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Throw a Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Party With the Cheryl’s Cookie Kit!

February 7, 2013
Valentine's Day Cookie Decorating Party

Valentine's Day Cookie Decorating Party

The day of love is finally upon us, so give Cupid the sweet welcome he deserves and throw a Valentine’s Day cookie decorating party! Cheryl’s Valentine’s Day Cutout Cookie Kit comes complete with everything you need for your big V-Day bash; plus, everything is delivered to your door, so there’s no need to trudge to the supermarket for your ingredients.

Each kit contains 24 prebaked heart-shaped cookies, two tubs of Cheryl’s world-famous frosting (in vanilla and fudge flavors), and one container with six assorted Valentine’s Day–themed sprinkles. All you have to do is set the table, gather some friends and family, and get down to business! Here are our tips for throwing a charming Valentine’s Day cookie decorating party with your handy kit.

Place Setting

Place Setting for Valentine's Day Cookie Decorating PartyWhen it comes to decorating cookies, the messier it gets the better! To keep cleanup time to a minimum, keep your place setting as simple as possible. Plain white plates make the color of your cookies pop, and a no-fuss glitter napkin ring adds some effortless bling. No need for any excess décor!

Instead of giving each guest a fancy spreader for the icing, go with plastic knives instead: They get the job done, and you can chuck ’em in the garbage when the party’s over. To pretty them up, just wrap some inexpensive twine around the handles.

For a quick festive touch, pour some strawberry milk into a mason jar. If you don’t like the taste of strawberry milk but still want to keep the pink theme going, just use regular milk and stir one drop of red food coloring into each glass. Finally, candy-striped straws nicely round out the overall laid-back and whimsical vibe of your sweet soiree.

Cookies

Plate of Cheryl's Heart-Shaped Cutout CookiesAnd now for the main event: the cookies! The best thing about Cheryl’s Valentine’s Day kit is that the oh-so-soft and delicious cutout cookies are already baked, so the hard work has already been done for you. Just remove them from the individual wrappers and arrange them on a large red plate. You’re ready to go! We used a rustic-chic DIY chalkboard coaster to label the cookies and complement the twine used in the place setting.

Frosting

Labeled Frosting for Valentine's Day Cookie Decorating PartyA cookie decorating party wouldn’t be quite as fun—or delicious—without some downright scrumptious icing. Your kit is already equipped with Cheryl’s smooth, rich and creamy vanilla and chocolate frosting. But for even more decorating options, you can order an extra tub of strawberry frosting (or any other flavors your taste buds desire). And since each kind of icing has its own personality, show them off in mixed-’n’-matched white bowls or cups. Then, label each bowl for your guests using a few more chalkboard coasters. It’ll give your table an adorably shabby yet put-together look.

Sprinkles

Sprinkles for Valentine's Day Cookie Decorating PartyThese festive little bits of sugar add a kiss of cuteness to your Valentine’s Day cookies. To dress up your sprinkles for the occasion, pour them into individual spice bowls and prop them up on sturdy glitter cupcake wrappers. Keep them organized by grouping them on a DIY chalkboard cheese board and labeling them. To finish the look, bring even more homespun elegance to your setup with these handmade tissue paper roses and popcorn hearts, or create them with your guests for some extra DIY fun!

Decorating

Decorated Cheryl's Valentine's Day CookiesIt’s the time you’ve all been waiting for. … Dig in! Grab your cookies and your trimmings and make your own sweet Valentine’s Day creations. There’s no limit to what you can do, so be adventurous! You and your guests will have a blast showing off your cookie-decorating skills and swapping your heart-shaped treats. Oh, and let’s not forget the best part of all: eating!

The fun doesn’t have to stop with cookies. You can use your frosting and sprinkles to put some V-Day cheer on all sorts of goodies. What other kinds of snacks will you be decorating with your Valentine’s Day cutout cookie kit?

Buttercream Frosted Cut-Out Cookies, Create Your Own

The Many Uses of Buttercream, Part 3: Deconstructed Cake!

November 15, 2012
Deconstructed Cake

Deconstructed Cake

Hello again, frosting aficionados! Last week, we showed you how to turn buttercream frosting into a fantastic fondue dip. Now, we’re giving part three of our buttercream blog series a little modern twist. These days, deconstructed cakes are all the rage: They’re gracing the menus for everything from weddings, to swanky hotel restaurants, to at-home dinner parties.

