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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Show those around you that you love them by making and sharing these deliciously adorable Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies.

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Photos by: Frenchly Photography

It seems as though every holiday my go-to treat to make has become sugar cookies.  I find myself looking for new cookie cutters every time I go to the store, hungry for a shape I don’t have yet!

To be honest, I don’t remember where this set came from or even what brand it is, but I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it!

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Recently, I was teaching a Blogging 101 class and one of the participants questioned why bloggers write so much before the recipe.  The person complained that they didn’t want to read about bloggers personal lives, they just wanted to get to the recipe.

My response to her was two-fold.

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First, the recipes that bloggers share are FREE to those who visit their blog.   The only cost to the reader is a few seconds to scroll through to the bottom to get to the recipe.

Yup, that’s it… just a finger flick… flick…flick.  In my world, for tried and true recipes like these Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies, a flick… flick… flick is a pretty darn good rate!

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Second, in order for readers like her to actually find the recipe on sites like Google or Pinterest, the bloggers need to follow certain rules.  For example, to get listed on the first page of a Google search, a blogger must have the best Search Engine Optimization including a minimum number of words and photos per post.

Bloggers don’t do this for free.

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You mean I don’t share recipes just because I have all kinds of free time?

That’s laughable.  I follow good SEO so that I get a LOT of people coming to my site.  The more people coming to my site the more the ads on my site make money and in turn… the more new recipes I can create!

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So if you’ve read this post thus far… I say THANK YOU!  Thank you for helping me earn a living by doing what I love… sharing recipes with people like you!

If you’re interested in a few more awesome sugar cookie ideas… check out:

Happy Baking!

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

Ingredients

Sugar Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cookie cutters

Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  • up to ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • gel food coloring
  • sprinkles

Instructions

Sugar Cookies

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  3. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  7. Cover with plastic and refrigerate 2 hours or over night.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  9. On a floured counter, knead the dough 2-3 times until smooth. Roll out cookie dough to about ⅛" thick. Cut out Valentine shapes and place on the cookie sheet 1" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  10. Bake for 6-7 minutes or until the edges are SLIGHTLY brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  11. Allow to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add up to ½ cup of heavy whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency. If you like it thicker, add less cream. If you want it thinner, add more cream.
  5. Whip on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Separate frosting into bowls and color with the gel coloring

 

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Shortbread Cookies

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Simple, buttery, and delicious, these shortbread cookies made with Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose flour are the best treat to make for the holiday season!

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I love giving the gift of baked goods, especially shortbread cookies.  There is just something special about a batch of homemade shortbread cookies in a bakery box, tied with a bow, and accompanied by a sweet note that makes the recipients heart happy.

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So when Bob’s Red Mill asked me if I wanted to bake some cookies using their flour to give as a gift, I  knew the answer was yes! Bob’s Red Mill provided me with the highest quality all-purpose flour I’ve ever used which really made these shortbread cookies shine!

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As long as I’ve been baking and blogging, I’ve been gifting my baked goods to my friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers.  Whether it was Valentine’s day gifts or biscotti for Emily’s teachers or desserts for soldiers & families at a dinner at an overseas military base in Germany… I know that it feels so good to give to others.

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I recently read an article that listed the benefits of cooking for others.  This article said that cooking for others:

  • Is an altruistic act, but also so much more…
  • Is a form of nurturing…
  • Can create bonds and build community…
  • Is a form of self-care…
  • Is a practice of mindfulness.

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Mindfulness is something I try to practice daily and it makes sense why baking and mindfulness go hand in hand.

The article goes on to say… “That’s one of the interesting things about cooking, is that if you look at all the psychological benefits, there’s a cumulative effect: it’s self care, it’s taking care of others, it’s physical care, it’s mindfulness, and it hits on meeting basic needs for yourself and others. There are a lot of pieces that come into cooking a meal for others.”

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These shortbread cookies were made with one person in mind.  My new boss Kevin at ThanksUSA.  I met Kevin last year because he’s also on the Board of Directors at Dog Tag Inc. where I was a Fellow in their program.   I didn’t know much about him then, but knew that he had accomplished great things as a Lt. Col in the Marine Corp and then as the founder of Hiring Our Heroes.

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I realized quickly what an incredible leader Kevin is and found myself excited by his ability to see the leadership potential in me.  For me, this meant everything.   The last 3 years have been full of uncertainty and for Kevin to see so clearly in my abilities was the reassurance I needed that I had made the right decision to take a full time position with ThanksUSA.

