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The Best Gifts to Send Parents When Their Baby Arrives

By Jason Parks 6 days ago 10 Views No comments

There are few life events more exciting than having a baby. It is certainly an occasion that warrants celebration and it is customary to buy a gift for close friends or family when their baby does arrive. When it comes to baby gifts, however, most people tend to stick to onesies, bibs, toys, etc. that are neither very personal nor very memorable. Here are some great ideas that not only will the new parents love, but will also stand out among the rest.

Baby clothes from the parents’ alma mater or favorite sports team

Parents will be shocked and pleasantly surprised when they open your gift to find a reminder of their time in university or a way for their child to rep their favorite team. The new parents will be so excited and anxious to introduce the world to the team or school’s newest fan!

Baby bouquet by Cookie Bouquets

Once a baby comes into the picture, life changes completely. This time in a parents’ life is all about their newborn. So, why not give them a gift that’s strictly for THEM! You can still wish them congratulations, but do so with a delicious bouquet of cookies that they can snack on during late night feedings or while running around doing one of the million things that being a new parent requires. They will definitely be thankful for this delicious treat!

A gift card to a great restaurant

New parents will undoubtedly be extremely busy and preoccupied with their child, however, every couple needs some time for themselves as well. Getting them a gift card to a restaurant will give the new mom and dad an excuse to get out of the house and go on a much needed and much deserved date night!

Your favorite book from when you were a child

We all have a book that we remember our parents reading to us at bedtime night after night. Pick up this book from your local bookstore and write a note on the title page sharing your memories about the book and why you loved it so much. Not only is this something very personal, it will also introduce the new baby to a book they may never have come across otherwise. Most importantly, it will hopefully begin to instill a love of reading in them as well!

Why a Bouquet of Cookies is the Best Gift for Any Occasion

By Jason Parks 6 days ago 57 Views No comments

Everyone loves cookies. We doubt you can think of a single person who doesn’t! Cookies are delicious, they’re a great snack or desert, they’re perfectly sized portions, and cookies just make people feel good. These are just a few of the reasons that they make such great gifts. Cookies are perfect to buy for anyone on any occasion and here are a few more reasons why you should look no further than a delicious box or bouquet of cookies the next time you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift:

There are so many varieties of cookies

One of the best things about cookies is the fact that there are so many varieties. This means that no matter what mood you’re in or no matter what you like, there’s really something for everyone. If you’re a fan of chocolate, well than the classic chocolate chip or the ultra-rich chocolate, chocolate chip are both perfect. If you like to combine sweet and salty, try a variety that combines nuts or pretzels. If you’re trying to keep it healthy, go for oatmeal raisin. If you’re all about cute decorations, then a sugar cookie with beautifully decorated icing. And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Cookies make you feel good

Not only do cookies make you feel good when you eat them because they are so delicious, they also make you feel good because they will likely remind you of your childhood. We’re guessing that most people have memories of dipping cookies in milk at their kitchen table with their parents. This treat comes with a strong sense of nostalgia, which just gives you an overall good feeling when you eat them.

You can get a wide range of prices and sizes

Whether you’re trying to stick to a budget or you want to splurge, you can get cookies at just about every price range and in all different sizes. Maybe you want to buy a small gift for a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them, or maybe you want to celebrate a big occasion or milestone like a graduation, a new baby, or a wedding. There is a perfect cookie gift out there for just about any occasion and in all different price ranges.

They are portable

Another great thing about cookies is the fact that they are so portable. They’re easy to take with you to a party, they’re easy to send in the mail, and they’re easy to save if you can’t finish them all at once. This is another factor that makes cookies such a great gift, as they don’t come with any hassle. This makes it easy for you and for the person you’re giving the gift to.

Their designs will make you smile

Cookies come in all shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors. People tend to get very creative with their cookie designs and you can always find a cute cookie to make you and the person you’re giving a gift to smile. There are cookies with company logos, cookies decorated like fried eggs and bacon, cookies for sports fans, cookies for girly girls and everything in between. Whatever your interests are or whatever the occasion is that you’re looking for a gift for, you’re sure to be able to find a cookie that represents it.


