Holiday: Valentines

January 30, 2013

How to Make a Beautiful Cake

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January 28, 2013

Give Love

Good morning and happy day to you, sweetie pie. I've been thinking of Valentine's day and love lately. Here's my message this year. Feel free to share and spread the love.

Love

February 07, 2012

Chocolate Raspberry Creamcakes

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February 02, 2012

What Can You Do With...

... candy hearts???

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Skewer them:

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Top them:

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Hang them:

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Give them:

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January 31, 2012

Cookie Flags!

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A few months back, I was inspired by Herriot Grace's Cookie Flags and knew I'd like to make my own variation for Valentine's Day.

I started by making a batch of my favorite cookie dough for these sorts of things. (It's important to use a recipe that won't rise and become puffy).

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I rolled out the dough and cut out the flag shapes for the project. (Just freehand, with a small, sharp knife).

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I transferred the dough to a parchment lined baking sheet and inserted little wooden toothpicks for the flags (about 3/4" of the toothpick).

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I embellished some using some dough letter stamps and big heart sprinkles, just by pressing into the unbaked dough, and then baked them up.

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Then I decided it'd be fun to sugar glaze some of them and add a few sprinkle dots, for good measure.

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A soft pink sugar glaze is great too.

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I kept some unglazed, because sometimes simple is just enough.

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And then, well, it was really simple. I poked them into my little cakes.

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But they're just as fun to package up as treats for the ones you love. Or better yet, just gobble them up. Because Cookie Flags bring happiness to all.

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Cookie Flags Dough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream the butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and vanilla, beating until well combined. Beat in the flour, just until combined. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Flour your work surface and roll out your refrigerated dough to about 1/4" thickness. Using a sharp knife, cut out the shapes of your little flags. (As shown above). Once you've cut out all your flags, transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. (The best way to do this is with a spatula). Repeat with the remaining dough scraps, until all the dough is used up. Insert toothpicks into the flags as described above, and adorn, if desired, as described above.

Refrigerate the Cookie Flags, on the baking sheet, for 15 minutes. While the flags are being refrigerated, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bake the Cookie Flags for 12-15 minutes. Cool on pan. Once completely cooled, the flags are ready to glaze or use as is.

Cookie Flags Glaze

  • Confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • Milk

Add milk, just a wee bit at a time, until the glaze reaches your desired consistency. Add a drop of food coloring, if you'd like. Mix together with a spoon, until thoroughly combined and then glaze to your little heart's content.

Sources:

Mini Bundt Cake Pan: Target

Letter Stamps: William Sonoma

Big Crunchy Heart Sprinkles: Wilton

Mixing Bowl: Fishs Eddy

January 22, 2012

Mini Box of Donuts

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I love each holiday, when the stores start stocking lots of different candies. Whenever I'm browsing the aisles, my mind is churning, thinking about what I can create. And more times than not, I dream in miniature. I'm not sure why, but mini is so darned cute, isn't it? This year, I dreamed up these teeny tiny donuts - perfect for Valentine treats.

To start, I whipped up a tiny bowl of icing. Just a wee bit of confectioner's (powdered sugar) and enough water to make it a nice consistency for dipping and glazing. And a bunch of Lifesavers candies.

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Oh, and some sprinkles too.

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All you need to do is dip the top of each Lifesaver into the icing and add a pinch of sprinkles.

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A little..

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..or a lot.

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You can use teeny tiny heart sprinkles too.

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I think the reds look like red velvet cake donuts. Let's pretend they are.

Oh! Look. Two lil' donuts sittin' in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G....

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hee hee.

Then we need to box them up. Just like a teeny tiny bakery would. What kind would you like? The little sprinkleys?

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Or the variety pack?

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Then we just slip on the little bakery box cover. And they're all ready for delivery. (Make sure the icing is completely dry before packaging).

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Note: These would make fun little birthday party favors or April Fools treats too!

Sources:

  • Lifesavers Candies in Valentines colors: Target (These come in bags of individually wrapped candies).
  • Sprinkles: Bake It Pretty
  • Match box favor boxes: Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Tiny pink bowl and little metal spoon: Fishs Eddy

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Alternate Sources: Websites such as Etsy and Oriental Trading Company offer selections of blank match boxes as well.

Back-up Plan: Little treat bags would work great for packaging too.

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Click here for more Valentines ideas, Farm Chicks Style! xo

January 11, 2012

Sprinkle Toppers

Aren't big sprinkles adorable? The only problem is they're so hard to find. And then they're CRUNCHY, which isn't very enjoyable when you're taking a bite of a soft, fluffy cupcake, right? So, I've taken to making them myself. You can make different shapes, but today I really want to show you hearts. (Another phase of mine... Note the My Favorite Find logo, and this year's FC Show poster... :)) Love love love. It's what it's all about! hee hee

So anyway, they're really simple. Simply take a handful of candy melts in your desired color and heat for about 30(+/-) seconds in the microwave to melt:

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Stir the melts until all smooth. Transfer mixture into the corner of a large ziploc bag and cut the tip off:

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Line a tray with wax paper. Carefully squeeze out heart shapes, one side at a time. Squeeze briefly from the top, angling the heart side to the center, then pulling the shape, without squeezing any more out. Sort of just dragging what you've already squeezed:

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Ohhh. So cute! And SOFT, so they won't break your teeth. Hooray!

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Make as many as you like. zip. zap. zoom. And you're done! Then, top your favorite treats. Like cookies, sundaes, or cupcakes.

Just one.

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Or lots. Why not? We're equal opportunity sprinklers!

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.... and with a few sprinkles, she'll change the world.

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February 14, 2011

Love & Treats

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February 02, 2011

Brownie Bites

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January 21, 2011

Mini Donut Cupcakes

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January 14, 2011

Donut Bites with Jam & Cream

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January 07, 2011

Treat Bags!

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February 12, 2010

Quadruple Chocolate Mousse Cake

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January 28, 2010

Raspberry Swizzle

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January 25, 2010

Sweetie Pies

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