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So, one Friday after a busy morning of presentations and meetings… I stopped Kevin in the parking lot and said I had a gift for him.  I handed him the box of shortbread cookies with a note and told him I baked them, hugged him and wished him a good weekend.

It felt good to acknowledge how much his leadership meant to me.  It felt good to do something nice for him.  It felt good to bake something that I know would brighten his day.

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And that… that is why it’s so important to bake and give to others.

The past week on two separate days, I had cookies and brownies for all the neighborhood kids as they got off the bus after school.  One of the mom’s looked at me and said, “Oh… so you’re THAT MOM.”

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Yes.  I am that mom… and nothing will ever change that.

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Yield: 8 dozen
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 57 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4½ cups Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Flour
  • nonpareiles
  • melted chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together cold butter and brown sugar.
  3. Add the salt and 3½ cups of the flour and mix on medium-low speed until combined.
  4. Replace paddle attachment with the dough hook. Sprinkle ½ cup flour and turn the mixer on low-medium. Allow the hook to knead dough adding as much of the remaining ½ cup flour as needed to make the dough soft, pliable, and similar to play-dough, not sticky.
  5. Divide dough into three sections and pat into a disc. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes or until slightly firm enough to roll out.
  6. On a floured surface, roll disc of dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut out the dough and place each cookie inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. If decorating with sprinkles, pour sprinkles into a bowl and press the side of each cookie into the sprinkles and then place on the baking sheet.
  8. Using a fork, poke holes in the top of each cookie.
  9. Bake 12-20 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. The bake time will depend on the size of your cookie cutter. Smaller shapes 1in-2in will need 12-15 minutes - while larger shapes will need up to 20 minutes.
  10. Repeat with the remaining dough, working in batches so dough stays chilled and workable.
  11. Cool completely on wire rack before serving.
  12. Store cookies in an air tight container at room temperature.
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Wonder Woman Cookies

Celebrate the super hero in your life with these easy to make Wonder Woman Cookies!

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A few months ago, one of my clients for my consulting business asked if I would make custom Wonder Woman Cookies for an upcoming fundraiser for their colleague who is battling cancer.  Of course I said yes!

Immediately, I got to work designing and planning these cookies.

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The cookies had to be PERFECT!

Since I don’t use royal icing, I had to come up with a design that could be easily made using buttercream frosting.  Simple, but on theme was my goal.

I looked at a lot of images of Wonder Woman, other cookies that have been made, and finally decided on this!

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I used my go-go sugar cookie recipe for the dough.  The buttercream, however, has added shortening because I wanted them to crust over and not get smushed during transport or while individually wrapped.

I also wanted to add a personal touch to the cookies, so I made a cookie in all blue with the recipients name on them.  Super simple to make, but still on theme and totes adorbs!

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Overall, I’m really happy with how these Wonder Woman cookies turned out and I’m thrilled I could be a part of such a great event for a deserving woman!

Wonder Woman Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 6 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • round cookie cutter

Buttercream

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • up to ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • gel food coloring in red, yellow, and blue
  • white candy stars
  • small round piping tip (Wilton #4)

Instructions

Cookies

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  3. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  7. Cover with plastic and freeze 2 hours or chill over night.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  9. On a floured counter, knead the dough 2-3 times until smooth. Roll out cookie dough to about ⅛" thick. Cut out with round cutter and place on the cookie sheet 1" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  10. Bake for 6 minutes or until the edges are SLIGHTLY brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  11. Allow to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add up to 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency. If you like it thicker, add less cream. If you want it thinner, add more cream.
  5. Whip on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Separate frosting into three bowls. Color the frosting in red, yellow, and blue.

Assembly

  1. Attach the small round piping tip to a piping bag and fill with the frosting. Repeat for the other two colors.
  2. Begin by piping the outline of the middle, yellow section of the design. Fill it in with back and forth strokes of buttercream.
  3. Repeat with the blue on the bottom and red on the top.
  4. Using tweezers, place the white stars onto the blue frosting.
  5. Allow cookies to set for several hours or over night so the frosting hardens before storing.

 

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Cinnamon Spritz Cookies

Spice up your Spritz!  With lots of cinnamon flavor, these buttery Cinnamon Spritz Cookies are a fun twist on a classic.

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OXO has supplied me with the tools to make these cookies, the recipe and opinions are my own.  #OXOgoodcookies

I typically only make Spritz Cookies during the holiday season since that’s when my Mom would make them when I was a kid.

