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Edible Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Whole Family

January 21, 2014

Edible Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Whole Family

February 14 may be a national day of love and romance, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit your celebration to just you and your special someone! Here’s a list of creative (and delicious) Valentine’s Day Gifts for every family member.

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happy face cookies

Cheryl’s Happy Face Gift Tin

For the Kids:

You can still send your children a beautiful blooming bouquet.. of cookies, that is! They’ll love munching on irresistible Cheryl’s Buttercream Frosted Cookies while getting involved in the celebration.

For Teens:

Your teen may be wishfully watching their favorite romantic comedy, dreaming about the day they’ll have someone to share their February 14 with. While their time has not yet come, you can add a touch of cheer and happiness to their day with a tin full of smiling (and delicious) happy face cookies!

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Cherly's Valentine's Day Cutout Cookie Kit

Cheryl’s Valentine’s Day Cutout Cookie Kit

For the Whole Family to Enjoy:

If you want to make your February 14 celebration a family affair, indulge while spending quality time together by setting up a cookie crafting station! Cheryl’s Valentine’s Day Cutout Cookie Kit comes complete with frosting, sprinkles, and cookies so you can make memories while making dessert!

For Mom and Dad:

Send Mom and Dad a sweet surprise without all the added sugar with a tasty treat from the Cheryl’s Sugar-Free collection. They’ll ooh and ahh over the deliciously decadent cookies while feeling touched that you’re thinking of them on this special day.

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Cheryl's Cookie Flowers

Cheryl’s Long Stem Cookie Flowers

For Your Sweetie:

A tasty twist on traditional Valentine’s Day flowers, these long stemmed cookie flowers are the perfect way to add a touch of love and sweetness to your special someone’s day. Whether you are looking for a gift for your new relationship or for your lifetime love, a delicious bouquet of mouth watering cookies is a gift they’ll ooh and ahh over.

For Yourself:

Who says you can’t treat yourself on Valentine’s Day?! If there’s anyone you knows you best, it’s you! Save yourself the disappointment from receiving a sub par gift by treating yourself to a create-your-own cookie tin filled with your favorite treats and goodies. The best part? You won’t have to share!

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For that Friend Who Has Become Family:

We all have that one person that doesn’t quite fit under “friend”, because they are so much more. This Delilah inspired Sisters at Heart Cookie card is a simple yet sweet way to remind your forever friend just how much they mean to you.

Sister at Heart Cookie Card

Cheryl’s “Sisters at Heart” Cookie Card

Cheryl's Cookies and Brownies, Cookie Flower Bouquets, Flower Cookies

Gift Ideas to Make Every Milestone Birthday Memorable

July 30, 2013
16th Birthday Gift Ideas

Every birthday is an occasion to celebrate, but big milestone birthdays are the ones we remember our whole lives through. They’re a rite of passage—a sign of life achievement. So if someone you love is turning 16, 21, 30 or 50, such an epic moment calls for an equally monumental birthday present. Here are a few gift ideas to make every milestone birthday an event for the history books!

16th Birthday Gift Ideas

16th Birthday Gift Ideas

Nothing is more exciting than turning 16: Childhood days are left behind, and fun teenage years—filled with possibilities—are up ahead! Make her sweet 16 even sweeter with these dessert-themed gifts.

21st Birthday Gift Ideas

21st Birthday Gift Ideas

Turning 21 isn’t just about discovering yourself before you become a full-blown grownup; it’s also about indulging in the best things life has to offer! These gift ideas will really help your favorite 21-year-old let her hair down and enjoy her carefree days.

30th Birthday Gift Ideas

30th Birthday Gift Ideas

As an established adult at 30, chances are your loved one is juggling work, family and a super-hectic schedule. Let her kick up her feet and take a mini vacation from her responsibilities on her 30th birthday with these easygoing gifts.

50th Birthday Gift Ideas

50th Birthday Gift Ideas

Just as wine becomes more delicious with age and brings families together to make memories, so does life at 50. These gifts give your loved one the finer things she desires on her 50th birthday: gourmet flavors and, more importantly, the love of family.

