day, these emoji cookies would be the perfect thing!  If you really, really love emojis, you need to check out our personalized emoji gifts that make great Valentine’s Day gifts, too.

Here’s the recipe I used from Karenscookies.net:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup superfine sugar, or granulated sugar, processed in blender or food processor for 30 seconds
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. Almond extract or emulsion, optional
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour.

Cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes with mixer set at medium speed (see Dough Preparation and Baking tutorial for more information on creaming times). Add yolk, beat well. Add whole egg, vanilla and optional almond extract and beat until well-incorporated. Add flour; beat at low speed just until flour is mixed in; do not overmix. Divide dough in halves or thirds and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least one hour and up to 2 days.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dust work surface and rolling pin with flour. Roll dough to 1/4″ thick, sprinkling with additional flour as needed to prevent sticking. Cut into desired shapes and place on parchment or silicone-lined pans. Bake in preheated oven until cookies appear dry on the surface and are light golden brown on the edges, about 10 minutes (very large cookies may take up to 12 or 13 minutes). Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks and cool completely before decorating.

For the frosting/glaze, I used this recipe, also from Karenscookies.net:

  • 2 lb powdered sugar
  • ½ C plus 2 T milk (10 T)
  • ½ C plus 2 T corn syrup (10 T)
  • 1 T. flavoring, any combination (I like 2 tsp. clear vanilla, ½ tsp. Almond Emulsion, and ½ tsp. clear butter flavoring, but you can get creative and try different things.)

Mix together till smooth. Divide up and color as desired.

You can use this icing just the way it is for both outlining and filling in. If you’re looking for more detail, you can thicken up your outline color with a bit more powdered sugar if desired. The formula is not set in stone, feel free to experiment with different ratios of liquid to sugar to get the consistency you like the best.

Hope you have fun making your own creative treats!

xoxo,

Jennifer