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I’ve shared recipes for her Holiday Spritz and a Gluten-Free Spritz on TJCB in the past, so when OXO came out with a fun new set of Autumn themed disks for their cookie press I was inspired to make a cinnamon spritz cookie perfect for Fall!

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These new Autumn disks for the cookie press are so incredibly adorable!  My personal favorites are the turkey and spider!

I mean, the pumpkin, the leaf, and the wreath are cute too… but that turkey! Totes Adorbs!

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I never really paid much attention to the type of cookie sheet I used when I baked cookies, however after using OXO cookie sheets over the last few years I won’t go back to using anything else! 

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The Non-Stick Pro Cookie Sheet features a unique micro-textured pattern that ensures even baking and adds structural rigidity. An oversized edge makes it easy to grip and carry to and from oven.

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The OXO Cookie Press makes consistently shaped cookies with a simple pump of the large, comfy lever!  It’s one of my favorite tools to make cookies because it’s so quick and easy to use!

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Now let’s talk about the cookies.

These Cinnamon Spritz Cookies are SO GOOD.   I already love the traditional Spriz cookie, but there’s just something about the addition of the cinnamon that just knocks this recipe out of the park!

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They are buttery, soft and so good.  I mean it.  Seriously.  I know I say I love all the things I make on my blog… but these Cinnamon Spritz Cookies are something special.

Dunk them in your coffee, tea or milk for an afternoon snack or just grab a couple to have as dessert with lunch.  Either way, cinnamon spritz cookies are the perfect treat!

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On a total side note… I have a new partner on my blog, Fanette of Frenchly Photography!  She has the ability to capture the most amazing photos of the desserts I’m creating.

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I have these ideas in my mind of what I want and she makes it happen!  Fanette took so many beautiful pictures of these cookies, I really want to share them all!

Ok… just one more picture!!!

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Hope you try this recipe for Cinnamon Spritz Cookies!!  Let me know if you and what you think!

Happy Baking!

Cinnamon Spritz Cookies

Cinnamon Spritz Cookies

Yield: 5 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon extract
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

OXO Supplies

  • OXO Non-stick Pro Cookie Sheet
  • OXO Cookie Press with Disk Storage Case
  • OXO Cookie Press Autumn Disk Set
  • OXO Silicone Cookie Spatula

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Line the OSO Cookie Sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time and mix until smooth. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure all the egg has been incorporated.
  4. Pour in the cinnamon extract and mix to combine.
  5. In another bowl, sift together the flour and ground cinnamon.
  6. In three parts, add the flour and mix until just combined. Scrape the bowl.
  7. Divide evenly into 4 parts.
  8. Add gel food coloring and mix until combined.
  9. Fit the OXO Cookie Press with an Autumn themed disk. Force the dough through the cookie press onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  10. Bake for 5-7 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE!!
  11. Use the OXO Cookie Spatula to remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before enjoying!

 

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Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies

Squeeze out every last minute of summer fun with these easy to make Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies!

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If you’ve been a follower of my blog for the last few years, you’ll know that I love this recipe for sugar cookies!

I’ve made buttercream rose sugar cookies, baseball sugar cookies, pretzel cinnamon sugar cookies,  donut sugar cookies,  stamped sugar cookies, and classic frosted sugar cookies… just to name a few!

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My husband thinks I’m a little obsessed with it because I’m always searching for new cookie cutters to buy when we’re out shopping just so I can make this dough again!

The most recent cookie cutter purchase was in this super cute ice cream cone shape!  I love the way jenny cookies bakeshop decorates their ice cream cone sugar cookies and was inspired to make my version.

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I’m not a huge fan of royal icing on sugar cookies, so I exclusively use buttercream to decorate cookies.  I love the flavor of buttercream so much more than royal icing and I feel like you get a much more rustic looking cookie – which I like!

To make these cookies, you’ll need these three tools to be successful…

  • Ice cream cone cookie cutter
  • Small round piping tip
  • Small star piping tip

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Unlike royal icing, buttercream doesn’t “flood”.    You’ll need to cover the entire cookie by piping the frosting on.

Traditionally, sugar cookies were frosted by spreading the buttercream with a knife or spatula, however it’s difficult to achieve a finished look with that technique.

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Piping the buttercream onto the cookies using different piping tips allows you to get detailed with your design and create some super cute cookies.  These ice cream cone sugar cookies were pretty quick to put together and the result is total cuteness!

So get out there and squeeze the last few days of sunshine and fun out of the summer and whip up a batch of these ice cream cone sugar cookies for your kids!

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Photos by Frenchly Photography.

Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies

Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 6 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ice cream cone cookie cutter

Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • up to ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • gel food coloring
  • sprinkles
  • Wilton tip #2 (very small round) and #21 (small star)

Instructions

Cookies

  1. Cookies
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  5. Mix in the vanilla.
  6. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  7. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  8. Cover with plastic and freeze 2 hours or chill over night.
  9. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  10. On a floured counter, knead the dough 2-3 times until smooth. Roll out cookie dough to about ⅛" thick. Cut out with ice cream cone cutter and place on the cookie sheet 1" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  11. Bake for 6 minutes or until the edges are SLIGHTLY brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  12. Allow to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. Buttercream
  14. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter.
  15. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  16. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  17. Add up to ½ cup of heavy whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency. If you like it thicker, add less cream. If you want it thinner, add more cream.
  18. Whip on high for 2 minutes.
  19. Separate frosting into two bowls. Add color to one bowl and stir to completely incorporate. Add the cocoa powder to the other bowl stir to completely incorporate.

Assembly

  1. Attach the small round piping tip to a piping bag and fill with the brown frosting.
  2. Pipe the outline of a "V" shape onto the cone part of the cookie. Fill in the triangle with back and forth horizontal lines of frosting.
  3. Attach the small star tip to a piping bag and fill with the colored frosting.
  4. Pipe a row of three small swirls just at the top of the cone, overlapping slightly. Repeat with a row of two and finish with one swirl on top.
  5. Decorate with sprinkles!
  6. Allow cookies to set for several hours or over night so the frosting hardens before storing.

 

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Backyard Unicorn Party

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All opinions are mine alone. #DrPepperPickYourPepper

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If you’re anything like me, whenever you see a unicorn your heart skips a beat and  your heart fills with thoughts of rainbows and all thinks pink!  Let this Backyard Unicorn Party tutorial filled with mystical must-haves show you that unicorn dreams really do come true and they come in shades of pastel cotton candy and cupcakes.

Backyard Unicorn Party

Inspiration

To throw your own Backyard Unicorn Party, you’ll need to start with some inspiration!  My inspiration came from the limited edition Dr Pepper® “Pick your Pepper” packaging that features a unicorn on each can!

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From there, everything to plan this backyard party was themed around the unicorn.  All the pink.  All the purple.  All the teal.  All the pretties! All the unicorns!

These limited edition Dr Pepper cans along with other designs can be found at your local Kroger store and from June 15 – August 15 (or while supplies last). June 21 – August 15, if you buy 3 Dr Pepper 12pk or 8pk 12oz (any variety), you get a FREE 20oz!

Make sure to scan the Snapchat code on your free 20oz bottle to receive an exclusive Pick Your Pepper Snapchat filter. Use this filter to take pictures at your party for added fun!

Defining the Space with Decorations

Since this is a Backyard Unicorn Party, I knew I wouldn’t need too many decorations to hang on walls, etc.  However,  I wanted to use some elements of the party to help define the space we were using.

Dessert Table

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The dessert table is always a focal point at my parties.  I fill it with themed desserts and display them using texture,  themed colors, cake stands and coordinating plates.

For this unicorn party,  I used paper circle fans to add height to the space as well as using tassel garland to bring the table down.  Doing this is an easy way to add drama to the dessert table and entire party.

Main Table

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The main table was so fun to set up!  Each place setting featured a plate for the meal and one for dessert as well as a napkin, candy suckers and a unicorn sugar cookie!  Of course, Dr Pepper Pick Your Pepper unicorn  cans were included with each setting.

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The centerpiece of the table was a vase filled high with balloon wands and on each side of the wands were Dr Pepper Cream Pops.  Yum!

Seating Area

I always like to provide extra seating aside from the main table at a party.  To define this space, I hung a tissue tassel garland over two chairs positioned at an angle in the corner.  On the chairs sat a plush unicorn pillow and the party favor.

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Dessert Table Details

One of my favorite details at a party are the sweet desserts featured on the dessert table.  For this party, all the desserts were unicorn and fairytale themed!

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Cupcakes

The cupcakes were super simple to make.  I used a vanilla box cake mix and baked the cupcakes in my favorite pink and white dot cupcake liners.  I topped the cupcakes with purple whipped vanilla buttercream and a mix of super cute sprinkles.

Simple to make and super cute!

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Cereal Treats

Cereal treats are my go-to dessert at parties.  They are the simplest dessert to make because they are only 3 ingredients and take  only 5 minutes to put together.

