Fun Ways to Enjoy our Cookies

Our cookies alone are a tasty treat, but if you’re looking for an extra wow factor, we’ve got some ideas! From ice cream to beer (no, this is not an April Fool’s joke), we’re here to offer some fun and unique ways to enjoy our cookies. Here we go!

Ice Cream Sandwiches

We’ll start with the obvious: ice cream sandwiches. Cookies and ice cream have been the ultimate duo since the beginning of time (or like, since whenever cookies and ice cream were invented). There is something so heavenly when biting into an ice cream sandwich – two warm, crisp yet gooey cookies, with a scoop of luscious ice cream in between…is your mouth watering too?!

Lucky for you, we serve ice cream sandwiches at our bakery! We offer a selection of Marianne’s Ice Cream, which pairs so perfectly with our cookies. You can never go wrong with two chocolate chip cookies and a scoop of Heaven (vanilla ice cream with chocolate swirl, peanut butter swirl and brownies).

S’mores

Skip the graham crackers and use our fresh-baked cookies at your next bonfire! You can start with Snickerdoodle cookies, but in this situation, you really can’t go wrong with any flavor! Do everything else the same as you would a regular s’more and enjoy! *Tip: Use Chocolate Chip or Dr. Midnight cookies and allow the chocolate chips to melt for extra gooey-ness!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Sandwich

Similar to an ice cream sandwich, minus the ice cream. Grab two Peanut Butter cookies (or Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chips) and spread peanut butter on one, jelly on the other. Slap the two together, and you’ve got yourself a Peanut Butter and Jelly cookie sandwich! Can also be enjoyed as an open-faced sandwich with banana slices on top!

Cookies and Beer

If Girl Scouts can pair their cookies with beer, SO CAN WE. We know, we know, you might think this is an odd pairing, but you know the old saying: “don’t knock it until you try it!”

You can start off with a light beer and our classic Chocolate Chip Walnut cookie. Or perhaps a fruity cider with a Lemon Drop cookie. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for a Cahootz with a Porter or Stout. Truthfully, nothing will ever compare to cookies and milk, but if you ever want to switch things up, don’t be scared to crack open a cold one!

Have we convinced you to try some of these concoctions? They might not be for everyone, but we can all agree that they unique ways to enjoy our cookies. What are some fun ways you’ve enjoyed our cookies? Let us know in the comments 🙂

How to Decorate Cookies

There’s nothing better than cookies fresh out of the oven. The fun part: decorating! There are plenty of ways to do this—icing, fondant, sprinkles—and many techniques, too. So, if you’re looking to jazz up your cookies, consider the below!

1. Icing

Use a piping bag when you’re decorating. It’s easier to evenly decorate, because you can control how much and how fast icing comes out. If you want to have even more support, consider a coupler. It’s a plastic tool that secures the tip onto the bag. Spilling, be gone.

If there are air bubbles in your icing, gently use a toothpick to pop them. That way, your cookies will have the perfect finish. And use gel food coloring rather than liquid—they won’t change the texture of the icing.

2. Cinnamon, Sugar, and Sprinkles

For cookies with toppings like cinnamon and sugar, like snickerdoodles, roll frozen dough into balls—the butter needs to solidify for this—and then cover in cinnamon and sugar. Bake them for the usual amount of time, then let them cool fully before diving in.

For sprinkles, fold them into the dough prior to baking. If you only want them on top, gently press them in with your fingers. This way, they’ll stick properly.

3. Chocolate-Dipped Cookies

Chocolate-dipped cookies are easy. But first, you have to know a little bit about how to mix it. Basically: warm up half of your chocolate, then mix in the rest until it’s totally melted. The heat will melt the excess, and it’ll set more evenly. After you dip your cookies, place them on parchment paper to cool until the chocolate has hardened. Then dig in! There are many more ways to decorate your cookies, but here is a start! Not looking to start from scratch? Consider stopping by Pacific Cookie Company. We’ll have the perfect cookies to dip into that delicious chocolate.

Behold, the Birthday Cookie Cake!