Cheryl's Cookies and Brownies

Send Your Coz a Sweet Gift for Cousins Day!

July 16, 2013
Love Cookie Greeting

Love Cookie GreetingThey aren’t just your aunts’ and uncles’ kids. They’re your best friends. They’re your siblings from another mother. They’re your partners in crime at family get-togethers. They’re your cousins, and your family wouldn’t be the same without them. And because our cousins are so special, they even get their own holiday! Mark your calendars: Cousins Day is coming up on July 24!

Celebrate your sweet family connection by sending your coz a scrumptious little treat. Whether they live right around the corner or all the way across the globe, sending them a cookie greeting in the mail is the perfect way to show your cousin how much you love them. It’s much sweeter than a card, it can be delivered anywhere and it only costs $5! Plus, each cookie comes with a $5 Cheryl’s Reward Card, so the deliciousness of Cousins Day can last even longer.

Show your favorite family member a whole lotta love with a heart-shaped Love Cookie Greeting, or put a big, bright smile on their face with a colorful Happy Face Greeting. For the ladies, a cheery Have a Great Day Cookie Greeting is sure to make their holiday memorable. For the gents, the sporty Football Cookie Greeting will definitely score a touchdown as the best Cousins Day gift ever! Each ultra-soft cookie is frosted with Cheryl’s out-of-this-world buttercream icing, so you’ll win your cousin’s heart, no matter which kind of cookie greeting you give them!

And remember: If you have a cousin, that means you are a cousin, so this is your holiday too. Make sure you grab a cookie greeting for yourself, because there is no cousin sweeter than you!

How do you plan on catching up with your cousins on Cousins Day this year?

Cheryl's Cookies and Brownies, Summer, Summer cookies

Fun, Easy and Delicious Ways to Celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day!

July 9, 2013
Carnival Cookies

Carnival Cookies

Happy National Sugar Cookie Day! Today, we honor everyone’s favorite sugar-coated treat. To help you celebrate the sweetness, we came up with a few fun, simple and absolutely scrumptious ways you can enjoy the tastiest sugar cookies of them all: Cheryl’s cutout cookies!

Make Them Pretty With Frosting and Sprinkles

For all you traditionalists out there, whip up a quick and simple sugar cookie snack that allows you to both savor the flavor and express your creativity! All you have to do is get your hands on some rich and delicious buttercream frosting in your favorite flavors, spread it generously over a fresh batch of cookies, and top it all off with colorful sprinkles. With just these three ingredients, the cookie-decorating possibilities are endless, so let your imagination run wild!

Stack ’Em High as Cookie Sandwiches

Can’t get enough cookie? For even more sugary sweetness in every bite, take your sugar cookies to new heights by stacking them with layers of buttercream frosting in between. Just lay a cookie flat on your plate, spread some icing on the cookie and lay another cookie right on top. And you don’t have to stop at just two cookies: Keep moving up until your cookie sandwich has reached the towering height you desire. You can make things even more interesting by alternating the frosting flavors between each cookie layer!

Stuff Them up With Ice Cream

A sunny holiday calls for a refreshing sweet treat, so why not pair up your sugar cookies with another summertime favorite: ice cream? Making your own DIY ice cream sandwiches is beyond easy, and they’re a huge hit at any outdoor party. Follow the same steps you took to make the buttercream cookie sandwiches, but replace the frosting layer with a scoop of ice cream. Whether you fill it with classic vanilla or outrageous Rocky Road ice cream, this cool summer treat will make your taste buds scream for more.

Dunk ’Em in Chocolate

Everything tastes better covered in rich, velvety chocolate, and that goes for sugar cookies too! Instead of dipping the usual strawberries in your fondue pot, jazz things up and use Cheryl’s cookies instead. Or, if you’re looking for a really out-of-the-box way to dunk your cookies, check out our blog post on how to make easy icing fondue. Add even more fun to your fondue dessert with delicious toppings like shredded coconut, candy-coated chocolates, crushed peanuts, and more. In just a few minutes, you’ll have a dessert worth celebrating!

