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Sugar Cookie Ornaments

Sugar Cookie Ornaments by Wood and Spoon. These are a fun way to spruce up ordinary cookies around the holidays. This tutorial with photos shows how to hang sugar cookies on a string or ribbon to use as a decorative ornament. A soft butter sugar cookie is topped with royal icing makes a cute and decorative way to eat dessert. Learn how just in time for Christmas on thewoodandspoon.com

‘Twas three nights before Christmas and the bakers were still, looking for tummies their mixers could fill. The menus were planned but one piece was still missing, maybe dip for a bread, or cocktails for mixing. When out on this blog there arose a new post, for sparkling treats that appeal well to most. With little trimmed shapes and sprinkled icing atop, those sweets had pizazz that just wouldn’t stop. So they sprang to their kitchens, mixing bowls at the ready, filling bags up with icing for their hands to steady. And then, in a twinkling, the cookies were done, and ribbons were tied on top of each one. Upon taking a nibble, friends cheered with delight, indeed, a merry treat made for all to enjoy Christmas night.

Sugar Cookie Ornaments by Wood and Spoon. These are a fun way to spruce up ordinary cookies around the holidays. This tutorial with photos shows how to hang sugar cookies on a string or ribbon to use as a decorative ornament. A soft butter sugar cookie is topped with royal icing makes a cute and decorative way to eat dessert. Learn how just in time for Christmas on thewoodandspoon.com

I don’t often write in prose, but when I do it’s almost always about dessert. These sugar cookie ornaments are worth each and every rhyming word. No other time of year can we dive head first into color, sprinkles, and sugar quite like at Christmastime, and these treats are a cheeky spin on a classic favorite. And even though we’re just two days out from the big day, I think this is the perfect recipe to enjoy making with friends, kids, or loved ones. Still interested? Let me tell you how to make them!

Sugar Cookie Ornaments by Wood and Spoon. These are a fun way to spruce up ordinary cookies around the holidays. This tutorial with photos shows how to hang sugar cookies on a string or ribbon to use as a decorative ornament. A soft butter sugar cookie is topped with royal icing makes a cute and decorative way to eat dessert. Learn how just in time for Christmas on thewoodandspoon.com

Making Sugar Cookie Ornaments

First, we start with a solid dough. I have two recipes I learn on regularly, and for these treats, I chose the most dense option. We want to ensure that the cookies are strong enough to hang, both literally and figuratively. Mix up the dough, roll it out, and cut out shapes using metal cookie cutters. Don’t forget the ribbon hole! I used a straw to insert a small hole in each unbaked cookie. After a brief bake, the cookies require about 20 minutes to come to room temperature. In the meantime, begin making the royal icing.

Sugar Cookie Ornaments by Wood and Spoon. These are a fun way to spruce up ordinary cookies around the holidays. This tutorial with photos shows how to hang sugar cookies on a string or ribbon to use as a decorative ornament. A soft butter sugar cookie is topped with royal icing makes a cute and decorative way to eat dessert. Learn how just in time for Christmas on thewoodandspoon.com

I prefer to use meringue powder when making royal icing, and you can read more about my favorite recipe here. Once prepared, use gel food coloring to dye the icing and ensure it is the right consistency. You want icing that can be piped without dripping off the sides. This royal icing dries quite quickly, but you still need to wait several hours for the cookies to dry. Once set, string a thin, 1/8″ ribbon or string through each hole, snip, and tie! Voila!

Sugar Cookie Ornaments by Wood and Spoon. These are a fun way to spruce up ordinary cookies around the holidays. This tutorial with photos shows how to hang sugar cookies on a string or ribbon to use as a decorative ornament. A soft butter sugar cookie is topped with royal icing makes a cute and decorative way to eat dessert. Learn how just in time for Christmas on thewoodandspoon.com

We still have plenty of time to make treats in time for Christmas. Give these sugar cookie ornaments a try and let me know what you think! I hope you all enjoy a Merry Christmas with your friends, family, or whoever. All my love and happy baking!

Sugar Cookie Ornaments by Wood and Spoon. These are a fun way to spruce up ordinary cookies around the holidays. This tutorial with photos shows how to hang sugar cookies on a string or ribbon to use as a decorative ornament. A soft butter sugar cookie is topped with royal icing makes a cute and decorative way to eat dessert. Learn how just in time for Christmas on thewoodandspoon.com
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Sugar Cookie Ornaments

These sugar cookie ornaments are strong enough to hang and delicious enough to eat!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 28 Cookies
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract 

For the royal icing:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/2 cup room temperature water

Additional things:

  • Gel food coloring
  • Sprinkles
  • Thin ribbon or string
  • Plastic straw

Instructions

 To prepare the cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth and well combined, about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and extract and cream until combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir on low just until combined. Dump the dough crumbles out on to a lightly floured surface and work together into one ball with your hands. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough until about ¼” thick and use a medium sized cookie cutter to cut shapes. Use the end of a plastic straw to cut out holes in the dough for the ribbon- be sure the circle isn’t too close to the edge or the cookie may break. If the dough ever gets too soft, refrigerate briefly. Place shapes on a baking sheet and freeze briefly for about 5 minutes. Once chilled, bake in the preheated oven for 10-11 minutes. Use the other end of the straw to reinforce the hole if it closed up too much while baking. Cool on a cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool completely prior to icing.

To prepare the royal icing:

  1. Combine all three ingredients in a large bowl and use a hand mixer to blend together on medium speed until glossy and slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Add additional water a teaspoon at a time to thin out or add additional powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time to thicken up. Stir until combined.

To decorate the cookies:

  1. Add water or powdered sugar to your icing to get the desired consistency. I typicaly prefer a thick icing to pipe the border of the cookies and then fill in with a slightly thinned version. Fill piping bag halfway with the icing. Pipe borders around cookies, being careful to not get too close to the edge. Using a paint brush, “paint” frosting into the center of the cookie, filling in to the outside border. (For a good tutorial on this method, check out the Ina Garten video here) I typically will border and fill 4-5 cookies at a time. Continue this process until all of the cookies are iced. Set aside for 6 hours, or until icing is set and dry. If you’re in a humid climate, you can use a small fan pointed at the cookies to help expedite this process. Allow the cookies to cool and set completely prior to tying the ribbon on. Hang, gift, or enjoy within 4 days!

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Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I gotta tell you- nothing brings me more joy this time of year than nostalgic recipes that remind me of home. Growing up, there were a few cookies that felt synonymous with the holidays, and we never failed to make them. One example? Peanut butter blossoms. I absolutely LOVED those, and I bet you’ve tried them too. Today, I’m sharing a variation of that beloved cookie with these holiday sugar cookie blossoms. The are fabulously fun, and I can’t wait to tell you how to make them.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

The basic gist of a blossom is that it’s a soft and chewy thumbprint cookie topped with a HERSHEY’S KISSES candy. Here, instead of the classic peanut butter cookie, we have a simple sugar cookie coated in sanding sugar and dotted with a sugar cookie candy. It’s all the fun and festivity of the classic blossom but with a sweet change of flavor.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these holiday sugar cookie blossoms, we start with the butter and sugar. Cream the two together in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract, stirring until smooth. Next comes the dry ingredients. Toss in the flour, salt, and baking soda and stir to combine. Use a small cookie scoop to portion out rounds of dough. Gently roll each on in colored sanding sugar and imprint each with a thumb. After a quick bake in the oven, each cookie is topped with a single HERSHEY’S KISSES Sugar Cookie Candy!

