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How to Make a Cookie Pop

congrats cookie bouquetHave you ever seen those darling cookies on a stick and wondered if you could make them yourself? You can! It's so easy and so much cheaper than ordering a cookie bouquet online.

You can make them in any colors and flavors you like and display them at a party or give them as gifts. If this has ever crossed your mind before, or if you're curious how it would be done, then you are in the right place! Below, you will find easy instructions to make your own decorated cookie favors!

Easy, inexpensive and exciting; the perfect favors for your next party or get-together!

cookie bouquetCookies as Party Favors

How to get started

If you want to give your pops as a favor at the end of the night, wrap each one in cellophane individually and tie with a ribbon. This will not only make them easier to travel with, but they will appear as cookie favors and not part of the party food.

Cookie pops can be collected together in a bouquet and brought to a friend who is ill or given as a birthday or holiday cookie gift.

There are as many recipes and versions of the cookie pop as there are bakers. The one thing you need to remember is to put the stick in the cookie before you bake it.

Cookie Sticks

Making Cookie Lollipops

You can buy cookie pop sticks in the candy aisle of a craft store. They are actually white lollipop sticks and they come in either short or long. You might do a mixture of both lengths and make a cookie flower bouquet. Pick up some florist foam or Styrofoam while you're at the craft store.

Use an empty and clean flower pot. Stick the floral foam in and then stand the lollipop cookies into the foam. Cover the top of the foam with colorful paper shreds, cellophane shreds, faux Spanish moss or even a cute dish towel. The idea is just to ensure the foam isn't showing in your gourmet gift.

See it done!

Inserting the Stick

Easy as can be!

Here's a recipe for cookie pops that you'll want to use time and again. This one has a mini candy bar inside each cookie for a decadent and surprising treat. But you can whip up any batch of sugar cookie dough, roll out and cut into shapes and make your pops that way, or, put a stick in a chocolate dipped oreo (just don't bake them!) for a different decadent treat. As long as that stick is in securely before baking, you've got nothing to worry about.

Bake in the same way you would regular cookies. Just don't pick the pops up until they are fully cooled or the cookies will fall off the sticks. So find all those fun sized candy gifts you've been getting and use them in these delicious cookie pops!

Easy Cookie Pop Recipe

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  • Yields: 10 cookie pops

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. softened butter
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 10 Popsicle sticks
  • 10 fun size candy bars (SNICKERS® or MILKY WAY® are perfect for these)
  • M&M'S®

Instructions:

  1. Combine sugars, butter, peanut butter, vanilla and egg; beat well. Add flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Mix well. Place stick into short end of candy bar. Shape 1/3 cup dough around each candy bar making sure it's completely covered. Put M&M'S® on top.
  2. Place 4 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13-16 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Remove.

Displaying Your Creation

Making Mini Bouquets

If you want to display your cookie pops for guests to eat at your party, fill sturdy glasses with rice or beans and stand the pops up in them.

Put the cups around the party so guests get the idea that they can help themselves whenever they like. Be sure to keep an eye out for empty containers, because these little treats will go fast! You'll most likely be refilling them again and again!

Image credit: Betty Crocker

Cookie Gift Baskets are a Great Way to Say Thank You

Thank you cookie bouquet

Showing Your Appreciation With Treats

Need a good idea to thank a colleague or a friend? Perhaps it's a teacher who has gone the extra mile for your child? Or maybe your neighbor gets your kids on the bus so you can get to work early. If you're looking for a really wonderful thank you gift, send a cookie basket and you can't go wrong. Because everyone loves cookies, you'll be sending a fantastic show of your thanks and in a tasty way.

So let's get started!

Special Occasions

The Perfect Gift

Thank you cookie bouquetChoose from online vendors who deliver cookie gift baskets or find a good bakery who will make one up for you. It's ideal if you can purchase your basket in town so you can save yourself some shipping charges. But if the person you're thanking is not local, you'll have to ship anyway.

Gourmet Cookie Bouquets makes amazing cookie baskets that you can send. You can get them personalized with bees to say "Thanks a Buzzillion" or with sacks of money for a "Thanks a Million" bouquet.

There are specialty boxes to thank teachers that feature red apple cookies and cheerful sunflowers that say thank you in a fresh way. No matter the theme, you'll find ideas from elegant to goofy. And they all taste great.

There is even a special Thank You bouquet available for nurses and one for doctors. They are great ways to thank the health care staff members who have gone out of their way for you!

Types of Cookie Gifts

So Many Tasty Treats

One way to go with the thank you cookies is the decorated version. These cookies are typically over-sized and made of sugar or shortbread cookie dough.

They are then iced with a royal icing that hardens so the cookies won't smear. They are then decorated in bright and fanciful designs that are so realistic, they almost look like the real objects they portray.