How will you enjoy your Cheryl’s cookies on National Sugar Cookie Day?

Summer, Summer cookies

The Best Games to Play at Your Carnival Party

June 6, 2013
Carnival Fancy Cookie Gift Box

Carnival Fancy Cookie Gift BoxStep right up, step right up! For a kid, a sunny summer day just isn’t complete without some fun carnival games. But why waste time driving to a faraway festival when you can bring the boardwalk to your own backyard? In celebration of Cheryl’s new carnival-themed cookies, we put together a list of the best games you and your kids can play at your next carnival party. So come one, come all and enjoy the most exciting fair in town!

Cookie-Eating Contest

Give the classic pie-eating contest a sweet little spin and use cookies instead. Stack Cheryl’s carnival cookies high up toward the sky and see who can eat the most in one sitting. With irresistible summer flavors like cotton candy, orange citrus and double chocolate, this race will definitely be a close call!

Bean Bag Toss or Baseball Throw

Test your pitching skills with a tossing game—DIY style. Making everyone’s favorite summertime game set is easy and cheap: Just grab a spare wooden or plastic board, cut out a few large holes, decorate it and assign numbers to each hole. Then lean it up against the fence and take turns throwing baseballs or bean-filled bags to rack up points.

Balloon Darts

Your carnival party crowd will be popping with excitement when they see your homespun balloon dart board. Hang up a large corkboard panel on the fence or stand it up in the grass. Then, completely cover it with air-filled water balloons. Hand your guests five darts and tell them to take their aim: Whoever pops three balloons wins a prize!

The Fish Bowl Game

One of the trickiest—yet most addictive—carnival games, the Fish Bowl Game will be a raging hit with your guests, young and old alike. Line up 10-20 small fishbowls close together in rows on a table. Give your festival-goers a bag of pennies or Ping-Pong balls, and sit back and watch while they tirelessly try to land them in the fish bowls one by one.

Ring Toss

A carnival party can’t get any more authentic than a good ol’ game of ring toss! To get in on some traditional fun, fill up a plastic crate with rows of empty, upright glass bottles. (Make sure the long bottle necks stick out high above the rim of the crate.) Hand the kiddos a bunch of colorful plastic rings and enjoy their laughter as they compete to see who can loop the most rings around the bottles.

How Many Jelly Beans?

The ultimate carnival guessing game is also the easiest to recreate at home. Fill up a large jar to the rim with jelly beans, seal it and place it on a table for all to see. Have everyone guesstimate how many beans are in the jar, and reward the closest guess with a prize. Bonus: Once the game is over, everyone can dig into the delicious jelly beans!

The Duck Pond

Carnival party guests will have a quack-tastic time fishing for prizes! Grab about 50 rubber ducks (the weighted kind float best), label the bottom of each duck with the name of a toy, and attach a hook to the top of each duck’s head. Fill a small plastic kiddy pool with water, toss in the ducks and have the little ones cast a line and try to nab the biggest prize.

What other kinds of fun food and activities will you have at your kids’ next carnival party?

Cookie Flower Bouquets, Parents, Summer

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Gifts for Every Dad

May 30, 2013
Golf-Themed Father's Day Gifts

Whether your dad’s a handyman, a top chef or a sports fanatic, no one wears as many hats as he does. So this Father’s Day, let Pops sit back and enjoy the holiday in his own way! Don’t get him just any gift; treat him to something that he can not only devour, but also use for his favorite relaxing hobbies. Here are some practical and delicious Father’s Day gifts for every kind of dad!