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

My kids and I prepared these cookies together, and they were a hit. These holiday sugar cookie blossoms are a great way to get kids involved with Christmas baking. They’re simple, colorful, and so delicious, too. If you get a chance to try the recipe this year, let me know what you think! In the meantime, Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!

Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms by Wood and Spoon. These are Hershey Kisses cookies made with sugar cookie dough, sanding sugar, and sugar cookie candies KISSES. This is a simple recipes that even kids will love to help out with and they're perfect for Christmas and holidays. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

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Holiday Sugar Cookie Blossoms

These holiday sugar cookie blossoms are sugar thumbprint cookies topped with HERSHEY’S KISSES Sugar Cookie Candies.

  • Author: Kate Wood, Inspired by Hershey’s
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 32 Cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup colored sanding sugar
  • 32 HERSHEY’S KISSES Sugar Cookie Candies, unwrapped

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or a bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract, mixing until combined. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda to the butter mixture and stir on medium-low until the dough starts to come together in clumps. It will be slightly crumbly.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop or a spoon to portion out 2-teaspoon sized rounds of dough. Roll the dough in your hands briefly to smooth out and toss each cookie dough piece in the sanding sugar. Space the cookies out 2” apart on the prepared pans and bake in the preheated oven for 9 minutes or until the cookies are puffed edges are barely set.
  4. Remove the cookies from the oven to cool briefly, about 2 minutes. This will prevent the KISSES chocolate from melting. Gently press an unwrapped HERYSHEY’S KISSES candy into the center of each cookie. Feel free to pop the pan into the fridge or freezer briefly to further prevent the candy from melting. Cool completely before enjoying. Cookies are best eaten the day of,but can be stored in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

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Sugar Cookie Pops

Sugar Cookie Pops by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple, one bowl sugar cookies on lollipop sticks that Make the cutest iced alternative to cake pops! Learn how simple it is to make cutout sugar cookies with a soft glaze that isn't royal icing! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

How’s that saying go? You can take the girl out of Orlando, FL, but you can’t take the Disney out of the girl? Well, for today’s intents and purposes, let’s pretend so. A few weeks ago, Brett and I took the kids back to my hometown of Orlando, FL for a trip to Disney World, and, it felt so good to be back at a place that once was home. Per usual, I got so many questions about Disney from friends on Instagram that I thought we might take today to map out a few of my personal faves. PLUS, I have a happy little Disney-inspired recipe to share- sugar cookie pops! Let’s get to it.

We should start with a disclosure: everyone does Disney different. There are some people who are one-and-done kind of visitors and others who go as often as possible. There are some that like the shut the parks down everyday, and there are other (raises hand) who are really just there long enough to eat as much Dole Whip as possible. Regardless of what camp you fall into, Disney has changed so much over the past couple of years that even those of us who have been nearly 100 times need a little help. With that being said, I highly recommend doing your own research prior to any trip to Disney, and if you are interested in a few of our faves, here they are!

Sugar Cookie Pops and our Favorite hotels, meals, desserts and how-to tips for Walt Disney World!

My All-Time Favorite Disney World Hotels

  • Disney’s Riviera Resort. This is my current favorite Disney resort. Fresh paint, loads of suite options for those traveling with little ones, and an overall more quiet and polished vibe make this a comfortable place for kids and parents alike.
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Have you seen the beautiful new over-water bungalows at the Polynesian? They’re to die for! Plus, proximal location to the Magic Kingdom makes this an easier option for those traveling with young kids.
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge. You know what never gets old? Waking up to seeing giraffes, antelope, and zebras outside of your balcony. My kids love this resort for the animals, and Mom loves it for the dining options.
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. I know most people will roll their eyes at this one, but I do really love a Four Seasons hotel, and this one, one Disney property and with shuttles on location, makes luxury accommodations possible even on a Disney trip.
Sugar Cookie Pops and our Favorite hotels, meals, desserts and how-to tips for Walt Disney World!

Favorite Disney Meals

  • Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge. This is probably my all-time favorite Disney restaurant- Middle Eastern cuisine in a comfortable, kid-friendly environment. Don’t miss the bread service with all the dipping sauce- SO GOOD.
  • Rose & Crown at Epcot. This was my parents’ fave as a kid, and old loves die hard. Now, as an adult, I come here for the fish & chips and a pint.
  • Topolino’s Terrace at Riviera Resort. Fine dining at Disney is rarely actually fine dining, but at Topolino’s, it really is. The pastas are housemade and the cocktails are a welcome addition after a long day at the parks.
  • Flame Tree Barbecue at Animal Kingdom. Why would someone who lives in Alabama go all the way to Disney for barbecue? Let me just say, the smoked meats are actually really good, and the intoxicating smells from the smoker literally draw you in. Don’t miss this quick dining spot.
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn at Magic Kingdom. My kids love a burrito bowl. LOVE one. With most of the dining at Magic Kingdom consisting of burgers and chicken fingers, a little guacamole is a welcome change of pace.
  • Tusker House Restaurant at Animal Kingdom. If you are set on doing a character meal, I love this one at Animal Kingdom. Moroccan flavors in an indoor/outdoor dining setting make this for a really enjoyable meal.
Sugar Cookie Pops and our Favorite hotels, meals, desserts and how-to tips for Walt Disney World!

Best Themed Dining

  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre Restaurant at Hollywood Studios. One word: TELEVSION. If you’re traveling to Disney with kids, let them zone out at this drive-in while you relax for a minute.
  • Restaurantasaurus at Animal Kingdom. Again, this one is here for the kids. My boys love checking out the dinosaur bones on the wall, and this mom appreciates any dining option that keeps them busy for a few minutes.
  • Biergarten at German Pavillion Epcot. It’s a meal AND a show! My husband loves this meat-heavy menu, and I love the beer flights.
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom. If you’re traveling with a little princess (or want to feel like one yourself!?), could there be anything better than dining INSIDE of Cinderella’s castle? I think not.

Best Disney Desserts

  • Dole Whip at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom or Tamu Tamu Refreshments at Animal Kingdom
  • The Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
  • The Frosè at Bar Riva at Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Funnel Cakes and Nutella Waffles at Sleepy Hollow Inn at Magic Kingdom
  • Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop at Disney Springs
  • Crepes from The France Pavillion at Epcot
  • Milkshakes from 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios
Sugar Cookie Pops and our Favorite hotels, meals, desserts and how-to tips for Walt Disney World!