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7 Reasons Why Cookies are Good for the Soul

By Jason Parks 1 month ago 405 Views No comments

Seriously, is there anyone out there who doesn’t love cookies? If there is, we haven’t met one yet. Not only are cookies delicious, eating them will just make you feel good (unless, of course, you eat too many and give yourself a stomach ache)! Here are seven reasons that cookies are not only good for your taste buds, they’re also good for your soul.

There are so many options and varieties

One of the absolute best things about cookies is the sheer variety. There is a cookie out there for everyone. Whether you like the classic chocolate chip, the healthy oatmeal raisin, the colorful sugar cookie, or even something that combines sweet and salty, no matter what your taste buds are craving, there is a cookie for you. Not only does this make cookies the perfect desert (they’re perfect for sharing!), it also means you’ll never get sick of them.

They’re perfect for on the go

Have you ever tried to take a piece of cake home from a restaurant or pack an ice cream cone in your lunch? It’s not so easy. One of the reasons cookies are so great are because they’re super easy to take with you anywhere, anytime. Put a few in a plastic baggie, and you’re good to go. Best of all, if you don’t eat them, you can bring them home and save them for later.

Their designs will make you smile

Cookies come in all shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors. People tend to get very creative with their cookie designs, and you can always find a cute cookie to make you smile. There are cookies with company logos, cookies decorated like fried eggs and bacon, cookies for sports fans, cookies for girly girls and everything in between. Whatever your interests are, you’re sure to be able to find a cookie that represents it.

They will help you make friends

Since cookies are the perfect portion size and because they’re so easy to take on the go, this means they are also the perfect dessert to share. Hand over a cookie to someone who looks like they could use a good snack or a little cheering up, and you’re sure to make a new friend for life.

There’s nothing better than a warm cookie right out of the oven

If you’ve ever eaten or smelled a cookie right out of the oven, you will know exactly what we’re talking about. If you’ve never had this experience then you are seriously missing out – there is nothing better. Gooey dough, warm chocolate, and the best. Smell. EVER! We can pretty much guarantee having a cookie right out of the oven will warm your soul and make your day.

Cookies and milk will remind you of your childhood

Ask anyone what dessert they remember most from their childhood, and there’s a good chance they’ll say cookies and milk. We’re not quite sure why cookies dipped in milk tastes so good, but we do know that as a kid, it was our favorite. Even though it’s not a desert that adults tend to eat as much (unless they’re eating it with their kids), we’re certain that any time you do, it will bring you right back to your childhood kitchen table.

You can feel like you’re eating something healthy (sometimes)

Just because you’re eating a cookie doesn’t mean you’re eating something that's not good for you. There are a lot of healthy cookie options out there. There are vegan cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, whole wheat cookies, and even breakfast cookies with grains, nuts, and dried fruit. If you think of cookies as only an unhealthy desert, well, think again!

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5 Creative Easter Cookies

By Jason Parks 2 months ago 525 Views No comments

Sometimes cookies get forgotten in the middle of all the egg-hunting during Easter time. But don’t worry, we are here to remind you why cookies deserve a place in your Easter basket just as much as candy and eggs! Easter cookies are even more fun to decorate in our opinion (they taste better too).

Here are some of our favorite egg-themed cookies to help bring the Easter spirit into your home during this holiday!

Sunny-Side Up Cookies

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We love this quirky take on Easter “egg” cookies! Who doesn’t love a good fried egg though? They may look real, but these cookies taste as sweet as candy. This funny take on cookies will be fun for everyone on this holiday.

No-Bake Nest Cookies

These cookies are perfect for last minute plans and are SUPER easy. They also include the best of both worlds: cookies and candy! This Easter-themed cookie is so cute, plus your kids will love helping out in the kitchen with these.

Hatching Chicks

Which comes first, the chick or the egg? These hatching chick cookies are the cutest and most delicious cookies around! These will for sure be a big hit with every one. You can decorate each individual egg or leave them white too!

Easter Egg Letters

Another fun cookie idea for kids and adults alike is to make cookies with one, big letter on each of them. This allows for fun and creative dessert displays for Easter gatherings! Any occasion can be perfectly celebrated with a little food typography.

Blank Sugar Cookie Canvas

Last, but not least, make Easter egg-shaped cookies with any pattern or color you want! Treat the sugar cookies you make like eggs you would dye. Think of all the fun designs you would make on hard-boiled eggs when you were a kid. Now you can do the same thing, but on a cookie. Let them be your canvas and don’t create any two be alike! These are perfect for a little something extra on your dessert table this Sunday.