For the Dad Who Loves to Play Golf

Golf-Themed Father's Day GiftsAfter a long week at the office, there’s nothing quite like heading out to the golf course to recharge Dad’s batteries. If teeing off is your father’s favorite way of loosening up, surprise him with a golf-themed gift he can use every time he feels like hitting a few rounds.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas:

For the Dad Who Loves Spending Time Outdoors

Outdoors-Themed Father's Day GiftsFrom fishing, to barbecuing, to cheering on his favorite sports team at the stadium, your dad looks forward to doing anything that lets him breathe in the fresh air of the great outdoors. Give him a present that he can take anywhere he goes, whether it’s on a boat or in the stands.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas:

For the Dad Who Loves Fixing Things

Tool-Themed Father's Day GiftsNo leaky faucet is a match for this Mr. Fix-It! If your dad’s idea of weekend fun is hunting for new repairs to make around the house, then stock up his tool shed with a few new accessories, like a bucket for his collection of nuts and bolts, or a pail to organize his hammers and screwdrivers.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas:

For the Dad Who Loves Reading Comic Books

Superhero-Themed Father's Day GiftsPOW! Nothing re-energizes Dad more than putting up his feet and flipping through his stacks of vintage comic books. Help him indulge his passion—and show him what a super-dad he really is—with colorful hero-themed treats that he can munch on whenever he reads his favorite comics.

What’s your dad’s favorite way to wind down, and what kinds of hobby-related gifts will you give him this Father’s Day?

Parents, Summer, Summer cookies

3 Delicious Alternatives to Traditional Graduation Gifts

May 23, 2013
Notre Dame Gift Tower

Looking for a special gift for an outstanding grad? You don’t have to settle for a boring present that’ll end up buried somewhere in your alum’s closet. Give her something unique and delicious that she’ll devour in seconds and remember forever: cookies! Here are three yummy alternatives to traditional graduation gifts for the star student in your life!

Congrats Cookie Flower Pot

Traditional Graduation Gift: A Bouquet

Alternative Graduation Gift: Congrats Cookie Flowers

What’s the first thing you hand to your grad after she marches down the aisle? Flowers, right? Well imagine her surprise when you greet her with a bouquet of cookies instead! In this fun twist on a typical graduation gift, Cheryl’s world-famous buttercream frosted cutout cookies and crunchy hand-decorated shortbread cookies are artfully arranged in a silver pail to look like beautiful blooms. It’s the irresistibly sweet way to say “Congrats!” for a job well done!

 

 

Graduation Card Cookie Greeting

Traditional Graduation Gift: A Greeting Card

Alternative Graduation Gift: Graduation Card Cookie Greeting

If you can’t make it to the graduation ceremony but still want to send your best wishes for a successful future, skip the conventional card and send your favorite grad a cookie greeting! A mouthwatering buttercream-frosted cutout cookie comes in an adorable gift box, which you can customize with your own personal message. Plus, it comes with a $5 Cheryl’s rewards card! A deliciously heartwarming message on her special day, and a rewarding future to look forward to. What more could a grad want?

 

Notre Dame Gift Tower

Traditional Graduation Gift: Alma Mater T-Shirt

Alternative Graduation Gift: College Gift Towers or Cookie Tins

A college graduate can only have so many T-shirts with her alma mater’s logo on it. Give her another fun way to show her school spirit with these awesome college gift towers and cookie tins! Whether she graduated from Ohio State University or the University of Notre Dame, these exclusively frosted and packaged cookies will make her proud to flaunt her school colors. A tasty reminder that no matter where the road to her future leads, she’ll always be a part of her college’s family!

 

What other kinds of unique graduation gifts will you give to your proud grad?

Cheryl's Cookies and Brownies, Truffle Cookies

Make Dessert Sparkle: Glittery Chocolate Raspberry Cookie Bombs

May 17, 2013

Chocolate Raspberry Cookie Bombs Served With Sparkling JuiceJust a dash of glitz and glamour can brighten the entire room … and your whole day!

So the next time you’re hosting a lavish dinner at home, bring some razzle-dazzle to your soiree by showering your dessert with sparkles. To help you find the perfect recipe for your party, we gave our buttercream truffles a scintillating makeover with extra edible glitter, fresh ’n’ fancy raspberries, and Cheryl’s delectable cutout cookies. Here’s how to make a delicious treat that really shines!