My Best Tips for a Great Disney Experience with Toddlers

Make a Plan.

So much time, energy, and waiting can be saved by knowing what you want to experience in the parks. Even as a seasoned Disney veteran, I always take time prior to a trip to look at the park maps (I even print one offline!) and make note of what rides, shows, and experiences my kids will want to check out. You can even take this a step forward by cross-referencing wait times (available daily on the Disney app!) with your list to determine which rides will get busy.

Get Genie+.

This most recent trip was our first time using Genie+, Disney’s new system which has essentially replaced the old fast pass system. Now, for a daily per person fee, you can have access to shorter wait times. Be sure to buy the Genie+ pass in advance and log in at 7am EST sharp to get your first round of passes. I highly recommend research Genie+ and Lightening Passes to noting which rides you want access for PRIOR TO your morning at the park.

Rise and Shine!

I used to think that people who got to the park before it opened were crazy, but now, I am among those people. Nothing makes riding rides easier than getting there 30 minutes prior to park opening times and being prepared to HUSTLE. For example, if a park opens at 9 am, I typically try to get my family there by 8:30, and we move fast to ride as many rides as possible during the first two hours of operation. Again, make a plan and knock out as much as you can in those morning hours.

Get a Lunch Reservation.

I’m sure other people feel differently about this, but by about 11:30, my crew just needs a break. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more unnerving to me than trying to figure out where to eat, where to sit, and how I can take a break for a few minutes after a morning of hustling. Lunch is a great opportunity for taking a seat, getting out of the elements, and zoning out for just a few minutes. Your body and brain need this.

Know When to Call it Quits.

Brett always jokes that one day he’s going to make a website called “Meltdowns at Disney,” because for as much joy and magic as the parks bring, it also just makes people lose their minds a bit. That’s why my policy is always to know when to throw in the towel. I don’t want to ruin a perfectly great day by pushing my toddlers (and my sanity!) beyond it’s limit. The kids will have just as much fun swimming in the pool or watching endless Disney cartoons back at the hotel. If you don’t squeeze it all in, that’s ok. At the same token, don’t be bummed if you can’t ride every single ride! The kids will have a blast watching parades, exploring the park, or even use jumping in muddy puddles.

Pack for Every Forecast.

Florida weather is unpredictable. Come prepared for everything.

Don’t Forget the Snacks.

A backpack full of lollipops, Goldfish, and trail mix has gotten my family through many a waiting line. Disney is not the opportunity to make sure your kids get in all their fruits and vegetables- pack some snacks for insurance, and know they’ll get back to a normal routine at home.

Sugar Cookie Pops by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple, one bowl sugar cookies on lollipop sticks that Make the cutest iced alternative to cake pops! Learn how simple it is to make cutout sugar cookies with a soft glaze that isn't royal icing! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Sugar Cookie Pops

There are so many cute treats available all over the Disney parks, yet, for some reason, my kids always fixate on the desserts on a stick: Rice Krispie treats, ice cream bars, lollipops, and even sugar cookies. I decided to make these sugar cookie pops as an homage to all those kid-friendly desserts at Disney, and my kids were not disappointed. Tender sugar cookies decorated with a soft-set icing serve as a great pick-up treat option wherever a good theme is required. Just grab a theme-appropriate cookie cutter and a few lollipop sticks, and voila! Magic.

Making Sugar Cookie Pops

To make these sugar cookie pops, we start with a dough. I use this painted sugar cookie dough, because it holds up well even with a stick in it! The cookies are soft but stable. Once you’ve prepped and chilled your dough, roll out a thick 1/4″ slab of dough and use your cookie cutter to trim out shapes. I prefer to use a small or medium-sized cutter here, because large cookies are more likely to break off the stick. dough shapes have been chilled, gently twist to insert 4″ lollipop sticks into the base of the cookies. The first one or two might flop, but you’ll get the feel for it. If you happen to break through the cookie dough, you can use your fingers to gently pat extra dough around it to clean up. Make sure your dough is thick enough for future cookies too!

Sugar Cookie Pops by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple, one bowl sugar cookies on lollipop sticks that Make the cutest iced alternative to cake pops! Learn how simple it is to make cutout sugar cookies with a soft glaze that isn't royal icing! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

After baking, these cookies are iced with a simple powdered sugar glaze that sets overnight. You can follow my method as outlined in this post. Be sure to add sprinkles or sanding sugar before the sugar cookie pops have set up completely. I love to bag these cookies individually as party favors, school party treats, and more! Truly, even the adults in your life will love these happy little sugar cookie pops.

So that’s it My Disney faves and some yummy sugar cookie pops. Pop in my email to share any secret favorites of your own. Happy Wednesday and Happy baking!

Sugar Cookie Pops by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple, one bowl sugar cookies on lollipop sticks that Make the cutest iced alternative to cake pops! Learn how simple it is to make cutout sugar cookies with a soft glaze that isn't royal icing! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com
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Sugar Cookie Pops

These sugar cookie pops are cutout cookies a stick with a soft and simple glaze icing! 

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 13
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 32 Cookies
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 32 (4″) lollipop sticks

For the icing:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 36 tablespoons of whole milk or heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

To prepare the cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two sheet pans with sheets of parchment paper. Combine the dry ingredients and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth and well combined, about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and extract and cream until combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir on low just until combined. Dump the dough crumbles out on to a lightly floured surface and work together into one ball with your hands. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to just over 1/4″ thicken and use a medium sized cookie cutter to cut shapes. If the dough ever gets too soft, refrigerate briefly. Place shapes on a baking sheet and freeze briefly to firm up slightly, about 5 minutes. Once chilled, gently insert the lollipop sticks into the cookie by turning the cookie stick back and forth gently as you insert it into the cookie. Make sure 1/3 of the stick is inserted into the cookie, and use your fingers to patch up any dough cracks or places where the stick has broken through. Spread the cookies about 2” apart on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely prior to icing.

For the icing:

  1. Sift or whisk powdered sugar to remove lumps.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of the milk and the extract, whisking until combined. Continue to add milk until it is the right viscosity. You will want thicker frosting for piping. To test viscosity, run your whisk or a knife through the bowl of frosting- your frosting should slowly move back together until you can’t see any trace of the whisk any longer. This process should take about 10 seconds. If the frosting is too thick, it will not pool back together, and if it is too thin, it will pool back together too quickly. The ten second test doesn’t lie. Add more milk for a thinner icing and more powdered sugar if your icing becomes too thin. Cover tightly in a tupperware or with a wet paper towel if you are not using it immediately, as frosting will dry out and become clumpy. Whisk occasionally and add more milk if it becomes too thick. Spread or pipe the icing onto the cookie as desired. I like to pipe the border onto each cookie and then fill in with a food-safe brush or knife. Allow to rest and set up, and enjoy!

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Our Walt Disney World Favorites

Sugar Cookie Pops and our Favorite hotels, meals, desserts and how-to tips for Walt Disney World!

