Cheryl's Cookies and Brownies, Holiday, Mother's Day

Four Great Ways to Make Mom’s Day!

May 8, 2020

Give her the day off by arranging play dates, fun lessons, art projects and more.

MOM LOVES TO COLOR, TOO.

We’ve gathered some advanced coloring pages that let Mom relax and get creative. Print them out and make sure you have plenty of colored pencils and fine-tip markers on hand to help Mom do her best, most beautiful work. We’ve got pages for the kids, too, so that everyone can spend time together creating their masterpieces. When you’re done, be sure to take pictures of your finished work to send to friends and family in far-flung places.

MOM TRIVIA

You know Mom’s a great teacher, but how good a student is she? Test her on these Mom-inspired trivia questions, and if she aces them all, go online to find your own trivia questions. She’ll have fun, and you’ll ALL learn something new.

What two American women were both wives of presidents AND mothers of presidents?

Barbara Bush & Abigail Adams

What food should moms never feed to babies under the age of one year?

Honey

What did Old Mother Hubbard go to the cupboard to get?

A bone for her dog.

What did the Old Woman in the Shoe give her children for dinner?

Broth and bread.

What’s the world record for number of children born to one woman?

According to Guinness World Records, a Russian peasant in the 1700s gave birth to 69 children!

What famous TV personality wore sweaters knitted for him by his mother?

Mr. Rogers

Who sang a song about a “Coat of Many Colors” her mother made for her?

Dolly Parton

CHANNEL YOUR INNER CHALK ARTIST

Sidewalk art is fun for all. Give everyone in the family a square and have a contest to see whose artwork is best (Mom can be the judge). Or sneak outside and create a “Mother’s Day Card” out of chalk on the sidewalk or driveway. When you’re finished, you can take a photo and send your “card” to Mom, Grandma, and all the women who inspire you.

MAKE A MEMORY BOOK

PowerPoint can help you make a digital memory book she’ll treasure forever. Gather favorite photos, write stories of happy memories, type in her favorite sayings, take pictures of homemade cards and drawings. Then, put them all together in one virtual place she can return to again and again.

You can either purchase a pre-designed memory book template online, or create your own by going to PowerPoint and choosing “Blank Presentation.”

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A Joyful Easter for All

April 10, 2020

Don’t let social distancing ruin your holiday. Try our creative solutions for enjoying Easter together, even if you’re spending it apart.

SEND A CARD

Sunday delivery is guaranteed when you send an e-card, and our 1-800-FLOWERS.com family offers several FREE CARDS from which to choose. Best of all, it’s super easy! Click HERE, select your card, then type in the requested information to send Easter (and Passover) greetings far and wide.

“TAKE A WILD GUESS” GAME

You know this one, but it never fails to delight.

1.  Find a jar—the bigger the better—fill it with whatever you have a lot of (jellybeans, marbles, foil-wrapped chocolate eggs, rubber bands, olives… you get the idea). Be sure to count the items as you put them in the jar. We also suggest writing the number down and taping it to the inside of the lid since it can be easy to forget!

2.  E-mail or text everyone a photo and have them submit their guess as to how many items are in the jar.

3.  E-mail a gift card to the winner or deliver a prize at a later date when you can be together again.

HOST A VIRTUAL EGG HUNT

Technology is a wonderful thing! This year, use it to host an egg hunt virtually. Determine what time and where (indoors or out), give everyone a call or send an evite, and then get it all set up.

1.  If you’re using plastic eggs, hide fun prizes or candy inside. If you weren’t able to shop for Easter-specific prizes, look around your house and think outside of the box: loose change and dollar bills make great rewards, and you can help children tally up their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters when all the eggs are found.

2.  Hide the eggs around the house or yard, but don’t conceal them so well they can’t be spotted. You’ll be leading the hunt virtually via your phone, so hunters need to be able to see them fairly easily.

3.  Gather a bag, basket or box for each egg hunter and put their name on it.

4.  At the appointed time, use your phone to Face Time the attendees, and let the hunt begin. Be sure to walk slowly panning your surroundings and giving everyone ample time to spot the eggs. Have them identify eggs by color and location (“I see the pink one on the sofa cushion!”), stop, pick up the egg, and place it in the appropriate bag or basket.