What You’ll Need

12 Cheryl’s unfrosted cutout cookies

Two tubs Cheryl’s buttercream frosting (any flavor)

30-70 raspberries (30 for truffles, 40 for garnish)

24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Edible glitter

Directions

Crushed Cheryl's Cookies

  1. First, mix the cutout cookies in a blender until they’ve turned into fine crumbs. If you don’t have a blender, the cookies are so soft that you can simply seal them in a big sandwich bag and crush them by hand! Twelve cookies will yield about 3 cups of cookie crumbs. We split the crumbs into two 1 ½-cup batches so we could make two different flavored truffles.
    Cheryl's Cookies Crumbs Mixed With Cheryl's Fudge Buttercream Frosting
  2. In a large mixing bowl, blend the cookie crumbs and two tubs of room-temperature buttercream frosting in any flavor of your choice. Since we split the cookie crumbs into two bowls of 1 ½ cups crumbs each, we used one tub of fudge buttercream frosting in one bowl, and one tub of vanilla buttercream frosting in the other. Stir until the crumbs and frosting are well-combined. Cool the mixture in the freezer for a half hour.
    How to Wrap a Raspberry With Cheryl's Cookie-Icing Truffle Mix
  3. Once the cookie-frosting combo is nice and chilly, take it out of the fridge. Take 1 tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball, then flatten it out into a disk with your palms. Wrap the cookie-buttercream disk all the way around a raspberry and roll it into a ball again. Repeat this step until you’ve used up all of your cookie-buttercream mix. Two tubs of frosting will yield about 30 truffles. Chill the truffles in the freezer for another half hour.
    Rasperry Filling in Chocolate Raspberry Cookie Bombs
  4. Pour 24 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips into a bowl and melt them in the microwave for 2 minutes, making sure to stop and stir the chocolate every 30 seconds. Once the chocolate is completely melted and smooth, take the truffles out of the refrigerator and use a fork to individually dip them into the chocolate. Set them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, and then sprinkle them with lots of edible glitter (or any other sparkly topping you might like) before the chocolate cools. Pop them in the freezer one last time for a half hour or until the chocolate hardens.

Chocolate Raspberry Cookie Truffles

For an elegant presentation that’ll make your truffles look even more radiant, serve them on a shimmery cake platter alongside some champagne or sparkling juice. Don’t forget to drop a couple of raspberries into each champagne glass; they’ll look like brilliant little jewels for your drinks!

Chocolate Raspberry Cookie Bombs

What other kinds of glitzy desserts would you make for your sparkle-me-pretty soiree?

Create Your Own

How to Make DIY Chalkboard Cookie Jar Labels

May 6, 2013

Cookie Jars With DIY Chalkboard LabelsMaybe you’re looking for a better way to organize your kitchen. Maybe you’d like to make a really cool birthday gift for a friend. Or maybe you just want to challenge yourself to a new DIY project. Whatever the occasion may be, a personalized cookie jar—filled with plenty of delectable cookies—is just what the doctor ordered! And making one is easy as 1-2-3 with these fun (and reusable!) chalkboard cookie jar labels. Just paint them, cut them out and stick ’em on a cookie jar and you’re good to go. Here’s how to make them:

What You’ll Need

Glass cookie jar
Reusable clear window decal sheets
Chalkboard paint
Sponge brush
Cardstock
Cookie jar label template
Scissors

Directions
Clear Window Decal Sheet Painted With Chalkboard Paint

  1. You can find a pack of clear window decal sheets at any office supply store. At a standard 8 ½ by 11 inch size, they’re printer-friendly too. They attach to any glass surface, they’re easy to peel and they can be used over and over again. Take one clear window decal sheet and lay it flat on a newspaper-covered table. Make sure the printable side is facing up—not the side that will be peeled off. With your sponge brush, cover the printable side of the sheet with chalkboard paint. Set it aside until it dries completely.
    Cookie Jar Label Stencils
  2. Print out this free cookie jar label template onto a piece of cardstock, or print out any other shape you’d like for your label. Carefully cut out the shape from the cardstock.
    Chalkboard Label Cutout
  3. Using the cardstock shape as a stencil, trace the shape onto the dry chalkboard decal sheet. Depending on the size of your label, you can probably fit a few shapes onto one decal sheet. Cut the shapes out of the chalkboard decal sheet to create the finished label.
    Cookie Jar With Conversation Bubble Chalkboard Label
  4. Peel the backing off the label, and then stick it directly onto your cookie jar.

