Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Presidents' Day!

Happy Birthday, George Washington! 
Patriotic cupcakes to celebrate the holiday, day off of work, and Lincoln's visit to Buffalo.

"For he's a jolly good fellow" :)
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Wishing everyone a very happy Valentine's Day!
Smooch the ones you love, and eat an extra piece of cake!!  :)
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Spotlight On: Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cupcakes!

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, we thought it appropriate to help you indulge......

Now imagine a moist strawberry cupcake topped with a rich chocolate buttercream frosting......

Et voila!
Happy Valentine's Day!
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Monday, February 7, 2011

DIY RECIPE: Cookies for your Valentine!

Valentine's Day is next week. Why not help cupid and bake your sweetie (or sweeties) some treats? Try this super delicious and addicting cookie recipe. It involves a couple extra steps, but it is definitely worth it! Your most important decision with this one is your choice of jelly. I chose strawberry, and already have eaten 3 this afternoon!
Ideally, to make these linzer-like cookies, you would use a linzer cookie cutter with the mini heart insert. However, you can definitely use 2 small round cookie cutters (or a frosting tip works perfectly).

Preheat oven to 375
Line 2 cookie sheets with Silpat

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla
1 egg

2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder

Alternate with dry mixture:**
1/2 cup milk
**when alternating wet and dry, end with dry!

Chill dough for about 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. 

Flour your work surface. Take portion of dough and roll out about 1/8th of an inch in thickness. (The cookies will raise quite a bit if it is too thick!) 

Cut out cookies with the bigger round cutter. Split the cut-outs evenly onto two baking sheets. Using the smaller cookie cutter, cut a hole into half of the batch.

Bake about 8 minutes. 

Top the whole cookies with jelly and cover with it's pair. Add powdered sugar if it tickles your fancy!

BEHIND THE APRON TIP: With this particular cookie dough recipe, overnight is best, if possible - to be sure your dough won't be too sticky!)  

Happy Baking!!
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Happy February!!

How can you not love a month dedicated to love AND copious amounts of chocolate and heart-shaped confections?! 

February is a busy anniversary month in the LP family, so cheers to love, family and happiness!

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