How’s that saying go? You can take the girl out of Orlando, FL, but you can’t take the Disney out of the girl? Well, for today’s intents and purposes, let’s pretend so. A few weeks ago, Brett and I took the kids back to my hometown of Orlando, FL for a trip to Disney World, and, it felt so good to be back at a place that once was home. Per usual, I got so many questions about Disney from friends on Instagram that I thought we might take today to map out a few of my personal faves. Let’s get to it.

We should start with a disclosure: everyone does Disney different. There are some people who are one-and-done kind of visitors and others who go as often as possible. There are some that like the shut the parks down everyday, and there are other (raises hand) who are really just there long enough to eat as much Dole Whip as possible. Regardless of what camp you fall into, Disney has changed so much over the past couple of years that even those of us who have been nearly 100 times need a little help. With that being said, I highly recommend doing your own research prior to any trip to Disney, and but if you are interested in a few of our Walt Disney World favorites, here they are!

Sugar Cookie Pops and our Favorite hotels, meals, desserts and how-to tips for Walt Disney World!

Walt Disney World Favorites: Hotels

  • Disney’s Riviera Resort. This is my current favorite Disney resort. Fresh paint, loads of suite options for those traveling with little ones, and an overall more quiet and polished vibe make this a comfortable place for kids and parents alike.
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Have you seen the beautiful new over-water bungalows at the Polynesian? They’re to die for! Plus, proximal location to the Magic Kingdom makes this an easier option for those traveling with young kids.
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge. You know what never gets old? Waking up to seeing giraffes, antelope, and zebras outside of your balcony. My kids love this resort for the animals, and Mom loves it for the dining options.
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. I know most people will roll their eyes at this one, but I do really love a Four Seasons hotel, and this one, one Disney property and with shuttles on location, makes luxury accommodations possible even on a Disney trip.

Walt Disney World Favorites: Meals

  • Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge. This is probably my all-time favorite Disney restaurant- Middle Eastern cuisine in a comfortable, kid-friendly environment. Don’t miss the bread service with all the dipping sauce- SO GOOD.
  • Rose & Crown at Epcot. This was my parents’ fave as a kid, and old loves die hard. Now, as an adult, I come here for the fish & chips and a pint.
  • Topolino’s Terrace at Riviera Resort. Fine dining at Disney is rarely actually fine dining, but at Topolino’s, it really is. The pastas are housemade and the cocktails are a welcome addition after a long day at the parks.
  • Flame Tree Barbecue at Animal Kingdom. Why would someone who lives in Alabama go all the way to Disney for barbecue? Let me just say, the smoked meats are actually really good, and the intoxicating smells from the smoker literally draw you in. Don’t miss this quick dining spot.
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn at Magic Kingdom. My kids love a burrito bowl. LOVE one. With most of the dining at Magic Kingdom consisting of burgers and chicken fingers, a little guacamole is a welcome change of pace.
  • Tusker House Restaurant at Animal Kingdom. If you are set on doing a character meal, I love this one at Animal Kingdom. Moroccan flavors in an indoor/outdoor dining setting make this for a really enjoyable meal.
Sugar Cookie Pops and our Favorite hotels, meals, desserts and how-to tips for Walt Disney World!

Best Themed Dining

  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre Restaurant at Hollywood Studios. One word: TELEVSION. If you’re traveling to Disney with kids, let them zone out at this drive-in while you relax for a minute.
  • Restaurantasaurus at Animal Kingdom. Again, this one is here for the kids. My boys love checking out the dinosaur bones on the wall, and this mom appreciates any dining option that keeps them busy for a few minutes.
  • Biergarten at German Pavillion Epcot. It’s a meal AND a show! My husband loves this meat-heavy menu, and I love the beer flights.
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom. If you’re traveling with a little princess (or want to feel like one yourself!?), could there be anything better than dining INSIDE of Cinderella’s castle? I think not.

Best Disney Desserts

  • Dole Whip at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom or Tamu Tamu Refreshments at Animal Kingdom
  • The Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
  • The Frosè at Bar Riva at Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Funnel Cakes and Nutella Waffles at Sleepy Hollow Inn at Magic Kingdom
  • Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop at Disney Springs
  • Crepes from The France Pavillion at Epcot
  • Milkshakes from 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios
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My Best Tips for a Great Disney Experience with Toddlers

Make a Plan.

So much time, energy, and waiting can be saved by knowing what you want to experience in the parks. Even as a seasoned Disney veteran, I always take time prior to a trip to look at the park maps (I even print one offline!) and make note of what rides, shows, and experiences my kids will want to check out. You can even take this a step forward by cross-referencing wait times (available daily on the Disney app!) with your list to determine which rides will get busy.

Get Genie+.

This most recent trip was our first time using Genie+, Disney’s new system which has essentially replaced the old fast pass system. Now, for a daily per person fee, you can have access to shorter wait times. Be sure to buy the Genie+ pass in advance and log in at 7am EST sharp to get your first round of passes. I highly recommend research Genie+ and Lightening Passes to noting which rides you want access for PRIOR TO your morning at the park.

Rise and Shine!

I used to think that people who got to the park before it opened were crazy, but now, I am among those people. Nothing makes riding rides easier than getting there 30 minutes prior to park opening times and being prepared to HUSTLE. For example, if a park opens at 9 am, I typically try to get my family there by 8:30, and we move fast to ride as many rides as possible during the first two hours of operation. Again, make a plan and knock out as much as you can in those morning hours.

Get a Lunch Reservation.

I’m sure other people feel differently about this, but by about 11:30, my crew just needs a break. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more unnerving to me than trying to figure out where to eat, where to sit, and how I can take a break for a few minutes after a morning of hustling. Lunch is a great opportunity for taking a seat, getting out of the elements, and zoning out for just a few minutes. Your body and brain need this.

Know When to Call it Quits.

Brett always jokes that one day he’s going to make a website called “Meltdowns at Disney,” because for as much joy and magic as the parks bring, it also just makes people lose their minds a bit. That’s why my policy is always to know when to throw in the towel. I don’t want to ruin a perfectly great day by pushing my toddlers (and my sanity!) beyond it’s limit. The kids will have just as much fun swimming in the pool or watching endless Disney cartoons back at the hotel. If you don’t squeeze it all in, that’s ok. At the same token, don’t be bummed if you can’t ride every single ride! The kids will have a blast watching parades, exploring the park, or even use jumping in muddy puddles.

Pack for Every Forecast.

Florida weather is unpredictable. Come prepared for everything.

Don’t Forget the Snacks.

A backpack full of lollipops, Goldfish, and trail mix has gotten my family through many a waiting line. Disney is not the opportunity to make sure your kids get in all their fruits and vegetables- pack some snacks for insurance, and know they’ll get back to a normal routine at home.

In summary, going to Disney World is a lot of work, but it can (and should be!) loads of fun too. Move at your own pace and do what works best for your crew. These tips are just some that have worked well for our family, and I know there’s a good balance in there for you too. Be sure to share any of your Walt Disney World favorites with me! I would love to hear all about them. Have a magical day!

