Each spring, I look forward to the sight and fragrance of beautiful botanical blooms, especially cherry blossoms. Feeling inspired, I baked some cherry blossom cookies just in time for Mother’s Day. These perfectly pretty, pink cookies are easy to make and fun to decorate. You can sprinkle sparkling sugar on them before baking and call it a day or you can make some pink cherry icing and add sugar pearls or sprinkles. Either way, they look beautiful and taste delicious!
Have you ever had mudslide cake? It’s a deliciously messy chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and marshmallows, also known as Mississippi mud cake. I saw one covered in a layer of marshmallow fluff and it made its way into my dreams. I woke up with the inspiration to make a cookie version of the gooey mudslide cake.
I saw a few mudslide cookie recipes out there that used standard size marshmallows and chocolate chips mixed into the cookie dough. If you’ve ever baked with marshmallows, you know that they nearly disappear during the baking process. Chocolate chips melt beautifully into little pools of chocolate, but then harden once cooled to room temperature. I happily volunteered to address these challenges! After some trial and error, I created a satisfying cookie with plenty of gooey marshmallow goodness and a rich fudge filling that stays soft at room temperature. Dreams do come true!
This delightful melt-in-your-mouth cookie recipe has been in my family for decades. We call them Snowballs, but they’re also known as Mexican Wedding Cakes or Greek Kourabiedes. I make them every year for Christmas, but they would also be perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, birthday parties, tea parties, weddings, bridal showers, and baby showers.
Pecans are my favorite nuts to use in this recipe, but you can use almost any nuts you have on hand. The original snowy white version is a classic but you can take them up a notch with pretty pastels and fruit flavors. You can use crushed, freeze-dried fruit for color and subtle flavor. Spirulina is a nutritious, vibrant powder you can use to make beautiful blue cookies. You can also dress up your snowballs with edible glitter or luster dust used for cake decorating. There are endless ways to be creative with these cute cookies!
I’ve seen some fully-loaded cookies out there, but these extreme cookies just earned the title! They’ve got enough chunky, chocolatey, sweet and salty glory to satisfy the most ravenous cookie craving!!! (Yes, all of those exclamation points are necessary.) But, before we even go one step further, I must mention a few disclaimers. I strongly urge you to make sure your fridge is stocked with milk. Please change into your comfiest pants before attempting this recipe. Canceling all plans for the rest of the day is recommended, as a nap may ensue immediately following consumption of these cookies. OK, now that we got that out of the way, let’s jump in with both feet!
Did you notice how serious the mood got? We need a moody photo that looks like it was taken in a rustic cabin to emphasize the seriousness of these chocolate cookies. It’s no coincidence that I’m sharing this recipe with you right before Father’s Day. Every Dad I know is an accomplished snacker. Dad will love these cookies for his personal snack stash! Package them up and deliver them to your Pop with a jug of milk or a thermos of coffee. You can probably skip the straw. We all know that Dad is going to chug his milk, but every respectable blog photo of milk must contain a pretty straw.
These cookies make amazing ice cream sandwiches, too. Press a scoop of softened vanilla ice cream between two cookies and pop it in the freezer. If you want to make these cookies picture perfect, use a scoop to portion out your dough. This will make them uniform in size and they’ll bake more evenly. Click here to find the scoop I used. For even more visual appeal, don’t crush the pretzels before adding to the cookie dough. Some of them will break when you are mixing them into the dough and this is fine, because the large pieces help make these cookies chunky. This recipe makes eighteen large cookies. That’s one dozen for Dad plus six for you to snack on, because when these babies come out of the oven with their melted chocolate chunks and little pools of caramel, resisting will be impossible! Now it’s cookie time…you’ve got this!
Have you noticed a unicorn or two around lately? The unicorn craze is still going strong and it’s no wonder that unicorns have become so beloved. Unicorns are beautiful, majestic creatures with just the right amount of mystery and elusiveness, and they symbolize the spirit of individuality. So it’s no surprise that so many people, adults and children alike, are clamoring for unicorn-theme parties. If you’re planning a graduation party or a summer birthday party for your unicorn fan, you’ve probably searched the internet for some ideas. Every unicorn party will likely have a unicorn head cake. By the way, does anyone know who the original designer of that cake is? Just wondering. A unicorn party also needs some unicorn treats. Look no further! These Unicorn Horn Cookies make perfect party favors. They’re fun to make and don’t require any special skills. You can also make them ahead which means they’re stress-free!
I came up with Unicorn Horn Cookies when making a Unicorn Rainbow Milkshake. I had extra cookies left, so I decided to take them up a notch by dunking them in candy melts and adding sprinkles. They looked so festive, that they instantly became official party favors. I designed some unicorn gift tags to go with them and I’ve created a free printable to share with you! Click here for free unicorn gift tag printable. You can find the cookie recipe at the bottom of the Unicorn Rainbow Milkshake post. Click here to find the Unicorn Horn Cookies recipe.
