Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sweet on Trader Joe's Sunday : Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies

We're in the throes of college applications and musical rehearsals ("we" meaning Jack), so I wasn't sure there would be a Trader Joe's review this week.

review: Trader Joe's Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies
And then, I popped into Trader Joe's this morning for pears and milk for a recipe. (That's called a teaser. ;)) My cart ended up looking like this:

I guess we'll get that review in after all.

review: Trader Joe's Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies #traderjoes
Trader Joe's Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies come in a 10-ounce box and sell for $2.99. They're described as "shortbread cookies with pumpkin spice and yogurt coating." The white cookies have a yogurt coating while the rare orange cookies have a pumpkin spice coating.

review: Trader Joe's Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies
A mom's (my) take: Although none of the mini cookies seem to reach the status of the mini dark chocolate mint star cookies at Christmastime, these are really darn good. The cookies are crispy and crunchy...and pack a lot of pumpkin spice flavor. In addition to fall spices, the cookies definitely have a yogurt pretzel quality, minus the salt. Good to have on hand when you're craving a little hit of pumpkin spice.
Overall rating 4 of 5 stars

A teenager's (Jack's) take: The pumpkin flavor is evident from the first bite, but isn't overpowering. I like how the yogurt coating (or pumpkin spice, if you're lucky enough to get one of those) is thin enough where you can still focus on the delicious shortbread underneath! This is another TJ's dessert that I could eat a whole box of.
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

review: Trader Joe's Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Trader Joe's Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies: pick up a box! 

[note: We have no affiliation with Trader Joe's. I'm sure they have never read this blog and have no idea who we are. Hey, we like being incognito, although we never wear sunglasses indoors. ;)]

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to Make Light Bulb Cookies ... on a stick!

There are times in a blogger's life when you're filled with regret. Like, when you have eaten your 18th cookie of the day. Also, when you forget to take pictures of key steps or the finished product.

How to Make Light Bulb Cookies ... on a stick!

So, I present to you a tutorial....missing two pictures. (Yay, me.)

These cookies were made for a trivia night at our school. It's called Facts and Folly (isn't that the cutest?) and the logo is a light bulb. Light bulb cookies were in order.

DIY cookie cutter template
I do not own a lightbulb cookie cutter, so I made a template. You can make templates out of cardstock or a file folder...something sturdy....but I like to make mine from quilting template plastic. (Shout out to the blog reader who gave me this idea ages ago.)

how to make a cookie cutter template
how to make a cookie cutter template
Just find an image, place the plastic over the top, and trace. Then cut out the shape and you have your template.

Here's where I forgot to take picture #1...showing how to use it. All you do is roll the dough to the thickness you'd like, place the template on top and cut with a paring knife. The edges will be a bit rougher than if you'd cut with a cookie cutter, but you can tap them lightly with your finger to smooth them out a bit. Once they're decorated, it doesn't make much difference. :)

For all of the details on make cookies on a stick, please stop over to my post over at The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends.

To decorate the light bulb cookies, you'll need:
  • lightbulb cut-out cookies 
  • cookie sticks, if making on-a-stick
  • royal icing, divided into 3 bowls and can use any gel paste food coloring (I used...AmeriColor Egg Yellow mixed with Electric Yellow, and Super Black for both the grey and the black.)
  • piping bags
  • couplers and tips (#4, #2 and #1)
  • squeeze bottle
  • toothpicks
  • silver luster dust
  • vodka
  • clean (food-only) paintbrush 

Make the cookies on a stick following these instructions

How to Make Light Bulb Cookies ... on a stick!
Use a #4 tip to make the base of the lightbulb in grey icing. 

How to Decorate Light Bulb Cookies
With a #2 tip, outline the bulb in yellow. 

Thin the yellow icing with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup. You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin. Count of 2-3 is good. Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed. Pour into a squeeze bottle.

How to Decorate Light Bulb Cookies
Fill in the outlined sections, using a toothpick to guide to the edges and pop large air bubbles.

Let the icing dry about 1 hour.

Use a #1 tip to add the filament detail.

Let the cookies dry uncovered for 6-8 hours, or overnight.

How to Decorate Light Bulb Cookies
The next day, mix silver luster dust with a bit of vodka. Paint onto the grey area.

How to Decorate Lightbulb Cookies
Here's the second place I forgot to take a picture...the finished product!!! I waited to stand the cookies up in their box until I arrived at the event and didn't snap a picture.

Tie ribbons on the sticks and press into a styrofoam or floral foam filled container. (Take photo.) ♥

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends Latest Post : How to Separate Eggs

Guys, my latest post is up on The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends: How to Separate Eggs.

Maybe this seems like a no-brainer, but I go through 3 methods and tell you which one is my hands-down favorite.

How to Separate Eggs + storage tips and recipes for yolks and whites | for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends
ALSO...there are storage tips for once they are separated AND a list of yummy recipes using yolks or whites.

Pop on over and check it out!

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