Sugar Cookie Gift Tags

Sugar Cookie Gift Tags by Wood and Spoon blog. Use this tutorial to create, mini frosted iced heart sugar cookies to use as garland, napkin ring holders, gift tags, name tags, necklaces, and more. This simple tutorial gives you the DIY recipe for hard set cookies with homemade icing and ideas for how to use them for Valentine's Day parties, kid crafts, and more. Read about the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

We need more crafts. I’m not always one for a DIY, but when it’s edible, super cute, and multi-purpose, COUNT ME IN. I came up with these sugar cookie gift tags this year because I found myself kinda in charge of not one, not two, but three different Valentine’s parties, and I wanted a tiny sweet bite that would add a cute and personal touch to each gathering. I got rave reviews when I sneak-peeked them on my IG stories, so I decided to make up a little tutorial for you guys here. They’re really simple, and with the right recipe (see below!) you’ll be sure to have success with them in your own kitchen too! Let’s get started.

What is a Sugar Cookie Gift Tag?

These sugar cookie gift tags are basically small, buttery sugar cookies topped with a piped, semi-hard set icing. The teeny tiny hole in the corner allows for a simple ribbon or piece of kitchen twine to be laced through it to make whatever it is you’re going after. I’ve provided a few ideas below (Necklaces! Gift Tags! Place Card Settings! Garland!), but you could certainly modify this tutorial to use a different shape cookie cutter or to apply the twined hearts in another manner. This is a choose your own adventure kind of craft, so feel free to think outside the box.

Sugar Cookie Gift Tags by Wood and Spoon blog. Use this tutorial to create, mini frosted iced heart sugar cookies to use as garland, napkin ring holders, gift tags, name tags, necklaces, and more. This simple tutorial gives you the DIY recipe for hard set cookies with homemade icing and ideas for how to use them for Valentine's Day parties, kid crafts, and more. Read about the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

How to Make Them

To make these sugar cookie gift tags, we start with the perfect cookie dough. This is a simple dough made of butter, sugar, flour, vanilla, salt, and baking powder. It’s fairly simple to work with and will cooperate with the craft by not puffing or expanding too much in the oven. Once you’ve prepared your dough, roll it out on a floured surface and use a cookie cutter to trim out shapes. I used this cutter for my hearts, but you can pick whatever you prefer. It’s important to keep your cookies thick enough to withstand a hole being poked in them. 1/4″ thickness is a a great sturdy size to start with.

Once the shapes have been trimmed out, move them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and poke small holes in the corners, centers, or wherever. I used a small wooden skewer, but you could also grab a chopstick or anything else that is small with a blunt end. Poke the hole and gently work the skewer in a small circle to ensure that the hole has been poked all the way through. Once your cookie sheet is full with cookies spaced out about 2″ apart, place the pan in the freezer to set up about 5 minutes. If your dough happens to have gotten really warm, pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes or an hour to make sure it has set through.

Sugar Cookie Gift Tags by Wood and Spoon blog. Use this tutorial to create, mini frosted iced heart sugar cookies to use as garland, napkin ring holders, gift tags, name tags, necklaces, and more. This simple tutorial gives you the DIY recipe for hard set cookies with homemade icing and ideas for how to use them for Valentine's Day parties, kid crafts, and more. Read about the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Prepping the Icing

Once you have removed your baked sugar cookie gift tags from the oven, grab that same skewer and gently ensure your hole is still there. You want to do this right when the cookies come out of the oven so that they don’t set up before your hole is completely poked through. Allow the cookies to cool and, in the meantime, make your icing.

Powdered sugar and milk come together for this simple frosting. The trick is achieving the right viscosity so that the icing doesn’t spill off the sides. To test it, run your whisk or a knife through the bowl of frosting. Your frosting should slowly move back together until you can’t see any trace of the whisk any longer; this process should take about 10 seconds. If the frosting is too thick, it will not pool back together, and if it is too thin, it will pool back together too quickly. The ten second test doesn’t lie. Add more milk for a thinner icing and more powdered sugar if your icing becomes too thin. Keep in mind that if you add food coloring, this will change the viscosity of the icing; be sure to check thickness after coloring has been added.

Sugar Cookie Gift Tags by Wood and Spoon blog. Use this tutorial to create, mini frosted iced heart sugar cookies to use as garland, napkin ring holders, gift tags, name tags, necklaces, and more. This simple tutorial gives you the DIY recipe for hard set cookies with homemade icing and ideas for how to use them for Valentine's Day parties, kid crafts, and more. Read about the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Icing the Cookies

Prepare a piping bag with a small round tip. I prefer a #3 tip. Fill the bag with icing and pipe, pipe away! Start with a single cookie to test it all out and then finish with the remaining. I like to begin by piping a border and then filling in with additional icing. You can spread in the filler icing with a food safe paint brush (used strictly on food); otherwise use or a small offset spatula. Whatever works for you works for me! Do 2 cookies at a time to get in a flow and then allow them all to dry completely. Keep in mind that some food colorings can keep icing from setting well. I like to use Americolor food gels.

Sugar Cookie Gift Tags by Wood and Spoon blog. Use this tutorial to create, mini frosted iced heart sugar cookies to use as garland, napkin ring holders, gift tags, name tags, necklaces, and more. This simple tutorial gives you the DIY recipe for hard set cookies with homemade icing and ideas for how to use them for Valentine's Day parties, kid crafts, and more. Read about the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Storing the Cookies

Once your sugar cookie gift tags are made you can use them in any manner you prefer! Freeze them ahead of time and gently thaw them for a make-ahead option, or just make them up to 3 days in advance kept at room temperature. If you can’t wait that long, feel free to just dive right in and eat them immediately. I gave one to Aimee on a necklace, and she thought she was the coolest kid on the block. These sugar cookie gift tags are a cutie treat for Valentine’s or whatever other holiday you might be pushing for. Give them a try and be sure to send me photos! I can’t wait to see. Happy baking to you and happy (almost!) Valentine’s!

Sugar Cookie Gift Tags by Wood and Spoon blog. Use this tutorial to create, mini frosted iced heart sugar cookies to use as garland, napkin ring holders, gift tags, name tags, necklaces, and more. This simple tutorial gives you the DIY recipe for hard set cookies with homemade icing and ideas for how to use them for Valentine's Day parties, kid crafts, and more. Read about the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

If you like these sugar cookie gift tags you should try:

Painted Sugar Cookies
Marbled Sugar Cookies
Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies
Gold-Splattered Sugar Cookies

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Sugar Cookie Gift Tags

These sugar cookie gift tags are cute little crafty edibles to make with kids for parties!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 50, depending on size of cookie cutter
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 11/2 teaspoon princess cake and cookie emulsion (or 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond extract)

For the icing

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 36 tablespoons of whole milk or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract, vanilla extract, or bakery emulsion

Instructions

For the cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth and well combined, about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and extract and cream until combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir on low just until combined.
  4. Dump the dough crumbles out on to a lightly floured surface and work together into one ball with your hands. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to just over 1/4″ thicken and use a medium sized cookie cutter to cut shapes. If the dough ever gets too soft, refrigerate briefly.
  5. Place shapes on a baking sheet and freeze briefly for about 5 minutes.
  6. Once chilled, bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes and then cool on a cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool completely prior to icing.