To make Unicorn Horn Cookie Party Favors, you’ll need:
- Unicorn Horn Cookies Click here to find the recipe.
- 6-inch lollipop sticks Click here to find lollipop sticks.
- candy melts
- vegetable shortening, melted (optional)
- sprinkles, nonpareils or edible glitter Click here to find edible glitter.
- 8 1/2″ by 11″ card stock paper
- scrapbook paper
- craft glue
- hole punch Click here to find 1/8″ hole punch.
- pretzel treat bags (optional) Click here to find pretzel treat bags.
Bake unicorn cookies and cool completely. Place candy melts in a microwaveable container and heat in a microwave at 50% power for 1 minute. Stir and heat for 20 second intervals until melted. If the melted candy is too thick, add melted vegetable shortening a half teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Dip cookies into melted candy and tap off excess. Place cookies on a tray lined with wax paper. Decorate with sprinkles before the candy sets. Place cookies in refrigerator for a few minutes, until set.
Print unicorn gift tags on card stock. Click here for free unicorn gift tag printable. Cut out desired number of unicorn gift tags. Cut out one extra to use as a pattern. Cut mane, muzzle and ear out of scrapbook paper. Affix with craft glue. (Alternately, you can omit the scrapbook paper step and simply print out the unicorn gift tags and color them with colored pencils or markers.) Punch two holes, about 1/2-inch apart near the top of each gift tag.
Place cookies in treat bags, if using. Tie ribbon onto the lollipop sticks at the base of the cookies. Thread ribbon through the holes of the gift tags and tie into bows.
I’ve been dying to try one of those over-the-top milkshakes that have been catching my eye on social media for some time now. Also known as freakshakes, some magnificently indulgent ones can be found in Australia, the UK and New York City. It’s certainly on my bucket list to go meet up with one of those glorious creations in person and dig in! In the meantime, I decided to concoct my humble version here at home, in honor of National Unicorn Day. Yup, unicorns have their own day! Whoever invented celebrating national days, I thank you. It gives me a great excuse to indulge in a delicious treat…not that I need an excuse.
There are so many versions of unicorn milkshakes out there and I love every one of them! In fact, anything that’s unicorn related sets my heart aflutter. The current unicorn craze won’t seem to go away and, as you can imagine, that is just fine by me! One of the cutest unicorn things I’ve seen is my adorable cousin Nicole, scooting around in her fluffy unicorn slippers. Unicorn slippers are a must while drinking a Unicorn Rainbow Milkshake!
To make the Unicorn Rainbow Milkshake, you’ll need:
- Unicorn Horn Cookie (Recipe below.)
- Fondant Rainbow Topper (Click here for instructions.)
- 3 ounces (about 1/2 cup) candy melts in the color of your choice
- vegetable shortening, melted (about 1 tablespoon)
- piping bag or squeeze bottle
- tall glass (24 ounce)
- rainbow sprinkles
- 8 ounces vanilla ice cream
- 1/3 cup milk (any kind)
- 6 ounces rainbow sherbet
- cotton candy
- whipped cream
- edible gold star glitter (Click here to find glitter.)
Place candy melts in a microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute at 50% power. Stir. Heat in the microwave for 10 second intervals until melted and smooth. If your melted candy melts are too thick, stir in melted shortening a teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Transfer the melted candy melts to a disposable piping bag or a squeeze bottle. (Alternately, you can use a plastic zip bag.) Place your glass on a rimmed plate or baking sheet. Snip off the tip of the piping bag and drizzle the melted candy along the rim of the glass. Immediately sprinkle on the rainbow sprinkles, before the melted candy sets.
Combine vanilla ice cream and milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Place 3 scoops of rainbow sherbet into your glass. Pour vanilla milkshake over the sherbet scoops in your glass. Top with cotton candy, whipped cream, a Unicorn Horn Cookie, a Fondant Rainbow Topper and a sprinkle of edible gold star glitter. Put on your unicorn slippers and enjoy your unicorn milkshake!
Crisp, delicate French palmier cookies, also known as elephant ears, are the perfect ladylike pastries to enjoy with hot cocoa, tea or coffee. There’s certainly no shortage of palmier recipes out there, but if you’re in the mood for simplicity, this is the recipe for you! This version is very easy to make and only requires two ingredients. Puff pastry dough and sparkling sugar, that’s it! Pretty stress-free, right? Since Valentine’s Day is coming soon, I formed the palmiers into hearts, rather than the traditional palm shape. I used some pale pink sparkling sugar that I had on hand, but feel free to use any color you like.
These palmier cookies are as delicious as they are lovely. Wouldn’t they be the perfect addition to a bridal or baby shower sweets table? I also envision them as a simple, but elegant Valentine’s Day breakfast or a sweet, homemade Valentine’s Day gift wrapped in tissue paper and ribbon. Most people love receiving sweet treats, I know I do! (Hint…hint…Hubby if you’re reading this!) I hope this simple recipe provides you with a bit of inspiration. I’ll be sharing more heart-shaped inspiration in the days ahead, so stop by again soon!