5. Once all of the eggs have been found, go through each hunter’s bag or basket, opening the eggs and letting them see the prizes inside. Promise to mail the prizes to the hunters or let them know you’ll deliver them in person when you’re able to be together again.

PAINT YOUR WINDOWS

Not only is this a fun activity for you and your family, it’s a cheery wave to friends and neighbors walking and driving by. If you already have washable tempera paint on hand, grab your brushes and get going. If not, use our recipe for homemade paint using ingredients you most likely have on hand.

In a large bowl or small bucket, stir until smooth:

1 c. all-purpose flour

1 c. water

1 c. liquid dishwashing soap

Transfer the mixture into small, individual cups or dishes, then add:

a couple of drops of gel food coloring per cup

Stir to combine.

If the weather is nice, you can paint on the outside of the window, but if you’re painting inside, don’t forget to put plastic or sheets on the floor to prevent messes. If you don’t have any paintbrushes, fingers will work in a pinch, as will pieces of sponge. When it’s time to clean windows off, simply remove paint with a sponge and warm water, then remove any smears with window cleaner and paper towels.

DECORATE EGGS TOGETHER

Email everyone our easy egg template, and have everyone decorate it in their own unique way. You can color it, paint it, glue macaroni on it, glitter it, use fabric on it…you’re only limited by your own imaginations. Once everyone has finished, you can copy them or upload photos and share with the rest of the group. You might want to print everyone’s eggs out and string them together for a decoration or award prizes for the most unusual, most inventive, most beautiful, and most colorful.

READY. SET. COLOR.

From easy to advanced, our coloring pages offer something for everyone of every age.

Simply click, print and gather up your colored pencils, crayons and markers. We love coloring because it can be a chance to enjoy quiet time or an opportunity to get everyone involved. Host a coloring contest, where everyone colors the same picture and prizes are awarded to the most creative; have everyone in the family color their favorite picture and gather them all together in a commemorative collage; or simply enjoy one another’s company while doing something other than staring at the TV.

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Who. What. Why. Your Ultimate Gift Guide

December 9, 2019

Don’t spend one more minute agonizing over what to get the folks on your holiday gift list. We’ve matched our gifts to the people who will love them most, and now we offer OUR list to you:

Teacher = Holiday Treats Tin

Once the cookies are gone they can use the tin to hold markers, push pins, paper clips, or other things that clutter up their desks.

Aunts & Uncles = Collector’s Edition Holiday Candy Dish

Because they always said YES when Mom & Dad said NO.

Grandparents = Pecan Butterball Gift Tin

Sweet, a little old-fashioned and perfect with coffee and tea.

School Friends = Holiday Crispy Treat Pops

Super fun and priced right so no one is left out.

Neighbors = You’ve Been Elfed Treats Box

Take the neighborhood game to a whole new level, and you’ll be on the “Nice List.”

New Parents = Cookies for Santa Plate

A fun gift that lets them start their own family traditions.

Grandchildren = Musical Snowman or Santa

Because it’s a grandparent’s responsibility to give something that makes noise.

Hostess = Happy Holidays Treats Box

All wrapped up and ready to give.

Hair Stylist = Sparkling Gift Bundle

A beautiful gift for the person who keeps you looking your best.

Party Guests = Santa & Elf Ornaments

The ideal party gift. Eat the treats then take an ornament home to hang on the tree.

Mailperson = Holiday Cookies & Tote

Every mailperson should have a great bag of their own.

Assistant = Santa or Snowman Gift Tower

Because no one stacks up like the person who makes you shine day after day.

Dog Walker/Pet Sitter = Reindeer Treats Box

The perfect gift for animal lovers.

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Everyone loves a cookie tree.

December 3, 2019
Cheryl’s Frosted Holiday Tree Cutout

One of our co-workers told us that when she was growing up, her father put a lollipop tree in the front yard every holiday with a sign that said, “Please take ONE.” It was just a simple piece of chicken wire, bent into a cone shape and covered with green plastic, but it was a huge hit with the neighborhood. Her dad taped individually wrapped lollipops to the plastic, and the kids (and their parents) came from all over town to get their treat.

Times have changed, and we wouldn’t suggest putting a tree with treats in your front yard anymore, but we did love the idea of creating a cookie tree for a holiday party. Go small with a Styrofoam tree from your local crafts store or go big with a chicken-wire and green felt or plastic model like our friend’s father did; you’re only limited by your imagination. Then, use hat pins, double-sided tape, or green masking tape to secure our individually wrapped cookies to the tree and invite everyone to help themselves. We bet you’ll be the favorites in your neighborhood, too!