Another version of the cookie basket is a regular cookie mix. This can include a nice basket with chocolate chip, oatmeal, double chocolate, peanut butter, or other kinds of cookies. They are usually all together in a basket and somehow wrapped for freshness. This version of the cookie basket is tasty, but it doesn't make as bold of an impression.

The cookies may arrive smashed as they are more delicate than the hearty sugar or shortbreads, especially if they have a longer trip ahead of them. But the choice is up to you! Choose wisely.

Know Your Cookie Company

Do Your Research

Know how the delivery company plans to ship the cookies. Are they individually wrapped? Do they go via Fedex? When will they arrive? And do you have to pay extra for Saturday delivery?

Don't be ashamed to call the company, even if you plan to order online, and ask questions about the cookies you are going to send. You will want the arrangement to arrive in perfect condition with every crumb in place, so it's okay to do some questioning to avoid disappointment!

Prepare Your Taste Buds

Image by TheSnapVT on Flickr
Image by TheSnapVT on Flickr

Send a Cookie Gift!

They'll Thank You Later

There's a reason why thank you cookie bouquets are so popular. They bring delight and smiles to everyone who sees them. Send one today and brighten someone's day.

It's a wonderful and clever way to say thank you to someone who has gone out of their way to help you. And it's as appropriate a gesture to family and friends as it is for coworkers or clients and people you deal with for business reasons.

Different Types of Cookies

What to Consider

When you're putting together a cookie basket, you'll want to consider a few different types of cookies for your recipient. If you are up for baking a few different batches, then definitely consider including more than one type. But if you don't have the energy to be Betty Crocker for the day, then just choose one and decorate them differently if you want a seemingly wide variety.

When considering different types of cookies, you might consider:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Oatmeal Raisin
  • Shortbread
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Snickerdoodle
  • Chocolate Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter
  • Biscotti

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Homemade Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan is a classic Italian recipe that is simply delicious. It is a hearty and filling meal that features eggplants, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and aromatic herbs.

This eggplant parmesan recipe is more of a lasagna dish and can feed a family of four with plenty of leftovers.

Since all of the ingredients in this eggplant parmesan recipe are fresh, it does take a little more time to prepare but the end result will be well worth the effort you put into each step.

Picture courtesy of 3liz4 on Creative Commons.

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Homemade Eggplant Parmesan

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 lb medium eggplants (about 3), cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick rounds
  • 3 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 5 lb plum tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 20 fresh basil leaves, torn in half
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 2 ozfinely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (2/3 cup)
  • 1 lb chilled fresh mozzarella (not unsalted), thinly sliced

Picture courtesy of GobberGo on Creative Commons

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe (Continued)

Eggplant Parmesan

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Eggplant Parmesan Recipe Directions:

  1. Toss eggplant with 2 teaspoons salt in a colander set over a bowl, then let drain 30 minutes.
  2. While eggplant drains, cut an X in bottom of each tomato with a sharp paring knife and blanch tomatoes together in a 5-quart pot of boiling water 1 minute. Transfer tomatoes with a slotted spoon to a cutting board and, when cool enough to handle, peel off skin, beginning from scored end, with paring knife.
  3. Coarsely chop tomatoes, then coarsely pure in batches in a blender. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a 5-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then add garlic and saut, stirring, until golden, about 30 seconds. Add tomato pure, basil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and red pepper flakes and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375F.
  5. Stir together flour, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a shallow bowl. Lightly beat eggs in a second shallow bowl, then stir together panko and 1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano in a third shallow bowl.
  6. Working with 1 slice at a time, dredge eggplant in flour, shaking off excess, then dip in egg, letting excess drip off, and dredge in panko until evenly coated. Transfer eggplant to sheets of wax paper, arranging slices in 1 layer.
  7. Heat remaining 1 1/2 cups oil in a deep 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then fry eggplant 4 slices at a time, turning over once, until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes per batch. Transfer with tongs to paper towels to drain.
  8. Spread 1 cup tomato sauce in bottom of a rectangular 3 1/2-quart (13- by 11- by 2-inch) baking dish. Arrange about one third of eggplant slices in 1 layer over sauce, overlapping slightly if necessary. Cover eggplant with about one third of remaining sauce (about 11/4 cups) and one third of mozzarella. Continue layering with remaining eggplant, sauce, and mozzarella. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano.
  9. Bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted and golden and sauce is bubbling, 35 to 40 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of Epicurious.com, picture courtesy of GobberGo on Flickr

How to Make Eggplant Parmesan

A Sweet Favor – Cookies!

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cookie favor ideas

Add Delicious-ness to the Party

If you're throwing a bridal or baby shower, you'll want to include memorable favors for your guests to take home. Some people even choose to give favors at children's or adults' birthday parties, too.