For the icing

  1. Sift or whisk powdered sugar to remove lumps.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of the milk and the extract, whisking until combined. Continue to add milk until it is the right viscosity. You will want thicker frosting for piping. To test viscosity, run your whisk or a knife through the bowl of frosting- your frosting should slowly move back together until you can’t see any trace of the whisk any longer. This process should take about 10 seconds. If the frosting is too thick, it will not pool back together, and if it is too thin, it will pool back together too quickly. The ten second test doesn’t lie. Add more milk for a thinner icing and more powdered sugar if your icing becomes too thin.
  3. Cover tightly in a tupperware or with a wet paper towel if you are not using it immediately, as frosting will dry out and become clumpy. Whisk occasionally and add more milk if it becomes too thick.

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No-Churn Sugar Cookie Ice Cream

No-Churn Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Recipe. This is a simple frozen treat made with whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk. Clear vanilla flavors this birthday cake ice cream and there are chunks of eggless sprinkle sugar cookie dough. This Ice cream tastes like confetti cookie dough! So yummy, fun for kids and parties, and simple to make- no ice cream machine required! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

Look, I’m just going to say it: we have it really, really easy these days. In a world full of iPhones and Uber and meal delivery services, I’m pretty sure we’ve got it made in the shade.

Every once in a while, I find myself getting caught up in a bad case of “First World Problems.” Though they’re merely minor inconveniences that typically pop up when someone has hacked onto my Netflix or my online purchase isn’t eligible for free two-day shipping, it does sometimes blow my mind how modernized life has become even the time since I was a kid. Back then we still had to flip our tape cassettes in order to listen to side B. We had to blow into the Nintendo to get it to work. We had to know how to read a paper map when we went anywhere. The world has evolved so much over the course of my lifetime, and lucky for us, sometimes those changes are just downright delicious.No-Churn Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Recipe. This is a simple frozen treat made with whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk. Clear vanilla flavors this birthday cake ice cream and there are chunks of eggless sprinkle sugar cookie dough. This Ice cream tastes like confetti cookie dough! So yummy, fun for kids and parties, and simple to make- no ice cream machine required! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

Case and point: this no-churn sugar cookie ice cream.

No-Churn Sugar Cookie Ice Cream

Can you imagine our forefathers trying to whip up something like this? They’d spend hours breaking ice, churning ice cream, making natural dyes for sprinkles. Instead of 10 minutes, a treat like this might take them all day, and I guarantee it wouldn’t taste as good. So thank you, America, for giving us just enough conveniences to make this life super yummy, festive, and fabulous. I’ll take a busted Netflix account if it means the opportunity to make homemade ice cream in a flash. So let’s get to the run-down on this no-churn sugar cookie ice cream.

No-Churn Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Recipe. This is a simple frozen treat made with whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk. Clear vanilla flavors this birthday cake ice cream and there are chunks of eggless sprinkle sugar cookie dough. This Ice cream tastes like confetti cookie dough! So yummy, fun for kids and parties, and simple to make- no ice cream machine required! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

As it’s name implies, this frozen treat tastes like a sprinkle sugar cookie and requires zero ice cream machine to make it. Like my other favorite no-churn ice creams, we use sweetened condensed milk and whipped cream to make the base for this ultra-creamy treat. To give it that authentic sugar cookie dough flavor, I’ve included chunks of eggless sugar cookie dough, a hefty helping of clear vanilla extract, and an abundance of sprinkles for flavor (and decorative flair, obviously).

No-Churn Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Recipe. This is a simple frozen treat made with whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk. Clear vanilla flavors this birthday cake ice cream and there are chunks of eggless sprinkle sugar cookie dough. This Ice cream tastes like confetti cookie dough! So yummy, fun for kids and parties, and simple to make- no ice cream machine required! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

Making the Ice Cream

To make this no-churn sugar cookie ice cream, we start by whipping cream. First, heavy whipping cream is transformed in the bowl of a stand mixer into a fluffy cloud of dairy that we fold into a single can of sweetened condensed milk. Next, clear vanilla extract and rainbow sprinkles are added to the mix along with tiny chunks of cookie dough. To make the dough, we cream butter with sugar, add a smidge of flour, vanilla, and baking powder for flavor, and follow that with even more sprinkles. Truly, this is a seriously festive treat.

No-Churn Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Recipe. This is a simple frozen treat made with whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk. Clear vanilla flavors this birthday cake ice cream and there are chunks of eggless sprinkle sugar cookie dough. This Ice cream tastes like confetti cookie dough! So yummy, fun for kids and parties, and simple to make- no ice cream machine required! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

Finally, the mixture freezes up into a soft and creamy no-churn sugar cookie ice cream that keeps weeks. Whenever I make this, I typically find myself hovering over the freezer drawer for five minutes at a time, devouring spoon after spoon of sugar cookie goodness. It’s just really hard to stop.

No-Churn Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Recipe. This is a simple frozen treat made with whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk. Clear vanilla flavors this birthday cake ice cream and there are chunks of eggless sprinkle sugar cookie dough. This Ice cream tastes like confetti cookie dough! So yummy, fun for kids and parties, and simple to make- no ice cream machine required! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

Waste no time getting around to making this no-churn sugar cookie ice cream! It’s a simple treat the whole family will enjoy, and it literally couldn’t be any easier. Enjoy!

If you like this no-churn sugar cookie ice cream you should try:

Funfetti Cookies

Funfetti Scones

Confetti Ice Cream Cake

No-Churn Coffee Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

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No-Churn Sugar Cookie Ice Cream

This no-churn sugar cookie ice cream is loaded with chunks of eggless cookie dough, sprinkles, and that yummy birthday cake flavor! Read more about the how-to for this simple treat here!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 1 quart
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the sugar cookie dough:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (70 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles

For the ice cream:

  • 2 cups (470 mL) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons clear vanilla extract
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

To prepare the sugar cookie dough:

  1. Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed with a hand mixer for one minute. Add the clear vanilla extract and stir to combine. Next, add the flour and stir on low speed until the dough almost comes together into clumps. Add the sprinkles and stir just to combine. Set aside in the fridge while you make the ice cream.

For the ice cream:

  1. Whip the heavy whipping cream in the bowl of stand mixer on medium high speed until soft peaks form. Add the clear vanilla extract and continue whipping just until stiff peaks form. Fold the condensed milk into the whipped cream and add the sprinkles and the crumbled cookie dough when the milk is almost combined. Spread the mixture into a loaf-pan or freezer-safe container and allow to freeze until firm, about 6 hours or overnight.