What is a deconstructed cake, you ask? Basically, it’s breaking down a cake to its essential elements—cake, frosting and toppings—and serving all of the separate parts together as a whole. This allows your guests to enjoy endless flavor combinations … and have fun customizing their cake!

It’s much easier than decorating a cake yourself, and your friends will be chattering about it for days. Here’s how to wow the crowd with a deconstructed cake at your next big bash:

The Cake

Using store-bought cake mix, bake enough cupcakes or cakelets for each of your guests. You can also bake the cake in a jelly roll pan and cut the cake into tiny cubes.

Don’t want to be married to one flavor? Don’t be shy! Bake as many flavors as you like. The more kinds of cake you make, the more creative your guests can get with their dessert. Once the cake has cooled off, place it on a large platter.

The Frosting

Buttercream Frosting for Deconstructed Cake

Display various kinds of buttercream frosting on the platter any which way you prefer: Put the icing in separate tiny cups, or pipe the frosting directly onto the plate. Let your eccentric side run wild; when it comes to showing off your deconstructed cake, anything goes!

Cheryl’s has an infinite selection of buttercream flavors to choose from, like caramel, cinnamon, fudge, mint, peppermint and vanilla. Give your guests a little bit of everything so they can mix and match each cake with their beloved icing flavors. They’ll have more combo options than they’ll know what to do with!

The Trimmings

Toppings for Deconstructed Cake

And finally, the cherry on the cake! Pour any cake toppings of your choice into small shot glasses or miniature spice bowls, and arrange them on the platter next to the cake and frosting.

When picking your toppings, you can go in any direction your imagination takes you: Take the classic route (sprinkles, candy, chocolate chips), go down the exotic path (coconut, fruit, chocolate shavings), or do both!

It’s that simple: In three easy steps, you can turn dessert time into a festival of flavors. Keep an eye out for next week’s buttercream project: cake push pops!

How would you put your own personal touch on your deconstructed cake?

Buttercream Frosted Cut-Out Cookies, Create Your Own

The Many Uses of Buttercream, Part 2: Icing Fondue!

October 29, 2012
Icing Fondue

Icing Fondue

Welcome back to part two of our buttercream bonanza! Now that we’ve shown you how a bit of frosting can turn ordinary treats into works of art, it’s time to think outside the box of brownie mix and make some unique—and downright scrumptious—desserts with buttercream.

Is the idea of hosting a chocolate fondue party getting a bit stale for you? Jazz things up and throw an icing fondue bash instead! It’s incredibly simple, and no baking is necessary. Just fill a cupcake pan with your favorite icing flavors and toppings, grab some fondue sticks and a few delish snacks, and start dipping! Here’s how to do it:

Icing Flavors

Cheryl's Buttercream Frosting

Fill the outer compartments of the cupcake pan with different varieties of icing. There’s a rainbow of buttercream flavors to choose from for your fondue. For our main event, we used Cheryl’s fudge, vanilla, mint and peppermint frosting. Other great Cheryl’s flavors to try: caramel and cinnamon.

Toppings

Toppings for Icing Fondue

Add a little something extra by filling the inner sections of the cupcake pan with assorted toppings. Have fun with this! Your friends will have a ball mixing and matching the icing with the trimmings, so give them as many options as you can. We chose chocolate chips, sprinkles, M&M’S, and chocolate cookie crumbs. You can also try other exotic garnishes, like coconut or crushed walnut.

Snacks to Dip

Great Snacks to Dip in Icing Fondue

On separate plates, stack up the sweet and savory treats you want to dip. You can dunk just about any yummy bite-sized foods into your icing fondue. We went with sugar cookies, strawberries, mini cupcakes, marshmallows and pretzels. You can spear ’em with fondue sticks or just dive in with your hands.

And there you have it: an exciting dessert that will whip up tons of laughs at your next get-together. Come back next week for a very modern, very personalized buttercream dessert: deconstructed cake!

What kinds of treats and toppings would you use for your icing fondue party?

Buttercream Frosted Cut-Out Cookies, Create Your Own

The Many Uses of Buttercream, Part 1: Traditional Treats!