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It’s the most flavorful time of the year!

November 25, 2019

We love every season, but holiday time is when our kitchen is most inspired. Whether you’re gifting, hosting, or deciding what to put out for Santa on Christmas Eve, these festive new cookie flavors are sure to ring everyone’s bells!

CHOCOLATE CANDY COOKIE

Two kinds of chocolate make this a one-of-a-kind cookie. Rich, moist and fudgy, it’s filled with red and green candy-coated chocolates and sprinkled with crunchy red and green nonpareils.

PISTACHIO-FROSTED CRANBERRY COOKIE

Soft and chewy cookies are loaded with sweet-tart dried cranberries, iced with pistachio-flavored buttercream frosting, and topped with nutty whole pistachios.

BUTTER SHORTBREAD TREE COOKIE

A holiday classic, our pure-butter brown sugar shortbread cookies are cut into tree shapes and baked to a crispy golden crunch. Sparkling sugar promises to keep them evergreen, and because each one’s individually wrapped they’ll stay fresh all season long.

PISTACHIO WHITE CHOCOLATE BLONDIE BAR

Rich brown sugar, creamy white chocolate chips, and crunchy whole pistachios make this blondie the bar of your holiday dreams. A white-chocolate drizzle is truly just the icing on the cookie!

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COOKIES DELIVER SMILES NOW

April 23, 2019

KEEPSAKES DELIVER SMILES FOREVER

If you browse our Mother’s Day collection online or in our catalog, you’ll see a number of really special gifts that will keep on giving long after the cookies are gone. You might know immediately which one will resonate with your Mom, but if you need a little help, we’ve compiled a list of all the ways she can use her keepsake for years to come.

Our Collector’s Edition Ceramic Mother’s Day Basket

This pristine, white ceramic basket stands 8-1/2” tall and is 9-1/2” x 8” wide. Mom might love using it:

•           On her desk to hold stationery or office supplies

•           By the front door to hold mail

•           In the kitchen, filled with fresh fruit, or as a catchall for keys

•           On her dresser to hold watches, jewelry or scarves

•           As a place to keep small crafting supplies

Our Flower-covered Tote

Elegant black tote is strewn with brightly colored flowers, guaranteeing smiles and going to work as:

•           A place to keep knitting or crafting projects

•           A shopping bag for travel; Mom can pack it flat in her suitcase and use it to hold souvenirs

•           A grocery or market bag she can keep handy in the car

Our Charming Adirondack Chair

Designed specifically to be used as a planter, our white wooden chair can also:

•           Hold paperclips on a desk

•           Hold whiteboard markers or chalk in the kitchen or office

•           Sit at the kitchen sink or in the bathroom to keep rings and other jewelry safe

Our Collector’s Edition Butterfly Cookie Jar

Yes, we know. It’s a COOKIE jar. But it could also be:

•           An Accessories Jar

•           A Stamps and Packing Tape Jar

•           A Small Kitchen Utensil Jar

•           A Colored Pencil Jar

•           A Crafts Supplies Jar

•           A Cord Keeper Jar

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Spring is in the air.

April 5, 2019

(And so is the aroma of our Easter goodies!)

Our busy bakers are hopping to it in our kitchens, whipping up everything you need for Easter. From baskets to buffets, when you’re ready to start to planning, start here.

BUTTERCREAM-FROSTED BUNNIES, CHICKS & EGGS

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They’re back! Our adorable buttercream-frosted Easter cookies in pretty pastel colors put a little spring in everyone’s step.  Buy them individually wrapped and packaged in boxes of 12 to 200 for place settings, quick desserts, office treats or basket stuffers. Or send them to loved ones near and far already packed up in our Bunny Cookie Jar, adorable Egg Carton, Ceramic Basket,  or felt Easter Bunny Tote.

EASTER BASKETS GALORE! (TINS & TOWERS, TOO)

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If you have neither the time nor the inclination to create your own baskets, worry not; we’ve got dozens of gifts already perfectly put together, ready to ship wherever you want to send happy wishes. Some come with candy, others with cookies only, but all of them are beautifully presented and sure to delight.

