Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturdays: Butter Almond Thins

Welcome to the 2nd installment of our Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturdays!

This week, kiddo & I review one of his most requested TJ's sweets: the Belgian Butter Almond Thins.
trader joe's butter almond thins review
Trader Joe's describes these as "all-butter traditional Belgian biscuits."  They run $2.79 for a 7.05 ounce box...approximately 8 servings per box.

The cookies are very thin and delicate, crispy, and definitely buttery.

trader joe's butter almond thins review
My Take:  OK...I love that these have 6 ingredients and no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.  That said, though, these aren't my favorite.  They're good, but not my cup of tea.  If you're a shortbread cookie lover or love those "butter cookies" in the tins at Christmastime, you might really enjoy these, though.  I, on the other hand, was tempted to slather them with Nutella.  
Overall rating: 3 of 5 stars


Kiddo's Take: I don't know what world she's in, but these are delicious. Their thinness makes it feel like they melt in your mouth, and the almond flavor comes out very strong, leaving you with a sweet and enjoyable aftertaste. (Caution: I could eat an entire box of these in 5 minutes, so be careful.)
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

trader joe's butter almond thins review

Trader Joe's Belgian Butter Almond Thins: split decision!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bunny Silhouette Cookies ... and a special guest!

Hey guys! You're in for a treat because my friend Lupita is sharing a cookie tutorial with us today!  You've met Lupita before...I just love her cookies!  She has been posting the prettiest Easter cookies on her blog lately, and I kind of begged her to share one here. ;) 

I know you'll want to see all of her Easter creations...like these speckled eggs where she baked the cookies AND the icing!!!  These little lambs, sweet bunnies...and oh my gosh...these Faberge Egg cookies!

{Lupita's blog is written mainly in Spanish.  Follow the picture tutorials, or do what I do (no thanks to 4 years of high school Spanish), use Google Translate.  Just pop the URL into the translate box and Google will translate the ENTIRE post for you.  So cool!}

Alright...here's Lupita!  Y'all give her a warm welcome!



We are just few days away from Easter, I hope you are already preparing to celebrate this big feast. 


Easter cookie table centerpiece


I love to decorate my table with cookies as you may imagine and I am always looking for practical ideas or ways to multitask my cookies, and I will share with you how to make a silhouette cookie that if you personalize it it can be a place card for your Easter table. 



Easter cookie table


It is really easy to make and it will add a cute touch to your table. 

You will need...

*  Your favorite cookie dough (click here for my favorite)
*  Square cookie cutter
*  Rabbit cookie cutter
*  Royal icing medium and flooding consistency
*  2 Pastry bag, couplers and decorating tip #2
*  Americolor food gel in Turquoise and Black
*  Edible black marker


PROCEDURE:

1) Bake a square cookie and let it cool, prepare a pastry bag with medium consistency white royal icing and tip # 2.


2) Trace the bunny in the center of your cookie using your marker,  outline the border of the rabbit  and the border of the square with white royal icing. 







3)  Prepare flooding icing in light turquoise to fill up  the square and black for the bunny.


4)  Flood the square with turquoise royal icing and let it dry for 6-8 hrs.




5)  When the turquoise icing is dry, flood the bunny with black icing and let it dry completely. 




6)  Prepare some firm medium consistency royal icing in  black and fill up a pastry bag and with tip # 2 make some little dots all around the cookie. 




7)  You can write down the name of each guest on the cookie or just add a little detail that represent each of your guest,for example, you can add some pearls to the Mother Bunny, or some glasses to the Granpa Bunny, or a bow to the Sister Bunny.




What I like the most of decorating cookies is that you have endless posibilites to make your own creations. 

Happy Easter Everyone!!


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

From boy crushes to cookie crushes...

lemon coconut cottontail cookies
I was the girl who *always* had a "crush" on a boy.  ALWAYS.  I think it started about 5th grade and went all the way through college.  I'm not sure why I had these crushes...none of them ever paid me any attention. 

Can I tell you an embarrassing story about one of my crushes...and you promise you won't tell?  Ok, good.  In 7th grade, my crush, Andy, asked another girl in band to "go with" him.  ("Go with"...that's what we called it in the olden days.)

Anyway...I was so, so heartbroken. 
lemon coconut cottontail cookies
(Now,  at this point in the story, please keep in mind that these were the olden days like I mentioned earlier with no caller ID.)
I came home from school that day, called his house, and when he answered the phone...

...when he answered the phone...

...I set the needle down on my Grease album (vinyl: olden days), and played Hopelessly Devoted to You to him over the phone.  And, then hung up.

Yep.  I did.

lemon coconut cottontail cookies
Happily for everyone involved, crushes on boys have morphed into crushes on cookies.  It's kind of like school all over again...a new crush every week or so...but without the heartache.

lemon coconut cottontail cookies

My crush this week is this recipe for Lemon Coconut Cottontail Cookies.  They're TOTALLY crush-worthy.  And, they love when you belt out Hopelessly Devoted to You...they don't even find it creepy whatsoever.


lemon coconut cottontail cookies
Seriously, these little sweeties are *perfect* for your Easter dessert table.  Soft, citrus-y, and oh-so-pretty. 

Promise me you'll eat one warm...then bathe the rest in the lemon glaze and cover with sweetened coconut.

lemon coconut cottontail cookies
I'm sharing this recipe over at Imperial Sugar.

chocolate bunny sandwich cookies with marshmallow buttercream
Guys!  Also, let me tell you about these Chocolate Sandwich Bunny Cookies with Marshmallow Buttercream that are also over at Imperial Sugar.  You may have seen these in their Easter ads recently.  I was thrilled to be able to create the recipe and then they were photographed for the ad by talented Heidi of FoodieCrushClick here for the recipe...there's also a how-to video! (Yikes!)

*And, please tell me I'm not the only one with an embarrassing "crush" story...or two.*


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