No matter the reason for your celebration, one good idea is to give a favor that the guests will really enjoy. How about something scrumptious like cookie favors?

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Introduction to Cookies

Baking in Style

Cookies can come in every shape, size, color, and type imaginable. Today's gourmet cookies are wonderful treats all by themselves, without too many frills needed!

You can dress them up with pretty wrappings and your guests will marvel at the thought and time you took to make such a lovely bundle. Only you have to know how easy it was!

Wedding Cake Cookie Favors

To Bake or to Buy?

That is the Question

Whether you bake your own cookies or buy them will depend on you. Is your life already running at a hectic pace and having one more thing to do is just out of the question? Then don't feel bad about turning to a pro to bake your cookie favors for you.

However, if you're up for it, there are so many cookie recipes out there for you to try...

You can bake bars, brownies or Rice Krispy treats. Or, you can do a chocolate chunk or peanut butter cookie. A favorite for good reason is the rolled sugar cookie.

The reason why these are such a great choice is because they are easy to make and offer lots of decorating options.

Making Sugar Cookies

Recipe to Bake Them Yourself

Reciple from AllReciples.com

Here is a recipe for simple sugar cookies for kids from Allrecipes.com that you can try.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoons full of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

Shaping Up the Cookies

Glam it Up

cookie party favors

Now that you've got the idea of the ingredients you'll need, you'll want to decide on a shape for your cookies. Baby shower favors such as rubber duck cookies are a great idea, you can frost them in yellow icing. Bridal shower favors can be a rose or a gown or wedding ring shapes.

Kitchen stores sell all kinds of quality cookie cutters that go with party themes. You can spell out a person's name, such as the name of the birthday girl or the bride and groom. You can even personalize cookies with the person's age or anniversary. All cut out in wonderful sugar cookie dough.

Image by Tracy Hunter on Flickr

Decorating Your Cookies

Decor and All That Jazz

Beautifying

Decorations and wrapping will really add to the presentation. Use sprinkles, candy, colored icings, and edible decorations like babies or bows.

You can find all you need and more at a large craft store in the candy-making aisle. You'll find edible fondant decorations that you can stick right on your homemade cookies to make them look professional.

Wrap them in colored cellophane with a pretty satin bow. Four custom cookie favors stacked together should be enough. Or use pretty decorative bags from the craft store. You can also tie them up in a pretty dish towel that the guest can take home and use later.

birthday cookie bouquet

Bakery Cookies

Local Shops

The world of cookies has changed so much over recent years. You can now find cookies at bakeries and online that look like works of art. Bakers are able to do just about anything you ask in sugar and icing.

Online sources for favors will offer cookie options. Sometimes they come on sticks so you can offer them as birthday cookie bouquets. Others come in shapes of wedding gowns with pearly icing or tuxedos. They'll even print your guest of honor's face on a cookie in edible frosting.

Cookies make excellent favors because they are a delicious treat. If they are also a feast for the eyes, so much the better!

Easy Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

Homemade Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

Homemade Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

A cobbler is like a pie except it has no bottom crust. Blueberry cobbler is a traditional American recipe that is a sweet blueberry filling topped with a pastry dough and baked. It can be sweetened with a sugar and other things such as fresh summer peaches can be added for a unique and unexpected flavor.

This blueberry cobbler recipe features a little lemon juice and cinnamon for a different flavor combination that will definitely taste like a gourmet dessert. So break away from the trendy NY cheesecake with blueberry topping and try an old classic dessert every once in a while... you'll be glad you did!

 

How To Make Blueberry Cobbler

Homemade Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

Picture courtesy of toastforbrekkie on Flickr

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup white sugar, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

Directions:

Lightly grease an 8 inch square baking dish. Place the blueberries into the baking dish, and mix with vanilla and lemon juice.

Sprinkle with 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of flour, then stir in the tablespoon of melted butter. Set aside.In a medium bowl, stir together 1 3/4 cups of flour, baking powder, and 6 tablespoons sugar.

Rub in the 5 tablespoons butter using your fingers, or cut in with a pastry blender until it is in small pieces. Make a well in the center, and quickly stir in the milk. Mix just until moistened. You should have a very thick batter, or very wet dough. You may need to add a splash more milk. Cover, and let batter rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spoon the batter over the blueberries, leaving only a few small holes for the berries to peek through. Mix together the cinnamon and 2 teaspoons sugar; sprinkle over the top.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden brown. A knife inserted into the topping should come out clean - of course there will be blueberry syrup on the knife.

Let cool until just warm before serving. This can store in the refrigerator for 2 days.

Recipe courtesy of BlueberryRecipe.com.

How To Make Blueberry Cobbler - Making Blueberry Cobbler

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