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Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies

Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a classic linzer cookie recipe made with almond flour and all-purpose flour. The cookies are scented with lemon zest and are filled with a raspberry jam. The dough is cut out with cookie cutters. Sprinkle the tops of these Christmas baked goods with powdered sugar. These are what to bring to holiday or Christmas party / exchange. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Ok, let’s be honest. Gift giving can be hard, right? Sometimes we buy gifts out of necessity, but often, we do it because we love those people. We want to show them they’re awesome! That they rock! That they make our lives better than a turtleneck on the coldest day of the year. So I ask you, is there really a gift that can encompass all of those sentiments? Is there such thing as the perfect gift?

I’ve got a lot of people on my Christmas shopping list this year. There’s my children (who need nothing), my husband (who only wants things he can pick out himself), and then my parents (who have everything they could ever want and then some). Sometimes I get stumped in the hustle of the season, and I make the tragic mistake of trusting Google to help me with my holiday shopping. I find myself typing, “What to get for the dad who has everything” or “What to buy for my annoyingly picky husband” and “What to buy for children that won’t clutter my living room or serve as a choking hazard.” Shockingly, Google has terrible answers to these questions.

Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a classic linzer cookie recipe made with almond flour and all-purpose flour. The cookies are scented with lemon zest and are filled with a raspberry jam. The dough is cut out with cookie cutters. Sprinkle the tops of these Christmas baked goods with powdered sugar. These are what to bring to holiday or Christmas party / exchange. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

So please help. How do we give tangible expressions of our love for the people who matter most? WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO PUT UNDER THE TREE FOR ALL THESE VERY IMPORTANT HUMANS? On the off chance that there is a baker on your Christmas shopping list, you are in luck. You have landed in the internet’s promise land, because I’m about to tell you what to get for the home baker on your list who has everything. Ready? Here it is!

The Home Baker Gift Guide!

Holliday Gift Guide for the Baker who has everything. A Christmas wish list for the cook and foodie who who doesn't need a thing. What to buy for Christmas and presents guide.

  1. Bakers Gonna Bake Sweatshirt  – A nod to Taylor in cozy sweatshirt form from Miss Jones Baking Co.
  2. Recipe Box – Store all your favorite recipes in this floral tin from Rifle Paper Co.
  3. Mini Dutch Ovens – Personal-sized desserts couldn’t look any cuter in these Ballarini ovens with lids.
  4. Cookie Swap Plate – This adorable plate with recipe cards and linen gift tag is the Christmas gift that keeps on giving.
  5. BergHOFF Perfect Slice Pan – Portion control bakeware that is so cool, even Oprah endorses it.
  6. Apron – These Hedley & Bennett aprons are the “It” item in kitchen fashion right now.
  7. Marble Rolling Pin – This is a kitchen item I wouldn’t mind leaving right on the counter.
  8. Copper Mixing Bowls – Mixing bowls that are pretty enough to be used as a serving dish.
  9. Bundt Pan – Nordic Ware bundt pans are a must in any home baker’s arsenal of equipment. This one is my favorite.
  10. Eat Cake for Breakfast Oven Mitt Set – Cheeky and useful, this Kate Spade set is perfect for the girly baker.
  11. French Butter Keeper – This ceramic dish keeps butter fresh at room temperature.
  12. Cookie and Coffee Gift Set – Gourmet cookies and coffee- a match made in heaven. I use G Momma’s cookies in a few of my recipes (look here and here!)

I hope that is helpful. These are some of my very favorite items and brands, and I feel confident that the bakers on your list will LOVE these items. If you’re shopping for a person that is new to the baking scene, be sure to check out my wish list from last year! It’s full of items every home baker needs!

Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a classic linzer cookie recipe made with almond flour and all-purpose flour. The cookies are scented with lemon zest and are filled with a raspberry jam. The dough is cut out with cookie cutters. Sprinkle the tops of these Christmas baked goods with powdered sugar. These are what to bring to holiday or Christmas party / exchange. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Ok, now let’s talk raspberry lemon linzer cookies.

I have had linzer cookies on my “to make” list for a long time. They’re beautiful, incredibly festive, and I just love the combination of almond with fruity jams. I finally got around to nailing down a favorite recipe, and I am thrilled to share it with you today. These raspberry lemon linzer cookies are the bomb.

Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a classic linzer cookie recipe made with almond flour and all-purpose flour. The cookies are scented with lemon zest and are filled with a raspberry jam. The dough is cut out with cookie cutters. Sprinkle the tops of these Christmas baked goods with powdered sugar. These are what to bring to holiday or Christmas party / exchange. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Linzer cookies are little sandwiched treats made by filling almond cookies with fruit jams or ganaches. These particular cookies are made with almond flour and a bit of lemon zest which go over-the-moon  perfectly with the raspberry filling I chose. While they may look like a doozy to make, I think you’ll find they’re rather simple.

Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a classic linzer cookie recipe made with almond flour and all-purpose flour. The cookies are scented with lemon zest and are filled with a raspberry jam. The dough is cut out with cookie cutters. Sprinkle the tops of these Christmas baked goods with powdered sugar. These are what to bring to holiday or Christmas party / exchange. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Cookies

To prepare these raspberry lemon linzer cookies, we start with the cookie dough. Cream butter and sugar together before adding egg, lemon zest, and vanilla. The dry ingredients are added next to form a dough that you’ll find is similar to a cutout cookie. Pat the dough into two flat round disks and chill briefly in the fridge.

When ready to bake, roll out the cookie dough and cut out small round circles of dough. I use a biscuit cutter, but any round cutter smaller than 3″ will do. Next, use a tiny cutter of any shape to trim out the centers of half of the cookies. These cookies will serve as the lids to your cookie sandwiches and the little cutout will allow for the jam to peek through the center of the cookies. I used geometric cookie cutters, but any teeny tiny shape will work perfect. Bake the cookies in the oven and allow to cool completely.

Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a classic linzer cookie recipe made with almond flour and all-purpose flour. The cookies are scented with lemon zest and are filled with a raspberry jam. The dough is cut out with cookie cutters. Sprinkle the tops of these Christmas baked goods with powdered sugar. These are what to bring to holiday or Christmas party / exchange. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Serving the Cookies

When you’re ready to assemble your raspberry lemon linzer cookies, sift powdered sugar over the top halves of your cookies. Spoon a small teaspoon of jam onto the bottom cookies and smear just to the edges. Place the lid cookies on top of the jam-topped cookies and wah-la! Raspberry lemon linzer cookies! See, I told you they were easier than they look!

Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a classic linzer cookie recipe made with almond flour and all-purpose flour. The cookies are scented with lemon zest and are filled with a raspberry jam. The dough is cut out with cookie cutters. Sprinkle the tops of these Christmas baked goods with powdered sugar. These are what to bring to holiday or Christmas party / exchange. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

These cookies are a terrific balance of sweet and tart and will taste good for days. Keep in mind that the moisture from the jam will tend to dissolve the powdered sugar, so if you’d like these cookies to stay looking as good as they taste, try to assemble them as close to the time of serving as possible. These raspberry lemon linzer cookies are a lovely way to celebrate the holidays, so give them a try and let me know what you think. I have a feeling you’re going to love them!