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Best Type of Frosting for Decorating Cookies

By Jason Parks 4 months ago 386 Views No comments

There are many types of frosting used in baking, but are all of them created equal? When it comes to decorating cookies, there are a few specific types of frostings that really “take the cake” (see what we did there?!).

Buttercream

The Upside

Buttercream frosting is a very popular and also one of the most versatile topping for desserts, including cookies. It’s made from fat (butter) and sugar. The way you choose to combine these ingredients can change the consistency and type of buttercream frosting that you end up with. The more sugar you add, the stiffer it will be. Regardless, buttercream frosting tends to taste the best and cookies using this type of frosting also look very pretty. Buttercream frosting has a sweet, buttery flavor (hence the name) and it’s great for a smooth icing over cookies, creating borders, and for writing. You can also make some great cookie decorations out of buttercream frosting, including roses. Buttercream frosting can be made in all flavors and all colors.

The Downside

Since buttercream frosting remains pretty soft even after a couple of days, it is not recommended for stacked or mailed cookies.

Royal Icing

The Upside

Another very popular frosting for decorating cookies, royal icing holds up very well if cookies need to be stacked or mailed (unlike buttercream). Royal icing has a very sweet flavor and works well for fine detailed work or if you want a nice glaze. You can change the consistency a bit, depending on the amount of water you add to your icing and it’s great for making flowers or figures and for decorating gingerbread houses. It dries quickly, so you don’t have to wait forever before adding new details or packing them up.

The Downside

You have to be very precise when making royal icing, as just a little change in recipe can really alter how the icing looks when it’s dry. Then, when it does dry, it is hard as a rock. It can also make the cookies taste a little drier. If you are just using royal icing for a thin layer of decoration, you should be fine, but if you want a thicker piping, it may be very difficult to eat if using royal icing.

Expert Tip

“Your royal icing for decorating must be a good consistency,” Ashley Heffner, a decorator at Cookie Bouquets, said. “If the icing is too thin, the decorations won’t hold up on your cookie. If the icing is too thick, you might have trouble squeezing the icing out of your tube.”

Glaze Icing

The Upside

Cookie glaze will dry hard, but it won’t be hard as a rock like royal icing. It dries hard enough so that you can stack cookies, but not so hard that you can’t bite into them! It’s great for adding a written message or coating with colored sugar. It’s very easy to make, won’t dry out your cookies, it tastes great, and it stays very shiny once it’s dry.

The Downside

As this is just a glaze, it is hard to use it for detailed work, as it doesn’t hold its shape very well. It also sticky and takes a long time to dry, so you must be patient! Finally, colors tend to dull out a little bit once the icing dries.

Expert Tip

“When you glaze a cookie with two different colors, you must glaze with one color first and allow it to dry before using the next color to avoid the two colors bleeding.”

Color Flow Icing

The Upside

Color Flow icing is used to make detailed icing decorations. You actually let them dry before putting them on your cookies. This type of icing has a very sweet flavor and dries shiny on the cookie. It’s great if you want a decoration that completely covers the cookie. Color flow is stronger than royal icing and is also shinier once dry.

The Downside

Color Flow Icing takes a long time to dry, so you need to plan at least 2-3 days in advance.

5 Creative Valentine's Day Cookies

By Jason Parks 5 months ago 479 Views No comments

5 Creative Valentine's Day Cookies

Everyone loves cookies. Seriously, ask around and we bet that finding a cookie-hater will be quite the challenge. While some deserts can be too rich, too decadent, too chocolatey, etc., there are so many different variations of cookies, that there is really something for everyone.

The fact that cookies are so lovable makes them the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, or any holiday, really. We already mentioned the plethora of cookie varieties, so now let’s take a look at some creative, fun, and even sexy cookie ideas for this Valentine’s Day.

The Fortune Cookie

What better way to tell your loved one how great they are or how much they mean to you than by putting your thoughts inside a fortune cookie! Not only do these cookies look beautiful, they are personalized and very thoughtful too. Whether you’re asking your crush to be your Valentine or proposing marriage to a long-time love, fortune cookies are great for any type of love note on Valentine’s Day!

