For a simple and budget-friendly Valentine for friends and family this year, print out my free bird & cupcake Valentines (found here) and cut them out into squares. You can punch holes in the tops, and tie them to a small bag of treats with raffia ribbon or baker’s twine.
I like to bake my favourite sugar cookie recipe (found here), cut it into hearts and sprinkle with Valentine-inspired sprinkles, and put those in a small bag with jelly beans or cinnamon hearts.
When I ask my three-year-old daughter what type of cookies we should bake together she always says one of two kinds: “heart cookies” (simple sugar cookies in heart shapes with sprinkles and icing) or “spicy cookies”.
These “spicy cookies” she loves have been a favourite treat of our family for a while now. Imagine if a snickerdoodle married a gingerbread man and they had a cookie baby. This cookie baby would be these spicy sugar cookies – they’re buttery and sugary like a snickerdoodle, but spiced just right like a (mild) gingerbread. Yum!
The most “exciting” part about making these cookies is rolling them in the spiced sugar. My daughter likes to line them up in a row and count them (she’s artistically aligned them above). It’s the cutest thing!
Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? There’s no doubt that I love to bake and that I love to give food presents to my friends and neighbors. I’ve searched the web high and low and have come up with my favourite list of edible Christmas presents that would be perfect little gifts for neighbors, co-workers, friends and family this year! There are a couple of classic cookies and treats in this list, but there are also some wonderfully unexpected and creative ideas like the “Hot Cocoa Ornament”! I hope you enjoy browsing through these Christmas food present ideas and get some inspiration for your own gifts this holiday.
I’m admittedly overly proud of a little, perfectly round orange pumpkin we harvested from our greenhouse this week. I really shouldn’t be, since my gardening capabilities are next to nil and I have a strong aversion to weed-pulling. But, I really do love the little guy and I’m so excited to bake something pumpkin-y and carve it into fun things with my girls for fall!
I love baking (and apparently pumpkins), so I’d like to share with you my top nine favourite pumpkin recipes that I’m dying to try out this autumn. Don’t the look absolutely delicious?