Happy baking, happy shopping, and most of all, happy holidays. Love y’all!

If you like these raspberry lemon linzer cookies, you should check out:

Raspberry Streusel Cake

Blueberry Lemon Bars 

Lemon Lavender Cookies 

Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Lavender Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies 

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Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies

The raspberry lemon linzer cookies are sweet and tart, the perfect cookie for your holiday celebrations. These cookies are festive and perfect for cookie exchanges!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 30

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 21/2 cups (260 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (75 gm) almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Raspberry jam, for filling the cookies
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting the cookies

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar on medium speed in the bowl of a stand mixer until pale and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the zest, egg, and vanilla and beat briefly to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the flour, almond flour, and salt. Stir on low until the dough comes together in the bowl.
  2. Dump the dough out onto a floured surface and divide into two equal parts. Pat each part out into flat rounds and wrap the disks in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour or up to 3 days.
  3. When ready to bake your cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking pans with a sheet of parchment paper. Use a floured rolling pin to roll one disc of dough out onto a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8-1/4” thick. Use a 2” round cutter to cut out rounds of dough. Use a small decorative cutter to cut a shape out of the insides of half of the cookies. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets an inch apart. You can set the shape of the cookies by placing the whole pan of cookies in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Bake in the preheated oven for about 8 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are set. Allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes and then cool completely on a cooling rack. Repeat this process with the remaining dough.
  4. When ready to fill the cookies, use a sifter to dust the tops of all of the cookies with the decorative cutout. Spoon a ½ teaspoon of the jam on top of the bottom cookies and spread out a bit. Sandwich the cookies together and serve!

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Funfetti Cookies

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .

Some things you never grow out of. Things like cotton candy at Walt Disney World and flannel on Christmas morning or even treats like these funfetti cookies remind me that there’s a childlike nostalgia in all of us that will never die. Some things are relevant forever.

HBD, JESS!

My best friend Jesse turned 30 yesterday. We met as self-conscious 6th graders back in the late 90’s (cough, what?), and since then we’ve celebrated nearly 20 years of irthdays as BFFs. That length of time does something to a relationship. After a while, you start feeling less like a friend and more like a sister, or maybe a crazy aunt who is terribly overbearing but loyal enough to throw eggs at your ex-boyfriend’s house. Our friendship has evolved over the years and it’s rarely presented itself perfect and shiny like a new penny. But after 20 years, it’s one that is worn in and fits snug in all of the right places of my story. She’s the present that has meshed with nearly ever part of my past, the instant classic that I’ve never grow out of.

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Last month in Las Vegas. This was right before we went to the Backstreet Boys concert, because, obviously, we love ourselves.

“In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips.”

When Jesse and I get together, it’s like we’re in middle school again. Instead of sentences, we speak in strings of inside jokes and outlandish “What If?” scenarios. There’s laughter and sarcastic banter, full freedom to say or do whatever feels right, even if that means absolutely nothing at all. There’s a certain vulnerability that comes with spending time with a person who has known you through nearly every season of your life. And there’s safety to share secrets and expose the hidden parts you think no one else will understand, because you’re confident that, ultimately, that person is there for keeps.

So I find myself from time to time, even as a wife, mother, and almost 30 year old woman, crawling like a child into the lap of my dear friend who I know will always make room for me, no matter what I bring to the table. That, my friends, is irreplaceable.

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It’s totally cool if I’m not her maid of honor too. Actually, no. I take that back. Not cool.

I feel obligated to embarrass Jess (and myself) with a few photos from years past. If a girl will stick by you through a half-dozen or so break-ups, braces, AND the unibrow phase, you know she will forgive you for a few old photos. Happy Birthday, Jess. Ride or die forever.

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .
This is real life. Yes, we wore the same skirt to the 6th grade dance. Yes, my eyebrows (and hair) really were that big.

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Orange Beach, Alabama, on the day I got engaged. Jesse surprised me there and photographed the proposal.

Funfetti Cookies

Like an old friend, these funfetti cookies give me all the feelings. You never grow too old for cookies, sprinkles, or the nostalgic delight that comes with the taste of box mix cake batter. These cookies are a simple, a one bowl recipe that bake up chewy, crinkled, and colorful every time.  Perfect for the kids you love and the kid in you.

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .Making the Cookies 

To make them, first cream a little room temperature butter with sugar, sugar, and more sugar. Eggs are added for moisture and fluff, and a splash of clear vanilla ensures that the cookies have that delightful bakery taste that we all know and love. Flour and a few other dry ingredients get just barely mixed in before we toss in loads of sprinkles- totally fun and incredibly necessary.

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These funfetti cookies bake into perfect little rounds. The cream of tartar helps to achieve those pretty little cracks on the tops, and the high ratio of granulated sugar to brown sugar makes for a crisp-edged, chewy cookie. This recipe requires less than 10 minutes of prep work, so you can spend less time baking and more time enjoying these hot little numbers with the ones you love.

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .

Give these funfetti cookies a try this weekend. Bake them with your kids, your bestie, or even on your own. There’s no shame in enjoying some cookie dough solo. On another note, the SAVEUR blog awards are underway and I would LOVE if you would consider nominating this sweet little site. Follow the link, type in thewoodandspoon.com and consider nominating it for the “Best New Voice” and/or “Best Baking and Sweet” category. I’d adore your support. Be sure to nominate your other favorite sites too! Have a terrific weekend and happy baking!

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .

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Funfetti Scones

Confetti Ice Cream Cake

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Painted Sugar Cookies

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Funfetti Cookies

These funfetti cookies are chewy, crinkle topped sugar cookies with loads of sprinkles and box mix cake batter flavor.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 30
  • Category: Cookies

Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons (140 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • 21/2 teaspoons clear vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups (260 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup (160 gm) rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare sheet pans by lining them with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the vanilla and egg, beating on low until incorporated. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar, and beat on low speed just until the dry ingredients are combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the sprinkles. Beat just until combined.
  3. Scoop out 1-1/2 tablespoon sized scoops (I use a medium cookie scoop) and roll each dough ball briefly in your hands to smooth out the rough edges of dough. Place on the prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies have just begun to crack and the edges are set. Allow to cool on the sheet pans for about 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to complete cooling.

Notes

  • Clear vanilla extract give these cookie that classic funfetti box cake mix flavor that we all know and love. Pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste can be substituted, however, the flavor will differ.
  • I used 1-1/2 tablespoon sized balls of dough for this recipe. If you use larger or smaller balls of dough your baking time will differ. Bake until the tops have small cracks running throughout.
  • If at any point in time you dough gets too soft (or if it gets too hard in the fridge), the baking time and final appearance of the cookies may differ. If your cookies don’t spread enough, it could mean that your dough is too cold. If they spread out too thin, try cooling the rest of the dough briefly in the fridge.

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