October 23, 2012
Cheryl's Buttercream Frosting

Cheryl's Buttercream FrostingJust like the artist uses paint to create a work of art, the baker uses buttercream to make an edible masterpiece. If you have a colorful imagination, a quality pastry bag and a few tubs of sinfully delicious buttercream frosting, the possibilities for culinary creativity are endless! To help stoke your artistic fire, we’ll be taking the next seven weeks to show you all the different ways buttercream can be used. We have lots of fun projects for you to try out, so let’s get started!

This week, we’ll be covering the traditional desserts we all love to smother in buttercream: cakes, cupcakes, cookies and brownies, oh my! Hang on to your pastry chef hats; this is going to be one sweet ride. …

Cakes and Cupcakes

Mom & Baby Owl Cupcakes

What’s the first image that pops into your head when you hear the word “icing”? Chances are you pictured either a towering layer cake or a platter of delectable bite-sized cupcakes, and for good reason. These fluffy desserts are a staple of every celebration, and there’s no limit to the fun you can have decorating them. Check out Celebrations.com to find out how you can use buttercream to make the perfect birthday cake and create the adorable Mom & Baby Owl Cupcakes pictured above!

Cookies

Buttercream Frosted Cookies

Frosting can also turn an ordinary cookie into a rich, extravagant confection. Whether sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookies hit your sweet spot, just pick your favorite type and dress it up with some buttercream. To make these festive pumpkin- and acorn-shaped cookies for the fall, we used Cheryl’s Unfrosted Cutout Cookies, Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, Fudge Buttercream Frosting and Mint Buttercream Frosting. (To make the orange icing, we added a few drops of red and yellow food coloring to the vanilla frosting.)

Brownies

Buttercream Frosted Brownies

Brownies don’t have to be so square! Sure, they taste great on their own, but topping them off with buttercream will enhance their flavor and give their appearance a lot of pizzazz. To get really creative with your chocolatey treats, cut them into shapes using a cookie cutter, or put ’em on a wooden ice pop stick for a fun snack on the go, like we did here. We created these fun and elegant dessert platters using Cheryl’s Premium Brownie Sampler and Buttercream Frosting Tub Sets (in vanilla, mint and strawberry flavors).

Next week, we’ll show you how to wow your party guests with buttercream fondue! Until then, tell us: What’s your favorite way to top cakes, cupcakes, cookies or brownies with buttercream frosting?

Cheryl's Cookies and Brownies, Create Your Own, Halloween Cookies, Parents

Treat Your Kids to Cookies This Halloween!

October 10, 2012
Witch Hat

Witch HatWith so many glowing Jack-o-lanterns and creepy goblins haunting the streets, Halloween is the best time to let a kid’s imagination run wild. So why limit your children’s Halloween treats to boring store-bought candy? Sweeten up the holiday with some Halloween cookies instead: Cheryl’s has so many fun, festive snacks that are certain to give your little ones a scary good time, no matter where they are. Here are a few ways you can make cookies a part of your kids’ Halloween celebration:

Halloween Treats Gift BagHand out Cookies to Tick-or-Treaters
When all of those little witches and mummies come knocking at your door for the sweet stuff, treat them to Halloween cookies instead of candy. Your kids will have loads of fun helping you give out Cheryl’s wickedly delicious buttercream-frosted ghost cookies and pumpkin cookies. They’re individually wrapped, so it’s easy to drop them into any trick-or-treater’s candy bag or bucket. Get the Halloween Party Pack, and your house will become the trick-or-treating hot spot of the neighborhood! For those of you DIY-ers who want to dress up your hand-me-outs, find some inspiration with these easy and inexpensive Halloween treat bag ideas from Celebrations.com.

Reward your helpers with their very own Halloween Treats Gift Bags. These Trick or Treat Bagbone-chilling pouches are filled with a buttercream-frosted cutout cookie, pretzel clusters, a mini brownie, a chocolate sandwich cookie and, of course, a ghoulish ghost cookie. Your kids will gobble them right up! Gear up your youngsters for their own trick-or-treating masquerade by creating your own Cheryl’s trick-or-treat totes. Just choose from three boo-tiful bag designs and fill them up with any combination of Cheryl’s cookies and brownies you please. Your kids will have everything they need to spread some fright on Halloween night!