SWEET TREATS FOR YOUR LITTLEST PEEPS

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Every year, we make a few Easter gifts we know kids will especially like. Creative children or those who like to be in the kitchen will love our Easter Cut-out Cookie Decorating Kit. It comes with two dozen already baked egg- and flower-shaped cookies, two one-pound tubs of vanilla icing, and pastel sprinkles. Trust us when we tell you this is way more fun, more delicious, and easier than dying eggs!

For kids who are begging for a bunny, we have two baskets complete with a plush rabbit that’s much easier to take care of than the real thing. And if you have lots of little peeps to satisfy, our little Easter Gift Tins are just the right size and are easy to ship near and far.

WHAT GOES BEST WITH BUTTERCREAM-FROSTED EGGS?

That’s the question we ask ourselves before planning every holiday dinner, and Easter is no exception. We have perfectly sized cookie boxes and baskets for gatherings large or small, so dessert’s a no-brainer; all we have to do is figure out what comes first.

We’ll leave the main course up to you, but we do have an idea for a great starter. If you’re going to end the meal with a buttercream-frosted egg, why not start with a potato nest. These crispy, delicious little cups can hold everything from sour cream topped with bacon and chives, to cream cheese with smoked salmon and capers. You choose the filling, we’ll tell you how to make the nest. (For a sweeter alternative, try using sweet potatoes instead.)

SPRING POTATO NESTS

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These crispy little spring potato nest cups are the perfect way to start your spring mornings. Not only are they a spring favorite, but they also make the best addition to your Easter brunch!

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook time: 25 min Yield: 32 to 36 cups

Ingredients:
  • 3½ cups of frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
  • OR
  • 1½ pounds of russet potatoes, peeled, boiled, cooled and grated
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Instructions:
    1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
    2. Lightly grease a mini muffin tin or tins (32 to 36 cups).
    3. Gently toss shredded potatoes with salt and pepper.
    4. Place one heaping tablespoon of shredded potatoes into each muffin cup, and gently press into bottom and up sides to bring edges just above the rim of the cup.
    5. Bake for 25 minutes or until nests are golden brown.
    6. Cool in pan(s) for 10 minutes, then carefully remove and place on a paper towel-lined baking sheet.
    7. Filled as desired & enjoy!
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The History of Christmas Cookies

November 27, 2018

The holiday season is upon us, and we can practically smell the aroma of fresh baked cookies wafting through the air. Beyond being a delicious holiday treat, Christmas cookies are part of many family traditions, and have a rich history to boot!  

If you’ve ever wondered why we bake certain cookies each season, or why we leave the good stuff out for Santa, it’s time to enroll in Christmas Cookie History 101! Before you rummage through your kitchen cabinets for your favorite cookie cutters and baking supplies, indulge in these five fun facts about Christmas cookies!

 

Treats for Jolly St. Nick

The practice of putting out cookies for Santa began in the 1930s during the Great Depression when parents were trying to instill a sense of thankfulness in their children. Leaving goodies, perhaps in sweet cookie jar from Cheryl’s, continues to be a small way of sharing the holiday bounty. Some families even extend the giving to the storied animals, leaving carrots or apples out for Santa’s reindeer!

Spice, Spice Baby

When unusual aromatics like nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger became more widely available in Europe in the Middle Ages, they were put to good use at holiday baking time. It became traditional to combine butter and sugar—which cost a pretty penny back then—with these prized spices once a year at Christmas. Bakers today include nutmeg and molasses in holiday desserts, particularly in gingerbread cookies—one of the most widely baked seasonal treats. Cheryl’s includes this popular variety in the assorted holiday tin!

Sweet as Sugar

Along with gingerbread, simple sugar cookies have become another staple on Christmas dessert trays, a tradition that started in the 1700s. At this time, German settlers in Pennsylvania may have brought over the traditional unleavened, easy-to-store treat from Europe. Pliable sugar cookie dough is easy to roll and cut into shapes, which adds to its popularity at Christmas time today.

 

Frosting Versus Icing

Whether you spread thick pastel layers or use a delicate white glaze on your cut-outs and gingerbread, Christmas just isn’t the same without lots of frosting (or icing, depending on where you live). Decorating cookies with frosting began in the 1600s with a mixture of sugar and egg whites that topped cakes; once cooled, it looked just like ice. Today, the buttercream variety is very popular, and can be found on Cheryl’s frosted cookies in every holiday shade.