That’s it! Now you have a totally cool, totally customized cookie jar that you can give to your best bud … or keep for yourself. All you need to do now is use chalk to write a cute message on the label, and then fill the jar with your favorite cookies! You can make as many different label shapes as you want, and switch them up whenever you need a change. The labels are also super-easy to peel off when the cookie jar has to be washed.
Cookie Jars With Chalkboard Labels Attached

Because you can use them again and again, these awesome labels will last you a lifetime … even though those scrumptious cookies inside the jar won’t!

What creative shapes will you be making with your DIY chalkboard cookie jar labels?

Cheryl's Cookies and Brownies, Cookie Flower Bouquets, Flower Cookies, Mother's Day, Spring

5 Totally Practical Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

April 29, 2013
Pina Cookie Lada

Pina Cookie LadaMom never stops giving her family all she’s got, so why not surprise her on Mother’s Day with a gift that’ll keep on giving back to her? A fresh batch of Cheryl’s cookies beautifully arranged in a fun, reusable package is a doubly sweet gift idea: The scrumptious treats will make her tummy happy, and the handy container will make her life easy. Here are five totally practical Mother’s Day presents that’ll last long after the cookies are gone!

Mother's Day Watering Can Cookie FlowersPractical Mother’s Day Gift Idea No. 1: Mother’s Day Watering Can Cookie Flowers

Any mom with a green thumb will love this one: Treat her to a dozen yummy flower-shaped cookies and help her keep her real-life flowers looking great! This sugary arrangement comes in a pretty metal watering can that your mama can use to water her garden. Or, she can turn it into a vase for fresh flowers and display it as a centerpiece on her dining room table!

Island MargaritaPractical Mother’s Day Gift Idea No. 2: Island Margarita

If anyone in the world deserves a delicious island getaway, it’s your hard-working mama. Aside from overflowing with tropical flavored buttercream frosted cookies, this durable plastic margarita glass also makes the ultimate party accessory. Next time your mom throws a BBQ bash, she can use the oversized glass to serve drinks or appetizers. Here’s a fun serving tip: For a chic hors d’oeuvre, Mom can hook shrimp along the entire rim of the glass and fill the center with cocktail sauce for dipping.

Spring Ceramic Basket Cutout CookiesPractical Mother’s Day Gift Idea No. 3: Spring Ceramic Basket Cutout Cookies

This gorgeous keepsake ceramic basket doesn’t just hold 12 of Cheryl’s world-famous frosted cutout cookies. With a little imagination, it has tons of potential uses around the home! Mom can use it to serve bread or dessert at the dinner table, or organize small items like silverware or craft supplies. It’ll help keep Mom’s home tidy and add a refreshing spring touch to her décor for years to come!

Spring BasketPractical Mother’s Day Gift Idea No. 4: Spring Basket

Packed to the brim with frosted cut-out cookies, snack-size brownies, sweet pretzel clusters and butter shortbread cookies, this pretty-in-pink basket is infinitely functional. Use these tips on packing the perfect picnic basket and head out for a Mom-and-me lunch in the sun, or check out these 30 different uses for baskets from 1-800-Baskets.com for even more savvy ideas!

Large Mother's Day Cookie and Candy Flower PotPractical Mother’s Day Gift Idea No. 5: Large Mother’s Day Cookie and Candy Flower Pot

This tasty bouquet of Cheryl’s buttercream-frosted cookies and candy sits in a metal bucket that’s not only cute as a button, but also super-efficient! Mama will have a blast discovering all the different ways she can use it indoors or outside. She can fill it with ice and turn it into a mini cooler for drinks, pack it with soil and convert it into a flower pot, or make it a caddy for anything from gardening tools to kitchen utensils.

So which practical Mother’s Day gift will you be surprising your mom with, and how will she use it to simplify her life?