The Cookie Cake + Creative Cookie Message

Ok, this is just too cute. If you’re like us, not only do you love cookies, you also love cookie cake (a gigantic cookie, cut into slices like a pizza – what’s not to like?). Show your creativity with a giant cookie decorated like a pizza and a cute message (also made out of cookies) to go along with it. Set this up for your loved one on Valentine’s Day and they’re sure to be impressed!

The Sexy Cookie

Show your lover what’s really on your mind for Valentine’s Day with a sexy (yet still cute, fun, and delicious) cookie. Need we say more?

The Cookie On a Stick

At Cookie Bouquet, cookies on sticks are our jam. So, of course we had to include these in our V-Day cookie roundup. Flowers are the typical (and somewhat cliché) Valentine’s Day gift. Instead of giving your loved one something that’s going to die in a few days, give them a gift that looks like a bouquet of beautiful flowers, but that’s much more delicious (and won’t die or make you sneeze). You can mix and match different cookies in your bouquet, but we love the idea of heart shaped cookies with our favorite V-Day heart candies right on top. These are a great way to add some personalized messaging to your gift as well.

The Anti-Valentine’s Day Cookie

Ok, we get it. Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone. Maybe you’re not the lovey-dovey type, or maybe you’re single and celebrating this fact with your girlfriends on Valentine’s Day. Why not take this opportunity to give everyone a good laugh with some anti-Valentine’s Day cookies? Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and have a sense of humor, even on this day that’s all about love. TIP - If you can get a grumpy cat cookie in the mix, you are sure to make everyone smile, even the most depressed gal at the party.

If baking cookies just isn’t your thing or your loved one lives across the country, check out our Valentine’s Day Cookie Bouquets and Boxes!

8 reasons to bake cookies with your children

By Jason Parks 5 months ago 233 Views No comments

This article was written by Cookie Bouquets and originally appeared on "The Simple Mom"

Life can get very stressful and overwhelming, especially with young children, and sometimes it can be easy to choose the less-messy option of buying pre-baked cookies and goods for your kids. While this is understandable, it can be very worthwhile and enjoyable to take the time to bond with your children by baking homemade cookies together. There are a wide variety of reasons in regards to why should take the extra time to bake cookies with your children. Cookie Bouquets wants you to know eight reasons why you should bake cookies alongside your children.

  1. Teach important life skills. The process of baking is a great way to teach your child important life skills such as how to successfully work as a team, how to read and follow directions, how to be safe in the kitchen, how to clean up afterwards, and many other valuable lessons. Many basic life skills relate to baking
  2. Teach your children important basic math skills. Baking cookies is the perfect opportunity to make learning math fun for your children. Measuring the ingredients, setting the timer, and teaching your little one how to double or triple what the recipe calls for are great ways to assist your children in learning basic math. If your child strongly dislikes learning math at school, this is a great way to make learning math a pleasurable experience.
  3. Your kids will learn about the importance of patience. Being patient is a life skill than can be difficult for many young children to grasp. Baking is the perfect way to show your children that patience is an important aspect of life that must be understood. Baking can be a precise process that takes time before making it to the yummy final product.
  4. Show your kids that clean-up cannot be forgotten. “Clean your room,” are most likely three words that your child does not like to hear. Baking creates an opportunity to show your child that cleaning up is part of the steps and needs to be done carefully and completely. Your kids will learn the valuable lesson that every mess needs to be cleaned up.
  5. Teach your kids about sharing. Learning to share is another concept that can be difficult for some children comprehend. Taking turns and sharing throughout the baking process is a great way to teach your little one how to share. Sharing the cookies at the end is often the hardest part, so be sure to teach your child that whatever goodies you make are for everyone in the family to enjoy.
  6. Work on your child’s reading skills. Have your child read the recipe out loud to you. If your child does not understand some of the words, you will be able to assist him or her. Reading is of course a very important skill for your little one and it will bring you immense joy when you see your child read.
  7. Spark your child’s creativity. It is very important for children to engage in creative activities. Turn baking cookies into a creative art project with by making artistic icing designs. Icing will add loads of fun the baking process.
  8. Spend quality time with your child! Finally, and most importantly, baking is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your children. Every day can be very busy and hectic, but taking an hour or two with your child and making this memory with your child will forever be cherished.

There are many rewards that will come out of baking cookies with your child in a variety of areas. Not only will you get to spend time bonding with your child, but you will also teach them many valuable life skills. Time to get baking!