A Cut Above

Cookies have long been molded and shaped, but using cutters likely began after Queen Elizabeth I decided she wanted gingerbread specially made to look like her honored guests. Tin cookie cutters made stamping out little men easier (and faster), though later these tools were made from aluminum, plastic, and copper. Today, many families have an assortment of seasonal cookie cutters and look forward to using them at the holidays.

Reading about Christmas cookies is a good start, but you should really enjoy some first hand to further advance your studies. Fire up the oven with these Christmas cookie recipes, or check out Cheryl’s wide assortment of holiday cookies and treats for a truly educational experience!

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What we’re baking right now

October 9, 2018

As the weather cools down, our ovens warm up!
Read on for recipes, tips and info on our new fall flavors.

There are certain flavors that just scream “fall” and they’re not ALL pumpkin spice. Our bakery chef and her team have whipped up five scrumptious autumnal cookies that you’ll want to keep in your cookie jar for parties, after-school snacks, quick-and-easy desserts, tailgating and more.

PEANUT BUTTER-FROSTED BUCKEYE COOKIE

Loaded with chocolate chips and mini peanut butter cups, these rich chocolate and peanut butter cookies are topped with peanut butter buttercream frosting and even more peanut butter cups.

PEANUT BUTTER-FROSTED BUCKEYE BROWNIE

Want something a little denser, and ooey-gooey-er with the same great flavor as out Peanut Butter-Frosted Buckeye Cookie? Our brownie of the same name is also topped with creamy peanut butter buttercream and mini peanut butter cups, but has that fudgy, luscious texture only a brownie can provide.

BUTTERCREAM-FROSTED MAPLE WHITE CHOCOLATE COOKIE

Our autumn-inspired cookie batter is made with real maple syrup, and baked with premium maple-flavored white chocolate chips inside. We frost the finished cookies with creamy maple buttercream and sprinkle with more maple chips. The result is a soft and tender cookie with just a tiny bit of toothiness.

CHOCOLATE CHIP “BROOKIE”

We say, when you can’t decide, have both. Our “brookie” features a rich, chocolate chip-laden fudge brownie topped with a chewy chocolate chip cookie. It’s two desserts in one!

PUMPKIN FUDGE BAR


The base of this indulgent treat is a fudgy chocolate chip brownie. We top it with a layer of pumpkin spice cake, then finish it with a sprinkle of raw sugar for sparkle and sweet crunch. A true original!
A boo-tiful sight to behold.

LAST-MINUTE HALLOWEEN PARTY HACKS

TABLE TOPPERS

By the time you’ve gotten the costumes and the candy ready, the last thing on your mind is the table for the trick-or-treat after party. No worries. We’ve got you covered. Our Halloween Cookie Jars not only come with delicious cookies inside, they also make great party table centerpieces. Just set one down in the middle of the table, put out the cookies and some cups or mugs, and you’ve got everything you need.

       

GOBBLE STOPPERS

Don’t want the kids to dive into the candy the minute they get home? Give them something better to do. Our Halloween Cut-out Cookie Decorating Kit is a fun party activity with sweet rewards.

PULL ALL THE PUNCHES

Orange + Purple = BLACK. For a quick and creepy punch everyone will love, add one package of orange powdered drink mix and one package of grape powdered drink mix to one liter of ginger ale and stir. Then add three quarts of cold water and two cups of white sugar, and add ice.

Here are some great recipes from our bakery chef!

Cheryl’s Maple White Chocolate Cinnamon Cake Balls

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Yield: 24 cake pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen 1.6 oz Maple White Chip Cookies
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 10 oz white chocolate melting wafers
  • Parchment Paper
  • Sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, mix broken pieces of the Maple White Cinnamon Cookies and water.
  2. Blend until you can form into a ball. Slowly add more water if needed.
  3. Scoop dough into balls that measure approximately 1 ½” and place on a tray lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 1 hour.
  4. While the truffles are firming up in the freezer, melt the white chocolate wafers according to the directions on the package.
  5. Dip each of the firm truffles in the melted white chocolate, using a fork to allow excess chocolate to drip back into the melting bowl. Place the enrobed truffle back on the tray.
  6. Add sprinkles while white chocolate is still wet
  7. Place completed truffles in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until completely dry.
  8. ENJOY!