Cookie Cakes

Traditional birthday cakes are so 2019. If you’re looking to switch things up this year, look no further than our fresh baked, gourmet cookies! We already told you that Dessert Bars are a unique way to treat your guests, so why not ditch the traditional cake?! Here, we have a “cookie cake” idea that is a sure way to spruce up a kids birthday party! Kids love cookies, so imagine their face when they see mounds of cookies with bright, illuminating candles!

All You Need is Cookies

When we say “Cookie Cake”, we’re not talking about one big cookie with frosting and sprinkles, but rather, stacks of cookies put together to resemble a round cake. Depending on how many guests you’re hosting, you may only need a few dozen, but if you’re expecting a large crowd, we suggest our Box of 144-1oz cookies (also, leftovers never hurt anybody). You can select up to six flavors which is great because your guests will appreciate options! Our favorite (and kid approved) flavors are: Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Snickerdoodle, Dr. Midnight, Lemon Drop and Mint Condition.

We think it’s fun to mix the stacks with different flavors, but you can certainly assemble your cake as you please! One option is keeping the flavors together – for example, one stack of all chocolate chip, one stack of all lemon drop, etc.

Cookies, to-go please!

After the candles have been blown out and the very important wish has been made, let the kids go wild! Okay, maybe not wild, but have them dig in! It will be fun to see which flavor(s) they choose. If you find yourself with leftovers, you can put together goodie bags for the kids to take home!

For more cookie party ideas, be sure to follow us on Pinterest!

Sugar Cookie Fun for the Holidays!

My girls (Lily, 6 and Mila, 3) woke up early on Sunday eagerly awaiting the annual decorating of our Christmas tree that stood freshly cut and bare in the living room.  It was a stormy day so we were happy to have a joyful activity to fill the morning hours. We slowly trimmed the tree, listening to holiday tunes and answering the many questions they had about where each ornament came from as the tree came to life.

The rain kept falling and we were in need of something fun to do. Making cookies is always a popular activity in our house and I had a fun sugar cookie project in the queue. The girls love to roll out dough,  cut it into shapes, and decorate. This Christmas light bulb sugar cookies craft I found on Foxy Fawni’s blog about Christmas crafts was sure to be a hit.

What you need:

  • Sugar cookie ingredients (see recipe below)
  • Vanilla frosting (I had a container of pre-made vanilla buttercream frosting I picked up at the store from The Frosting Queens.)
  • 3 cups M&M Mini chocolate candies (check the M&M website for store locator)
  • Drinking straw
  • Christmas light shaped cookie cutter (I ordered one from Etsy but also call your local bakery supply store)
  • Rolling pin(s)
  • Optional- 4 strands of licorice laces

We used the Holiday Sugar Cookie recipe from one of my favorite baking cookbooks- Flour by Joanne Chang. Joanne Chang is the owner of Flour bakeries in Boston, Ma. She has her B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard and soon after graduating realized that she loved baking cookies more than anything else. Her recipes are delightful (never too sweet) and I have never been able to mess any of them up!

 

 

 

Holiday Sugar Cookies by Joanne Chang

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Cream sugar and butter for 5 min until light and fluffy (I used a hand-mixer but a wooden spoon will work, although it may take longer to cream). Beat in eggs and vanilla on medium speed for 2-3 min until combined.

In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder & salt until well mixed. On low speed, slowly blend the flour mixture into the butter-sugar mixture and them mix just until the flour mixture is totally incorporated and the dough evenly mixed. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour until firm enough to roll out.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

(Great time to get the kids working!) separate different colors of mini M&M’s into 6  different bowls. 

Put on your aprons- it is about to get messy! Lightly flour your work surface, place dough on the surface and flour the dough and rolling pin. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick and make your Christmas Light Bulb cut outs. Transfer to a baking sheet and using a drinking straw press a hole at the top of each cookie.

Bake 12-15 min until cookies are golden brown on the edges and pale in the center. Cool completely. Decorate by first adding a smooth layer of vanilla butter cream frosting and then add the M&M minis one color per cookie (see the above photo). Loop a ribbon or licorice rope through the holes.

Tips

1. I like to make a double batch of cookie dough and freeze the second portion for rainy days.

2. Make sure your light bulb dough cutouts are 1/4 inch or thinner. When we made them too thick they spread too much in the oven and looked like blobs.

3. Have a wonderful holiday!