Halloween Cutout Cookie KitHost a Spooky Cookie Decorating Party
Share goose bumps and giggles by gathering the kids around the fireplace for some scary ghost stories and tasty Halloween treats. Throwing a Halloween cookie decorating party for the kiddos and their friends is easy; all you need are a few fun Halloween party planning ideas for children and the right supplies to set the eerie mood.

With Cheryl’s Halloween Cutout Cookie Kit, you get all the essential ingredients for decorating your very own ghost cookies and pumpkin cookies. If your kids love Halloween cookies with a kick of spice, try making skeleton cookies with the Halloween Gingerbread Cookie Kit. Every kit comes ready with 24 unfrosted cookies, a 1-pound tub each of vanilla and chocolate buttercream frosting, and a container of Halloween sprinkles. You don’t even have to turn on your oven; just break open the box and watch the little ones bring their spooky creations to life. Celebrations.com has even more Halloween cookie decorating party ideas, so check them out and start frosting!

Halloween Gift Tin TowerBring Halloween Cookies to the School Party
You don’t have to go batty baking five different desserts the night before the school Halloween party. Instead, surprise everyone with scrumptious Halloween cookies that your kids’ classmates will devour faster than you can say “Frankenstein.” Cheryl’s Halloween Gift Tin Tower is brimming with fresh buttercream-frosted cookies, butter shortbread cookies, gourmet cookies, chocolate sandwich cookies, fudge brownies, and chocolate-covered pretzels. Plus, the gigantic stack of festive containers will bewitch students and teachers alike! For a smaller class, the Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookie will cast an equally powerful spell on hungry tummies.

Before your frightfully tasty Halloween cookies take the classroom by storm, consider bringing these kid-friendly Halloween DVDs to the party along with your treats. There are dozens of ways you can help your kids and their teacher celebrate Halloween at school—take a look at these ideas from Celebrations.com!

How do you and your kids plan on celebrating Halloween with cookies? Tell us your ideas!

Cheryl's Cookies and Brownies, Create Your Own, Retail Stores

What’s your favorite cookie?

June 7, 2011
Cheryl's Store at Easton

Cheryl's Store at Easton

What’s your favorite cookie?
That’s what it says in our store window.

If you are already a Cheryl’s customer- you probably already have one! If you haven’t tried our cookies before, I invite you to come visit one of our stores to try a sample and find a favorite.

My favorite is the Sugar Cookie. Not the frosted cut-out sugar cookie mind you (which is the cookie that made us famous- and is AWESOME!), just the plain, round Sugar Cookie, which is so soft when you pick it up that it can’t help but smoosh in your fingers a little when you hold it. It makes you want to rip the package open and eat it right on the spot. It happens to me every time I fill the Sugar Cookie basket- I just want to eat one! I work in the Cheryl’s stores, where we get to help people find their favorite cookie every day. We also get to share samples with our customers every day, and you guessed it- whoever makes the samples gets to pick the cookie flavor! Of course they always pick their favorite. It’s not always the traditional flavors either; I’ve seen people take a sample as they walk by our store and turn around to come in and buy the cookie they tasted. Yes, they are that good, and yes, that’s why we sneakily tempt you with them by sampling. We fell in love with them, and we want to you to, too!

Create Your Own Assortment at Cheryl's Stores

Create Your Own Assortment at Cheryl's Stores

Getting a sample is just one of the reasons to come visit our retail stores. If you’ve ever had the chance to visit one of our store locations, you already know just how many flavors there really are, and how difficult it is to pick just one. It’s impressive, the wall of cookies. That’s what is most fun about visiting a Cheryl’s though, getting to pick out your assortment. You can find varieties you didn’t know we had and taste cookie flavors which are just available for the season. It’s so different than looking through our catalog or online. We provide you with a “cookie picking basket” to make it easier for selecting cookies, and those of us who work in the stores are your Cookie Specialists, there to help advise you on picking out the perfect present. It’s fun and it’s special. And you can get a cookie for yourself while you pick out your gift. What could be better than that?

Pamela Casto
District Manager of Cheryl’s Columbus Stores

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