Cheryl’s Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 14 minutes
Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 24 Cheryls Peanut Butter Doughballs, Thawed for 20 minutes
  • 24 Hershey Kisses

 Instructions:

  1. Roll each thawed doughball into granulated sugar.
  2. Bake 12 Peanut Butter Doughballs according to the directions on the box
    (340 degrees for 14 minutes).
  3. Remove from the oven and place an unwrapped Hershey kiss in the center of each warm cookie.
  4. Let Cool for 20 minutes on cooling rack.
  5. ENJOY!

 

Cheryl’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 14 minutes
Yield: 24 cookie cups

Ingredients:

  • 24 Cheryl’s Peanut Butter Dough Balls, thawed for 20 minutes
  • 24 mini muffin liners
  • 24 Miniature Reese Cups

Instructions:

  1. Line the mini muffin pan with muffin liners
  2. Roll the doughball into a ball and place into each mini muffin cup
  3. Bake according to directions on the box (340 degrees for 14 minutes/ovens vary)
  4. Remove from the oven and add in a single buckeye into each cup.
  5. Allow 20 minutes on cooling rack before serving.
  6. ENJOY!
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Summer Flavors

August 2, 2018

As far as we’re concerned, red, white and blue are the colors of summer, and not just for the fourth of July.

 

STRAWBERRIES ARE RED…

The grocery aisles and farmer’s markets are loaded with strawberries this time of year. We blended them with buttercream to frost our zesty lemon sugar cookies (made with real zest and sweet lemon chips), but we still can’t get enough. Here are just a few other delicious ideas for the season’s best berries.

 

HOMEMADE BLENDER STRAWBERRY LEMONADE

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Give your favorite lemonade recipe a little kick by adding a super-smooth puree to the pitcher. Simply blend eight large strawberries and two tablespoons of sugar together in a high-speed blender, then add one cup of water and blend until smooth. Add the puree to six to eight cups of prepared lemonade, and enjoy.

 

 

HOT FUDGE SUNDAES WITH SLICED STRAWBERRIES

Vanilla ice cream and sliced strawberries topped with our thick and glossy hot fudge is the best summer sundae ever to tickle your tongue.

Cheryl’s Hot ButterFudge Sauce

Move over buttercream, there’s a new buttery topping in town…this time it’s mixed with cream, brown sugar and honey for a sauce that’s better than fireworks!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa
  • 6 oz. of semisweet chocolate chips
  • vanilla
  • salt

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan combine butter with heavy cream, honey, brown sugar, and cocoa over medium heat.
  2. Once everything has melted, remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips, a dash of vanilla, and just the tiniest pinch of salt.
  3. You can keep leftovers (if you have any) in the refrigerator for a month or so.

 

 

SOME BUTTERCREAM’S BLUE…

The fourth comes and goes, but our patriotic cookie collection lives large all summer long. Frosted in red, white and blue buttercream and sprinkled with stars, they’re ideal for all sorts of seasonal celebrations. One of our favorites!

 

THROW A STAR-GAZING PARTY

Invite friends over to lie back on the grass and take in the constellations you can most easily see in the Northern Hemisphere.

Start by locating Polaris, or the North Star, which consistently stays due north. You can find Polaris by identifying the Big Dipper, locating the two stars that make up the end of the Dipper where the water would pour out, and then imagine the water running straight down. The bright star at the end of the imaginary stream is Polaris.

Another fun star grouping is called The Summer Triangle, made up of three stars named Vega, Deneb and Altair. To locate them, face south. Vega is the brightest star you’ll see if you look east (to your left). Deneb is the second brightest to your lower left, and Altair the faintest to your lower right. Once you’ve found all three, you can identify the constellations associated with them: Lyra the Harp, Cygnus the Swan, an Aquila the Eagle.

It can be fun to see who can make out the constellations first, and even more fun to end the evening with star-studded cookies and sparkling water or wine.

 

 

MANGOES ARE SWEET…

We wouldn’t do it every day, but we highly recommend our seasonal Mango Cookies for…breakfast or brunch. Made with butter, mango preserves and sweet, chewy bits of real mango they’re delicious as a sweet side to a tropical fruit plate with coconut yogurt.

 

 

AND REGRETS SHOULD BE FEW!

The days may be longer, but the season always goes too quickly. This summer, don’t miss a single cookout, picnic, clambake, day at the lake, or backyard barbecue…and always remember to bring cookies. Because life’s too short to pass up dessert.