For this unicorn party, I added a few drops of pink food gel coloring to the melted marshmallow before adding the cereal treats.  I then added a variety of themed sprinkles to the mix and more on top.  Perfect for this party!

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Unicorn Bark

I’ve seen candy bark on tops of cakes and have always wanted to make it myself.  This unicorn party was the perfect excuse!  Follow these easy steps to make Unicorn Bark:

  1. Melt pink, purple, blue and white candy circles in separate bowls.
  2. Immediately drop colors of melted candy onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper until it’s covered.
  3. Pound the baking sheet flat on the counter to level out the colors.
  4. Use a knife  or spatula to swirl the colors together
  5. Finish off with a sprinkle mix!
  6. Allow to harden completely (3-4 hours)
  7. Using a sharp knife on a flat surface, press into the bark until it breaks organically.  Don’t force this process, the bark looks better when it breaks on its own.

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Candy

To save myself some time, I also purchased a few items at the store to fill out the candy table.  My kids love salt water taffy and cotton candy, so that was what I picked for this party!

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You could use any candy for this that matches your colors!

Dr Pepper Cream Pops

Of course, I had to make something delicious using Dr Pepper!  Being a backyard party, I created a simple, yet delicious cream pop flavored with Dr Pepper.  You can see the complete recipe for the Dr Pepper Cream Pops at the bottom of this post.

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Unicorn Sugar Cookies

No party would be complete for me without sugar cookies frosted with buttercream!  I used my favorite recipe for the cookies and buttercream and found a unicorn cookie cutter at the craft store.

The supplies you’ll need are:

  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tip #3 (very small round) and #17 (small star) and #1 (tiny round)
  • Buttercream in white, pink, purple, and black
  • Edible gold dust & small paint brush (new)

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To decorate the cookies:

  1. Fill a piping bag fitted with the #3 small round tip with white frosting.
  2. Pipe the horn on the cookie first with the white.  Using the edible gold dust and the small brush, tap the dust onto the frosting horn until completely covered.  Tap off the excess.
  3. Still with the white, pipe a border around the entire cookie.  Using a back and forth motion, fill in the cookie with buttercream.
  4. Take a piping bag fitted with the #17 small star and fill it with half purple and half pink frosting.  (Press the first color against the side of the bag all the way to the bottom then repeat with the second color.  Squeeze the bag gently until both colors come out.)
  5. Pipe small stars/swirls where the unicorn mane would be.
  6. Fill a piping bag fitted with the #1 tiny round tip with black buttercream.  Pipe eyes and lashes onto each cookie.

Games & Party Favors

This unicorn party had to have party favors and games!  Seriously, it’d be no fun without them! Simple games and prizes are a must for my parties!

Pick Your Pepper Ball Toss

Super simple and fun game for any party is the ball toss!

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Simply stack up 10 cans of Dr Pepper and toss a ball at them.  First person to knock them all down on the first try, WINS!

Great thing about this game, no extra supplies needed!

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Fairytale Wands

Since we couldn’t ride actual unicorns at this party, the next best thing is to use our magical fairytale wands to wish for them.

To make the wands you’ll need:

  • Long craft sticks
  • Curling ribbon
  • Confetti
  • 5″ balloons
  • Scissors

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To assemble the wands you’ll need to:

  1. Fill each balloon with confetti.
  2. Blow the balloon up with air and tie it with a knot.
  3. Using the curing ribbon, tie the bottom of the balloon (under the knot) to the craft stick with a tight knot.
  4. Add extra ribbon and curl.

Unicorn Clutch

As a prize for the game or a party favor for one lucky guest at your party, provide them with a gift!  At my local craft store, I spotted this unicorn patch and coordinating clutch.  For just a few dollars, I DIY’d a themed gift for the party!

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Your unicorn party doesn’t have to look like mine because inspiration can come from anywhere and be anything!  So, make sure to  check out the Dr Pepper Pick Your Pepper 12oz cans and 20oz bottles  this summer and get inspired to create a fun party for your friends and family!

Dr Pepper Cream Pops

Dr Pepper Cream Pops

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 container of Extra Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream, softened
  • 1 can Dr Pepper
  • 12 ice pop molds

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, scoop in the softened ice cream
  2. Slowly pour the Dr Pepper in with the ice cream
  3. Using a whisk or hand mixer/immersion blender, mix together the ice cream and Dr Pepper until smooth.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a measuring cup that pours.
  5. Pour the mixture into the ice pop molds.
  6. Freeze overnight or until solid.

 

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